#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 17, 2016

PROGRESSIVE, CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS UNIFIED POST ELECTION: In the wake of the election, progressive organizations are experiencing unprecedented support and solidarity from people alarmed about the future of civil rights under President-Elect Donald Trump. Immediately following the election, HRC, Planned Parenthood, Voto Latino and other organizations met to express solidarity and plot a path forward to protect the rights of all threatened by campaign promises made by Trump and his anti-LGBTQ running mate, Mike Pence. HRC has been experiencing record-breaking traffic to its website as people seek information on how LGBTQ rights could be affected over the next four years, and steps people can take to protect themselves before Trump takes office in January.  HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) told Washington Post reporter Sandhya Somashekhar (@sandhyawp): “These are devastating questions to be asking. Folks are scared. They heard what Trump and others said time and time again and they don’t know what it might mean for them.” More from The Washington Post.

#NCGOV: ROY COOPER’S MARGIN OF VICTORY GROWS: Pro-equality Roy Cooper’s lead in the North Carolina governor’s race has grown to more than 5,000 votes. Though Governor Pat McCrory has until Tuesday to request a recount if his losing margin remains under 10,000 votes, here’s the reality: Cooper has consistently led as the vote count has been updated to include provisional and absentee ballots since Election Day. McCrory and his anti-equality forces lost in a state that went for Trump, showing that HB2 and the politics of anti-LGBTQ hate are a liability. HRC and Equality NC launched TurnOUT, the largest voter mobilization effort in their respective histories, ousting Governor McCrory, and also helping elect pro-equality candidates across the state including Josh Stein for Attorney General, and Rep. Cynthia Ball (D), Chaz Beasley (D), Joe John (D) and Mary Belk (D). Read more about the damage done by McCrory’s HB2 in The Charlotte Observer.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: On this day in 1925, actor Rock Hudson was born. Hudson’s life was cut short in 1985, when he died from an AIDS-related illness. But before his tragic death, Hudson chose to bravely disclose his status, helping to change public perceptions of HIV and AIDS at a time when it was stigmatized and treated as a joke. More on HRC’s work to achieve an AIDS-free generation here.

ELLEN DEGENERES TO BE HONORED WITH PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM: The White House yesterday announced that LGBTQ advocate Ellen Degeneres will be among the 2016 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House said this about Degeneres: “In 1997, after coming out herself, DeGeneres made TV history when her character on Ellen revealed she was a lesbian. In her work and in her life, she has been a passionate advocate for equality and fairness.”

HRC’S ANNUAL HBCU LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: Yesterday, student leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the nation joined HRC for its annual HBCU Leadership Summit, a program that trains and empowers LGBTQ HBCU students to be change-agents on their campuses and lead through the intersections of race, religion, gender identity, class and sexual orientation. The National HBCU Inclusion Leadership Summit will include workshops on building inclusive campus climates and improving the quality of life for LGBTQ people, as well as engaging in resistance to create change, and breaking the cycle of internalized oppression.

LGBTQ SERVICE MEMBERS CONCERNED TRUMP WILL ROLL BACK GAINS: LGBTQ service members have seen much progress toward full equality under the Obama Administration — from the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the end of the discriminatory ban on trans people serving openly. However, many LGBTQ service members are worried about losing these rights under Trump’s presidency, and fear being forced back into the closet in order to continue serving their country. More from The Hill.

HRC RELEASES TOOLKIT TO PROMOTE TRANS INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE: More than ever before, America’s largest companies are leading the way on LGBTQ inclusion. Most strikingly, employers are committing to expanding and developing policies, practices and benefits that ensure the equal treatment of their transgender employees. In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, learn more about how companies can fight for their transgender employees here.

  • CEO and Founder of Lori Fox Business/Diversity Consulting Lori Fox writes about coming out as trans in the workplace and the power companies have to create safe workplaces for trans employees, even where state, local and federal laws lack non-discrimination protections. More from HRC.
  • Cities standing up for their trans citizens: Transgender individuals have long faced barriers to adequate health care coverage and benefits. Cities can better serve those who work for them by offering gender affirming care to all employees. To date, 86 cities across the country offer transition-related healthcare to their employees, and that number continues to grow. More from HRC.
  • Moms for Transgender Equality: Last night, HRC’s video series, “Moms for Transgender Equality,” won a Shorty Award for best video presence.

HEARING HELD IN CASE BROUGHT BY UGANDAN LGBTQ ADVOCATES AGAINST EXPORTER OF HATE SCOTT LIVELY: A crucial summary judgment hearing was held last week in the federal case against American anti-LGBTQ exporter of hate Scott Lively. Lively, who is based in Massachusetts and heads the group Abiding Truth Ministries, is accused of crimes against humanity for his “participation in the effort aimed at revoking fundamental rights from LGBTI persons in Uganda.”The judge’s ruling in the case is expected in the next few months.


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