#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 7, 2016

COUNTDOWN and #turnOUT: One day until Election Day and LGBTQ voters are turning out in force — 63 percent of HRC members in North Carolina have already voted, compared to 44 percent of voters overall. And that overwhelming #turnOUT for Hillary Clinton and other pro-equality candidates is being replicated in battleground states across the nation. In Florida, 60 percent of HRC members have voted, compared to 44 percent overall, and in Nevada 59 percent of HRC members cast early ballots compared to 40 percent overall. HRC is still on the ground in key battleground states across the nation to ensure that we elect Hillary Clinton and other pro-equality candidates tomorrow. #turnOUT

HRC TO LAY OUT BOLD LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE AGENDA POST-ELECTION; PRIORITIES INCLUDE PASSING EQUALITY ACT: The Washington Post’s Elise Viebeck (@eliseviebeck) reports today that HRC plans to call on the next president “to lead a bold effort across the federal government to strengthen protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.” After tomorrow’s election, HRC will release a report urging more than 70 specific policy changes that advocate for LGBTQ equality, including quick passage of The Equality Act, which establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access    to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. Over the past eight years, the Obama administration has worked to systematically dismantle the infrastructure of federal inequality that has plagued the LGBTQ community since this country’s founding. Among its proposals, The Post reports, HRC will urge the next president to appoint the first openly LGBTQ cabinet secretary and to add more LGBTQ individuals to the ranks of judges, executive officials and ambassadors. Despite historic progress in recent years, there is still so much left undone to ensure full equality for all Americans. HRC will urge the next president to continue Obama’s legacy of working toward LGBTQ equality. Read more from The Washington Post.

CHELSEA CLINTON JOINS HRC IN NC TO GET OUT PRO-EQUALITY VOTERS: Chelsea Clinton joined HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) Saturday in a town hall-style meeting with HRC members in Charlotte, highlighting the importance of getting out the pro-equality vote Nov. 8. “In my heart, this is the most consequential election of my lifetime,” the 36-year-old daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said. The Charlotte Observer reports that Chelsea Clinton said that electing her mom and other pro-equality supporters, including Roy Cooper for NC governor, “is crucial to ensuring that her two young children grow up in a country where all are treated equally.” Through its unprecedented #TurnOUT campaign, HRC and Equality North Carolina are running a massive get-out-the-vote effort across the Tar Heel State. Read more in The Charlotte Observer here. Watch here.

  • Election will send a message you can’t get away with doing this to our community, HRC President Chad Griffin says about discriminatory HB2 law in interview with North Carolina’s Indy Week. Read it here.
  • HRC volunteers are working tirelessly to #turnOUT the pro-equality vote up and down the ballot all across the country.



MONDAY MUST WATCH — POWERFUL HRC AD HONORS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S LGBTQ LEGACY AND HILLARY CLINTON AS THE CHOICE TO SUSTAIN THE MOMENTUM: HRC released a national digital campaign ad highlighting the historic progress the LGBTQ community has experienced during President Obama’s eight years in the White House, and Hillary Clinton as the candidate who will sustain the momentum and build on his legacy. The ad features President Obama time and time again raising up the dignity of LGBTQ people and embracing full equality through words and action — from marriage equality and the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” to funding efforts to end HIV and ensuring the equal treatment of transgender people. “President Obama is the greatest champion for LGBTQ equality to ever occupy the Oval Office. But all the gains we’ve made in the last eight years — all our historic progress — is at risk this election,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We must remember that our victories have never been inevitable. We’ve fought for every battle we’ve won and with Hillary Clinton in the White House, we will continue to win. We must preserve, honor and advance President Obama’s legacy by doing everything we can to make Hillary Clinton our next commander in chief.” Watch the video here.

EDIE WINDSOR TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY — WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP/PENCE:  In an open letter to the LGBTQ community on the eve of the election, Evie Windsor, whose lawsuit against the federal government helped pave the way for marriage equality nationwide, describes Hillary Clinton as a role model and natural leader and urges the defeat of Donald Trump “and his homophobic vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence.” Writes Windsor: If you haven’t already voted for Hillary, please, please, please do so — and encourage your friends and family to do the same.” Read her call to action here.

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES THAT TITLE VII PROTECTS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION: HRC praised the decision of a federal judge in Pittsburgh who sided with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the case of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scott Medical Health Center, Judge Cathy Bissoon ruled, “There is no more obvious form of sex stereotyping than making a determination that a person should conform to heterosexuality.” “This is an important win for LGBTQ equality,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Judge Bissoon’s decision affirms that discrimination against an individual based on their sexual orientation is fundamentally a form of discrimination based on sex — which is prohibited by federal law.” Read more here.

AFRICAN STATES ATTEMPT TO TORPEDO UN’S FIRST LGBTQ RIGHTS WATCHDOG: As BuzzFeed’s J. Lester Feder (@jlfeder) reports, the full membership of the United Nations is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution that would torpedo a newly-created position for a watchdog on LGBT rights. Writes Feder: “The position is formally known as an ‘independent expert’ and has a mandate to monitor ‘violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.’ The office was created in June by a vote of the Human Rights Council, whose members are appointed by the General Assembly but operates independently.” The African countries have demanded that the UN suspend the appointment of Thai law professor Vitit Muntarbhorn as the independent expert on LGBTQ rights. Read more here.


Indiana Public Media reports on the uptick in Hoosier support for LGBTQ rights…  The China Post features parents of LGBTQ sons and daughters advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan…

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