#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 21, 2019

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Sen. Klobuchar & Olympia Dukakis to speak at HRC New England dinner; New HRC video series honors trans community

THIS WEEKEND -- U.S. SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR & AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS OLYMPIA DUKAKIS TO SPEAK AT HRC NEW ENGLAND DINNER: A longtime champion of equality, Sen. Klobuchar of Minnesota is a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Dukakis is best known for her performance in Moonstruck and recently for her role as Anna Madrigal in a Netflix update of Armisted Maupin’s Tales of The City. She will be honored with HRC’s Ally for Equality Award. To request media credentials, please email your full name, outlet affiliation, role and cell phone number to viet.tran@hrc.org 

TONIGHT IN NYC -- HRC PRESIDENT TO JOIN SLAVE PLAY CAST MEMBERS ON BROADWAY FOR POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION: The LGBTQ+ Night Out event will feature a performance of the play, and a Talk Forward discussion led by HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid), with guests HRC Board Chair Jodie Patterson and Slave Play cast members Ato Blankson-Wood and James Cusati-Moyer, queer actors who play a same-sex couple in the groundbreaking work. Said David: “In our fight for full equality, we cannot ignore how the dark forces of our shared past continue to push the rights and lives of people of color and LGBTQ people to the margins, and how our work must break down these systems that ultimately dehumanize all of us.” More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET ICYMI -- HRC RELEASES SIX NEW VIDEOS FEATURING THE TRANS COMMUNITY FOR TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: In the series, trans and gender non-conforming advocates honor those lost to hate and stigma and call on all of us to rededicate ourselves to building a world where transgender people are treated with dignity. Watch the full video series here.

  • Yesterday, in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, HRC President Alphonso David joined the Metropolitan Community Church in Washington, DC to honor those lost to hate. More from Washington Blade.

REPUBLICAN VOTERS OPPOSE TRUMP-PENCE EFFORTS TO ALLOW ADOPTION AGENCIES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SAME SEX COUPLES -- 66 PERCENT SAY IT’S WRONG: The survey comes as the Trump-Pence White House is proposing a federal regulation that would strip away nondiscrimination requirements and permit all Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant recipients, notably adoption and foster care agencies, to discriminate against LGBTQ people, and in many circumstances religious minorities and women, and still receive federal funding. More from The Hill.


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ELLEN DEGENERES SURPRISES SAME-SEX COUPLE AFTER THEIR PARENTS REFUSE TO ATTEND THEIR WEDDING: Degeneres gave Kate Austin and Sarah Sulsenti  a cardboard cutout of herself that dispenses tissues for guests at their wedding. More from People.

CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR SPEAKS OUT AFTER BOOK FEATURING SAME-SEX COUPLE IS PULLED FROM WEST VIRGINIA LIBRARY: Daniel Haack (@DanielHaack) urged the library to remember “all the gay adults who grew up only reading about straight romances.” More from The Guardian.


OWNER OF RUSSIAN KIDS’ SHOW FACES JAIL TIME FOR FEATURING LGBTQ GUEST: Real Talk posted an episode where a child meets a gay man for the first time. Authorities claim the episode violates the country’s so-called “anti-propaganda” law, which inhibits LGBTQ advocacy. More from Advocate.

TWO SAUDI JOURNALISTS OUTTED AS GAY DETAINED IN AUSTRALIA AFTER SEEKING ASYLUM: Saudi Arabia is one of 10 countries where consensual same-sex activity is punishable by death. More from NBC.

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ABC Australia interviews the parent of a non-binary child; The Hartford Courant asks trans athlete Chris Mosier’s for his advice to other trans athletes; NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports on the local organization Silver Pride Project, which is helping LGBTQ elders

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