#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 22, 2017

by Allison Turner

Second federal judge blocks Trump’s trans troops ban; HRC & West Elm partner on Giving Tuesday effort in support of equality

A SECOND FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS ENFORCEMENT OF DISCRIMINATORY TRUMP-PENCE BAN ON MILITARY SERVICE BY TRANSGENDER TROOPS: The decision by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Gabris in Maryland came just hours before yesterday’s oral arguments in a third case challenging the unconstitutional ban, and also explicitly affirms the right of transgender troops to access medically-necessary care. The third case, filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, was brought in Seattle on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military and one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer; as well as HRC; the American Military Partner Association (AMPA); and Gender Justice League, a gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization headquartered in Seattle. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman says she’ll make a decision in the Seattle case by December 8. In October, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington put the first hold on the Trump-Pence trans troop ban. More from The Washington Post and The Associated Press.

  • A documentary that follows four transgender military service members is slated for release in 2018. It’s directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson (@fionajdawson), and produced by Jamie Coughlin. More from Deadline.

HRC & WEST ELM PARTNER ON ‘LOVE IS LOVE’ #GivingTuesday EFFORT TO SUPPORT LGBTQ EQUALITY: HRC is proud to join forces with West Elm to launch a special “Love is Love” effort next week on #GivingTuesday, a global day that encourages giving back to your community. To honor the day, West Elm is committing 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of items in its “Love is Love” line, available online and in stores. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING (& LISTENING TO) WEDNESDAY: NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that 18 percent of all LGBTQ Americans refrain from seeing a physician out of fear of discrimination. NPR’s Ezra David Romero (@ezraromero) spoke with Alex Galvan, a gay man who struggled to come out to his doctor; Dr. Kathryn Hall, a pediatrician working to increase LGBTQ competency and friendliness among other doctors; and Nick Vargas, a leader at a Visalia, Calif.-area LGBTQ center. More from NPR.

PA HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE STRIPS ANTI-TRANSGENDER AMENDMENT FROM CHILD HEALTH INSURANCE BILL: Last month, the Pennsylvania State Senate advanced a dangerous and discriminatory anti-transgender amendment to the reauthorization of the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Introduced by State Senator Don White, the amendment would have eliminated transition-related surgical services for transgender youth. The House Rules Committee stripped White’s transphobic amendment. More from Penn Live.

TRANS WOMAN WINS SUIT AFTER BEING WRONGLY DENIED TENURE: A federal jury found that Rachel Tudor was discriminated against while at Southeastern Oklahoma State University because she is transgender. More from The Associated Press.

MUST WATCH -- ONCE DENIED, LGBTQ COUPLE FINDS JOY IN FOSTER PARENTING: Nicole and Sam tell the moving story of their struggle to be certified as foster parents because Sam is a transgender man. Experiences like theirs are why the HRC Foundation developed a groundbreaking new guide designed to help foster care and adoption agencies recruit, certify and support qualified transgender and non-binary adults to become resource parents for young people who need safe, welcoming homes. Watch this beautiful story here.

EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE OPENS HEARING ON RECOGNIZING MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The hearing may have implications for the six countries in the European Union that do not have marriage equality, civil partnerships or recognize same-sex unions performed in other countries. More from The Associated Press and The New York Times.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ NASHVILLE STATEMENT: An array of Christian theologians signed the Boston Declaration, which takes aim at The Nashville Statement -- a vicious, anti-LGBTQ manifesto issued recently by a group of evangelical leaders unconscionably using religion to attack LGBTQ people. More from Religion News Service.

LGBTQ ADVOCATE BEN DILLINGHAM PASSES: Dillingham, 72, is believed to be the first openly gay elected official in San Diego, and later served as a state legislator. He was an advocate in the fight against AIDS, and earned the Crystal Torch award from HRC. More from The Los Angeles Times.

ANTI-LGBTQ ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE RESIGNS: Mugabe, who once described LGBTQ people as “dogs and pigs” and believes they “should rot in jail,” resigned after being placed on house arrest by the country’s military. LGBTQ advocates applaud the resignation. More from The Washington Blade.

WHAT WE’RE THANKFUL FOR THIS THANKSGIVING: We’re thankful for the municipalities, corporations, bakers, chefs and restaurateurs standing up for LGBTQ people in the face of federal and state attacks on our rights. We’re thankful for the recently-elected lawmakers who will make history serving their communities and fighting for LGBTQ equality. We’re thankful for films like Moonlight; shows like Orange is the New Black; books like I Am Jazz; and changemakers like Gavin Grimm (@GavinGrimmVA) and Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun). And we’re thankful for our countless members, supporters and allies who fuel our fight and stand on the right side of history.

  • For many LGBTQ people, this time of year means some difficult conversations about identity, particularly around the subject of religion. HRC shares some tips and strategies for handling these conversations here.


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The team that brings you #AM_Equality will be spending the next few days seeing how much pie they can eat in one sitting and shopping the sales at our favorite high-scoring stores on the Corporate Equality Index. See you on Monday!

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