#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 4, 2018

by Allison Turner

TODAY - Hearings begin for Kavanaugh - a threat to LGBTQ, civil and reproductive rights; Two women caned in Malaysia for being LGBTQ

TODAY -- HEARINGS BEGIN FOR BRETT KAVANAUGH. WHAT’S AT STAKE AT THE SUPREME COURT: This morning, leaders from HRC, NARAL, National Women’s Law Center, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and others joined a press call opposing Trump-Pence SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “Make no mistake, in nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Donald Trump has picked someone he fully expects to do his bidding in gutting protections for those with pre-existing conditions and in ripping health care away from millions, from women to LGBTQ people to those living with HIV,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “The American people cannot afford for senators to pretend that Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is anything short of a direct threat on our access to health care, on our rights, and on our progress.” For more information on the call, including McBride’s full remarks, contact press@hrc.org.

MUST WATCH MONDAY: In VICE’s groundbreaking series ‘Trans in Texas,’ correspondent Gianna Toboni (@GiannaToboni) travels to Pearland, Texas, to visit with Kai, a young trans girl who became the center of a national story when her school board failed her and denied her access to restrooms that correspond to her gender identity. More from VICE.

HRC MOURNS VONTASHIA BELL, BLACK TRANS WOMAN SHOT IN SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA: According to local media, which misgendered her in their reports, Bell, 18, was shot multiple times early Thursday morning. Police found Bell lying on the street in the Cedar Grove neighborhood. Police rushed her to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. No suspect has been identified, but investigators are asking anyone with information to contact  Shreveport Police Investigators at (318) 673-6955. Bell’s death marks the 13th known killing of a transgender person in Louisiana since January 2013, the highest among all 50 states. More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES LORIE BURCH FOR U.S. CONGRESS FOR TEXAS’ 3RD DISTRICT: “Lorie Burch is the clear choice for fair-minded voters of Texas’ 3rd Congressional District,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “From Plano to McKinney to Blue Ridge, Texas’ hard-working families deserve a representative in Congress who will stand up for fairness and equality, reject the toxic and divisive politics of discrimination, and find common-sense solutions to the challenges they face.” More from HRC.

INTERVIEW WITH OKLAHOMA TRANS STUDENT AND FAMILY FORCED TO MOVE FOLLOWING VIOLENT THREATS FROM OTHER PARENTS: Screenshots from a parent Facebook group for the Achille school district revealed gruesome, violent and disgusting threats against Maddie, a 12-year-old girl. More from VICE.

CNN TALKS WITH AIMEE STEPHENS, TRANS WOMAN SUING FOR RIGHT TO WORK: “What they did to me was wrong, and I won't be the last,” Stephens said. "It's important that we treat one another as we would want to be treated.” The Sixth Circuit court recently ruled that a Michigan funeral home violated Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 by firing a Aimee Stephens in the case EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes. More from CNN.

RALLY IN SUPPORT OF TRANSGENDER BAY STATERS: More from Athol Daily News.

AFTER YEARS OF HARASSMENT AND ALLEGED VIOLENCE FROM NEIGHBORS, PENN. SAME-SEX COUPLE TURNS HOME INTO STATEMENT OF PRIDE: More from Pittsburgh Action News.

TWENTY GAYTEEN -- THE RISE OF OPENLY LGBTQ POP STARS: From Hayley Kiyoko to Troye Sivan, LGBTQ pop artists are topping the charts and creating all the inclusive summer bops we always knew we needed. More from USA Today.

MUNCIE, IND., COMES TOGETHER TO FIX VANDALIZED MURAL OUTSIDE OF LGBTQ BAR: More from WishTV.

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE AWARENESS MONTH: As students head back to school, the tragic death of Jamel Myles underscores the urgent need for LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms and affirming educators who address bias-based bullying head on. More from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TWO WOMEN PUBLICLY CANED YESTERDAY IN MALAYSIA FOR BEING LGBTQ: A court in Malaysia had sentenced two women accused of ‘attempting lesbian sex’ to six strokes of caning and an approximately $800 fine each. Thilaga Sulathireh of the advocacy group Justice for Sisters expressed alarm at the rise in state-sponsored anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in CNN.

ANTI-LGBTQ GUATEMALA BILL ON ITS THIRD READING: The bill explicitly bans marriage equality, specifies that one’s gender must be identified as such at birth and defines families exclusively as consisting of a father, a mother and their children. More from Gay Star News.

JAPANESE ACTIVISTS COLLECT 25,000 SIGNATURES DEMANDING LAWMAKER APOLOGIZE FOR ANTI-LGBTQ COMMENTS: More from The Associated Press.

TWO LGBTQ TEENS ATTACKED IN ITALY: More from ANSA.

MYANMAR OPENS FIRST LGBTQ CAFE AND COMMUNITY SPACE: More from Gay Star News.

VOICE OF AMERICA SPEAKS TO LGBTQ INDIANS ABOUT THE STRUGGLE TO OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT: More from Voice of America.

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

Religious News Service shares advice from a Mormon mother on accepting and affirming a trans child; The Boston Globe reviews “Being Emily,” a new young adult novel about a trans teen; Los Angeles Blade profiles California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; Advocate remembers a 40-year-old California bill that could have led to the firing of LGBTQ teachers; Cincinnati.com reports on a new rainbow crosswalk

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