#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 17, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, champion for equality; Ohio lawmakers introduce the Ohio Fairness Act.

HRC MOURNS CIVIL RIGHTS HERO AND CHAMPION FOR EQUALITY CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D-MD): Elijah Cummings was a tireless champion of racial justice and LGBTQ equality in Congress and beyond. It is a profound loss for the city of Baltimore and the entire nation. We honor his enduring legacy to fiercely fight for the most marginalized among us. More from CNN.

PRODUCER AND ACTOR EUGENE LEE YANG TO RECEIVE VISIBILITY AWARD AT 2019 SAN FRANCISCO GALA ON SATURDAY: “As an all-star talent and artist, Yang (@EugeneLeeYang) bravely uses his Try Guys channel platform to lift up the LGBTQ community, celebrate Asian American visibility and open hearts and minds across the United States,” said HRC Foundation Senior Vice President Jay Brown. “The bravery and power of his beautiful coming out video not only broke the internet, it also raised more than $100,000 for LGBTQ youth.” More from HRC.

  • Alongside Yang, HRC will honor Levi Strauss & Co. with the Corporate Award and John Lake, Vice President, Multicultural Strategy and LGBTQ Segment leader for Wells Fargo, with the Charles M. Holmes Community Service Award. More from San Francisco Bay Times.

OHIO STATE LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE FAIRNESS ACT TO PROTECT LGBTQ RESIDENTS: “For decades, LGBTQ Ohioans have had to live under a patchwork of protections that leaves them and their families at risk of real discrimination,” said HRC Ohio State Director Shawn Copeland (@Sdcopeland3). “With almost 70% of Ohioans supporting non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, its time the Ohio General Assembly follow through for our community and pass the Fairness Act.” More from Prizm.

HRC MOURNS BRIANNA “BB” HILL, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN KANSAS CITY: “She had family and friends who are mourning this senseless loss -- a loss that is part of a larger epidemic of violence against the transgender community in this country, spurred by a toxic mix of transphobia, racism, misogyny and unchecked gun violence," said HRC Spokesperson Elliott Kozuch (@ElliottKozuch). Hill, 30, was shot on Monday; a suspect at the scene has been arrested, Kansas City Police Capt. Tim Hernandez told local press. More from KCTV5, TransGriot and Newsweek.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- SAME-SEX COUPLE ADOPTS BABY WITH HIV WHO WAS REJECTED BY 10 FAMILIES: More from Out

  • It is in the best interests of children that all qualified adults who have the room in their hearts and homes to adopt a child are permitted to do so, and are treated fairly in the process. Learn more about HRC’s work to create equality in the child welfare system here.

PARENTS OF MATTHEW SHEPARD CALL OUT ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR FOR HYPOCRISY, ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIONS AT DOJ EVENT: More from CNN, The New York Times and David Crary (@CraryAP) at The Associated Press.

HRC CELEBRATES FIRST-EVER #HBCUOUTLOUD DAY: As part of #HBCUOutLoud Day, and in cooperation with the bipartisan HBCU Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, HRC hosted a discussion on Capitol Hill exploring the ways Congress can partner with HBCUs to support LGBTQ diversity and inclusion efforts on campuses. More from HRC.

ICYMI -- YESTERDAY WAS INTERNATIONAL PRONOUNS DAY: More from HRC.

  • NPR shared tips on making workplaces more inclusive for folks of all gender identities here.

HRC NAMED A FINALIST IN FIVE SHORTY SOCIAL GOOD AWARDS CATEGORIES! See HRC’s entries and the other finalists here.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TWO UGANDAN TRANS WOMEN ATTACKED: The women, known as Nash and Zari, were attacked by men in masks near the Kampala-Entebbe International Airport. More from Erasing 76 Crimes.

FRENCH PARLIAMENT’S LOWER HOUSE VOTES TO BROADEN ACCESS TO IN VITRO FERTILIZATION TO SAME-SEX COUPLES, SINGLE PARENTS: More from The Associated Press.

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Arch Paper shares that the New York City Council has designated six LGBTQ sites as landmarks; Advocate reviews Chris Colfer’s (@chriscolfer) new children’s book, “A Tale of Magic”; The Courier reports on a University of Northern Iowa speaker who was kicked out of the college in the 1960s becuase of his sexual orientation

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