#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 05, 2018

by HRC Staff

HRC shares stories of survivors who will be affected by Kavanaugh on the steps of the Supreme Court

HRC SHARES STORIES OF SURVIVORS WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY KAVANAUGH ON THE STEPS OF THE SUPREME COURT: The action was part of the 24-hour People’s Filibuster, an effort from a coalition of organizations working to #StopKavanaugh. HRC shared stories submitted by HRC members who are survivors of sexual assault. The event will also feature remarks by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and more. They will be joined by progressive advocates, sexual assault survivors and other activists.

THERE ARE 1.8 MILLION EQUALITY VOTERS IN OHIO -- WE MUST #TURNOUT THE VOTE IN NOVEMBER: HRC rallied across the state this week, joining pro-equality champions like state Rep. Nickie Antonio to mobilize voters and advocate for legislation like the Ohio Fairness Act, which would add protections for LGBTQ people to Ohio’s nondiscrimination law. More from WKSU.

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS PENCE’S TEPID RESPONSE TO HIV OUTBREAK LIKELY DID LITTLE TO CURB THE CRISIS: As the outbreak of HIV and AIDS spiraled out of control in Scott County, Ind., then-Governor Pence was “reluctant” to lift a ban on needle exchanges that could mitigate the spread of the virus. After an intervention staged by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pence continued dragging his feet on full implementation for needle exchanges, waiting for a year to sign off on funding, leading to an outbreak in Scott County that included 215 people testing positive for HIV. New research shows that, had he acted immediately, he could have prevented up to 173 of these positive tests. More from The Nation.

  • WATCH PENCE’S DANGEROUS RECORD ON HIV AND AIDS: The video is part of HRC’s “The Real Mike Pence,” a comprehensive campaign -- including a scathing report and microsite -- exposing the vice president’s career of attacks on LGBTQ people and shining a spotlight on the inordinate influence he and his inner circle wield in the administration. Watch here.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO MARK 30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY: HRC’s powerful new digital campaign highlights inspirational stories of celebrities and influencers who have come out over the past year. HRC launched the campaign this week with videos and graphics featuring the powerful coming out stories of Janelle Monáe, Bex Taylor-Klaus, and Alyson Stoner, and the organization will continue sharing coming out stories from the past year throughout the next week. Additionally, HRC will mark the actual anniversary on October 11 with major coming out moments of the last three decades. More from HRC.

"I can love people of every gender identity and expression."

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of #NationalComingOutDay, @HRC proudly recognizes actress, singer, dancer and model @AlysonStoner, who came out as a member of the #LGBTQ ��️‍�� community this year. #NCOD pic.twitter.com/tOBbQ56XLz

HRC MOURNS CIARA MINAJ CARTER FRAZIER, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN CHICAGO: Frazier was found dead on Wednesday, say police, who are investigating the crime as a homicide. LaSaia Wade, a local trans advocate, told reporters Frazier was active in ball culture -- gatherings of LGBTQ people to compete in dance and fashion shows. More from Chicago Sun Times.

HRC JOINS NASSP ON CAPITOL HILL FOR BRIEFING ON INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENTS FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS: HRC and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Policy & Advocacy Center were in Washington, D.C. today for a congressional briefing on creating supportive and inclusive environments for LGBTQ students. Watch here.

HRC JOINS ORGS, CONGRESS MEMBERS TO CALL ON STATE DEPARTMENT TO INCLUDE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTS: Read the letter here.

THIS WEEKEND IN PHILLY -- PHILLY TRANS MARCH TO CALL ATTENTION TO UNSOLVED MURDER OF SHANTEE TUCKER: Tucker, a Black trans woman, died in September after being shot. She had just celebrated her 30th birthday. More from Philly.com.

THIS SUNDAY -- CNN’S LISA LING SPECIAL ON GENDER IDENTITY FOR CNN:

INAUGURAL TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI PRIDE WALK ON SATURDAY: More from Daily Journal.

COALITION OF PROGRESSIVE EVANGELICAL FAITH LEADERS ISSUES MESSAGE OF HOPE AND SUPPORT TO YOUNG, DIVERSE FAITHFUL: More from HuffPost.

ATLANTA-AREA LANDSCAPING COMPANY REFUSES SERVICE TO SAME-SEX COUPLE, GOES ON ANTI-LGBTQ TIRADE ON YELP: More from 11 Alive.

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

Washington Blade interviews Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander; QNotes profiles Elizabeth Birch for LGBTQ History Month

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