#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: October 13, 2016

MCCRORY SAYS NC’S LGBTQ COMMUNITY ISN’T DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER FOUND OTHERWISE: Earlier this year, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory infamously stated that he “wasn’t aware” of LGBTQ discrimination in his state — a dangerous and ignorant statement considering his vital role in passing one of the most anti-LGBTQ bills in the country. Yesterday, The Charlotte Observer published a heartbreaking piece exposing the hate and violence against LGBTQ North Carolinians that McCrory doesn’t think exists. The stunning piece by Elizabeth Leland (@ElizabethLeland) is painful — but necessary — to read, detailing the ways HB2 has given some anti-LGBTQ extremists the tools to enact hateful acts — sometimes physically violent or deadly — against LGBTQ North Carolinians. Read the full “Permission to Hate” piece here and look at the full special report here. People from 50 North Carolina counties tell their stories of LGBTQ intimidation, discrimination and violence here.

REMEMBERING MATTHEW SHEPARD ON YESTERDAY’S 18TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS TRAGIC DEATH: Judy Shepard (@WyoJudyShepard), Matthew’s mother, and HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) in an op-ed for TIME imagined the promise and possibilities of Matthew’s life, and noted the risk LGBTQ people still face. And they urged voters in this election to remember people like Matthew, a victim of hate, and LGBTQ people still facing to this day the risk of hate violence and discrimination. “Make no mistake. We are still fighting the hate that killed Matthew.” Shepard and Griffin write, “[A]t the ballot box, we can send a powerful message of support to those suffering at the hands of bigots and bullies. If we turn out at the polls and put pro-equality officials in office, we can put an end to the era of politicians profiting from attacks on LGBTQ people.” Matthew Shepard would have turned 40 this year. Read the full op-ed at TIME.

  • Poet Richie Hofmann’s (@RichieHof) poem honoring Matthew Shepard is featured in the Poem-A-Day project, which highlights previously unpublished work by leading poets.
  • Yesterday, Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine, in a conversation with ATTN:, spoke about the election as pivotal for LGBTQ rights, and the historic pro-equality platform he and Hillary Clinton are advancing.
  • In an emotional video, singer Kesha (@KeshaRose) makes a plea for voters to protect LGBTQ rights, Rolling Stone reports. “Using your voice and your truth and standing up and talking about what you believe in and voting is your power,” she says. “You need to utilize that.”

#turnOUT THE VOTE IN OHIO: There are more than 322,000 LGBTQ voters in Ohio, nearly double the margin of victory in the state in the 2012 presidential election. In this important swing state, the equality vote is especially powerful. Yesterday, HRC President Chad Griffin stopped by early voting sites in Columbus and Cincinnati to fire up pro-equality voters preparing to cast their vote for Hillary Clinton. Early voting began yesterday in Ohio, and continues until November 7.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: This week marks the 37th anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 14, 1979, the first march on the nation’s capital for LGBTQ rights.

SUSPENDED JUDGE ROY MOORE STILL TRYING TO SUBVERT LEGAL SYSTEM: Disgraced Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, suspended from the bench for the remainder of his term for unethical and extralegal actions surrounding marriage equality, is now trying to bar three justices from hearing his suspension appeal. Hey, Roy – when people say #NoMoore, they mean it. More from The Associated Press.

HRC MOURNS DEATH OF BRANDI BLEDSOE, TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN OHIO:  HRC was shocked and saddened to learn that Brandi Bledsoe, a 32-year-old transgender woman, was found dead in Cleveland on Saturday. Authorities believe her death was likely the result of foul play. Bledsoe was an artist and worked at Home Depot. Bledsoe’s family members remembered her warmly, sharing that she came out as transgender only about two years ago. If Bledsoe’s death is indeed a homicide, she will be at least the 20th transgender person killed in the United States this year. More from HRC.

NEW SURVEY SHOWS MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT LGBTQ EQUALITY: A new survey found that 67 percent of Americans support equal protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing and public accommodations. But here’s a wake up call: the survey also found that only 13 percent of Americans know that in 28 states there are not state laws barring employment discrimination because sexual orientation or gender identity. More from Advocate.

GENDER IDENTITY NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS UNDER ASSAULT IN MASSACHUSETTS: Four churches in Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming they should be exempt from a state law barring discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations. More from Reuters.


The New York Times’ Lens column features Colombia photographer Joana Toro’s (@JOANATORO) work on life in the heart of New York City’s LGBTQ Latinx community… Advocate shares the coming out stories of openly LGBTQ elected officials and candidates… Refinery29 shares a new photo series about trans youth… Pacific Standard Magazine chronicles the history of India’s oldest surviving LGBTQ magazine, Bombay DostThe Pride reports that the top 12 U.S. LGBTQ newspapers are jointly endorsing Hillary Clinton for president…