#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 6, 2018

by Allison Turner

VICTORY - India Supreme Court overturns law criminalizing same-sex relationships; HRC to honor Anne Hathaway at National Dinner

VICTORY -- INDIA SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS COLONIAL-ERA LAW CRIMINALIZING SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS: “This monumental decision by India’s Supreme Court finally ends a deeply discriminatory law that violated the dignity and most fundamental human rights of LGBTQ people in India,” said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@TyWesleyCobb). “We congratulate the plaintiffs in this case and the LGBTQ advocates who worked tirelessly for decades to achieve this tremendous victory. We hope this decision in the world’s largest democracy and second most populous country will set an example and galvanize efforts to overturn similar outdated and degrading laws that remain in 71 other countries.” More from HRC and The New York Times.

  • This decision could significantly influence upcoming court cases and galvanize decriminalization efforts in other British Commonwealth countries -- including in neighboring Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- 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 (@ChadHGriffin). “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 HRC and Variety.

ANTI-LGBTQ FORMER SENATOR JON KYL TO FILL JOHN MCCAIN’S SEAT: Kyl, whose appointment was praised by Trump, was a consistant opponent to LGBTQ equality during his time in the U.S. Senate -- scoring a zero on multiple HRC’s Congressional Scorecards. More from INTO.

HRC MOURNS SHANTEE TUCKER, BLACK TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN PHILADELPHIA: Tucker, 30 was found with a gunshot wound to her back and transported to the hospital, where she passed away. Friends and loved ones noted on Facebook that Tucker had just celebrated her birthday over the weekend. More from Philadelphia Magazine and HRC.

  • The deaths of Shantee Tucker, Dejanay Stanton and Vontashia Bell underscore the urgent need to address the epidemic of violence against the transgender community. All Black transgender women, they were killed in the past seven days -- Stanton in Chicago and Bell in Louisiana.
  • HRC offers guidelines for journalists and others who report on transgender people.

ACCUSED MURDERER OF GAY UNIVERSITY OF PENN STUDENT HAS WHITE SUPREMCIST, ANTI-LGBTQ AND ANTI-SEMITIC MATERIALS ON HIS PHONE: Samuel Woodward has been charged with a hate crime sentencing enhancement for the murder of 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein. Bernstein’s body was found in a shallow grave near his parent’s California home. Woodward was a high school classmate of the victim. More from Fox News.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATE COUNTLESS LGBTQ, ALLIED CREATORS AND CONTENT: From the guys of Queer Eye to Ellen DeGeneres, from Orange is the New Black to Adam Rippon -- LGBTQ and allied creators and content swept the nominees! More from E!



MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER, MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FROM RULING AND OPPOSITION PARTIES CONDEMN PUBLIC CANING OF TWO LGBTQ PEOPLE: “We need to stop targeting the LGBT community,” said member Charles Santiago. “We need to stop invading their privacy. We need to stop abusing them. We need to grow up as a society and learn to embrace diversity,” Two Malaysian women accused of ‘attempting lesbian sex’ were publicly caned this week and fined approximately $800 dollars each in Terengganu. More from ABC and The Guardian.

  • Horrifying -- second Malaysian state considering public caning of LGBTQ people. More from Free Malaysia Today.

EL SENADO CHILENO APRUEBA LEY DE IDENTIDAD DE GÉNERO: La nueva ley permitirá a personas transgénero, mayores de 14 años, actualizar sus nombres en documentos legales. Más de T13.

CHILEAN SENATE APPROVES GENDER IDENTITY BILL: The new bill allows transgender people over the age of 14 update their name on legal documents. More from T13.


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Religion News Service interviews Mother Gillian Klee, a transgender Episcopal priest; Out Magazine profiles Wonderlust, the only LGBTQ bar in Jackson, Miss.; aidsmap reports that HIV diagnoses for gay and bisexual men have decreased by one third in the past two years; CBC speaks to a same-sex refugee couple recently reunited in Canada

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