#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 11, 2016

HRC SOUNDS ALARM ABOUT REPORTS OF ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMISTS TAPPED FOR TRUMP’S TRANSITION TEAM: Leaked documents indicate that President-Elect Donald Trump is considering for his transition team candidates with histories of anti-LGBTQ animus, including Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council, which has been designated a hate group. “Ken Blackwell is a man who has spent his entire career going after LGBTQ Americans. Blackwell’s leadership role in President-Elect Trump’s transition team should be a major wake up call for anybody who ever had any doubt that LGBTQ people are at risk,” said Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “Ed Meese and Kay Cole James, who are also reported to have key roles, have been vocal opponents of equality and other issues we care deeply about. The people President-Elect Trump picks to serve in his administration will have a huge impact on the policies he pursues. We should all be alarmed at who he’s appointing to key posts on his transition team.” More on Blackwell, Meese and James from HRC.

· Ken Blackwell is a Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council (FRC), which was named an anti-LGBTQ  hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is a leading opponent of transgender rights, advancing discrimination under the guise of religious freedom and encouraging the dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” Blackwell is a longtime opponent of marriage equality and has compared the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to the Dred Scott ruling.

· Former Attorney General Ed Meese supported Indiana’s disastrous anti-LGBTQ religious refusal law passed under Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, saying it “has nothing to do with refusing to serve gay people.” Meese has also said that marriage equality “shows how the culture has deteriorated over two centuries.”

· Kay Cole James is a former senior vice president of the Family Research Council. The Advocate reported that in her book, Transforming America from the Inside Out, James compared LGBTQ people to drug addicts, alcoholics, adulterers, or “anything else sinful.”

FEAR ABOUT ROLLBACK OF CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER TRUMP HITS LGBTQ COMMUNITY:  Liam Stack (@LiamStack) of The New York Times reports on the deep concerns among LGBTQ groups, including HRC, about what will happen to hard-won equality gains under a Donald Trump-Mike Pence administration. HRC Communications Director Jay Browntold Stack that after the election, HRC has been contacted by scores of people frightened about what the election results mean for them. Those reaching out say they are worried that Trump and Republicans, may, among other anti-equality actions, try to overturn marriage equality, reinstate the military ban on openly LGBTQ service members, and rollback protections of transgender people. “This is a devastating loss for our community,” Brown said, characterizing Pence as “one of the most anti-L.G.B.T. politicians out there.” More from The New York Times.

· During a Facebook Live event Thursday, HRC’s Legal Director Sarah Warbelow and Government Affairs Director David Stacy answered important questions the LGBTQ and allied communities have been asking us about what a Trump Administration could mean for them. Watch it here, and read the Q&A with Sarah and David here.  

LGBTQ youth are panicked after the election; HRC looks at what we —  especially those of us who are parents, caregivers, educators and other youth-serving professionals — can do to help them. Read about it here.


WEST PALM BEACH BANS DANGEROUS SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” FOR MINORS: West Palm Beach City Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance banning the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy” for minors — a strong move to protect LGBTQ children growing up in the Florida city. West Palm Beach joins three other Florida cities prohibiting the practice — Miami, Miami Beach and Wilton Manors. More from South Florida Gay News.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL REJECTED IN MEXICAN CONGRESS: A congressional committee in Mexico’s national legislative body rejected an initiative that could have established nationwide marriage equality. Ten of Mexico’s 31 states currently extend marriage rights to all citizens, and the nation’s Supreme Court last year ruled that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. More from Gay Star News.

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