#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 25, 2018

by HRC Staff

Trump solicitor general doubles down on bigotry at SCOTUS in attempt to erase trans people

TRUMP SOLICITOR GENERAL DOUBLES DOWN ON BIGOTRY AT SCOTUS IN ATTEMPT TO ERASE TRANS PEOPLE: Noel Francisco argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that civil rights protections banning sex discrimination in the workplace do not cover transgender employees. Said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow: “Time and time again, federal circuit courts have ruled that discriminating against an individual based on their gender identity is form of sex discrimination -- which is prohibited under a wide range of federal laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” More from HRC and Bloomberg Law.

#TurnOUT -- JUST 12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY:

  • HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) on Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp’s unconscionable comments supporting voter suppression: “These remarks from any candidate for office would be appalling, but for them to come from a Secretary of State who oversees voting is especially disturbing. [Kemp] has no place serving as Secretary of State, Governor, or in any public office.” More from Common Dreams.
  • The Trump-Pence administration is using trans people as political pawns just days before the midterms: More from Liam Stack (@liamstack) at The New York Times.
  • Equality Act will be a priority if Democrats win back the U.S. House. More from Tim Fitzsimons (@tfitzsimons) at NBC.
  • EXPOSED -- Anti-LGBTQ candidates in Arizona: More from HRC.
  • ICYMI -- Pence campaigned in Pennsylvania yesterday for anti-equality U.S. House candidates John Chrin (PA-8) and Scott Perry (PA-10). See their dismal records exposed from HRC.
  • Trans equality is on the ballot in Massachusetts: Trans trailblazer Laverne Cox (@LaverneCox) and Griffin yesterday joined Yes on 3 and local parents and educators working to preserve critical non-discrimination protections for trans Bay Staters. Watch here. More from Boston Public Radio.

HRC RELEASES FAQ ON SUPPORTING TRANS AND NON-BINARY K-12 STUDENTS:  The guide is for educators looking to support students in the wake of an explosive report from the New York Times that the Trump-Pence administration is planning to adopt an anti-transgender legal definition of “sex” under Title IX that could gut enforcement of existing civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. The bottom line: the Trump-Pence proposal does nothing to change the responsibility of educators to proactively support transgender and non-binary students. More from HRC.

  • What does this discriminatory plan mean for the intersex community? Alicia Roth Weigel writes for The New York Times.

MOTHER OF TRANS DAUGHTER CALLS TO VOTE YES ON 3 IN MASSACHUSETTS TO RETAIN TRANS NONDISCRIM PROTECTIONS: Parent-advocate Vanessa Ford writes, “Transgender protections ensure Ellie can go to her favorite comic book store, see a movie, or play at the park without being told she isn’t welcome... We want her light to continue to shine, and in Massachusetts that means voting YES on Question 3.” More from ABC.

  • The #Yeson3 campaign has out-raised opponents of trans equality. More from Mass Live.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- APPLE CEO TIM COOK CAME OUT AS GAY AFTER SEEING OTHERS BULLIED ONLINE: More from CNN.

HRC ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES FOR PROJECT ONE AMERICA: Meghan Kissell will serve as as the new director of Project One America and Denise Donnell as the state director for the Human Rights Campaign’s office in Arkansas. Through Project One America, HRC has worked to pass several non-discrimination ordinances in Mississippi and Alabama, to improve health care conditions for LGBTQ Southerners and to elect pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. More from HRC.

TODAY -- PARENTS OF MATTHEW SHEPARD DONATE HISTORIC COLLECTION TO SMITHSONIAN: The National Museum of American History will receive papers and personal objects of Matthew Shepard, a young, gay college student who died of severe injuries following a vicious attack in October 1998. Tomorrow, Shepard’s body will be interred at the Washington National Cathedral. More from The New York Times and The National Museum of American History.

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST B&B THAT REFUSED SERVICE TO SAME-SEX COUPLE: More from The News-Gazette.

EXPOSED -- U.S. HOUSE CANDIDATE DIANE HARKEY (CA-49)’S ANTI-LGBTQ VOTING RECORD: HRC is proud to endorse Mike Levin to represent California’s 49th district. More from the Los Angeles Blade.

ANTI-LGBTQ KIM DAVIS DEFENDS DECISION TO DISCRIMINATE: She’s running for re-election as county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky. More from The Associated Press.

FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM APOLOGIZES FOR RACIST, TRANSPHOBIC EDITORIAL CARTOON: More from Dallas Magazine.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HORRIFYING -- MALAYSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER CLAIMS NATURAL DISASTER IS “PUNISHMENT” FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from Asian One.

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

The New York Times interviews transgender authors; HuffPost shares experiences of anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination; Ithaca Voice interviews a 16 year old working to end the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy”; The Associated Press delves into the history of LGBTQ representation in video games; People reports on Ellen Pompeo’s recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she shared a story of a gay teen who came out to his parents

 

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