#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 10, 2018

by Allison Turner

#AM_Equality: Kavanaugh could destroy the balance of SCOTUS for decades; Queer Eye and RuPaul rule the Emmy’s

KAVANAUGH COULD DESTROY BALANCE OF THE SUPREME COURT FOR DECADES: In an oped for The Hill, HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow writes: “The Supreme Court could soon take cases that would determine critical issues for the LGBTQ community including whether our nation’s nondiscrimination laws include protections for LGBTQ people; whether individuals, organizations, and businesses have a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people; and whether qualified transgender people can be excluded from serving in the military, simply because of who they are… If confirmed, [Kavanaugh] could be a part of the majority that votes to dismantle all of the progress we’ve made. It’s time for our senators to answer: Do the rights of your LGBTQ constituents matter to you?” More from The Hill.

  • Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, and Louvon Harris, sister of James Byrd took over HRC’s Twitter to discuss how Kavanaugh’s nomination potentially threatens hate crimes protections nationwide. More here.

MONDAY MUST READS -- HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE, WE MUST ADDRESS THE EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN: The recent deaths Shantee Tucker in Philadelphia, Dejanay Stanton in Chicago and Vontashia Bell in Louisiana -- all Black transgender women -- underscore the urgent need to address this epidemic of violence. Said McBride: “There is a growing epidemic of violence targeting transgender people, particularly Black transgender women. This is an urgent crisis that is a by-product of the toxic and violent combination of transphobia, misogyny, and racism. As a society, our policymakers and lawmakers must do more to combat this violence.” More from Pink News and Philly.com.

ICYMI -- PENCE, HELLER AND LAXALT BRING DANGEROUS ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACKS TO NEVADA: HRC exposed the records of anti-LGBTQ U.S. Senate candidate Sen. Dean Heller and Nevada gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, campaigned with Mike Pence in Las Vegas on Friday. More from HRC.

EMMYS HONOR LGBTQ CREATERS AND CONTENT: Among the winners were the casts and crew of Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Check out the full list of winners from Vulture.

MELROSE, MASS., BOARD OF ALDERMAN UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES RESOLUTION TO PROTECT TRANS CITIZENS IN FACE OF STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURE: More from Melrose Patch.

GREY’S ANATOMY TO INTRODUCE FIRST GAY MALE SURGEON CHARACTER: Actor Alex Landi will play Dr. Nico Kim. More from Entertainment Tonight.

NATIONAL LGBT CANCER NETWORK RECEIVES $2.5M FROM CDC TO EXPAND RESOURCES: More from Gay RVA.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FACULTY GROUP RECOMMENDS NEW SYLLABI ON PRONOUN USE: more from The Daily Texan.

MAJOR SCHOOLS IN HRC RISING STATES NAMED TO CAMPUS PRIDE INDEX AS “BEST OF THE BEST” FOR LGBTQ POLICIES AND PRACTICES: Among those named are Lehigh University; The Ohio State University; The Pennsylvania State University; University of Pennsylvania; University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire; University of Wisconsin - Green Bay; and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. More from Campus Pride.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NOTORIOUS EXPORTER OF ANTI-LGBTQ HATE TURNS UP IN TAIWAN TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Brian Brown - who has unsuccessfully worked to undermine marriage equality in the U. S. for at least 11 years -- is now peddling his hatred in Taiwan. More from HRC.

POWERFUL QUOTES FROM INDIAN SUPREME COURT DECISION STRIKING COLONIAL-ERA LAW CRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS: Chief Justice Dipak Misra wrote in the decision: “The ideals and objectives enshrined in our benevolent Constitution can be achieved only when each and every individual is empowered and enabled to participate in the social mainstream and in the journey towards achieving equality in all spheres, equality of opportunities in all walks of life, equal freedoms and rights and, above all, equitable justice.” More from Quartz.

  • The Indian Supreme Court’s decision is already galvanizing decriminalization efforts in other British Commonwealth countries. A veteran Singapore diplomat is calling for similar change in his country because of this historic decision. More from Reuters.

HORRIFYING -- TRANS WOMAN BURNED ALIVE IN PAKISTAN: The woman, misgendered in media reports, was attacked by four men. Local activist group Trans Action Pakistan is working to identify the woman. More from Pink News.

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

HRC interviews 2018 HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador Miles Sanchez; Refinery29 profiles Angela Ponce, Miss Universe’s first openly transgender contestant; into shares the power of the trans community and why cis LGBQ people should address their biases; Outsmart Magazine reviews a new local theatre production with LGBTQ themes

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