#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 23, 2018

by Allison Turner

#WontBeErased -- LGBTQ & civil rights orgs march to WH to oppose plan to erase non-discrim protections for LGBTQ people

LGBTQ AND CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS MARCH TO WHITE HOUSE TO OPPOSE TRUMP-PENCE PLAN TO ERASE NON-DISCRIM PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: The march was organized 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. 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, Washington Blade, WUSA, Bustle, Politico and NPR.

  • WATCH: HRC and coalition partners hold press conference in response to the announcement that the Trump-Pence administration intends to redefine “sex” to intentionally exclude LGBTQ people and their families from non-discrimination protections. More from HRC.
  • Trump never cared about the LGBTQ community: When asked about this disgusting erasure, Trump said: “We're looking at it. We have a lot of different concepts right now. They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender right now. You know that as well as I do and we're looking at it very seriously.”

#TurnOUT -- JUST 14 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY:

  • Today: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) will be in New Jersey to join HRC-endorsed congressional candidates Mikie Sherrill in Fairfield and Tom Malinowski in Martinsville  at events to turn out LGBTQ and pro-equality voters for the crucially important midterms. All interested media should RSVP to stephen.peters@hrc.org. More from Insider NJ.
  • Must watch: U.S. House candidate Sean Casten (IL-6) (@SeanCasten) will be the voice we need in Congress to pull the emergency brake on the Trump-Pence administration.  

TUESDAY TWEET: In a powerful must-read, Jenny Boylan (@JennyBoylan) writes of the Trump-Pence Administration plot to redefine “sex” to intentionally exclude LGBTQ people and their families from non-discrimination protections, “Redefining us won’t make us go away. It won’t restore your world to its precious, boring binary -- which, I hate to tell you, never existed in the first place. All it will do is make people suffer.” More from The New York Times.

NEW ORLEANS LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO PROMOTE LGBTQ TOURISM: More from The Associated Press.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

FOLLOWING VICIOUS ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACKS, THOUSANDS RALLY IN FRANCE TO  SUPPORT COMMUNITY: More from The Connexion.

NEW ZEALAND HAS A 50-YEAR WAITING LIST FOR PUBLICLY-FUNDED TRANSITION-RELATED SURGERIES: More from Gay Star News.

HORRIFYING -- TWO INDONESIAN MEN ARRESTED FOR RUNNING PRO-EQUALITY FACEBOOK PAGE: More from Malay Mail and New Straits Times.

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

Hromadske International interviews a Ukrainian transgender woman; [Louisville, Kentucky] Courier Journal talks about LGBTQ safe spaces within local churches; WealthManagement.com reports on UBS’s LGBT Employment Equality exchange-traded fund; On Top Magazine interviews openly bisexual actor Keiynan Lonsdale (@KeiynanLonsdale)

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