#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: September 13, 2016

IN TODAY’S EDITION: NCAA pulls events from NC over anti-LGBTQ HB2 law… Feds ask for clarification in Texas trans discrimination case injunction… Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen becomes second Republican to co-sponsor the Equality Act… Nyle DiMarco signs with Senator Tim Kaine… New York Fashion Week Opening Ceremony features Sarah McBride… Photo of 12-year-old boy trying to block anti-LGBTQ marchers goes viral… Marriage equality bills introduced in Australia…

NCAA PULLS CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS FROM NC OVER DISCRIMINATORY HB2 LAW: HRC hailed the NCAA’s decision yesterday to stand up for LGBTQ equality by moving all 2016-2017 championship events out of the state of North Carolina due to the anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. In its decision, the NCAA cited its commitment to an “inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin): “The NCAA just sent a clear message to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers that it will not tolerate hateful laws targeting student athletes, fans, and employees. Every day that HB2 remains on the books, countless people across North Carolina are at risk of real harm. NCAA President Mark Emmert has shown tremendous leadership by taking a bold stand for equality in the face of discrimination. It’s long past time state lawmakers repealed this vile law, and if they don’t, the majority of voters opposed to HB2 will ensure they pay the price in November.” See reports in the The Washington Post and The Charlotte News & Observer, which said: “If Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina legislators who have failed to repeal or otherwise fix House Bill 2 didn’t see this one coming, they just weren’t paying attention.”

  • North Carolina GOP releases shocking, transphobic statement about NCAA decision.
  • Meanwhile, Greensboro, N.C.-based ACC President John Swofford says that HB2 and future league events in NC will be discussed at this week’s ACC Council of Presidents meeting, adding: “On a personal note, it’s time for this bill to be repealed as it’s counter to basic human rights. More from NBC.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASKS FOR CLARIFICATION IN TRANS DISCRIMINATION CASE: The federal government filed a brief yesterday asking for clarification regarding an injunction issued by a federal judge last week pertaining to guidance provided to school districts by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice regarding the civil rights of transgender students. In Texas v. United States, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor blocked the Department of Justice from enforcing the guidance that provides advice to schools about how to ensure that the civil rights of transgender students are not abridged, including their rights to use restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity. The federal government’s brief says the injunction could have broader implications than the judge intended for transgender workers and others, and are therefore asking for several clarifications to the order. More from BuzzFeed.

  • The Virginia Supreme Court said yesterday it will consider an appeal brought by the deplorable, anti-LGBTQ Liberty Counsel challenging the Fairfax County School District’s LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination policy. A county circuit court judge dismissed the lawsuit in February. More from The Washington Blade.

CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN CO-SPONSORS EQUALITY ACT: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) (@RosLehtinen), is now the second Republican in the House to co-sponsor the Equality Act, a bill that would establish 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. In addition, it would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places. HRC Communications Director Jay Brown (@JayBrownHRC) said, “Equality isn’t a partisan value. It’s an American value. Representative Ros-Lehtinen is once again stepping up to ensure LGBTQ people have the same access and opportunities as our neighbors.”

TUESDAY TWEET: At HRC’s 20th Annual National Dinner this weekend, America’s Next Top Model winner and deaf advocate Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) reached out to Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, the evening’s keynote speaker, about the deaf community.

NY FASHION WEEK’S “PAGEANT OF THE PEOPLE” FEATURES HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE: On Sunday, New York Fashion Week’s opening ceremony featured a star-studded lineup of comedians, musicians, and HRC National Press Secretary and transgender advocate Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). At the “Pageant of the People” event, highlighting America’s diversity, McBride said: “We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live. We must be a country where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally.” More from Elle and New York Magazine.

PHOTO GONE VIRAL — BOY TRIES TO BLOCK ANTI-LGBTQ DEMONSTRATORS IN MEXICO: Why did he do it? “I have an uncle who is gay and I hate people that hate,” the 12-year-old told Manuel Rodriguez, the journalist who took the photo in Celaya, Guanajuato.


#Repost @thisisfusion: On Saturday afternoon, thousands of people took to the streets in cities across #Mexico to protest a proposed amendment to the country’s constitution from President #EnriquePeñaNieto which would legalize #samesexmarriage nationwide. One little boy decided to stand up to them and photo journalist Manuel Rodriguez captured the moment. Rodríguez explained that at first he assumed that the kid was playing in the street, but he soon realized that he was witnessing a one-person counter protest. The boy stood alone in front of at least 10,000 anti-LGBT protestors with his arms out stretched. #I have an uncle who is gay,” the boy told Rodríguez when asked why he stood in the street. “And I hate people that hate.” ❤️�� #loveislove #LGBT #LGBTQ

A photo posted by Human Rights Campaign (@humanrightscampaign) on Sep 12, 2016 at 1:54pm PDT

HRC’S MARVELL TERRY II COMBATS IRRESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM ON HIV: In response to harmful press coverage around prominent Baptist Bishop Eddie Long’s weight loss, HRC’s HIV & AIDS Project Manager Marvell Terry II (@Marvellous2theT) took to Twitter to refute the “notion that there is a ‘look’ that proves someone has HIV.” More, including Terry’s tweets, from Ebony.

Q&A WITH FORMER MORMON LOBBYIST ON LGBTQ SUPPORT: Salt Lake City television host Bob Evans (@BobEvansAnchor) interviews Bill Evans, a former lobbyist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who recently joined the board of Affirmation, a support group for LGBTQ Mormons. More from Fox Salt Lake City.

AUSTRALIANS TO VOTE ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that Australia’s government has agreed to a national vote in February on whether to allow gay marriage. An overwhelming majority of Australians support marriage equality, the WSJ says. Read more here. Meanwhile, a gay man challenges his Australian politician sister’s anti-marriage equality views.


Gay News Network highlights an Australian LGBTQ history storytelling event… The Allentown Morning Call explores efforts by the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center in Allentown, Pa., to help LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence… LGBT Weekly profiles Transgender Law Center’s 2016 SPARK! honorees… The Huffington Post shares a mom’s thank you to the clothing store where her gender-nonconforming child had an affirming experience… reports on a one-day racial justice seminar held by the National LGBTQ Task Force… BuzzFeed profiles a supportive mother who has carried the same sign to LGBTQ Pride celebrations for more than 20 years…

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