#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 26, 2018

by Allison Turner

Matthew Shepard laid to final rest at the Washington National Cathedral; 1500 parents tell Trump their trans children #WontBeErased

THIS MORNING - HRC JOINS JUDY AND DENNIS SHEPARD IN HONORING THEIR SON,  MATTHEW, AS HE IS LAID TO FINAL REST AT THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL: “Our nation will never forget Matthew, and his life and legacy continue to inspire progress,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) . “By honoring his memory and his family with action, and by continuing to support the crucial work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, we can help create a world where no person lives in fear because of who they are or who they love.” More from BBC.

  • Livestream the service here.


  • SATURDAY IN NEW JERSEY: HRC President Chad Griffin will join U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-8) and LGBTQ and allied voters to help #TurnOUT the vote for HRC-endorsed candidate Andy Kim for Congress (NJ-3). Interested media should RSVP to stephen.peters@hrc.org.
  • SUNDAY IN MINNESOTA: Griffin will join LGBTQ and pro-equality voters in for events to turn out the vote for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and HRC-endorsed candidates Angie Craig (D), Tim Walz (D), and Tina Smith (D). Interested media should RSVP to stephen.peters@hrc.or
  • Today, HRC published a full page ad in USA Today urging voters to turn out for pro-equality candidates and make the difference on November 6. More from HRC.
  • EXPOSED -- Attorney General Brad Schimel is wrong for Wisconsin: From urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant a potentially sweeping license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and opposing protections for LGBTQ youth facing discrimination and bullying in our school, to working to block millions of Wisconsities from accessing care through the Affordable Care Act, Schimel has never put his constituents first. More from HRC.

1,500 PARENTS OF TRANS CHILDREN SEND LETTER TO TRUMP-PENCE DENOUNCING ATTEMPT TO ERASE TRANSGENDER PEOPLE FROM CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS: “As the parent of a beautiful and bold transgender child, our families deserve the full and equal protection of the federal government and our nation’s civil rights laws” said Jodie Patterson, a member of HRC’s Board of Directors and HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council. “Our government has an obligation to assist and protect young people, not to erase them. I’m proud to join with other parents across our nation in condemning this Administration’s proposal, and our families need all fair-minded voters to turn out between now and November 6 to make sure we elect leaders who will defend the rights of our children.” The letter was organized by HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation’s leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. More from HRC.

REMEMBER TRUMP’S PHONY PROMISE TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY DURING HIS 2016 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION? And how he followed it up by targeting us at every turn? Among the most recent attacks: Trump’s Solicitor General argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that civil rights protections banning sex discrimination in the workplace do not cover transgender employees, and the Trump-Pence White House is attempting to redefine “sex” across the federal government to justify refusing to protect transgender people under federal civil rights law. We remember. And we’ll remember on Election Day. More from Frank Bruni (@FrankBruni) at The New York Times.

  • Transgender Harvard swimmer Schuyler Bailar (@sb_pinkmantaray) on Trump’s attacks on trans people: “Tomorrow I will wake up and put my swimsuit on and I will continue this… Because the very act of living is refuting his every word. I live. I exist.” More from Washington Post.
  • Transgender religious leaders are speaking out against Trump’s attack. More from HuffPost.
  • WATCH -- Trans musicians Gavin Rayna Russom (@thegavinrayna), Jaimie Wilson (@tboy61915), Mila Jam (@themilajam) and Morgin DuPont (@MorginDuPont) spoke about how they #WontBeErased for Billboard.

FIRED UP FRIDAY -- MEET SIX HRC VOLUNTEERS FIGHTING TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY: Thousands of volunteers in key states including Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and in competitive districts nationwide have stepped up, committing time and expertise to the cause and showing that there’s no action too late to make a difference, no act of resistance too insignificant. More from HRC.

TODAY IS INTERSEX AWARENESS DAY: HRC sat down with Jonathan Leggette, an HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador from Olympia, Washington, to learn about his work raising awareness of intersex people ahead of our annual celebration of Intersex Awareness Day. More from HRC.

GAY MEXICAN IMMIGRANT FREED FROM ICE CUSTODY: Jose “Ivan” Noe Nuñez Martinez has been reunited with his husband, Paul Frame, an American citizen. More from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

GAY CATHOLIC CHURCH EMPLOYEE FORCED TO RESIGN FOLLOWING THREATS AND HARASSMENT: Aaron Bianco of San Diego reportedly had his tires slashed, and received “hundreds of letters, phone calls and emails,” including death threats. More from Metro Weekly.

“TRANSMILITARY” TO PREMIERE ON LOGO ON NOVEMBER 15: More about the film, directed by Gabriel Silverman and former HRC board of directors member Fiona Dawson, at NewNowNext.

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

Gay Times interviews gay actor Garrett Clayton (@garrettclayton1) about how he was pressured to remain closeted earlier in his career; The New York Times reviews “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” a memoir from Casey Gerald; The New York Times looks at transgender representation in stock images; Independent reviews “Truly Frank: A Dublin Memoir,” from Frank McDonald

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