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#AM_Equality: December 11, 2019

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:15

THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL SHOULD HAVE ENDED THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN’S DISCRIMINATORY TRANS TROOP BAN: HRC joins leading LGBTQ organization to express disappointment that the final FY20 National Defense Authorization Act does not include the Speier/Brown amendment, which would have codified non-discrimination and ended the administration’s ban on transgender service members. “It is unconscionable that thousands of honorably serving transgender service members and their families will continue to live under the threat of discharge simply because of who they are,” the joint statement said. More from HRC.

Transgender troops served openly and honorably without incident for three years before this reckless ban on their service was put into place by the Trump-Pence administration. #ProtectTransTroops https://t.co/xdRuFzOJ35

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 10, 2019

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- MARRIAGE EQUALITY PLAINTIFF JIM OBERGEFELL CALLS ON SCOTUS, LAWMAKERS TO DO MORE TO PREVENT ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION: “[E]veryone should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of who they are — and that means ensuring no one faces unfair treatment because of their LGBTQ+ identity,” writes Obergefell. More from AZ Central.

HRC ENDORSES HOUSTON MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER FOR RE-ELECTION: “From his time in the legislature to his current tenure as mayor, Sylvester Turner has worked to advance the rights of LGBTQ Houstonians,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from HRC.

HRC FOUNDATION’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS OFFERS BOOK-BUYING TIPS FOR CHILDREN FOR THE HOLIDAYS: With authors ranging from actors and athletes to a Supreme Court justice. See the full list from HRC.

TRANSGENDER UTAHNS ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING A STATE SUPREME COURT RULING ON CHANGING GENDER MARKERS: “I love people saying to me, ‘Angie, the courage and the grace that you’ve had through this [legal process] is amazing,’” said Angie Rice, who asked the Utah Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling preventing her from changing the gender marker on her legal documents. “But they don’t see the hurt and the sacrifice behind the scenes.” Read more from The Salt Lake Tribune.

HRC PRAISES SENATE INTRODUCTION OF THE GLOBE ACT: “While the Trump-Pence White House refuses to speak out against anti-LGBTQ attacks worldwide, it is essential that the U.S. Congress defend the human rights and protections of all people -- including LGBTQ people,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. More from HRC.

TRUMP’S LGBTQ PRIDE MERCH “IS MONUMENTALLY HYPOCRITICAL AND INSULTING” TO LGBTQ AMERICANS:  It’s “also part of a long list of attempts to grab media attention that momentarily makes Trump appear as an ally of LGBTQ people,” writes Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) on NBC.

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PANTENE SHARES A MESSAGE OF RESILIENCE AND HOPE FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE JOURNEYING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS : The series shares the stories of four transgender people going home for the holidays. "While every LGBTQ+ person has their own unique story about going home for the holidays, everyone is seeking the same thing — to be surrounded by people who love and accept them," said Procter & Gamble, the parent company of Pantene, in a statement. More from CNN.

NFL’S MATT GAY SHOWS SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY, JOINS ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN: Gay (@MGtweetymonster) talks about the bullying he and his family faced because of their last name. More from PinkNews.  

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

DESPITE PROTESTS BY TRANS PEOPLE AND ALLIES, INDIAN PRESIDENT RAM NATH KOVIND SIGNS BILL INTO LAW: Advocates argued that the bill is harmful to the trans community and asked the President not to approve it. More from The News Minute.

HUNDREDS MARCH IN HUNGARY’S FIRST-EVER TRANS PRIDE, CALL FOR RIGHT TO LEGALLY CHANGE THEIR NAME & GENDER ON DOCUMENTS: More from PinkNews.

MISS MYANMAR, THE FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITOR, SPEAKS OUT FOR LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE: More from Washington Blade and Glamour.

CAMBODIA TO TEACH LGBTQ ISSUES IN SCHOOLS TO TACKLE ANTI-LGBTQ BULLYING AND DISCRIMINATION: "We want our children to be aware of these issues and know that no one should be discriminated against in school or any part of life,” Yung Kunthearith, deputy director of the education ministry’s department of health studies told Reuters. Read more from Matt Blomberg (@BlombergMD) at Openly.

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GoMag spotlights Anti Violence Project Executive Director Beverly Tillery (@BeverlyTillery) as New Yorker of the Year

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A Call to Action: Get the Health Coverage You Need

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 19:24

Post submitted by Sarah Coombs, senior health policy analyst at the National Partnership for Women & Families

This week marks Affordable Care Act Women’s Week of Action, and we are calling on all women to get the coverage they need. 

Health insurance coverage is essential to making health care more affordable and accessible for women. Not only is access to health care vital to women’s physical, emotional and mental well-being, but also to their economic security and ability to participate fully in society. 

Women are often health care decision-makers, paid and unpaid caregivers and advocates for themselves and their loved ones. Women also spend a disproportionate amount of their economic resources on health care.

Since the passage of the ACA in 2010, the rate of uninsured women has reduced by almost half, but there are still nearly 11 million women who remain uninsured -- a disparate number of whom are women of color, immigrants, LGBTQ and/or women with low incomes. LGBTQ people experience high uninsured rates and barriers to health coverage and care, such as discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. This makes access to health insurance coverage critical to reducing health disparities for women of color and LGBTQ people of color, who fare worse than their counterparts in nearly every major health indicator. Women rely on health coverage to access preventive care, family planning and treatment for chronic conditions. Studies show that women with health insurance are more likely to have a regular source of care and receive preventive services. 

Thanks to changes made to the health care system by the ACA, women now have guaranteed access to comprehensive health coverage through the health insurance marketplace. This means insurers can no longer deny women coverage because they have a pre-existing condition, such as a diagnosis of HIV, cancer or pregnancy -- something that’s critical for transgender women of color who face higher rates of HIV and many other conditions, for the 68 million women and girls with a pre-existing condition and for the nearly 6 million pregnancies each year. This also means women no longer have to pay more than men for the same insurance policies. 

The ACA has greatly expanded transition-related health care coverage even to people who are not in ACA marketplace plans. For example, insurers cannot limit or deny coverage for services used for gender transition when those services would normally be covered when treating a non-transition related health condition. Finally, individuals are guaranteed coverage for essential health benefits, including maternity care, prescription drugs, mental health and substance use disorder services. 

One of the ACA’s most important advancements for women’s health is the guarantee of no-cost-sharing coverage of preventive services, which include access to the types of services that combat pervasive health disparities, such as: wellness visits; cervical and breast cancer screenings; contraception and contraceptive counseling; counseling for sexually transmitted infections; HIV testing; interpersonal and domestic violence screening; gestational diabetes screening during pregnancy; and breastfeeding support, services and equipment. Furthermore, under the ACA a plan can't limit a preventative service based on an individual's sex assigned at birth, gender identity or their recorded gender. 

Although Section 1557’s non-discrimination protections are under attack by the courts and by the Trump administration, it is important to know that these protections still remain in place. 

The ACA provides guaranteed access to quality, comprehensive health coverage to millions, but only one in 20 uninsured consumers know about the December 15 deadline to enroll for 2020 coverage in most states. 

Without health insurance coverage, a women’s health and economic security are at risk, so use this Women’s Week of Action to encourage everyone within your circle to sign up for coverage at HealthCare.gov.


