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.
#TurnOUT -- JUST 11 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY:
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.
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.
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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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