#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: October 12, 2016

MCCRORY’S BROKEN PROMISES, EXCUSES, DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES: At last night’s gubernatorial debate in North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory offered more of the horrible same: broken promises, sorry excuses and the same old hate-filled policies. As governor, McCrory signed HB2 into law, which continues to inflict untold damage on North Carolinians and their economy. “For voters the choice couldn’t be clearer,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  “As Governor, Roy Cooper will stand up for fairness, equality and promote policies that bring jobs to North Carolina.” During the debate, moderated by Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, McCrory continued to blame others for the millions of dollars in economic loss the state is suffering after he signed the most anti-LGBTQ bill in the nation. He also reiterated his support for Donald Trump, despite the latest revelations about his pattern of predatory, misogynistic comments and behavior. Cooper, on the other hand, “offered a positive vision for our future and a commitment to common sense, fairness, and creating good paying jobs,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. “Roy Cooper stands with all of us, which is exactly why he will be our next governor.”

  • Cooper hits McCrory on damage HB2 has caused the state. “We need a good jobs governor, not an HB2 governor,” he said. More from the Raleigh News & Observer.
  • President Obama, at a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton in Greensboro, N.C., just hours before the debate, slammed Donald Trump as “unfit to lead this country.” Read more at The New York Times.
  • HGTV’s Property Brothers hilariously highlight the ridiculousness of HB2 by “remodeling” a North Carolina restaurant. Watch twins Jonathan and Drew Scott here.


  • In Ohio: Today, HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) is on the ground to kick off early voting in Columbus with committed volunteers who will line up to be among the first to vote for Hillary Clinton. There are an estimated 323,500 LGBTQ voters in Ohio — a substantial population given that the state was won in the last presidential election by 166,277 votes. Griffin will greet early voters in Cincinnati this afternoon.
  • In Nebraska: In Omaha yesterday, Griffin joined HRC members who were the first in line to vote early for Hillary Clinton. Omaha’s 2nd Congressional District helped tipped the balance for President Obama in 2008, with just 1,260 votes. The state has nearly 39,000 LGBTQ voters, many in Omaha.
  • In Florida: HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) rallied Hillary For America staff and voters in Jacksonville yesterday to kick off a phone bank for Hillary Clinton. Florida’s LGBTQ population is 761 percent of the margin of victory in the 2012 presidential election.
  • In North Carolina: Retired NBA star Jason Collins (@JasonCollins98) joined HRC volunteers in Charlotte to call for the repeal of HB2 and to elect Hillary Clinton. North Carolina has an estimated 255,800 LGBTQ voters; the margin of victory in the 2012 presidential election was 92,004 votes. Collins in an interview with the Charlotte Observer’s Katherine Peralta (@katieperalta) stressed the importance of athletes speaking out on important social issues like HB2.

THE AP LAYS OUT “WHY IT MATTERS”: As part of a series on issues at stake in the presidential election, Associated Press reporter David Crary (@CraryAP)  lays out the stark difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Writes Crary, “Hillary Clinton is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights; she has endorsed the Equality Act, a proposed federal law that would provide comprehensive protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” Trump, on the other hand “has balked at endorsing same-sex marriage, his evangelical advisory board has included prominent opponents of advances in LGBT rights and running mate Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor, last year signed a law that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gay people for religious reasons.” Case closed. More from The Associated Press.

  • Transparent’s Jill Soloway (@jillsoloway) describes the ways Trump’s dangerous language contributes to toxic masculinity, and the way it affects dangerous anti-transgender laws in public accommodations, writing “because it’s here, in these gendered rooms, where men not only learn — but also learn to tolerate — this objectifying of women.” More from TIME.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY: Yesterday, the National Park Service released a first-of-its-kind report on LGBTQ historic sites, Time Magazine’s Katy Steinmetz (@katysteinmetz) reports. The study is part of the agency’s effort to preserve more places that have significance for communities that have been historically marginalized. More from TIME.

TIM KAINE HAS A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR LGBTQ YOUTH: Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine marked National Coming Out Day by sitting down with ATTN: Editor-in-Chief Matthew Segal (@MatthewESegal) to talk about the importance of standing up for LGBTQ youth. Kaine’s message: “Be who you are. Be proud of who you are. You’re made the way you’re made for a reason, and you should celebrate that and accept it and not feel bad about it.” Watch here.

  • Musician Rayvon Owen took over @HRC‘s Twitter account yesterday during National Coming Out Day to talk about his brave decision to come out as gay earlier this year. The results were so inspiring, we Storified it for you here.
  • Andy Towle (@AndyTowle) of Towleroad highlights the ways in which Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine stood by LGBTQ people during National Coming Out Day.

SEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT COULD OVERTURN DECISION IN SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION CASE: A federal appeals court in Illinois will reconsider a case involving whether existing civil rights law should be interpreted to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case involves Kimberly Hively, who claims she was denied promotions and the opportunity to work full time because she is openly lesbian. The initial, unfavorable decision of the court said she could not sue under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it does not cover sexual orientation. However, the court will consider the case en banc, meaning it could overrule the prior decision. More from BuzzFeed.

PHOTOGRAPHING LGBTQ CHINA: Photographer Teo Butturini, with an assist from the Beijing LGBT Center, has produced a beautiful photography project showing the lives of LGBTQ people in China. More from The Washington Post.


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