VICTORY FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON STATE: For the second year in a row, a organizers of a campaign to rollback non-discrimination protections for transgender people failed to turn in enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in Washington State. “Anti-equality activists spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attempting to pass a shameful ballot measure aimed at discriminating against LGBTQ people, but thanks to the fair-minded people of Washington State, they have failed,” said Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director, after the Secretary of State’s office announcement Friday. “For months, our opponents attempted to garner enough signatures to put the fundamental civil rights of transgender people on the ballot. Their failure is a victory for equality and validation of Washington’s non-discrimination laws that ensure fair and equal treatment for LGBTQ people in housing, employment, and public accommodations. HRC was proud to work closely with the Washington Won’t Discriminate campaign and will keep up the fight in Washington and across the country.” More from HRC
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) July 8, 2017
HOW DOES TRUMP UNDERMINE THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY? LET US COUNT THE WAYS: Since the day he stepped foot in the White House, Donald Trump has time and time again proven himself an adversary to the LGBTQ community, despite campaign promises to the contrary. Teen Vogue reporter Leigh Cuen (@La__Cuen) catalogues the many ways this has played out under Trump — from delaying a policy allowing transgender people to openly enlist in the military, to the steady stream of anti-LGBTQ activists he’s given jobs in his administration. Read the full piece from Teen Vogue.
MUST WATCH MONDAY: In a new viral video, Youtubers Trent and Luke asked an openly gay 13-year-old to sit down with an openly gay 78-year-old to discuss their lives, 50 years of LGBTQ advocacy in the United Kingdom and the need to learn from your past to continue moving forward. Get out your tissue boxes, because this one, made in partnership with London Pride, is a tearjerker. More from Advocate.
IF THEY COULD TURN BACK TIME…BUT THEY CAN’T: The anti-LGBTQ extremist organization National Organization for Marriage (NOM) sent a letter to its members recently laying out a plan to undermine marriage equality, including targeting organizations including HRC. Note to NOM: support for marriage equality in the U.S. is at an all-time high, and continues to grow and solidify across the political, religious and age spectrum. More from Right Wing Watch.
LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER GETS IT — ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION IS BAD FOR ALL: The publication’s Editorial Board writes that the state’s anti-LGBTQ SB 17, “serves no purpose, could create unnecessary legal conflicts for Kentucky schools and hurt innocent students. Because of it, Louisville is already losing conventions, says Mayor Greg Fischer.” The measure allows student groups at colleges, universities, and high schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students. More from The Lexington Herald Leader.
NEW RESOURCE ON LGBTQ YOUTH IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM: Movement Advancement Project, YouthFirst and Center for American Progress, in partnership with HRC, have released Unjust: LGBTQ Youth Incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice System, a comprehensive report examining the pervasive systemic failures that harm LGBTQ youth. More from HRC.
QUICK WARM N’ FUZZY TO START THE WEEK: Check out 33 photos from LGBTQ Pride celebrations around the world from BuzzFeed.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND CALLS TO END SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: At a recent meeting of the church’s governing body, they backed a motion saying the abusive practice has “no place in the modern world”. More from Independent.
TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLIST PHILIPPA YORK COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER: Read her personal statement on coming out at CyclingNews.
HRC MOURNS T. NHAVEEN, YOUTH MURDERED IN MALAYSIA: Nhaveen was called anti-LGBTQ slurs by his attackers, who beat the 18-year-old to death. Malaysia is one of at least 72 countries where homosexuality is illegal. More from Advocate.