HRC Praises Senate Introduction of the GLOBE Act

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 19:07

While the Trump-Pence White House continues to turn its back on human rights, particularly those pertaining to LGBTQ people both at home and abroad, HRC praises members of Congress who continue to demonstrate bold leadership in prioritizing LGBTQ equality around the world. 

On Tuesday, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Greater Leadership Overseas for the Benefit of Equality Act, a bill that would address a wide array of policy areas key to improving the lives of LGBTQ people around the globe. It is similar to a bill Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) introduced in the House in July.  

Key provisions of the GLOBE Act include: 

  • Creating a permanent special envoy for LGBTQ human rights at the U.S. State Department; 
  • Establishing an interagency group within the U.S. government tasked with responding to attacks on LGBTQ people outside the U.S.; 
  • Authorizing sanctions against those who commit anti-LGBTQ human rights violations abroad and requiring that the U.S. State Department report on those violations in its annual human rights report; 
  • Codifying a non-discrimination policy in all U.S. foreign assistance programs to ensure inclusion of LGBTQ people in all U.S. funded programs; and
  • Permanently establishing LGBTQ identities as a “social group” for the purposes of claiming asylum in the U.S.

“We must recommit the United States to the defense of human rights globally. We must reorient our human rights foreign policy to be in line with U.S. values,” Markey said in a press release. “With the GLOBE Act, we reaffirm the United States’ lead role as protectors and defenders of LGBTI rights, because LGBTI rights are human rights. American values call us to be allies, to stand up and protect LGBTI individuals, in spite of the Trump administration’s attempts to narrow the government’s human rights focus and exclude this community. I thank Senators Shaheen and Merkley for their partnership in this legislation, and I pledge to continuing fighting until LGBTI individuals have the human rights to which they are entitled.” 

HRC welcomes the introduction of this vital legislation, led by our coalition partners at the Council for Global Equality and other council members and allied organizations.

“While the Trump-Pence White House refuses to speak out against anti-LGBTQ attacks worldwide, it is essential that the U.S. Congress defend the human rights and protections of all people -- including LGBTQ people,” HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy said. “With the introduction of this legislation, Congress sends an important message that U.S. leaders remain committed to advancing human rights around the globe. We thank Sen. Markey for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people worldwide.”  

The GLOBE Act joins other key pieces of legislation that seek to advance LGBTQ human rights abroad, including the International Human Rights Defense Act and the Global Respect Act

HRC will continue to work with Congress to champion these and other pieces of critical international legislation to safeguard protections and advance equality for LGBTQ people here at home and around the world. 

For more information, visit hrc.org/Global.


HRC Honors the 71st Annual Human Rights Day

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 12:35

Today, HRC Foundation commemorates Human Rights Day, marking the date in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration was the first time the global community spelled out a set of inalienable rights everyone is entitled to have, including LGBTQ people.

“This Human Rights Day, we reflect on the pivotal progress our community has made and on the critical work that remains to protect and empower LGBTQ people around the world,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “This year, in nearly every part of the world, we have seen advocates secure landmark victories for our community. But we also continue to see systemic oppression and violence toward LGBTQ people around the world and a White House whose own indifference and actions are putting countless people at risk. We must recommit ourselves to advancing the global movement for equality and building a world where every person can thrive no matter what country they call home.”

HRC is committed to deepening and expanding its global justice work, including supporting global businesses that are working to build inclusive and welcoming workplaces for all. Just yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign launched its second HRC Equidad CL: Programa de Equidad Laboral survey evaluating LGBT-inclusive policies and best practices at major Chilean employers. And last Thursday, HRC President Alphonso David was on the ground in Mexico City to launch the third annual HRC Equidad MX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral -- a survey evaluating LGBT workplace inclusion within major Mexican businesses and multinationals. Since its inception, the program has experienced unprecedented growth -- this year, 120 employers have earned top ratings.

Earlier this fall, HRC also announced a major initiative to pursue strategic litigation in countries where litigation can make a difference. HRC will work with in-country partners and top-tier international law firms to identify change opportunities and support impact litigation efforts. In addition to strategic litigation, HRC Foundation’s Global program will continue to work with organizations on topics ranging from designing advocacy campaigns, challenging discriminatory laws and policies, engaging allies and changing societal institutions to be more inclusive. 

In 2019, our global community witnessed much-needed progress. Same-sex couples won marriage equality in AustriaTaiwanEcuador and Northern Ireland through the courts and legistures. Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize marriage between same-sex couples. In addition, this year, Angola adopted a new penal code that overrode a ban on “vices against nature,” and in Botswana, the High Court voided as unconsitutional laws criminalizing same-sex sexual relations. And at the U.N., HRC collaborated with partners to secure the renewal of the mandate of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. 

While this progress is critical, HRC also recognizes that much more work remains to be done to protect and empower the global LGBTQ community. Violence against LGBTQ people, in particular transgender people, continues to be a grave challenge worldwide. Throughout this year, HRC has worked closely with partners in country to sound the alarm about attacks and murders of LGBTQ activists, assaults on LGBTQ people at Pride events and murders of transgender women. Toward the end of the year, Uganda’s LGBTQ community has seen a troubling surge in anti-LGBTQ violence and arrests. 

With its silence and inaction, the Trump-Pence administration is abandoning LGBTQ people at home and abroad. The State Department has convened a potentially dangerous new “Commission on Unalienable Rights.” And this administration has also made it more difficult for refugees and immigrants to come to the U.S., issuing numerous executive orders and policies to block people from entering the country -- preventing individuals from escaping anti-LGBTQ violence and putting them at further risk. 

While the Trump-Pence White House continues to turn its back on human rights, HRC praises members of Congress who continue to demonstrate bold leadership in prioritizing LGBTQ equality around the world, including those who today supported the Senate introduction of the Greater Leadership Overseas for the Benefit of Equality (GLOBE) Act. The measure addresses a wide array of policy areas key to improving the lives of LGBTQ people around the globe.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: December 10, 2019

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:16

HRC HONORS THE 71ST ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: “This year, in nearly every part of the world, we have seen advocates secure landmark victories for our community,”  said HRC President Alphonso David. “But we also continue to see systemic oppression and violence toward LGBTQ people around the world and a White House whose own indifference and actions are putting countless people at risk. We must recommit ourselves to advancing the global movement for equality and building a world where every person can thrive no matter what country they call home.” More from HRC

As we commemorate the 71st anniversary of #HumanRightsDay, let’s continue to help build a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. https://t.co/aXpU944IGt pic.twitter.com/C3Qio4JxIB

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 10, 2019

HRC FOUNDATION KICKS OFF SECOND WORKPLACE LGBT INCLUSION SURVEY IN CHILE: Yesterday, Fundación Iguales joined HRC in launching the second HRC Equidad CL: Programa de Equidad Laboral survey evaluating LGBT-inclusive policies and best practices at major Chilean employers. “Business leaders in Chile are driving critical progress for our community by building workplaces that are inclusive and welcoming to all,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). Read more from HRC in English and Español

In partnership with @IgualesChile, @HRC launched our 2nd #HRCEquidadCL — a survey evaluating LGBT-inclusive policies at major Chilean employers. Excited to see how #HRCEquidadCL has been a powerful instrument for positive change in Chile & the region. https://t.co/3rNQHLTq1v

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 9, 2019

MORE THAN 50 LGBTQ, PUBLIC HEALTH AND HIV & AIDS PREVENTION ORGS SEND LETTER TO FACEBOOK DEMANDING REMOVAL OF MISLEADING PREP ADS: “PrEP can save lives and has been shown to be effective at blocking HIV transmission,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Facebook and Instagram should not allow misinformation to flourish on their platforms, especially when it comes to people’s health and well-being. These dangerous ads should be removed and banned from running in the future.” Read more from The Advocate

TUESDAY TWEET -- MEGAN RAPINOE IS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S 2019 SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR: We stan a legend. Read more from Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) at SI

"I'm more than an athlete, I'm more than just Megan Rapinoe the soccer player."

