#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 13, 2017

by Allison Turner

HRC remembers marriage equality pioneer Edie Windsor; HRC report highlights Trump-Pence attacks on LGBTQ people & democracy

HRC REMEMBERS MARRIAGE EQUALITY PIONEER EDITH WINDSOR: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) responded to the heartbreaking news that Edith “Edie” Windsor has passed away at the age of 88 with this statement: “Edie Windsor is a hero and civil rights icon who pushed our country closer to the promise of a more perfect union. Future generations will learn how she faced down discrimination with courage and defiance, and boldly challenged the United States government to treat her marriage to Thea Spyer equally under the law -- as our Constitution guarantees. After Edie Windsor succeeded in defeating the Defense of Marriage Act, she continued to push forward, galvanizing the support of hundreds of thousands of Americans in support of the Obergefell case before the United States Supreme Court in 2015. We join millions across the nation in mourning the loss of Edie Windsor, and share our deepest condolences with her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor.” Windsor, plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, successfully challenged and defeated the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013. Her case was argued by Roberta Kaplan, and paved the way for the 2015 Supreme Court decision that granted nationwide marriage equality, Obergefell v. Hodges. Windsor was also the first signatory on the “People’s Brief,” a first-of-its-kind amicus brief signed by more than 200,000 Americans -- the largest such brief in history -- and submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of marriage equality in the Obergefell case. More from The New York Times.

NEW HRC FOUNDATION REPORT HIGHLIGHTS TRUMP-PENCE’S STEALTH ATTACKS ON DEMOCRACY AND THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: The HRC Foundation has released a new report, Trump’s Administrative Abuse and the LGBTQ Community, highlighting the Trump-Pence administration's highly unusual and abusive efforts to quietly roll back critical protections, programs and services for the LGBTQ community by bypassing longstanding administrative policies and customs for instituting such changes. “Under the Trump-Pence administration, federal agencies have ignored long-standing guidelines for engaging the public in policy changes specifically targeting the LGBTQ community and in some instances have failed to report changes all together,” said HRC Associate Legal Director Robin Maril. “This stealth effort by Trump-Pence to disregard the legal safeguards in place to promote consistency and public accountability is undermining public trust and fostering an atmosphere of anxiety and skepticism.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- SPANISH RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS: HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools, the nation’s premier professional development program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools, has translated three major resources into Spanish -- including “Be Prepared for Questions and Put-Downs on Gender/Esté preparado para preguntas e insultos sobre el género,” “Checklist for a Welcoming School Environment/Consejos para lograr un ambiente inclusivo y acogedor,” and “Yes, They Are a Family!”/Sí Son Una Familia.” More from HRC.

RECURSOS EN ESPAÑOL PARA LOS DOCENTES Y LA ADMINISTRACIÓN ESCOLAR: El programa Escuelas Acogedoras de HRC ofrece tres de sus más importantes recursos en español que incluyen -- "Esté preparado para preguntas e insultos sobre el género”, “Consejos para lograr un ambiente inclusivo y acogedor” y “Sí Son Una Familia.” Vea más en HRC.

WILL LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE LOS ANGELES BE THE SITE OF THE 2024 OR 2028 OLYMPICS?: Los Angeles is a powerhouse city for LGBTQ equality -- earning a score of 100 on every edition of HRC’s Municipal Equality Index, which scores cities on their pro-equality policies and practices. The International Olympic Committee plans to make its announcement today.

  • The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission is holding a series of public hearings to discuss policing and marginalized communities, including the LGBTQ community. More from the Compton Herald.

PFLAG NAMES JAIME M. GRANT AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Grant was previously director of the Policy Institute at the National LGBTQ Task Force, the founding executive director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership and the founder and director of the Global Trans Research and Advocacy Project. More from the Advocate.

SO-CALLED ‘TEXAS VALUES’ GROUP WANTS SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST LGBTQ EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS: The group is protesting revisions to the District’s non-discrimination policies passed unanimously last month by the San Antonio Independent School District School Board that would protect LGBTQ students and employees from discrimination. More from San Antonio Current.

RAISING RYLAND -- PARENTS OF TRANS BOY BECOME ADVOCATES FOR EQUALITY: HRC recently sat down with Hillary and Jeff Whittington of California, members the HRC Foundation's Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of some of the nation's leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. The Whittingtons are the proud parents of Ryland, who is transgender, and Brynley. More from HRC.

CHECK OUT THE LATEST HRC RESISTANCE REPORT: The Resistance Report provides bi-monthly updates on the latest actions HRC is taking to unite, resist and enlist against anti-LGBTQ hate on the federal, state and local levels. Check out the latest edition from HRC.

FIRST-EVER U.N. EXPERT ON LGBTQ ISSUES STEPS DOWN: Vitit Muntarbhorn, an international law professor from Thailand and the first-ever United Nations (U.N.) Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has resigned effective October 31. “Professor Muntarbhorn has done an exceptional job as the first-ever Independent Expert. All LGBTQ people, regardless of where they live, will continue to benefit from his efforts to protect them from violence and discrimination,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global. “We thank him for his pioneering service, and wish him the very best.” Muntarbhorn cited illness and family obligations in his resignation letter. More from HRC and the Washington Blade.

CUBAN LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER DAMAGED IN HURRICANE IRMA: The Centro Comunitario de Cultura, located in Santo Domingo, has major damage to its walls and roof. The center is looking for donations to repair its building. More from the Washington Blade.

  • In Mexico, muxes, or third-gender people, are leading the charge in helping the community of Juchitan heal following natural disaster. More from Reuters.

LIGHTING THE WAY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA: Australians are proudly proclaiming their pro-equality votes on Australia’s postal survey on marriage equality by illuminating the word ‘yes’ in string lights on their homes. More from NewNowNext.

  • Tech giant Apple has spoken out in support of Australian marriage equality. More from Mashable.

SHAMEFUL -- BRAZILIAN LGBTQ ART EXHIBIT FORCED TO SHUT DOWN: The exhibit was forced to close a month early due to anti-LGBTQ vandalism and extremist comments posted online, in a country where anti-LGBTQ violence is common and often dangerous. More from Gay Star News.


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