#AM_Equality Tipsheet: November 28, 2018

by HRC Staff

Historic gender identity law takes effect in Chile; Chechnya’s abuses go to European Court of Human Rights

HISTORIC -- GENDER IDENTITY LAW TAKES EFFECT IN CHILE:  The Gender Identity Law -- or Ley de Identidad de Género -- was today signed by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. The measure allows transgender people over the age of 14 to update their names on legal documents and guarantees their right to be officially addressed according to their true gender. “This historic decision marks a milestone for LGBTQ rights in Chile and in South America,” said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@TyWesleyCobb). “We commend the efforts of all the LGBTQ advocates involved, including our Chilean partners at Fundación Iguales, who worked tirelessly for five years to achieve this victory. While this legislation removes roadblocks for many trans people, there is still important progress to be made -- especially for transgender youth.” More from HRC.

HRC ANNOUNCES REBECCA MARQUES AS TEXAS STATE DIRECTOR: “I’m excited to join and lead the fantastic on-the-ground team HRC has cultivated over the past few years in Texas,” said Rebecca Marques, HRC Texas state director. “After working to elect pro-equality candidates in an historic election earlier this month, our focus now turns to the state legislative session -- one that is sure to define how Texas will protect our LGBTQ friends and neighbors. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to working alongside our staff across the state, with our LGBTQ community, and with ally organizations and lawmakers to ensure that Texas provides a welcoming home for all.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- A TRANS TEXAN’S JOURNEY TO UPDATING HER DRIVER’S LICENSE: When Maddie Snyder came out in Tyler, Texas, she was worried the process to update her identity documents would be expensive and time consuming. Luckily, with the help of her friends and the local LGBTQ community, she was able to navigate the process and update her documents. More from Texas Observer.

MUST READ -- THE FIGHT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY IN KANSAS: Davis Hammet (@Davis_Hammet), president of Loud Light, writes for The Washington Post about moving to Kansas as a queer person, and the fight for equality in the upcoming legislative session. “The challenges can seem insurmountable, but there are hundreds of individuals doing whatever they can, devoting their energy and talents to make change, and becoming a community as they show up for each other,” Hammet writes. “Now I know the power of that.” More from The Washington Post.

RAINBOW MURAL VANDALIZED IN HOUSTON: The mural, which encourages viewers to “Be Visible,” was spray painted with a large “X” and the words “Stop your gay agenda please.” More from Metro Weekly.

MUST WATCH -- HUFFPOST REPORTS ON THE EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE TRANS COMMUNITY: Watch here.

BOSTON TEEN ARRESTED FOR MAKING THREATENING PHONE CALLS TO TWO LOCAL LGBTQ BARS: More from ABC.

BARRIERS TO ACCESSING PrEP FOR GAY AND BISEXUAL TEENS: More from STAT.

#MEETMYCREW -- HRC PARTNERS WITH J.CREW ON NEW “LOVE IS THE WAY” LINE: Meet five of HRC’s employees in J.Crew’s latest ad. Watch here.

MEET CALIFORNIA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY SHERIFF: Shannan Moon is also Nevada County, Calif.’s first woman sheriff. More from ABC10.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

RUSSIAN MAN TAKING CASE TO EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS FOLLOWING ALLEGED ABDUCTION IN CHECHNYA: Maksim Lapunov hopes to “find justice,” after Russian authorities refused to open a criminal case based on his claims that he was abducted and beaten by Chechen police. More from RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.

NEW DELHI CELEBRATES FIRST PRIDE SINCE SECTION 377 WAS REPEALED: In September, the Supreme Court of India overturned Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code -- a British colonial-era law that criminalized consensual sexual relations between adults of the same sex. More from News18.

HEARTWARMING -- AUSTRALIAN TEEN COMES OUT TO 1,500 OF HIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL PEERS: More from SBS News.

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

OutSports celebrates LGBTQ inclusion efforts by the global rugby community in support of openly gay player Gareth Thomas; Bustle shares the experience of a woman coming out to herself at age 30; OutSports interviews openly gay NCAA administrator Aaron Hernandez; Mental Health Today reviews new data out of the United Kingdom regarding health care for LGBTQ people; BBC records a conversation betwene Dustin Lance Black and Ulrika Jonsson on what Brexit means for LGBTQ people

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