2019 Sportsperson of the Year, @mPinoe isn't afraid to use her platform as a vehicle for change and progress ��

Presented by @Symetra pic.twitter.com/fBWJULAWfU

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 9, 2019

NEW YORK CITY REACHES GOAL IN FIGHTING HIV & AIDS -- TWO YEARS EARLY: “The target, originally set for 2020 by UNAIDS and known as 90-90-90, represents the percentage of people with HIV who know their status, who are on treatment and whose viral load is suppressed,” writes Michael Nedelman. Read more from CNN

MERRIAM-WEBSTER ANNOUNCES ‘THEY’ AS THE 2019 WORD OF THE YEAR: More from Merriam-Webster

They: Gender-neutral singular pronoun.

Also see: @MerriamWebster's #WordOfTheYear ���� https://t.co/PWrARg50gR

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 10, 2019

NASHUA, N.H. SCHOOLS HAVE APPROVED A POLICY THAT AFFIRMS AND SUPPORTS TRANSGENDER STUDENTS: More from the New Hampshire Union Leader

IN TEEN VOGUE, REINA GATTUSO WRITES ABOUT THE HIGH RATES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND VIOLENCE FACED BY BISEXUAL WOMEN: “When I came out as bi, I didn’t just feel the fear associated with being a member of a marginalized community. I felt shame, as though my identity was vaguely scandalous,” says Gattuso (@reinagattuso). “It’s a reality faced by bisexual women in American culture, and it’s called hypersexualization… This false belief increases the likelihood that dangerous folks will target bi women to sexually assault.” Read the full piece from Teen Vogue (warning -- discussion of sexual assault and violence at link). 

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 HRC CONGRATULATES LGBTQ AND ALLIED NOMINEES FOR THE GOLDEN GLOBES & CRITICS CHOICE!

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

DESPITE PROTESTS FROM TRANS PEOPLE AND ALLIES IN INDIA, INDIAN PRESIDENT RAM NATH KOVIND SIGNS BILL INTO LAW: Advocates argued that the bill is harmful to the trans community, and asked the President not to approve it. More from The News Minute

SAME-SEX COUPLE IN SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND, ATTACKED BY THREE PEOPLE SHOUTING ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS: More from PinkNews (warning -- description of violence at link). 

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PinkNews reports that the number of people on Tinder identifying with a gender other than “man” or “woman” is rising

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


The Human Rights Campaign Endorses Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner for Reelection

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 09:46

HRC announced its endorsement of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s bid for reelection. 

“From his time in the legislature to his current tenure as mayor, Sylvester Turner has worked to advance the rights of LGBTQ Houstonians,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Mayor Turner has unabashedly advocated for the equality every LGBTQ Houstonian desires and deserves. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse his bid for reelection. Together, we will build a better, more inclusive Houston.”

Mayor Sylvester Turner said, "If we work together, and we are excited about our city — and if we love each other — regardless of our race, ethnicity, gender, gender and sexual identity, socioeconomic status,  and all the things that could potentially divide us, then we will build a city that values the service and labor and essential humanity of one another. Thank you, HRC, for your support."

Since his time in the state legislature, Mayor Turner has had a strong record on LGBTQ issues. He authored bills to protect homeless LGBTQ youth earning him an A+ from Equality Texas. As Mayor, he created an LGBTQ Advisory Board in the wake of the Pulse shooting to identify further ways he and his office could improve on their already strong LGBTQ record. 

Tony Buzbee, a major Trump donor, has utilized his personal wealth to self-fund his campaign, allowing him to steer clear of addressing the needs of Houstonians. Throughout the campaign, Buzbee has advocated against a legitimate equal rights ordinance and continues to placate his far-right allies, like Steven Hotze.

Alongside its three permanent full-time staff in Texas and four local volunteer steering committees, HRC deployed 13 additional staff and organizers for a major get-out-the-vote effort across the state. In addition to robust door-to-door, mail and phone canvassing in partnership with local groups including Equality Texas, HRC hosted four Equality Action Academy trainings to give HRC members and supporters the tools they need to take action locally in legislative advocacy and in support of pro-equality candidate campaigns.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org). Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

HRC Celebrates Human Rights Day 2019

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 09:14

As HRC celebrates Human Rights Day and the 71st anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are looking back on progress made this year for LGBTQ equality around the world and reflecting on some of the setbacks and challenges LGBTQ people faced. 

Here are a few trends HRC Global has been tracking throughout 2019: 

Fewer places criminalize LGBTQ people. 

There are two fewer countries in which LGBTQ people are criminalized for who they are or whom they love. Many of these laws -- currently in 68 countries -- are vestiges of colonial penal codes. This year, Angola adopted a new penal code that overrode a ban on “vices against nature,” effectively decriminalizing same-sex sexual relations. In Botswana, HRC Global Innovator Tashwill Esterhuizen led litigation that led the High Court to void as unconsitutional  laws criminalizing same-sex sexual relations. 

However, not all developments were positive. In April, Brunei enacted a penal code that made same-sex relations, as well as adultery, punishable by stoning. And in May, the Kenyan High Court let stand multiple laws criminalizing LGBTQ people, but advocates are appealing this decision.

Marriage equality expands.

In 2019, same-sex couples won marriage equality in AustriaTaiwanEcuador and Northern Ireland through the courts and legistures. Taiwan, with the leadership of HRC Global Innovator Jennifer Lu, became the first country in Asia to legalize marriage between same-sex couples.

International institutions that have ruled in favor of marriage equality and recognition of foreign marriages between same-sex couples at a regional level in Latin America and Europe, respectively, have provided a powerful tool for organizing for equality. In Bulgaria, HRC Global Fellow Denitsa Lyubenova was on the frontlines, successfully supporting litigation to recognize a same-sex married couple.

Anti-LGBTQ violence grows.

Violence against LGBTQ people, in particular transgender people, continues to be a grave challenge worldwide. Throughout this year, HRC has worked closely with partners in country to sound the alarm about attacks and murders of LGBTQ activists, assaults on LGBTQ people at Pride events and murders of transgender women. Towards the end of the year, Uganda’s LGBTQ community has seen a troubling surge in anti-LGBTQ violence and arrests. 

The Trump-Pence administration continues to willfully disregard LGBTQ rights globally.

With its silence and inaction, the Trump-Pence administration is abandoning LGBTQ people at home and abroad. Instead, the State Department has convened a potentially dangerous new “Commission on Unalienable Rights,” which HRC is closely tracking.

This administration has also made it more difficult for refugees and immigrants to come to the U.S., issuing numerous executive orders and policies to block people from entering the country -- preventing individuals from escaping anti-LGBTQ violence and putting them at further risk. 

International institutions renew commitments to the human rights of LGBTQ people.

In 2019, advocates worked with international institutions to expand the human rights of LGBTQ people. At the U.N., HRC collaborated with partners to secure the renewal of the mandate of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. 

