#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 5, 2018

by Allison Turner

Joe Biden to headline HRC National Dinner; Hearings continue for anti-LGBTQ SCOTUS nom Kavanaugh

47th VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO HEADLINE HRC’S 22ND ANNUAL NATIONAL DINNER: “From his earliest days in the U.S. Senate to his eight years as vice president, Joe Biden has been a bold and tireless champion of equality. Today, he is building on that extraordinary legacy of public service through the work of the Biden Foundation,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Vice President Biden and the Biden Foundation have tackled issues of LGBTQ equality with vigor, helping to shine a spotlight on the detention, torture and murder of LGBTQ people in Chechnya and working to accelerate acceptance in communities here at home.” Biden will join former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder; Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia who is energizing statewide grassroots support; trailblazing Virginia Delegate Danica Roem; and Nevada Secretary of State candidate Nelson Araujo as the featured speakers for the weekend. More from HRC and Politico.

ONE YEAR AFTER TRUMP GAVE ORDER TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST DREAMERS, WE NEED ACTION: “It makes no sense why the Trump-Pence White House would continue to attempt to terminate a program that helps young people live productive lives and makes our country stronger,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “We have arrived at this point because Donald Trump and Mike Pence have spent the past 20 months fanning the flames of anti-immigrant sentiment , further dividing the American people and harming more than a million Dreamers, including 75,000 LGBTQ young people.” More from HRC.

HEARINGS CONTINUE FOR ANTI-LGBTQ SCOTUS NOM BRETT KAVANAUGH: During yesterday’s hearing, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) highlighted his support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which could grant businesses a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Kavanaugh’s record indicates that he, too, supports such discriminatory application of the law. Also during the hearing, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) pointed out the dangers Kavanaugh’s confirmation poses for reproductive rights. More from Vox and PBS.

  • Variety’s Ted Johnson (@tedstew) sat down with HRC President Chad Griffin to talk about the stakes for the LGBTQ community, health care and reproductive rights. More from Variety.
  • JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs spoke yesterday at a rally, highlighting the ways LGBTQ people will be devastated by Kavanaugh’s confirmation. More from National Women’s Law Center.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY: The Trump-Pence administration is banking on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh to help dismantle the ACA -- a move that would put countless LGBTQ people at risk. Meet Laura McLean, a mother from Maine fighting against Kavanaugh on behalf of her trans son Jack. Watch here.

EQUALITY VOTERS ARE TURNING OUT FOR PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES: USA Today’s Maureen Groppe (@mgroppe) writes, “In a midterm election in which Democrats have more Senate seats to defend -- including several in ‘Trump states’ -- vulnerable Democrats like [Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)] could benefit from the growing political power of the LGBTQ movement. A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for office. And the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has significantly expanded its grassroots activity in an effort to ‘pull the emergency brake on the Trump-Pence administration’s hate-fueled agenda.’” More from USA Today.

HRC MOURNS DEJANAY STANTON, A TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN CHICAGO: Stanton, 24, was found with a gunshot wound to her head and transported to Stroger Hospital where she was pronounced dead. “Every time you saw her she had a smile on her face,” said LaSaia Wade, executive director of Brave Space Alliance. “She was just trying to live her best life as a young girl.” More from HRC and Chicago Sun Times.

  • The deaths of Stanton and Vontashia Bell underscore the urgent need to address the epidemic of violence against the transgender community across the U.S. Stanton and Bell, both Black transgender women, were killed on August 30 -- Stanton in Chicago, and Bell in Louisiana.

NEW RESEARCH CONFIRMS THAT DOCTORS SHOULD ASK YOUNG PATIENTS ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY: Doing so can lead to more competent care and improved health outcomes. More from Reuters.

ATTACK OF TRANS WOMAN IN CHARLESTON, S.C., CALLS INTO QUESTION POLICE PRACTICES ON REPORTING HATE CRIMES: South Carolina is one of only five states that still don’t have a hate crimes law. More from The Post and Courier.

  • An arrest has been made in the attack. More from The Post and Courier.
  • The Charleston Police Department held a town hall on LGBTQ issues in response to the attack. More from Live 5 News.

HRC JOINS SUMMIT TO ENERGIZE EQUALITY VOTERS, TRAIN FUTURE LEADERS: Sponsors include March for Our Lives Las Vegas, NextGen America, HRC and others. More from Las Vegas Review-Journal.

NEW VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS WELCOMING SCHOOL’S GROUNDBREAKING WORK: As students head back to school, HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools team provides the tools and training educators need to transform classrooms into supportive, affirming spaces for all students. Watch here.

COLUMBUS TO HOST GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES: More from The News Tribune.

ITHACA COLLEGE STUDENT RECEIVES $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP AFTER ESCAPING “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from Gay Star News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

INDIAN SUPREME COURT EXPECTED TO DELIVER VERDICT ON ANTI-LGBTQ SECTION 377: The decision is expected tomorrow in India, or tonight in the U.S. Advocates are hopeful that the parts of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalize consensual same-sex relations will be struck down. More from Times of India.

HRC STATEMENT ON PUBLIC CANING OF TWO LGBTQ WOMEN IN MALAYSIA: “The caning of these two women was barbaric, inhumane, and violated their most fundamental human rights,” said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb. “We are alarmed by the rising tide of discrimination, persecution and violence against Malaysia's LGBTQ community. Trends like this highlight the need for the White House to take greater leadership in trying to stop this and other anti-LGBTQ atrocities around the world -- from Indonesia to Egypt to Chechnya.” More from BBC.

NIGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD DUKE BACKTRACKS, NOW SAYS “HOMOSEXUALITY IS A CRIME:” More from Gay Star News.

ICELAND CONSIDERING LIFTING BAN ON GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN DONATING BLOOD: More from The Reykjavik Grapevine.

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Consequence of Sound reviews Troye Sivan’s (@troyesivan) new album, ‘Bloom;’ Hornet tells the history of San Domino, an island where LGBTQ people were sent during fascist Italy; BBC interviews gay former tennis player Brian Vahaly about representation; The Lily shares a comic on being nonbinary

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