#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 20, 2017

by Allison Turner

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance; Doug Jones gets major endorsement in race for Ala’s US Senate seat

TODAY IS TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE -- WE HONOR LIVES LOST AS EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE TARGETING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE WORSENS: 2017 has been the deadliest year on record for transgender people, according to a new report by HRC and the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC). A Time to Act: Fatal Violence Against Transgender People in America in 2017 documents the heartbreaking reality of the often deadly violence faced by  transgender people and explores factors that have made this year the deadliest on record. “The epidemic of violence against transgender people is an urgent crisis that demands the nation's immediate attention,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “The unique and tragic stories featured in this report reflect the obstacles that many transgender Americans -- especially trans women of color -- face in their daily lives. It is crucial that we know these stories in order to combat the transphobia, misogyny and racism fueling this violence so that we can end this epidemic before it takes any more lives.” Transgender Day of Remembrance also comes amidst reports of a surge in hate-based violence and harassment that began during Donald Trump’s campaign, and continues under the Trump-Pence administration. More from HRC, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast and The Associated Press.

  • Find an event honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance here.

ALABAMA U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE DOUG JONES RECEIVES MAJOR ENDORSEMENT:  A powerful front-page editorial online and in the Sunday editions of three major Alabama newspapers urged voters in the December 12 special U.S. Senate race to “Stand For Decency And Reject Roy Moore.” The editorial from the Alabama Media Group , which publishes The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, the Mobile Press-Register, and AL.com, endorsed Jones as the “only candidate worthy of representing Alabama.” It continued:  “What is disqualifying is the conduct of Roy Moore against women and children. It was disqualifying for his party leaders. It was disqualifying for Alabama's senior senator. And it should be disqualifying for his state party.” HRC has also endorsed Jones.  #NoMoore from Al.com.

  • At a recent Moore rally, the anti-LGBTQ candidate’s supporters made horrifyingly bigoted statements about the the “LGBT mafia” and “homosexualist gay terrorism.” More from The Associated Press.
  • The Reverend Dr. William Barber (@RevDrBarber), writes about the “The Unbearable Hypocrisy of Roy Moore’s Christian Rhetoric,” in a piece for NBC.

MONDAY MUST WATCH -- DEVOTED COUPLES ASK EACH OTHER QUESTIONS MEANT TO BRING STRANGERS TOGETHER: And the results are beautiful. In this moving video from The New York Times’ Samantha Stark (@starksamantha) and Bonnie Wertheim (@bmwertheim), three couples ask each other questions designed by psychologists intended to bring strangers closer together. More from NYT.

DANICA ROEM ATTENDS THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS AS A GUEST OF DEMI LOVATO: “She’s really able to give a lot of voice to people who need a champion, who need someone to basically publicly say on a national stage what it is that they’re feeling,” Roem said on the red carpet, referring to Lovato. “My campaign, I talked a lot about the idea of making Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth. So no matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love, you are welcome, celebrated and respected in Virginia because of who you are, not despite it.” More from People and The Washington Post.

SIXTY-TWO PERCENT OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AGREE: Businesses should not have a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people. More from Forbes.

OREGON TRANS TEEN SUES AFTER SCHOOL REFUSES HIM ACCESS TO BOYS’ FACILITIES: The Dallas, Ore., School District refused to allow Elliot Yoder to use the boy’s restrooms and locker rooms. More from The Oregonian.

MUNICIPALITIES IN FLORIDA LEADING IN PROTECTING YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: While Florida does not have a statewide ban on the dangerous and debunked practice, municipalities across the state are stepping up and passing local laws to protect youth. More from The Daily Beast.

OKLAHOMA LGBTQ CENTER DAMAGED IN SHOOTING: Four panels of Freedom Oklahoma’s glass walls were shattered, but, thankfully, no one was harmed. Police are investigating the incident, as well as threatening phone calls the center received two months ago. More from NewNowNext.

NEW YORK LAUNCHES SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE: It was created after Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the need in his State of the State address, and will focus on combatting suicide in communities including teens, veterans and LGBTQ people. More from The (Albany) Times Union.

HORRIFYING -- MAN THROWS ACID AT LGBTQ ADVOCATES IN MOSCOW: The advocates were leaving a conference on LGBTQ families. More from NewNowNext.

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP -- JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO OFFER HISTORIC APOLOGY FOR ANTI-LGBTQ PERSECUTION: On November 28, the Canadian prime minister will offer a formal apology for LGBTQ people who were persecuted or discharged from the military in the past. More from The Globe and Mail.

TURKISH GOVERNOR BANS LGBTQ EVENTS: HRC is outraged by news out of Turkey that the governor of Ankara, the capital city, has announced an indefinite ban all LGBTQ film screenings, panels and exhibitions and other public events. This ban must be lifted immediately. More from The New York Post.

  • The first victim of the ban -- a German LGBTQ film festival. The governor issued a statement saying the festival “could incite grudges and enmity toward a part of society.” More from the BBC.


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