Advocates have pushed for progress after previously securing victories through other international institutions. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has taken action to provide a pathway for marriage equality and legal gender recognition throughout the Americas. The European Court of Justice issued a decision requiring recognition of same-sex EU citizens’ marriages by countries in the EU for the purposes of immigration benefits and rights.

This Human Rights Day, we celebrate our successes, recognize our setbacks and renew our commitment to achieving a world where everyone is able to be themselves. We know that it will take the full commitment, talents and passions of LGBTQ advocates to continue to advance equality in the coming years, and we are optimistic about the future. 

For more information about HRC’s work around the world, subscribe to our quarterly newsletter and visit hrc.org/Global.  


LGBTQ Organizations: Defense Authorization Bill Should Have Ended Trans Troop Ban

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 00:19

HRC, National Center for Transgender Equality, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Modern Military Association of America, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union, and Palm Center, expressed disappointment that the final FY20 National Defense Authorization bill does not include the Speier/Brown amendment, which was previously approved by the House of Representatives in a strong bipartisan vote of 242 to 187. The language would have codified non-discrimination in our Armed Forces and ended the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender service members. They released the following joint statement:

"We are profoundly disappointed that this bipartisan amendment to end the ban on bravely serving transgender service members was not included in the final version of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act.

Transgender troops served openly and honorably without incident for three years before this reckless ban on their service was put into place by the Trump-Pence Administration. Military leadership, medical experts, and defense budget experts have all provided evidence that the ban is without merit, costs the taxpayer, and is damaging to military readiness.

Although House and Senate Democratic leaders fought to retain this provision to end the ban, the White House, House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) fought vigorously to remove it, and ultimately prevailed.

It is unconscionable that thousands of honorably serving transgender service members and their families will continue to live under the threat of discharge simply because of who they are. This ban is based on bias, not evidence, and is opposed by the American people, military experts, and elected officials across the political spectrum.

We are deeply grateful to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA), Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) for their ongoing leadership on this important issue of military readiness.” 

Currently, thousands of service member face discharge if they come out as transgender, while others see their careers at risk because they already have. The Trump Administration has refused to disclose any data on discharge proceedings under the ban.

A Gallup poll in June found that 71% of Americans support the open service of transgender people in the military, including a clear majority of the nation’s veterans.

This year, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association all released statements asserting that there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender people from military service. Through the Palm Center, former military surgeons general released a report unequivocally dismantling the erroneous claim that transgender service members are medically unfit to serve.

Last year, under oath before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the highest-ranking officers of each branch of the military stated there is no threat to military readiness or unit cohesion by the inclusion of trans service members, nor were there any reports that the three years in which trans service members were permitted to openly serve presented any problems.


HRC Foundation Kicks Off Second Workplace LGBT Inclusion Survey in Chile

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:57

Today, HRC Foundation, in partnership with Fundación Iguales, Chile’s largest LGBT advocacy group, launched its second HRC Equidad CL: Programa de Equidad Laboral survey evaluating LGBT-inclusive policies and best practices at major Chilean employers. The second annual HRC survey showcases businesses and corporations promoting equality for LGBT employees in workplaces across Chile. 

HRC was joined at a kickoff event today -- hosted by Accor Hotels -- by corporate leaders and representatives of major employers committed to continuing their efforts to create an inclusive corporate culture by participating in the HRC Equidad CL survey. In the coming months, the Chile-based program will collect responses to the survey and measure the growth of the program in its second year. 

In last year’s inaugural survey, 15 companies earned top ratings and received the HRC Foundation’s designation of “Best Place to Work for the LGBT Community” or “Mejores Lugares para Trabajar LGBT,” reflecting their commitment to LGBT equality and adoption of vital LGBT-inclusive employment policies and practices. The Chilean-based survey, inspired by HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) -- the premier benchmarking tool on corporate LGBT-inclusive policies and practices in the U.S. -- is HRC’s first in-country program in South America and the second in Latin America following the successful model of HRC Equidad MX in Mexico.

The HRC Equidad CL survey assesses businesses and multinational companies based on three core pillars of LGBT inclusion:

  • Adoption of non-discrimination policies;
  • Creation of employee resource groups or diversity councils; and
  • Engagement in public activities to support LGBT inclusion.

“Business leaders in Chile are driving critical progress for our community by building workplaces that are inclusive and welcoming to all,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, I’m excited to see how HRC Equidad CL has been a powerful instrument for positive change in Chile and throughout the region. By advancing equality, more and more corporations are helping employees and economies thrive.” 

“Every year, we see a growing number of businesses and corporations around the world understand the value of promoting an LGBT-inclusive workplace,” said Beck Bailey, director of HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. “Having these important companies participate in the HRC Equidad CL survey represents a significant step in raising awareness of workplace equality among Chilean-based businesses. We are excited to continue working with Fundación Iguales to expand our efforts and commitment to promoting LGBT inclusion across workplaces in Chile.” 

“For Empresas SB it is important to measure their advances in sexual diversity and to be in tune with the best work practices that guarantee discrimination-free work spaces,” said Matías Verdugo, CEO of Empresas SB. “Equidad CL gives us the possibility to measure ourselves every year with the best companies in the field and to incorporate more practices in favor of the LGBT + community.”

“In its second year, the HRC Equidad CL program is already driving tangible change within businesses and corporations across the nation,” said Emilio Maldonado, HRC Equidad CL Implementing Partner. “We are excited to continue working with major employers to promote and grow LGBT-inclusive workplaces for all their employees and to witness this growth with Human Rights Campaign to carry on our collaborative efforts to achieve LGBT inclusion in Chile.” 

Through its CEI, Equidad MX and Equidad CL programs, the HRC Foundation has established guidelines to implement LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits across national and international corporations impacting more than 30.6 million employees worldwide. This endeavor is complemented by the HRC Global program, which supports the work of communities throughout the world in advocacy of the full rights of LGBTQ people around the world. This year, HRC announced a major initiative to pursue strategic litigation in countries where they can make a difference as part of broader efforts in the movement for LGBTQ equality.

Learn more at hrc.im/equidadCL and hrc.im/GlobalWorkplacePrograms for more information about HRC’s Global Workplace Programs. 


La Fundación Human Rights Campaign lanza segunda encuesta de inclusión LGBT laboral en Chile

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 10:56

Hoy, la Fundación de la Campaña de Derechos Humanos (HRC, por sus siglas en inglés), el brazo educativo de la organización de derechos civiles de personas lesbianas, gais, bisexuales, transgénero y queer (LGBTQ) más grande de los Estados Unidos en asociación con Fundación Iguales, el grupo de defensa de derechos LGBT más grande de Chile, lanzó la segunda edición de HRC Equidad CL: Programa de Equidad Laboral, la encuesta que evalúa las políticas y mejores prácticas de inclusión LGBT en las principales empresas en Chile. El informe anual de HRC reconoce a compañías y corporaciones que promueven la igualdad para los colaboradores LGBT en los centros laborales chilenos.

Hoy, HRC participó en el evento de lanzamiento, hospedado por Accor Hotels, junto a líderes corporativos y representantes de las principales empresas comprometidas a continuar sus esfuerzos por crear una cultura corporativa inclusiva al participar en la encuesta HRC Equidad CL. En los próximos meses, el programa con sede en Chile, recopilará respuestas y medirá el crecimiento de la iniciativa en su segundo año.

