#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 25, 2017

by Allison Turner

Roy Moore says Obergefell ‘even worse’ than Dred Scott ruling upholding slavery; Sessions to address group pushing anti-LGBTQ policy

SENATE CANDIDATE ROY MOORE SAYS OBERGEFELL ‘EVEN WORSE’ THAN DRED SCOTT RULING UPHOLDING SLAVERY: This what Moore, the candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, had to say about the Supreme Court of the United States’ national marriage equality ruling: "I was simply pointing out that in 1857 the United States Supreme Court did rule that black people were property. And of course that contradicted the Constitution and it took a civil war to overturn it," he said in a podcast interview last November, TPM reported. Moore goes on: "But this ruling in Obergefell is even worse, in a sense, because it forces not only people to recognize marriage other than the institution ordained of God and recognized by nearly every state in the union, it says that you now must do away with the definition of marriage and make it between two persons of the same gender…" In 2016, Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to implement a ruling that brought marriage equality to Alabama. Recently, he took his extremism one step further by saying that he and Vladimir Putin may be "more akin... than [he] knows," specifically citing both of their views on LGBTQ rights. More from Talking Points Memo and The Hill.

TOMORROW -- U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS WILL ADDRESS GROUP PUSHING ANTI-LGBTQ POLICY, NOMINEES: A media advisory from the Department of Justice (DOJ) says that he is slated to discuss "Constitutional principles and the rule of law." Reminder: Sessions changed DOJ policy by refusing to protect transgender people under Title VII and launched a sweeping license to discriminate against LGBTQ people. More from BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden (@dominicholden).

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY: Actor and comedian Billy Eichner (@billyeichner) was recently honored with HRC’s Visibility Award at the HRC San Francisco Gala. In an impassioned speech, he spoke about the importance of being out and being an inspiration to LGBTQ youth. Watch his full speech here.

"I WAS GROWING UP IN TWO CLOSETS" -- GAY DREAMER SPEAKS OUT: "Being in those two closets [as gay and as a Dreamer] really makes you feel how lonely and isolated you are," said Tony, a Dreamer. Dreamers are undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as minors, many of whom have been allowed to stay and continue their studies and work in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Trump-Pence administration has announced it will be phasing out the program over the next six months. It is estimated that approximately 75,000 Dreamers are LGBTQ. HRC has endorsed the 2017 DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship and stop the unconscionable deportation of Dreamers. Watch here.

KERRY WASHINGTON GOES AFTER TRUMP IN FIERY SPEECH: "We’ve gone from a White House lit in all the colors of Pride, to a White House that literally preaches division and discrimination," Washington (@kerrywashington) said in an acceptance speech after receiving GLSEN’s Inspiration Award. More from Pink News and Entertainment Weekly.

SIMPLY CRUEL -- SIX-YEAR-OLD TRANS GIRL BANNED FROM HUGGING FELLOW STUDENTS: Emma was banned from using the bathroom most aligned with her gender identity, and told by her North Carolina school officials not to hug other students. More from Refinery29.

WISCONSIN CITY TO VOTE ON NONDISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY: The ordinance will protect citizens from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The De Pere City Council is expected to vote on the proposal on November 7. More from Green Bay Press-Gazette.

TODAY @ 1 p.m. -- HRC TO HOST FREE WEBINAR ON YOUTH ADVOCATES’ ROLE IN FINDING AFFIRMING FAMILIES FOR LGBTQ FOSTER YOUTH: "The Role of Youth Advocates in Developing Affirming Families for LGBTQ Youth" will showcase the New York City adoption agency, You Gotta Believe, and its innovative model for engaging youth advocates in finding families for LGBTQ youth in care. The training is offered by HRC’s All Children - All Families (ACAF) project. More from HRC.

TRANSGENDER ASYLUM SEEKERS RELEASED FROM DETENTION CENTERS: The 11 transgender women, all from Central America, are now awaiting asylum hearings -- although four gay men who arrived with the women are still in detention. More from Arizona Public Media.

HORRIFYING FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF LGBTQ PEOPLE TORTURED IN AZERBAIJAN: One man described being abducted while walking down the street, detained and electrocuted. Local police claim the arrests are part of an "anti-prostitution campaign," but advocates in the area say the arrests are part of a larger anti-LGBTQ crackdown leaving dozens beaten and humiliated. More from The Independent.

TOMORROW IS INTERSEX AWARENESS DAY: The day commemorates the first demonstration by intersex people in North America, and is marked by organizations across the globe, including HRC, partnering to raise the visibility of the intersex community. Check out seven ways to be an ally to an intersex person from NewNowNext.

  • Intersex Model Hanne Gaby Odiele is using her platform to advocate for the intersex community. More from NewNowNext.

THREE-QUARTERS OF AUSTRALIAN VOTERS HAVE VOTED IN MARRIAGE EQUALITY POSTAL SURVEY: That’s nearly 12 million people, according to the Bureau of Statistics. More from Reuters.

PANAMA JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF LAW BANNING MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Panama Supreme Court Justice Luis Ramón Fábrega ruled a law preventing marriage equality was constitutional. More from Gay Star News.


Refinery29 reports that Marvel Cinematic Universe has unveiled its first bixexual superhero, Valkyrie; South China Morning Post reviews "Close-Knit," a Japanese film with transgender themes; The Associated Press visits an LGBTQ rodeo event; The New York Times speaks to how schools across the country are respecting transgender and non-binary students; Perez Hilton (@ThePerezHilton) shares his journey to fatherhood in HuffPost.

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