#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: October 18, 2016

HRC ROLLS OUT MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX AT EVENTS ACROSS NATION: Yesterday, HRC released its fifth-annual Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy across the country, showing historic equality advances being made in cities across the nation. HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) officially launched the new report in Salt Lake City, which is among cities that are leading on equality in places where work is the hardest. HRC launch events were also held with city officials in Phoenix and Cleveland, with a final event today in Orlando. More from The Salt Lake Tribune, Fox13, and KSL.

  • Check out some of the coverage, from Jackson, Miss. to Toledo, Ohio; from Elizabeth, New Jersey to San Diego, Calif.

#turnOUT IN COLORADO: Today, HRC President Chad Griffin kicks off a get-out-the-vote canvassing effort in Colorado, where the number of LGBTQ voters is nearly equal to the margin of victory in the 2012 presidential election. He’ll start in Colorado Springs, and will also join Senator Michael Bennet, who HRC has endorsed for reelection, for a canvass kickoff in Denver.

TONIGHT — NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S DEBATE: Tonight, the final gubernatorial debate will be held between North Carolina’s shameful Governor Pat McCrory, who signed the discriminatory HB2 into law; and the state’s Attorney General Roy Cooper, who has pledged to repeal the anti-LGBTQ law if elected. Check out some of the anti-LGBTQ rhetoric McCrory served up at the last debate. Watch tonight’s debate here

TUESDAY TWEET: About “rigged” elections and that Melania Trump interview…

SENATE REPUBLICANS TO BLOCK ANY CLINTON COURT NOMINEE? Today while campaigning for Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Senator John McCain (R-AZ) argued that the best reason to support Toomey would be to block “any” nominations Hillary Clinton would make to the Supreme Court. “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up. I promise you,” McCain said. Any nomination, Senator? Such an extreme position might normally be considered an aberration, but given Senate Republicans refusal to do their job and consider the nomination of Merrick Garland make this no idle threat. In fact, it’s why voters should reject Senators who refuse to carry out their “advise and consent” Constitutional responsibilities. More from HRC.

QUICK HIT – CHELSEA CLINTON’S INTERVIEW WITH PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS: She talks about the world she envisions for her children and what’s at stake in this election — from the U.S. Supreme Court, to GOP Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence’s anti-LGBTQ record and her mom’s commitment to equality. You can read it here.

  • And The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos (@eosnos) takes a deep dive into Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s “radical optimism.” Read the new piece here.

JUDGE ALLOWS LOUISIANA AG TO BLOCK LGBTQ PROTECTIONS: A District Court judge ruled yesterday that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry can toss out state contracts that include language preventing discrimination against LGBTQ people. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Judge Donald Johnson “determined Gov. John Bel Edwards does not have the right to sue Landry and force the attorney general to approve legal contracts with a LGBT nondiscrimination provision Landry finds objectionable.” Read more here.

TRANS MEN FACE HEALTHCARE GAPS IN CANCER TREATMENT: Battling breast cancer is difficult for anyone, but comes with a unique set of circumstances when a transgender man is diagnosed. Eli Oberman, a transgender man who found out he had breast cancer at age 27, talks about his reluctance to go to the doctor due to fear of stigma, and the emotional and complicated feelings of his treatment. More from The New York Times

CAMPUS CHRISTIAN GROUP ADVOCATES TERMINATING LGBTQ-SUPPORTIVE STAFF?: Earlier this month,  TIME reported that LGBTQ staff members of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship were told they would be fired if they support marriage equality. However, the organization issued a  press release saying the claim is incorrect. More background at The Daily Beast.

AND THE EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD GOES TO… the team at Yahoo News, including Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) and Senior Producer Mary Marsh (@MarMar22) of Long Story Short Media, that brought to life the hideous war on LGBTQ people perpetrated by the U.S. government and J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. The groundbreaking documentary “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays,” won the prestigious award in the news documentary category. You can watch it here.

IN HUFF POST INTERVIEW, FOX NEWS ANCHOR SHEP SMITH AFFIRMS HE’S GAY: When asked in an interview with The Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) if he’d been subjected to homophobic slurs by former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, Fox News anchor Shep Smith responded, “No, never.” Grim notes that though Smith (@ShepNewsTeam) has been featured in Out Magazine’s “Power 50” list of prominent LGBTQ people in politics, entertainment and culture, he “rarely talks about his sexuality.” 

The Huffington Post writes about how “Stranger Things” star Noah Schnapp brilliantly addresses speculation that his character is gay… The Advocate features a series of work by incarcerated LGBTQ artists… The Hill shares lessons on consular diplomacy and LGBTQ rights from Mexico… 

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