En la encuesta inaugural, 15 compañías obtuvieron las mejores calificaciones y recibieron la certificación de “Mejores Lugares para Trabajar LGBT” de la Fundación HRC, reflejando así su compromiso con la igualdad LGBT y la adopción de políticas y prácticas de inclusión. El programa HRC Equidad CL fue inspirado en el Índice de Igualdad Corporativa (CEI) de HRC, la principal herramienta anual de evaluación comparativa sobre políticas y prácticas corporativas de inclusión LGBT en los EE. UU., y corresponde a la primera iniciativa de HRC en Sudamérica y la segunda en América Latina siguiendo los pasos del exitoso modelo de HRC Equidad MX en México.

La encuesta HRC Equidad CL evalúa a las compañías y multinacionales a través de tres pilares básicos de inclusión LGBT:

  • Adopción de políticas de no discriminación;
  • Creación de grupos de recursos de colaboradores o consejos de diversidad; y
  • Participación en actividades públicas para apoyar la inclusión LGBT.

“Los líderes empresariales en Chile están logrando un cambio vital para nuestra comunidad al construir centros laborales inclusivos y acogedores para todos”, dijo Alphonso David, presidente de HRC. “Como el nuevo presidente de Human Rights Campaign, me entusiasma ver que HRC Equidad CL se ha convertido en una poderosa herramienta de cambio en Chile y en la región. Al avanzar la igualdad, más y más corporaciones están impulsando el progreso de los colaboradores y economías”.

“Cada año, vemos que un número creciente de empresas y corporaciones en todo el mundo entienden el valor de promover la inclusión LGBT a nivel laboral”, dijo Beck Bailey, director del Programa de Igualdad en el Centro Laboral de la Fundación HRC. “La participación de estas importantes empresas en la encuesta HRC Equidad CL representa un paso significativo para crear conciencia sobre la igualdad en los centros de trabajo chilenos. Nos entusiasma seguir trabajando con Fundación Iguales para expandir nuestros esfuerzos y compromiso por promover la inclusión LGBT en Chile”.

“Para Empresas SB es importante medir sus avances en materia de diversidad sexual y sintonizarse con las mejores prácticas laborales que garanticen espacios laborales libres de discriminación” dijo Matías Verdugo, gerente general de Empresas SB. “Equidad CL nos entrega la posibilidad de medirnos con las mejores compañías en la materia e ir cada año incorporando más prácticas en favor del grupo LGBT+”.

“En su segundo año, el programa HRC Equidad CL ya está impulsando cambios tangibles dentro de las empresas y corporaciones en todo el país”, dijo Emilio Maldonado, socio implementador de HRC Equidad CL. “Nos inspira seguir trabajando con las principales empresas para promover y desarrollar centros de trabajo inclusivos para los colaboradores LGBT y de presenciar este crecimiento con Human Rights Campaign para continuar nuestros esfuerzos colaborativos por la inclusión LGBT en Chile”.

A través de sus programas CEI, Equidad MX y Equidad CL, la Fundación HRC ha establecido pautas para implementar políticas, prácticas y beneficios de inclusión LGBT en corporaciones nacionales e internacionales que impactan a más de 30.6 millones de colaboradores en todo el mundo. Este esfuerzo se complementa con el programa HRC Global, que apoya el trabajo de las comunidades de todo el mundo en la defensa de los derechos plenos de las personas LGBT. Este año, HRC anunció una importante iniciativa de litigios estratégicos en países donde pueden marcar la diferencia como parte de esfuerzos más amplios en el movimiento por la igualdad LGBT.

Obtenga más información en hrc.im/equidadCL y hrc.im/GlobalWorkplacePrograms para saber más sobre los programas globales de lugar de trabajo de HRC.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: December 9, 2019

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:50

HRC URGES SENATE TO REJECT ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOMINEE LAWRENCE VANDYKE: “Lawrence VanDyke has made clear that he has no intention of upholding the rights of LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “From his college writings to his roles in government, VanDyke has spent his career consistently opposed to equality for all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Senate should not confirm a judicial nominee who has received a rare rating of ‘unqualified’ from the American Bar Association.” Read more from HRC.

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS: THE “FAIRNESS FOR ALL” ACT IS AN AFFRONT TO EXISTING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS: In a joint statement, the groups wrote: “The ‘Fairness for All’ Act is anything but fair, and it certainly does not serve all of us. It is wrong to put into law a different system of protections for LGBTQ people and their families. The Equality Act was passed through the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, and nearly 70% of Americans support comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The ‘Fairness for All’ Act, on the other hand, was introduced by a small group of lawmakers. This legislation licenses discrimination while eroding the rights of people of faith.” Read more from HRC.

ON FRIDAY, THE U.S. HOUSE PASSED THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT: This vital legislation would ensure that fair access to the ballot is protected for all Americans. More from HRC.

The right to vote is one of our most fundamental rights, and yet it remains under attack. With the passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act in the House, we are one step closer to protecting this bedrock principle of our democracy. Now the Senate must act to #RestoreTheVote. https://t.co/Y1EPgdIzMy

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 6, 2019

MONDAY MUST-READ FROM NYTIMES -- THE TRUMP-PENCE ATTACKS ON TRANSGENDER PEOPLE HAVE SPREAD THROUGH THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT: “While socially conservative policies have been mainstays of the Trump White House, what distinguishes the transgender initiative is its sweep,” writes Lola Fadulu (@lfadulu). Said Mimi Lemay (@mimislemay), who has a transgender son: “I don’t think deep down most Americans agree with what the Trump administration is doing in regards to LGBT people. I think most people know what’s fair, and they have a sense of empathy.” Read more from The New York Times.

HRC FOUNDATION AND SAGE RELEASE NEW VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF LONG-TERM CARE EQUALITY INDEX: “The LEI now has 47 national, statewide, regional and local aging, senior services or LGBTQ membership or advocacy organizations that have endorsed the index and are encouraging residential long-term care facilities to take the Commitment to Caring Pledge,” writes Lois A. Bowers (@Lois_Bowers). “More than 60% of those responding to a 2018 national survey of LGBTQ older adults by AARP said they were concerned about how they would be treated in a long-term care setting. Now is the time to allay those fears and leave no doubt in the minds of current and prospective residents that they will be treated well.” Read more from McKnight’s Senior Living and HRC.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID NAMED TO CITY & STATE’S “2019 POWER OF DIVERSITY: BLACK 100” LIST: Read more here.

NEW STUDY FINDS THAT A MAJORITY OF GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN UNDERSTAND THAT UNDETECTABLE EQUALS UNTRANSMITTABLE: U=U means that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load will not transmit HIV to others. Read more from the NIH.

  • In New Orleans, local LGBTQ bars including Good Friends are offering free HIV testing to patrons. Read more from Slate.

LGBTQ PEOPLE CAN FACE UNIQUE FORMS OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION: More from Bustle.

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12-YEAR-OLD TRANS ACTIVIST REBEKAH BRUESEHOFF (@MightyRebekah) TALKS ABOUT HER ADVOCACY AND ROLE IN THE NEW DISNEY+ TV SHOW “MARVEL’S HERO PROJECT”: More from The Advocate.

CONGRATS TO THE LGBTQ AND ALLIED NOMINEES FOR THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS AND THE CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS: See more from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

STUDY FINDS THAT A MAJORITY OF SOUTH KOREANS SUPPORT NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: More from The Williams Institute.

