#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 19, 2018

by HRC Staff

New HRC report details epidemic of violence against trans people; Devos’ proposed change to Title IX would harm sexual assault survivors

NEW HRC REPORT DETAILS ONGOING EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: Released in advance of  tomorrow’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018 honors the at least 22 transgender people killed in 2018 in the U.S. and details the factors that lead to this tragic violence. “On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we join together to mourn the lives lost to hate and violence this past year and rededicate ourselves to the urgent action that this epidemic requires,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “From anti-trans employment and housing discrimination to systemic racism, we must recognize the intersecting factors that influence, motivate and embolden the violence that plagues so many within the transgender community -- particularly Black and Latina transgender women. White, cisgender men like me have a unique responsibility to support our transgender siblings in combating this violence, and join fully in the work to achieve equality for every person in the LGBTQ community.” Read more at HRC.

  • The Daily Beast’s Samantha Allen (@SLAwrites) reports on how Jacksonville, Florida, has become “America’s transgender murder capital.” Read her piece here.  

ED SEC BETSY DEVOS’ PROPOSED RULE CHANGE TO TITLE IX WOULD HARM SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT: “This rule turns back the clock to a time when our schools swept rape, sexual assault and harassment under the rug,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “This is a blatant disregard for the justice of survivors of sexual violence by letting schools off the hook for Title IX obligations and denying survivors, including LGBTQ survivors, their civil right to equal access to education.” The dangerous proposed changes would keep students and their parents in the dark about whether the school intends to discriminate. More from HRC.

  • Meanwhile, the Trump-Pence administration continues its unconscionable attacks on LGBTQ people, pressuring the 4-H to scuttle its LGBTQ-welcoming position. Read the exclusive report by Courtney Crowder (@CourtneyCare) and Jason Clayworth (@JasonClayworth) at the Des Moines Register.
  • And anti-equality lawmakers are urging Trump to erase LGBTQ protections from the new NAFTA proposal. More from Emily Birnbaum (@birnbaum_e) at The Hill.

ORANGE COUNTY TURNS A DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE, AS HRC-ENDORSED HOUSE CANDIDATE GIL CISNEROS DECLARED WINNER:

  • And congratulations to @HRC-backed @KatieHobbs, Arizona’s next secretary of state! Thank you to all of the #EqualityVoters who made this victory possible.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- ON ELLEN, MICHELLE OBAMA REVEALS HOW SHE SNUCK OUT TO VIEW THE WHITE HOUSE LIT IN RAINBOW COLORS: The illumination celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling. More from E News.

ON 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN MASSACHUSETTS, PLAINTIFFS RECALL THE HISTORIC STATE RULING: “Robert Compton and David Wilson, now happily married, can still remember how they cried when they heard the news,” reports WXXV25.

JANELLE MONAE AND CYNDI LAUPER TO BE HONORED AT BILLBOARD’S WOMEN IN MUSIC EVENT: More from Billboard.

CELINE DION LAUNCHES GENDER NEUTRAL CLOTHING LINE: Once more you open the door / And you're here in my heart / And my heart will go on and on. More from Out Magazine.

 

NEW FILM FROM YEARDLEY SMITH FEATURES TRANS ACTRESS ALEXANDRA GREY: More from Deadline.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

FAR-RIGHT DISRUPTS RALLY FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS IN UKRAINE: Several LGBTQ advocates were assaulted and police did not intervene to help them. More from BBC News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

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