#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 27, 2017

by Allison Turner

HRC’s National Dinner will be a ‘moment of resilience’; Sessions spews hatred, lies at anti-LGBTQ Heritage Foundation event

TOMORROW -- HRC’S NATIONAL DINNER WILL BE “A MOMENT OF RESILIENCE”: “While last year’s National Dinner was held during a moment of great hope, this year we are coming together during a moment of resilience -- determined to prove that no presidency can diminish the momentum of our movement,” writes HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) in Metro Weekly. “We will celebrate inspiring figures, like Billie Jean King and Uzo Aduba, who have changed hearts and minds through the stories they bring to the court and to the screen. We will honor allies like Jeff Bezos, one of the most influential CEOs in the world, who made winning marriage equality a personal cause. And we will hear from visionary leaders, like Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Kamala Harris, who are standing with us in our march towards full nationwide equality.” More from HRC and Metro Weekly.

JEFF SESSIONS SPEWS HATRED, LIES IN SPEECH AT ANTI-LGBTQ HERITAGE FOUNDATION: The U.S. attorney general yesterday defended his discriminatory “License to Discriminate” that puts millions of LGBTQ Americans at risk. He also astonishingly embraced institutionalized discrimination, and unconscionably invoked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy -- while talking about his aim to attack the fundamental right to vote by restricting access to the ballot box. Yes, you read that correctly. Reminder: when Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship in 1986, Coretta Scott King warned that he would “irreparably damage the work” of her late husband. And he’s still trying his damndest. During his Heritage remarks, Sessions also defended rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed young immigrants -- including an estimated 36,000 LGBTQ Dreamers -- who entered the U.S. as minors, to stay in the country, continue their studies and work in the U.S. More from CBS.

  • And in yet another act of anti-LGBTQ malice, the Trump-Pence administration yesterday asked the Supreme Court of the United States for time during oral arguments next week to speak in support of a cake baker who refused to serve a same-sex couple. The case is Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. More from ThinkProgress.

GROUP OF EGYPTIAN LAWMAKERS PROPOSES BROAD LAW CRIMINALIZING LGBTQ PEOPLE AND ALLIES: Yesterday, HRC expressed horror over the news that a group of Egyptian lawmakers have proposed a broad anti-LGBTQ law criminalizing LGBTQ people and allies. “In the past two months, more than 60 LGBTQ Egyptians have been arrested. Now, a group of Egyptian lawmakers have reportedly proposed disturbing new legislation that punishes same-sex relationships with imprisonment,” said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb. “This bill is one of the most dangerous anti-LGBTQ proposals we have seen in recent memory -- going so far as to punish anyone waving a rainbow flag with no less than one year in prison. It would require the public outing of anyone convicted under the proposed law. It could also be used to imprison allies who speak in support of LGBTQ people or hosting an LGBTQ event.” More from HRC and BuzzFeed.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Trent Bauer got quite the surprise when he joined the audience of The Ellen Show. The Shippensburg (Pa.) University senior, who has worked to create a campus LGBTQ resource center, was invited on stage, where Ellen DeGeneres gave him a check for $10,000 to honor and continue his work. More from The Sentinel  and TribLive.

MORE THAN 100 HRC MEMBERS & VOLUNTEERS FAN OUT ON CAPITOL HILL IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ EQUALITY: They met with members of Congress yesterday to encourage support for issues critical to the LGBTQ community -- from passing the Equality Act to supporting LGBTQ Dreamers by passing the DREAM Act. HRC’s Lobby Day is a cornerstone of the organization’s federal advocacy efforts in Washington. HRC staff work throughout the year to win support for pro-LGBTQ legislation, at all levels of government.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AHEAD OF ATLANTA’S ELECTION: The City of Atlanta is gearing up for the November 7 municipal election in which Atlantans will cast ballots for their next mayor. HRC, along with our friends at Georgia Equality, have endorsed Cathy Woolard, who has dedicated most of her life’s work to #FightingForAtlanta. More from HRC.

LGBTQ ACTORS BRAVELY SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT IN HOLLYWOOD: Cara Delevingne described inappropriate sexual advances by Harvey Weinstein, including his request to have her engage in sexual intimacy with another woman in front of him. Other LGBTQ actors, including Charlie Carver and Wilson Cruz, have also spoken out. More from NewNowNext.

DISNEY MAKES HISTORY WITH COMING OUT STORYLINE: The show Andi Mack will feature a character’s journey to discovering they are LGBTQ. The showrunners worked with LGBTQ organizations to ensure the storyline was done thoughtfully and respectfully. More from BBC and People.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS HEAD COACH SENDS MESSAGE OF SUPPORT TO LGBTQ COMMUNITY: “We’re all in this together,” said Steve Kerr when discussing the team’s LGBTQ Pride Night -- thought to be the first time a defending NBA champion has hosted such an event. More from Yahoo Sports.

RESULT OF FAILED LEADERSHIP? FRESNO STUDENT ASSAULTED, CALLED ANTI-GAY SLURS ON HER 16TH BIRTHDAY: Logann Pruneda suffered injuries to her neck after she was pelted with juice boxes and called slurs by fellow students. HRC has repeatedly called for anti-LGBTQ Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian to step down in the wake of his anti-LGBTQ remarks regarding California’s LGBTQ-inclusive sex education laws. More from The Fresno Bee.

CATHOLIC OFFICIAL SENDS SHAMEFUL “TIPS” FOR SHUTTING LGBTQ FAITHFUL OUT OF FUNERAL RITES: The “tips,” included in a newsletter to Madison, Wis., area priests, includes disallowing same-sex partners of the deceased to play a “prominent role” in funerals, and forbidding Mass at funerals where the LGBTQ deceased didn’t give “any signs of repentance before death.” More from WISC and HuffPost.

URUGUAY’S FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER SENATOR IS FIGHTING FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Michelle Suarez, is serving as a substitute for Senator Marcos Carambula. More from Reuters.


BBC reports that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was named Financial Times’ most influential LGBT business executive; Rolling Stone interviews the band Mashrou’ Leila about their experience performing in anti-LGBTQ Egypt

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