TEENS IN ARGENTINA ARE ADVOCATING TO MAKE SOME WORDS GENDER-NEUTRAL: More from the Washington Post.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Connection Newspapers reports that Arlington will honor six human rights advocates, including HRC Youth Ambassador Sean Bender-Prouty.

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Welcoming Schools Book Buying Tips for Children for the Holidays

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:34

Post submitted by Welcoming Schools Consultant Kathy Pillsbury 

This holiday season, help kids learn to be proud of themselves and show them you will love them just as they are by giving them books from Welcoming Schools’ list of inclusive book titles for ages 3 to 8. 

From actors and athletes to a Supreme Court justice, this year saw a number of LGBTQ advocates and allies write books for children to help them to be proud of their identities. These books are often the stories that these authors and public figures believe would have helped them to feel proud of themselves when they were younger.

Here are a few examples of our favorites to consider as gifts this holiday:

1. “Chocolate Me!” by Taye Diggs 

Teased for looking different than the other kids -- his skin is darker, his hair curlier -- he tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

Summary taken from: Macmillan Publishers 

2. “Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You”/ “¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú” by Sonia Sotomayor 

Based on her own experience as a child living with diabetes, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor writes about children whose differences are what give them special powers. Readers learn how to just askwhen noticing someone who is different from them. Both English and Spanish editions of the book are available.

3. “The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family” by Ibtihaj Muhammad 

It’s the first day of school, and Asiya will wear her first-day hijab. “‘Some people won’t understand your hijab,’ Mama had said. ‘But if you understand who you are, one day they will too.’” Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad writes of the unbreakable bond between siblings and of being proud of who you are. 

4. “Sulwe” by Lupita Nyong'o 

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight, and Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then, a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. Actor Lupita Nyong'o inspires children to see their own unique beauty.

Summary taken from: Simon & Schuster

To read through the full list of books, download “Be Who You Are: Best Books for Kids” -- and be sure to share it with your friends. 

For additional ideas for inspiring, inclusive books to give to children in your lives, check out Welcoming Schools’ “Great Diverse Books for Children” list.

HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators to: Embrace all families; Create LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools; Prevent bias-based bullying; Support transgender and non-binary students.


HRC Urges Senate to Reject Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Lawrence VanDyke

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:02

Today, HRC urged the Senate Judicary Committee to reject the nomination of Lawrence VanDyke to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in light of his anti-LGBTQ history and a rare “unqualified” rating from the American Bar Association.

Lawrence VanDyke has made clear that he has no intention of upholding the rights of LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “From his college writings to his roles in government, VanDyke has spent his career consistently opposed to equality for all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Senate should not confirm a judicial nominee who has received a rare rating of ‘unqualified’ from the American Bar Association, in part because of his inability or unwillingness to separate his deeply troubling anti-LGBTQ views from professional decisions demanding legal analysis. Senators must reject this nomination and demand a nominee who will uphold the rights of all citizens under the Constitution, not just some.”

Last month, the American Bar Association took the rare step of rating VanDyke as “unqualified,” noting that colleagues of his that were interviewed consistently gave this description: “arrogant, lazy, an ideologue and lacking in knowledge of the day-today practice including procedural rules. There was a theme that the nominee lacks humility, has an ‘entitlement’ temperament, does not have an open mind, and does not always have a commitment to being candid and truthful.” Furthermore, they were concerned “about whether Mr. VanDyke would be fair to persons who are gay, lesbian or otherwise part of the LGBTQ community.”

VanDyke has a long history of extremist anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and actions. As a student at Harvard Law School, he wrote an op-ed claiming that marriage equality would “hurt families and consequentially children and society.”At his hearing, VanDyke was provided with an opportunity to address his previous statements regarding marriage equality, specifically as to whether marriage equality damaged children.  He pointedly refused to answer. VanDyke also refused to respond to Senators’ inquiries as to his legal approach to the intersection of LGBTQ rights and religious liberty. Instead, he referenced his involvement in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez on behalf of a group called Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty. These actions provide no assurance for LGBTQ litigants. This case addressed whether a university's nondiscrimination policy required a Christian legal organization operating on campus to welcome LGBTQ students. The brief authored by VanDyke argued that LGBTQ protections do not require a religious group not to discriminate. Trying to argue that a case to limit legal protections for LGBTQ people is an example of how he would be fair to LGBTQ litigants provides no reassurance whatsoever.

Emails from him and state colleagues reveal a Solicitor General who had little interest in engaging in the daily tasks of the office and instead an ideologue committed to advancing a political agenda. For example, VanDyke consistently prioritized evaluating and joining amicus briefs supporting other states’ efforts to undermine abortion access, marriage equality, and gun safety measures. While serving in the office of the Montana Solicitor General, VanDyke helped draft an amicus brief in support of a photography business seeking to discriminate against same-sex couples and helped recruit other signatories. Further, he pushed the office of the Montana Attorney General to join several amicus briefs opposing marriage equality and supporting the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act.

He has long-standing affiliations with extreme anti-LGBTQ groups, including the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Family Research Council (FRC), notorious for their advocacy against the rights and livelihoods of LGBTQ people.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: December 6, 2019

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:06

IN MEXICO CITY -- HRC CELEBRATES THE MORE THAN 120 EMPLOYERS IN MEXICO FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO LGBT WORKPLACE INCLUSION: More from Latin Post, Mundo Ejecutivo, Infomercado and Reforma

Tonight we celebrate the more than 120 employers who have earned top ratings in the 2020 HRC Equidad MX report. These scores reflect their commitment to LGBTQ equality and adoption of essential LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices in their workplaces. pic.twitter.com/U1Y5YCgh1g

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 6, 2019

11TH CIRCUIT COURT IN FLORIDA HEARS CASE ON JACKSONVILLE SCHOOL’S BATHROOM POLICY: The case was brought on behalf of transgender student Drew Adams. “All I ever wanted from my school was to be treated like any other boy, and to have the same opportunity to thrive and learn as my peers,” said Adams (@drewcaofficial). More from Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Lambda Legal.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ANNOUNCES NEW “READY, SET PrEP” PROGRAM: By increasing awareness and access to PrEP and HIV preventive medication, we can end the epidemic facing thousands of Americans, especially LGBTQ people and people of color, who are at risk for HIV. Read more from the Washington Blade and HRC

FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG!: The first bi pride flag was unveiled on December 5, 1998, and for the past 21 years, it has been a symbol of bi+ pride and visibility around the world. Learn more from HRC

Happy birthday to the bisexual pride flag!

For the past 21 years, the bisexual pride flag has been a symbol of bisexual pride and visibility around the world. ������

Read more about how you can support the bi+ community at https://t.co/sdGcmTGvFo. pic.twitter.com/KIRMr0lsMb

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 5, 2019

HRC JOINS COALITION PARTNERS TO URGE SUPPORT FOR THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT: Learn more here

This week the House is expected to vote on the Voting Rights Advancement Act — critically important civil rights legislation that would ensure fair access to the ballot for all Americans is protected.@HRC joins @CivilRightsOrg and partners to urge Congress to #RestoreTheVote. https://t.co/AnhWFVWi2O

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 5, 2019

HORRIBLE -- SUSPECT YELLING ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS USES HAMMER TO ATTACK MAN ON NYC SUBWAY PLATFORM: More from NBC 4

MASSACHUSETTS MAN WHO ATTACKED ANOTHER MAN AND CALLED HIM ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS HAS BEEN ARRESTED: More from the Associated Press

ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT JUDGE WAS WRONG TO DENY TRANSGENDER MAN’S NAME CHANGE: More from Phoenix New Times.

