#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 22, 2018

by HRC Staff

Trump-Pence admin reportedly planning to erase non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across federal agencies

TODAY @11 A.M --  LGBTQ AND CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS WILL MARCH TO WHITE HOUSE FOR RALLY OPPOSING TRUMP-PENCE PLAN TO ERASE NON-DISCRIM PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE ACROSS FED AGENCIES: The march will commence after an 11 a.m. press conference at HRC headquarters in response to an explosive New York Times report that the Trump-Pence Administration intends to redefine “sex” to intentionally exclude LGBTQ people and their families from non-discrimination protections.  All interested media should RSVP to charlotte.clymer@hrc.org. According to the report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to release regulations narrowly defining “sex” in an anti-transgender way that guts enforcement of existing civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. More from HRC, CNN and The New York Times.

“Setting a destructive precedent, the Trump-Pence administration intends to erase LGBTQ people from federal civil rights protections and eviscerate enforcement of non-discrimination laws,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Defining ‘sex’ in this narrow language tailored to the talking points of anti-equality extremists is part of a deliberate strategy to eliminate federal protections for LGBTQ people. This is a direct attack on the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and, if this administration refuses to reverse course, Congress must immediately take action by advancing the Equality Act to ensure that LGBTQ people are explicitly protected by our nation’s civil rights laws.”

#TurnOUT -- JUST 15 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY:

  • HRC has fanned out across the country to mobilize Equality Voters this midterm and #TurnOUT for pro-equality candidates: More from Karen Ocamb (@KarenOcamb) from Los Angeles Blade.
  • Openly LGBTQ candidates are ruuning in all 50 states this election, believed to be the first time in history! More from Into.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- WILL HURD IS BAD FOR TEXAS:

NEW REPORT -- LOS ANGELES COUNTY REPORTS HIGHEST RATE OF ANTI-TRANSGENDER HATE CRIMES ON RECORD: More from Q Voice News.

HRC FOUNDATION AND CLARK UNIV. LAUNCH SURVEY TO EXAMINE BARRIERS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE SEEKING TO FOSTER OR ADOPT: The groundbreaking survey of LGBTQ people and families will explore the impact of potential discrimination in the foster care and adoption systems in the U.S. All LGBTQ people over the age of 18 are invited to participate in the survey here. More from HRC.

FLORIDA JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF GAY MEN OUTED BY BROWARD COUNTY POLICE FOLLOWING POLICE RAID: More from Miami New Times.

EMPOWERING HBCU STUDENTS TO LEAD AND CREATE CHANGE: HRC is taking its 13th annual HBCU Leadership Summit to Atlanta next month. More from HRC.

DECADES AFTER BEING DENIED FROM PERFORMING AT CHURCH, SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS RETURN: More from San Francisco Chronicle.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

URUGUAY PASSES SWEEPING PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: Congratulations to all those in Uruguay, including HRC partners Ovejas Negras (@ovejasnegras), who worked to achieve historic congressional approval of sweeping protections for transgender people. The protections now go to the president for approval. More from The Washington Post.

INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION VOTES TO BLOCK DISCUSSION OF LGBTQ ISSUES: More from Soft Power News.

INDONESIAN RIDE-SHARING COMPANY COMES UNDER CRITICISM AFTER AN EXECUTIVE SHOWED SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: More from The Jakarta Post.

SYDNEY ANGLICAN DIOCESE SET TO BAN LGBTQ ADVOCACY, INCLUDING WEDDINGS, FROM CHURCH PROPERTIES: More from The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Des Moines Register reports on an Iowa City school’s gender-neutral homecoming court; a plus interviews openly gay Air Force football player and singer Bradley Kim; Tampa Bay Times reports on St. Petersburg’s efforts to reach LGBTQ tourists

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