#AM_Equality Tipsheet: October 9, 2018

by HRC Staff

HRC joins Atlanta Mayor Bottoms & Rep. Lewis to launch Municipal Equality Index

HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN JOINS ATLANTA MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS & REP. JOHN LEWIS TO LAUNCH 7th ANNUAL MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX: Yesterday, the City of Atlanta and HRC celebrated Atlanta’s score of 100 in HRC Foundation’s 2018 Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The annual MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality. Atlanta and 77 other cities across the nation scored 100, a record number since the first MEI in 2012. More from HRC.

  • Across the country, cities and their elected officials are celebrating their MEI scores. Check out this Twitter moment from HRC.

HRC FOUNDATION RELEASES TWO MAJOR RESOURCES FOR NATIONAL LATINX HERITAGE MONTH: HRC, in partnership with the Hispanic Federation and UnidosUS, released Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans, a resource for LGBTQ Latinx people living in the U.S. Additionally, HRC and the University of Connecticut released a groundbreaking report, 2018 Latinx LGBTQ Youth Report, detailing the experiences of young LGBTQ youth in the U.S. More from HRC.

REMEMBERING MATTHEW SHEPARD: In the 20 years since Matthew Shepard’s murder, his memory and the loving advocacy of his parents Judy (@WyoJudyShepard) and Dennis have inspired many to open their hearts and to speak out against hate in all of its forms. Significant progress has been made to expand protections and support for victims of hate-motivated crime. But too many in the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender women of color, are targeted with violence. Last year was the deadliest year on record for the trans community, with at least 29 trans people, mostly Black women, killed.

HRC’S CHAD GRIFFIN HITS THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES IN NORTH CAROLINA:

TUESDAY TWEET -- TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN NEVADA AND MICHIGAN: Meanwhile, come find Billy Eichner on the campaign trail in Arizona, Nevada and Wisconsin as he joins forces with HRC and Funny or Die to #TurnOUT! More from HRC.

HAPPENING TONIGHT -- THE HOTTEST EVENT FOR EQUALITY AND FOODIES, HRC’S ‘CHEFS FOR EQUALITY’: The evening benefits the fight for full LGBTQ equality and will be held for the first time at the Washington National Cathedral -- a beacon for equality. More from HRC.

THIS SAME-SEX COUPLE MADE KELLY CLARKSON CRY ON THE VOICE: More from OUT Magazine.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HIGH-PROFILE SINGAPOREANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST LAW CRIMINALIZING CONSENSUAL RELATIONS BETWEEN MEN: They include former Ambassador to the U.S. Tommy Koh, former Attorney General Walter Woon, as well as business and education leaders. More from San Francisco Gate.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY, LATVIA ELECTS TWO OPENLY LGBTQ CANDIDATES: More from Gay Star News.

SYDNEY POLICE INVESTIGATING THREATENING ANTI-LGBTQ GRAFFITI: More from The Daily Telegraph.

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

HRC visits Beirut for the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality conference; PinkNews shares how the first woman and openly bi CEO of Lloyd’s of London has dealt with anti-LGBTQ attacks; Grit Daily offers tips on how to stop cyberbullying; St. Louis Post-Dispatch shares a powerful performance at the local Miss Gay America pageant

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