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JOIN HRC AND SHOWTIME AT AN “L WORD: GENERATION Q” WATCH PARTY SUNDAY NIGHT: Check out the trailer and RSVP to an event near you! More from HRC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

JACOB EDWARD (@ItsJacobEdward) TO BECOME THE FIRST NON-BINARY PERSON TO HOST THEIR OWN SHOW ON BBC RADIO 1: Read more from Forbes

TRANS PEOPLE AND ALLIES IN INDIA START POSTCARD CAMPAIGN TO CONTINUE PROTEST OF A BILL ADVOCATES SAY IS HARMFUL TO THE TRANS COMMUNITY: More from The News Minute.

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Popsugar reviews 15 great reads from transgender and non-binary authors; New York Magazine talks to actress and HRC supporter Yeardley Smith (@YeardleySmith); Purposely Awakened interviews J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall (@McCantsPearsall), director of HRC Foundation’s HIV and Health Equity program, about HRC’s Elevate Fellowship Program

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Civil Rights Groups: The “Fairness for All” Act is an Affront to Existing Civil Rights Protections

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 01:49

Today, national advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Center for American Progress (CAP), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD, Lambda Legal, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Black Justice Coalition (BJC), National Fair Housing Alliance, National Partnership for Women and Families, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), PFLAG National and the Transgender Law Center expressed strong opposition to the so-called “Fairness For All” Act, as introduced in Congress. If enacted, this bill would undermine civil rights protections for women, people of color, people of faith and create substandard protections for LGBTQ people. In a joint statement, the groups wrote:

The “Fairness for All” Act is anything but fair, and it certainly does not serve all of us. It is an affront to existing civil rights protections that protect people on the basis of race, sex, and religion and creates new, substandard protections for LGBTQ people with massive loopholes and carve-outs, and upends critical federal programs that serve children in need.

This legislation is deeply dangerous for many reasons, mainly because it would erode protections that already exist for people based on race, sex and religion, rolling back protections that have been on the books for decades. It would expand the number of places and situations in which lawful discrimination could occur.

At the same time, it would introduce new, problematic provisions purportedly seeking to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity with broad exemptions, essentially licensing discrimination against LGBTQ people and women. Communities of color, who suffer from disproportionately higher rates of discrimination and harassment would be especially vulnerable to harm under these broad exemptions. Our nation’s existing civil rights framework already strikes the right balance when it comes to the government’s interest in protecting religious freedom and advancing nondiscrimination, and it is wrong to put into law a different system of protections for LGBTQ people and their families. 

This legislation would create a “double whammy” for anyone at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities: a Black lesbian or Transgender Jewish woman, for example, could see many of her existing rights erased or rolled back, ostensibly to protect her.

The Equality Act was passed through the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, and nearly 70 percent of Americans support comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The “Fairness for All” Act, on the other hand, was introduced by a small group of lawmakers. This legislation licenses discrimination while eroding the rights of people of faith.

It is wrong, and we strongly oppose it.

LGBTQ people deserve full federal equality -- nothing more and nothing less. The Equality Act, which has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan majority, would ensure clear and equal protections from discrimination for LGBTQ people throughout daily life while expanding protections for communities of color, people of faith, and women.

The Equality Act has broad, growing support and clear momentum. Over the last several years, more than 260 leading companies, more than 60 national trade associations, and more than 500 civil rights, religious, medical and social welfare organizations have joined with the LGBTQ community to support the Equality Act, which recently passed the U.S. House with a bipartisan majority. 


HRC Foundation Recognizes More than 100 Employers in Mexico For Their Commitment to LGBT Inclusion

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:58

Today, HRC Foundation, launched its third annual HRC Equidad MX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral, a survey evaluating LGBT workplace inclusion within major Mexican businesses and multinationals. Since its inception, the program has experienced unprecedented growth -- this year, 120 employers have earned top ratings in the 2020 HRC Equidad MX report, reflecting their commitment to LGBT equality and adoption of essential LGBT-inclusive policies and practices in their workplaces.

“Promoting fundamental rights and welcoming workplaces for LGBT employees is not only in the interest of fairness -- it is also smart for business,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, I am proud to witness the unprecedented positive change driven by HRC Equidad MX and the enthusiastic response of hundreds of business leaders who understand the critical importance and economic value of LGBT workplace inclusion in Mexico.”

HRC President Alphonso David will deliver remarks at a launch event today, hosted by Walmart Mexico and Central America and supported by prominent LGBT-committed corporate partners including IBM, Edelman, UBER and many others. The event will convene hundreds of corporate leaders, participating companies, civil society stakeholders and influencers -- including Christian Chávez, an openly gay actor and singer -- to celebrate LGBT workplace inclusion.

The pioneering Equidad MX program, modeled after HRC’s Corporate Equality Index  -- the premier LGBTQ workplace equality benchmarking survey in the U.S., recognized top-scoring companies with the HRC Foundation’s designation of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” or “Mejores Lugares para Trabajar LGBT”. The award honors their commitment to expanding efforts creating welcoming and fair workplaces for LGBT employees.

The groundbreaking success of  HRC Equidad MX is reflected in the rapidly-growing number of companies participating in the survey -- and achieving top ratings for LGBT workplace equality. In the survey’s inaugural year, 32 companies in Mexico -- including PEMEX, one of the largest employers in Latin America -- earned top ratings. That number jumped to 69 companies last year, and hit 120 this year -- including 36 that are based in Mexico. HRC Equidad MX seeks to continue to expand this network of inclusive employers throughout Mexico.

The 2020 HRC Equidad MX Report assessed major Mexican businesses and multinational companies on three core pillars of LGBT inclusion:

  • Adoption of nondiscrimination policies;
  • Creation of employee resource groups or diversity and inclusion councils; and
  • Engagement in public activities to support LGBT inclusion.

“All the participating companies are making genuine efforts to promote an LGBT-inclusive corporate culture and best practices across Mexican workplaces,” said Beck Bailey, director of HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. “Providing a work space where LGBT employees can reach their full potential is key to attracting and retaining the best workforce. We commend the business honorees for their leadership and dedication to fostering LGBT inclusion for all their employees.”

“The inspiring results of HRC Equidad MX constitute a remarkable landmark for LGBT workplace inclusion in Mexico and the broader Latin American region,” said Francisco Robledo and Fernando Velázquez, HRC Equidad MX Implementing Partners. “The growing number of businesses committed to promoting LGBT-inclusive policies and practices indicates that more and more corporate leaders understand and value the fairness and benefits of inclusive workplaces.”

Earlier this year, HRC staff convened with members of the HRC Equidad MX Business Council to develop strategies to achieve long-lasting impact throughout Mexico and discuss LGBT-inclusive trends and the success achieved in the first three of remarkable workplace inclusion efforts.

Through its CEI, Equidad MX and Equidad CL programs, the HRC Foundation has established guidelines to implement LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits across national and international corporations impacting more than 30.6 million employees worldwide. This endeavor is complemented by the HRC Global program, which supports the work of communities throughout the world in advocacy of the full rights of LGBTQ people around the world. This year, HRC announced a major initiative to pursue strategic litigation in countries where they can make a difference as part of broader efforts in the movement for LGBTQ equality.

