#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 7, 2018

by Allison Turner

Kavanaugh refuses to answer questions on Obergefell… again and again; Tell Trump-Pence that trans vets deserve care

SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA) ASKS KAVANAUGH ABOUT MARRIAGE EQUALITY; HE REFUSES TO ANSWER: “Brett Kavanaugh’s refusal to answer very basic, very direct questions about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling bringing marriage equality nationwide is alarming and completely unacceptable,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “The Obergefell decision is settled law. If this nominee cannot so much as affirm that or the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families, he should not and must not be granted a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court.” More from HRC.

  • Read HRC’s comprehensive report on the threats Brett Kavanaugh poses to LGBTQ people. HRC has also mobilized more than 20,000 calls to the Senate demanding Kavanaugh be held accountable on views regarding LGBTQ people.
  • Jim Obergefell (@JimObergefell), named plaintiff in the SCOTUS marriage equality case, would be “terrified” of Kavanaugh as a SCOTUS justice. More from Advocate.
  • How can you help #StopKavanaugh? Check out these tips from The Cut.

HRC’S CHARLOTTE CLYMER (@CMCLYMER) -- TELL THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION THAT TRANS VETS DESERVE CARE: The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking public comments in response to a proposed rule change regarding medically necessary health care for transgender veterans. Clymer writes: “Transgender veterans have already paid our dues. It is time the Department of Veterans Affairs embody this nation’s sacred obligation by honoring that.” Take action now with HRC. More from Advocate.

HRC ENDORSES LUPE VALDEZ FOR GOVERNOR OF TEXAS: Valdez is the first out LGBTQ Latina candidate in the country to win a major party’s nomination for governor. “Lupe Valdez is a trailblazing champion of equality who is committed to fighting for all Texans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “From access to affordable health care to quality public education, Lupe Valdez knows personally the struggles and challenges that keep families up at night. She is breaking down barriers, building bridges and creating pathways to success so that every Texan has the opportunity to achieve the American dream.” More from HRC.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: HOW A TRANS FLAG LED TO A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT BETWEEN NEIGHBORS: After seeing a trans flag flying outside a neighbor’s house, an anonymous trans boy sent them a letter, writing, “Thank you for having a trans flag waving in your yard. I am a 15-year-old trans boy living in an unsupportive household, but every time I see your flag, I feel better. I appreciate your existence and pride. THANK YOU.” More from Teen Vogue.

STEVE GAYNOR’S ANTI-LGBTQ AGENDA IS WRONG FOR ARIZONA: HRC is exposing the anti-LGBTQ record of Arizona Secretary of State candidate Steve Gaynor who has  opposed updating state non-discrimination laws to protect on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and supports the debunked and dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES LAUREN BAER FOR U.S. CONGRESS (FL-18): “Lauren Baer is the clear choice for fair-minded voters and is committed to fighting for LGBTQ equality, individual liberty, and the rule of law,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “Lauren will stand up each and every day in Congress for all of the hard-working families across her district -- from Ft. Pierce to Palm Beach.” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES IN KEY OHIO STATEWIDE OFFICES: HRC has endorsed Kathleen Clyde for Ohio Secretary of State, Rob Richardson for Ohio State Treasurer and Zack Space for Ohio State Auditor. Said HRC Ohio State Director Shawn Copeland: “As thousands of LGBTQ Ohioans remain at risk of discrimination, it is more important than ever that we elect pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot who are committed to protecting our state’s most vulnerable communities.” More from HRC.

CONGRATS TO HRC-ENDORSED PRO-EQUALITY CHAMPION SENATOR TOM CARPER ON YOUR PRIMARY VICTORY! More on how Senator Carper will continue to stand up for all Americans from HRC.

BAIL SET AT $75,000 FOR MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING TRANS WOMAN IN CHARLESTON: Kendra Martinez, a Latinx transgender woman, was brutally assaulted last month. Christopher Lamar Price, 30,  is charged with  second-degree assault and battery. South Carolina is one of five states without a hate crimes law. More from The Post & Courier.

MISSOURI MOTHER SUES SCHOOL FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST HER TRANS CHILD: Natalie Murray alleges that Joplin High School denied her child access to the boy’s restroom. More from The Associated Press.

  • Additionally, the ACLU is suing the Missouri Human Rights Commission for closing a case regarding anti-transgender discrimination. More from The Associated Press.

HRC JOINS LETTER ENCOURAGING ARIZONA AG TO PULL OUT OF ACA CHALLENGE: Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans have access to quality health insurance and cannot be denied if they have a pre-existing medical condition such as cancer, HIV, high blood pressure or being transgender. Many LGBTQ people rely on the Affordable Care Act for life-saving care. More from Arizona CBS.

HORRIFYING -- ANTI-SEMITIC, ANTI-LGBTQ MESSAGES FOUND IN UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND DORM: More from The Baltimore Sun.

#METOO -- TRANSGENDER SURVIVORS FACE BARRIERS TO BE BELIEVED: Studies suggest that around half of transgender people will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes. Learn more about sexual assault and the LGBTQ community here. More from them.

UTAH ADVOCATES SAY LOCAL PRISONS MUST DO MORE TO RESPECT TRANS INMATES: More from The Salt Lake Tribune.

HRC MOURNS BUCK HARRIS, OHIO ADVOCATE WHO CHAMPIONED LGBTQ HEALTH: More from Cleveland.com.

TEXAS RESTAURANT REJECTS HATE, DISMISSES EMPLOYEE WHO INSULTED LGBTQ CUSTOMERS: More from Advocate.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ ASYLUM SEEKERS IN RUSSIA HARASSED BY IMMIGRATION OFFICERS: More from RadioFreeEurope / RadioLiberty.

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