#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 10, 2018

by HRC Staff

HRC Equality PAC launches 7-figure ad blitz; Horrifying -- trans girl barred from entering any locker room during lockdown drill

HRC EQUALITY PAC LAUNCHES SEVEN-FIGURE AD BLITZ: The ads focus on voter engagement and turning out the vote in key states and congressional districts across the country. The digital, direct mail, text and phone voter contact program  focuses on educating voters about early voting options, mobilizing them to turn out on November 6th, and holding Trump-enabling candidates accountable for their extreme positions on issues including health care, immigration, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights and more. The initial digital and direct mail buy is more than $2 million across three U.S. Senate and five U.S. House races crucial to securing a pro-equality majority in Congress. More from HRC and National Journal.

TODAY -- HEARING IN KARNOSKI V. TRUMP TO PROTECT TRANS TROOPS: This morning, Lambda Legal, OutServe SLDN and the State of Washington will appear before the Ninth Circuit to urge the court to uphold a district court ruling barring implementation of the Trump-Pence administration’s discriminatory trans military ban. They will also ask the Ninth Circuit to reject efforts by the Trump-Pence admin to conceal military docs regarding the ban, and refuse to provide even a log of documents withheld by the White House. HRC, alongside Gender Justice and the Military Partners Association are proud organizational plaintiffs opposing the ban. #ProtectTransTroops

HORRIFYING -- TRANS GIRL BARRED FROM ENTERING ANY LOCKER ROOM DURING LOCKDOWN DRILL: A Stafford County, Virginia, middle school denied a transgender student access to both the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, forcing her to sit in a hallway where she would have been in danger had the emergency been real. The school superintendent issued an apology, saying “There’s no question the school system did not handle the way it should be, there’s no question that the student was separated, there’s no question that the school division needs to reassess its procedures, policies.” More from USA Today and WJLA.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE FOR TAMMY BALDWIN!

INSIDE THE FIGHT TO PROTECT TRANS RIGHTS IN MASSACHUSETTS: On Nov. 6, Massachusetts voters will decide the fate of a non-discrimination law that protects transgender people in public spaces. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the non-discrimination bill into law in July 2016, and it went into effect in October 2016. Opponents of equality used anti-transgender tactics and messages to get Question 3, which would repeal these non-discrimination protections, on the ballot this election. More from reporter Stephanie Ebbert (@StephanieEbbert) in The Boston Globe.

GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF MEXICO CITY NEARLY BARRED FROM ENTERING U.S. FOR CARRYING SHEET MUSIC IN THEIR LUGGAGE: The Los Angeles Times’ Catherine Womack (@cewomackwrites) reports that while heading to events in Los Angeles hosted by actor William Shatner and U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, the group was halted temporarily at the Houston airport. More from Los Angeles Times.

TODAY IS WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: Many LGBTQ young people experience family rejection, bullying and harassment, or feel unsafe for simply being who they are, all of which can be added risk factors for anxiety and mood disorders. HRC and the University of Connecticut’s 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report reaffirmed that, sadly, mental health disparities between LGBTQ youth and non-LGBTQ youth continue to widen, an alarming trend that we must work together to address. More from HRC.

  • HRC’s Ellen Kahn writes for Reuters: “As a culture, as a community, and especially as adults we must take seriously the work to destigmatise this issue. If we can, and if it feels safe to do so, let’s talk about what we’re doing for our mental health… And let’s eliminate once and for all the devastating, isolating myth that individuals struggling with mental illness are each struggling with it alone.” Read her full piece here.

‘TRANSPARENT’ CREATOR JILL SOLOWAY’S MOVING OPED ON HER PARENT COMING OUT AS TRANS: More from The New Yorker.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TAIWAN TO HOLD REFERENDUM ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY: HRC supports Equal Marriage Coalition Taiwan, headed by HRC Global Innovator Jennifer Lu, as they work to stop the anti-marriage equality campaign. More from U.S. News and World Report.

MORGANNA BECOMES FIRST OPENLY TRANS CONTESTANT ON ‘LA VOZ MEXICO’: More from Desastre MX.

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

OUT Magazine recommends 20 movies to watch during LGBTQ History Month; Daily Mail reviews a recent ‘Big Brother’ episode in which a contestant came out as gay; Independent reports on CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins’ apology for previous anti-LGBTQ tweets; Essence shares Samira Wiley’s journey to coming out; Gay Star News checks out a new video from GLAAD featuring Laverne Cox urging you to vote!

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