#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 11, 2018

by Allison Turner

HRC Pres Chad Griffin to Jonathan Capehart -- We are “turning the corner from resistance to action”

NEVER FORGET -- REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11: On this somber day, let us work toward a safer world and unite in the quest for peace and equality for all.

EXCLUSIVE -- JONATHAN CAPEHART (@CapehartJ) INTERVIEWS HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN: “I have never seen in my career the kind of grassroots energy and activism like we see today,” Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) said. “I really do believe if you fast forward two years, four years, five years, we will look back at this moment and see it as one of the great awakenings of our democracy. Marginalized communities all across this country are turning out in massive numbers for a host of reasons, but at the forefront of that is who Donald Trump is, and what Donald Trump is doing to our communities... I have never seen more coordination and more collaboration across social justice movements to stand up to fight back and to turn resistance.. I find that word a bit too passive. But really turning the corner from resistance to action.” More from The Washington Post.

HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN -- BRETT KAVANAUGH “HAND PICKED” BY ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMISTS: Said Griffin: “For the LGBTQ community, the urgency of our fight against Kavanaugh’s nomination is not abstract. It is literally about millions of people having a right to live their lives free from discrimination and with access to affordable health care. For decades, anti-LGBTQ extremists have attempted to use our courts as an instrument of oppression against the LGBTQ community. Now, for the second time in two years, they have hand picked one of their own to sit on the nation’s highest court.” More from OutTake Media.

ICYMI - HRC TO HONOR ACADEMY AWARD WINNER ANNE HATHAWAY AT HRC NATIONAL DINNER: “Through her incredible talent and bold activism, Anne Hathaway uses her global platform to stand up for the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “From speaking out against discriminatory legislation targeting the LGBTQ community to her leadership on workplace equality for women, Anne is making a real difference in the lives of countless people around the globe.” Hathaway will join Joe Biden, Eric Holder, Stacey Abrams, Danica Roem, Nelson Araujo and thousands more at the weekend of events raising crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality. More from On Top Magazine.

NEW HRC VIDEO FEATURING TRANS TEEN FIGHTING TO PRESERVE PROTECTIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS: The stakes couldn’t be higher for trans people like 16-year-old Nicole, who is at risk of losing vital non-discrimination protections in Massachusetts. Opponents of equality  are pushing for the repeal of Massachusetts’ trans non-discrimination law this November. Equality Voters must vote YES on Prop 3 to preserve the dignity and respect of transgender Bay Staters. Watch here.

TUESDAY TWEET -- LOGO NAMES HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR SAMEER JHA AS ONE OF SIX YOUNG, FEARLESS LGBTQ ACTIVISTS: Jha is a South Asian LGBTQ activist working to make schools safer for LGBTQ students, and started a nonprofit called The Empathy Alliance to ensure other LGBTQ youth would not have the same experiences he did. More from NewNowNext.

HORRIFYING -- DEATH THREAT, SLURS SPRAY PAINTED ON FLORIDA TRANS WOMAN’S HOME: The Alachua County Sheriff’s department is investigating the incident as a hate crime. More from The Gainesville Sun.



THE GUARDIAN EDITORIAL BOARD -- OTHERS SHOULD FOLLOW INDIA IN OVERTURNING COLONIAL-ERA LAW CRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONS: The board writes, “Conservative religious forces as well as machismo can reinforce prejudices, with LGBT issues presented as a western form of deviance… By coming out so publicly and so bravely, the petitioners -- including a dancer, a journalist, a chef and an engineer -- showed that they were part of Indian society.” More from The Guardian.

ARMENIAN PROPOSED BILL WOULD BAN “PROPAGANDA OF HOMOSEXUALITY”: The measure would go so far as to ban same-sex kissing in public. More from PanARMENIAN Net.


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Variety interviews Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on her upcoming film and her LGBTQ advocacy; QNews reports on a LGBTQ ski festival in Thredbo, Australia

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