#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 18, 2018

by HRC Staff

We believe survivors. The senate must halt Kavanaugh’s confirmation; ICYMI -- HRC National Dinner roundup

WE BELIEVE SURVIVORS. THE SENATE MUST HALT KAVANAUGH’S CONFIRMATION: “Dr. Christine Glaser Ford is brave to come forward with her story, and she must be treated with respect and dignity. Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process has been anything but transparent, and now with this grave charge of sexual assault, this process must be halted immediately,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Moving forward with this confirmation process without conducting a thorough investigation would be deeply troubling and offensive to the American people, but more importantly to survivors of sexual assault across the country. It would communicate their trauma isn’t worthy of justice if a person sitting on the nation’s highest court can be confirmed without being investigated for alleged sexual violence.” More from Towleroad, Gay Star News, Washington Blade and HRC.

LATINX HERITAGE MONTH IS SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 15: HRC is proud to honor the histories, cultures and contributions of Latinx LGBTQ people and allies who continuously fight for change across our communities. More from HRC.

ICYMI - HRC NATIONAL DINNER ROUNDUP: On Saturday at the 22nd annual HRC National Dinner, the 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden addressed thousands of HRC members and supporters from across the country and around the world at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder, trailblazing Virginia Delegate Danica Roem, and Democratic candidate for Nevada Secretary of State Nelson Araujo also addressed the crowd of LGBTQ advocates and allies. Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway was honored with the HRC National Equality Award, which was presented to Hathaway by rapper, actress, and Ocean’s Eight co-star Awkwafina. ” Special guests included Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon, comedian Dana Goldberg, and many more. Find videos of their speeches at HRC.

  • Biden gave a special shout out to Georgetown first-year student Seth Owen, who was forced to leave his home because of his sexual orientation, and only able to attend college because a supportive teacher helped crowdfund over $100,000. More from First Coast News. More on Biden’s speech from into, Advocate and HuffPost.
  • Biden was introduced by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. More from SF Gate.
  • Eric Holder calls out the rhetoric of the Trump-Pence administration, calling it “rooted in fear”: More from RealClearPolitics.
  • Anne Hathaway spoke to the dangerous power of privilege and the need to name and dismantle it: More from TooFab, PopSugar, Daily Mail and New York Post.

TUESDAY TWEET --  “OUR DEMOCRACY IS IN CRISIS”: Read the powerful oped from Hillary Clinton on the Trump-Pence administration. More from The Atlantic.

RULE PROPOSED BY BETSY DEVOS’ DEPT OF ED WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR SCHOOLS TO WIELD A LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE: The leaked Title IX regulation would make it easier for schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students, students on birth control or any other student the school has an “objection” to. More from BuzzFeed.

HRC ENDORSES REP. TIM WALZ FOR MINNESOTA GOVERNOR: “A proven leader and longtime champion for equality, Congressman Walz is the clear choice for fair-minded voters. He will fight for Minnesota’s working families every day and is committed to ensuring that the North Star State remains welcoming and open to all,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “For the past decade he has stood with our community on crucial issues and the Human Rights Campaign is proud stand with him in his bid to become the next governor of Minnesota.” More from HRC.

EMMY’S HONOR LGBTQ AND ALLIED CREATORS AND CONTENT: Winners included: Best Limited Series: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Reality Competition Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Directing for a Limited Series: Ryan Murphy, “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Reality Host: RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Structured Reality Program: “Queer Eye”; and Guest Actress, Drama: Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” More from The New York Times.

NEW STUDY -- ONLY A QUARTER OF 18-TO-25-YEAR-OLD GAY AND BI MEN HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR HIV: More from The Daily Beast.

DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) HORRIFIED BY FORCED REMOVAL OF FANS IN CHINA FOR WAVING RAINBOW FLAG: The singer wrote on Instagram: “I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show. What you did takes a lot of bravery. I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity. I was horrified by what happened and I send love to all my fans involved.” More from Paper Magazine.

HRC PARENTS FOR TRANS EQUALITY COUNCIL OFFER ADVICE ON SUPPORTING TRANS AND NON-BINARY YOUTH IN SCHOOL: More from HRC.

MISS AMERICA NIA IMANI FRANKLIN SPEAKS OUT IN SUPPORT OF TRANS WOMEN COMPETING: More from Newsone.

NATION’S FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO RETIRE: Justice Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court will retire in December after 15 years on the bench. More from Portland Tribune.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TEEN ARRESTED FOR PLOTTING ATTACK ON GERMAN LGBTQ NIGHTCLUB: More from New York Post.

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

GQ offers LGBTQ people’s reflections on making their first fellow LGBTQ friend; The Economic Times reports on a government-owned Indian radio station’s response to Section 377; The Body reports that the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts will offer transition-related care to trans patients; The Futon Critic reviews a documentary on LGBTQ pride; Vice shares the struggles of non-binary people going to the gym; OUT interviews band Lucy & La Mer about their latest music video with bi+ themes

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