#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 27, 2018

by HRC Staff

Autopsy reveals trans woman who died in ICE custody was beaten before death; European court rules in favor of Russian LGBTQ advocates

HRC JOINS MORE THAN 120 CIVIL RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS CALLING FOR LONGER COMMENT PERIOD ON EXTENSIVE TITLE IX CHANGES: They are urging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her civil rights chief Kenneth Marcus to add 60 days to the comment period for their proposed far-reaching overhaul of rules for how schools respond to sexual harassment and assault allegations. “This is a particularly busy time for students, who are juggling final exams, preparations for winter break, and traveling home for the holidays. Teachers and school administrators are similarly overburdened,” the letter reads. “We ask that the comment period be extended to accommodate these unique challenges faced by students and educators—those whose rights and obligations will be most affected by these proposed changes.” More from National Women’s Law Center and Politico.

 

TUESDAY TWEET -- AUTOPSY REVEALS TRANS WOMAN WHO DIED IN ICE CUSTODY WAS BEATEN BEFORE DEATH; ADVOCATES TO SUE FOR WRONGFUL DEATH: The autopsy report revealed the horrifying conditions Roxana Hernández, who fled transphobic violence in Honduras, was forced to endure at a privately-operated detention center. Her body showed signs of trauma from “blows and/or kicks,” wounds “typical of handcuff injuries,” and severe untreated dehydration. The Transgender Law Center has filed a notice of Wrongful Death Tort Claim seeking justice in her brutal death. More from Transgender Law Center, and from Scott Bixby (@scottbix) and Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) at The Daily Beast. More from The Washington Post.

REMEMBERING AND HONORING HARVEY MILK 40 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH: In 1977, Milk made history when he was elected to serve as a San Francisco city supervisor, becoming one of the first openly LGBTQ elected officials in the country. He was assassinated less than a year later on November 27, 1978. More from HRC and NPR.

TODAY IS GIVING TUESDAY: Find out six ways to support HRC and the fight for full LGBTQ equality here. More from CNN.
 

 

HRC HONORS SUPERMODEL AND ACTOR PATRICIA VELÁSQUEZ AT NEW ENGLAND GALA DINNER: Watch at HRC and Wisconsin Gazette.

 

 

BALTIMORE MAYOR SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER RECOGNIZING LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES: The city is the largest city in the country to do so. More from Washington Blade.

REMEMBERING RAY HILL, HOUSTON-BASED LGBTQ ADVOCATE: More from DemocracyNow.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS RULES IN FAVOR OF RUSSIANS DENIED RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE FOR LGBTQ PRIDE EVENT: Russia’s anti-LGBTQ so-called “anti-propaganda” law has been used to target LGBTQ advocates. More from The Moscow Times.

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Detroit Free Press interviews the Pistons’ Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) about his LGBTQ activism on behalf of his late transgender sister; Seattle Times shares the experience of a disabled LGBTQ person; RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty interviews a trans woman in Ukraine

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