#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 17, 2018

by HRC Staff

The choice is clear in the Georgia governor’s race; Unregistered Nevada group demonizes trans people, attacks pro-equality candidates

#TurnOUT -- JUST 20 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY

  • The choice is clear in Georgia: Writes HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “Georgians of all backgrounds should fight back against hate by rejecting [anti-LGBTQ gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp’s] discriminatory efforts and by electing Stacey Abrams as the next governor of Georgia… Georgia needs a leader who will affirm the inherent worth and humanity of every Georgian, no matter their identity or background.” More from Advocate. And more on Abrams’ commitment to equality from WABE.
  • Scenes from the U.S. Senate debate in Arizona: Reporter Kelsey Mo (@kmo75947) writes that viewers at HRC’s watch party lauded Kyrsten Sinema as showing “she can get past partisan divide and be a voice for Arizonans.” More from The Arizona Republic.
  • EXPOSED -- Wisconsin’s anti-equality candidates: From fighting to ban marriage equality, to opposing critical protections for transgender youth, Scott Walker, Leah Vukmir and Glenn Grothman are a threat to our community -- and dangerously out of step with the majority of Wisconsin voters who believe in equality, fairness and justice.  More from HRC.
  • Yeardley Smith announced today she is donating $250,000 to HRC’s SuperPAC ahead of the midterms. The contribution from Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson in “The Simpsons”, will “enable us to reach that many more voters in the midterms,” Griffin told Variety’s Ted Johnson (@tedstew). Smith, who has been a critical partner in the battle for full equality in this country, will be matching donations up to $50,000 from others. More from Variety.
  • Tomorrow: Griffin will be in Stevenson Ranch, CA, to phone bank with U.S. House candidate Kate Hill. If you are interested in covering the event, contact press@hrc.org.
  • Yesterday, Griffin joined HRC-endorsed congressional candidate Gil Cisneros, Rep. Mark Takano and other key LGBTQ advocates and allies for a California Democratic Party rally at Cisneros’ campaign headquarters before volunteers and supporters fanned out to knock on doors in his district.

UNREGISTERED NEVADA GROUP DEMONIZES TRANS PEOPLE, ATTACKS PRO-EQUALITY GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE STEVE SISOLAK: “These ads are egregious, hateful and not representative of who we are as a state,” said HRC Nevada State Director Briana Escamilla. “Time and time again, in races across the country, we’ve seen that hate is a losing political strategy, yet far right, sham organizations continue to latch on to LGBTQ discrimination and demonize the transgender community to stir up votes. It won’t work.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- WHERE DOES YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS STAND ON LGBTQ EQUALITY? HRC today released its Congressional Scorecard measuring support for LGBTQ equality in the 115th Congress. Members of Congress were scored based on a range of key indicators of support for LGBTQ equality -- from votes in the Senate to confirm anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence cabinet officials and judicial nominees, including Brett Kavanaugh -- to votes and co-sponsorships in both chambers on pieces of legislation that significantly impact LGBTQ people and their families. More from HRC.

SHAMEFUL -- TRUMP-PENCE DEPT. OF EDUCATION DRAFTS PROPOSED REGULATION TO MAKE SCHOOLS LESS ACCOUNTABLE FOR ADDRESSING SEXUAL ASSAULT:

HRC JOINS PARTNERS IN OPPOSING NATIONAL PARK SERVICES’ PROTEST FEES: Nothing is more American than to peaceably assemble to advocate for government action. The Trump-Pence proposal to restrict access to our most iconic and politically significant sites is wrong. More from Human Rights Watch.

LAMBDA LEGAL FILES LAWSUIT IN KANSAS ALLEGING BIRTH CERTIFICATE POLICY VIOLATES 14TH AMENDMENT: Kansas is one of three states that do not allow transgender people to update their gender marker on birth certificates. More from The Kansas City Star.

REPUBLICAN PRECINCT COMMITTEE MEMBER RESIGNS AFTER MAKING RACIST REMARKS AGAINST NATIVE AMERICAN LESBIAN CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE SHARICE DAVIDS: More from Advocate.

TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL PRONOUNS DAY: Learn more on why pronouns matter and how to support transgender and non-binary people from HRC.

MICHAEL BLOOM JOINS HRC’S EQUALITY ROCKS CAMPAIGN: More from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

MAN TORTURED BY CHECHEN GOVERNMENT RISKS LIFE BY FILING OFFICIAL COMPLAINT, FIGHTS FOR INVESTIGATION: More from RadioFreeEurope / RadioLiberty.

VIOLENCE ERUPTS AS POLISH POLICE PROTECT LGBTQ MARCHERS FROM ANTI-EQUALITY EXTREMISTS: More from NBC.

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

Cleveland Scene interviews Andrew Schriver, who is offering free name change services for transgender Ohioans; Advocate highlights a touching homecoming invitation from a gay teen to his straight best friend; ArtNet News highlights HRC’s upcoming Artists for Equality Benefit Auction; ABC interviews trans advocate Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__)

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