HRC is proud to recognize 3M, Accenture, Airbnb, Amazon México, American Airlines, American Express México, Aon, AT Kearney, AT&T México, AXA Partners, Bain & Company México, Baker McKenzie, BASF, Boston Consulting Group, Best Buy México, BNP Paribas Cardif, Brown-Forman México, CBRE, Cineápolis, Cisco Systems of México, Citibanamex, Coca Cola FEMSA, Coca-Cola México, Compucom México, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, Cushman & Wakefield México, Dell EMC, Deloitte Consulting, Diageo, Distribuidora Therso, Dow Química Mexicana, Edelman, Edenred México, Experts, EY, Facebook, Festival Internacional de Cine de Los Cabos, Ford Motor Company, Gayosso, GE México, General Motors de México, Google México, Grupo Cinco M, Grupo Modelo, Here Technologies, Herman Miller, Hotel Marriott Puerto Vallarta, HP Inc, HSBC México, Hyatt Regency Mexico City, IBM, IFT, INE, Intel México, IPG Media Brands, iTexico, J.P. Morgan, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company México, Lexmark International de México, Lubrizol, Madison Tailored Brand Solutions, ManpowerGroup, Market Pro, Mastercard, McCann Worldgroup, McKinsey & Co. México, Mercedes-Benz Autobuses, Metco, Metlife, Microsoft, MMK Group, Mundo Joven, Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Neta Comunicación, Nielsen México, Nike, Novartis, OfficeYa, Ogilvy & Mather, Oliver Wyman, Oracle México, P&G, PayPal, PEMEX, Pepsico Alimentos México, Pernod Ricard México, Pfizer México, Philip Morris México, Porter Novelli, PSB Technology, PÚBLICO/trabajo, PwC, RB, SAP México, Scotiabank, Sephora México, Shell México, Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar, Sodexo México On Site, Softtek, Solaz a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, Sonova México, Sony Music Entertainment México, T&C Group, TAO Publicidad & Eventos, TE Connectivity, Thomson Reuters, Tsolco, Uber, Unilever de México, Viva Aerobus, Volteo, Von Wobeser y Sierra, W Mexico City, Walmart de México y Centroamérica, Warner Music México, Western Union, Wizeline, Zurich to celebrate LGBT-inclusion in the workplace.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: December 5, 2019

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:57

HRC FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES MORE THAN 100 EMPLOYERS IN MEXICO FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO LGBT INCLUSION: Today, the HRC Foundation launched its third annual HRC Equidad MX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral, a survey evaluating LGBT workplace inclusion within major Mexican businesses and multinationals. Since its inception, the program has experienced unprecedented growth -- this year, 120 employers have earned top ratings in the 2020 HRC Equidad MX report, reflecting their commitment to LGBT equality and adoption of essential LGBT-inclusive policies and practices in their workplaces. Read more from HRC in English and Español, Reuters and Expansión

  • Check out HRC’s Milagros Chirinos speaking with ADN40 about the unprecedented progress in LGBTQ workplace equality in Mexico: HRC compartió un adelanto del crecimiento sin precedentes de HRC Equidad MX con Monica Garza (@monicagarzag) en los estudios de ADN40. Milagros Chirinos (@MChirinos84) de HRC y Francisco Robledo (@PacoRobledo) Socio Implementador del programa hablaron sobre el éxito de la encuesta anual de inclusión LGBT laboral. Más de HRC.

.@HRC compartió un adelanto del crecimiento sin precedentes de #HRCEquidadMX con @monicagarzag en los estudios de @ADN40. @MChirinos84 de HRC y @PacoRobledo Socio Implementador del programa hablaron sobre el éxito de la encuesta anual de inclusión LGBT laboral. pic.twitter.com/T3IVbuyPcZ

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 4, 2019

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- 14 LGBTQ ACTIVISTS TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER: Including HRC President Alphonso David (@alphonsodavid); Rep. Sharice Davids (@repdavids); actor, model and activist Chella Man (@chellamanart); singer and songwriter Sam Smith (@samsmith); podcaster and “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn); and actor Billy Porter (@theebillyporter). See the full list from Austa Somvichian-Clausen at The Hill

ANTI-EQUALITY EXTREMISTS CONTINUE TO ATTACK TRANSGENDER & NON-BINARY YOUTH: “There’s been this incredibly wonderful and impactful rise in visibility of transgender people in the public sphere,” said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley (@CthrynOkly). “But at the same time, I think there are many folks who are not educated who have a lot of confusion, who have a lot of questions.” Read more from Laura Thompson (@laura__thomp) at Mother Jones

THE CASTRO DISTRICT IN SAN FRANCISCO HELD A VIGIL TO MOURN AND REMEMBER THE DEATHS OF SUPERVISOR HARVEY MILK AND MAYOR GEORGE MOSCONE: More from The Bay Area Reporter

TEXAS STATE AGENCY REBUKES WACO JUSTICE OF THE PEACE WHO REFUSED TO PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES: More from the Austin American-Statesman.

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LIL NAS X (@LilNasX) BECOMES THE FIRST OPENLY GAY ARTIST & FIRST ARTIST OF COLOR ON FORBES’ LIST OF HIGHEST-PAID COUNTRY ACTS 2019: Read more from The Grio.

OPENLY QUEER ACTOR JO ELLEN PELLMAN CAST IN LEAD ROLE IN MOVIE ADAPTATION OF HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL THE PROM: More from NewNowNext

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
U.S. AMBASSADOR TO ZAMBIA DANIEL FOOTE SAYS HE IS “HORRIFIED” BY 15-YEAR JAIL SENTENCE FOR SAME-SEX COUPLE:
Read more from the Associated Press.

JAKOB FAUERBY & SILAS HOST BECOME FIRST SAME-SEX DANCING COUPLE TO WIN DENMARK’S “DANCING WITH THE STARS”: “We would not have stood here if Denmark did not have an open mind and also had courage and dared to do so,” Holst said. Read more from Out Magazine

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Variety & PrideSource speak with the cast and crew of “The L Word: Generation Q”; Outsports shares a moving story from Gavin Parker on coming out as gay to his college hockey team 

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HRC reconoce a más de 100 empresas comprometidas con la inclusión LGBT en México

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:54

Hoy, la Fundación de la Campaña de Derechos Humanos (HRC, por sus siglas en inglés), el brazo educativo de la organización de derechos civiles de personas lesbianas, gais, bisexuales, transgénero y queer (LGBTQ) más grande de los Estados Unidos lanzó la tercera edición de HRC Equidad MX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral, la encuesta anual que evalúa la inclusión LGBT en los centros laborales dentro de las principales empresas mexicanas y multinacionales. Desde su inicio, el programa ha experimentado un crecimiento sin precedentes; este año, 120 empresas obtuvieron las mejores calificaciones en el informe HRC Equidad MX 2020, reflejando así su compromiso con la igualdad LGBT y la adopción de políticas y prácticas esenciales de inclusión LGBT en sus centros laborales.

“Promover derechos fundamentales y centros laborales incluyentes para los trabajadores LGBT no solo es justo, sino estratégico para los negocios”, dijo Alphonso David, presidente de HRC. “Como el nuevo presidente de Human Rights Campaign, me enorgullece presenciar el cambio positivo impulsado por HRC Equidad MX y la cálida respuesta de cientos de líderes empresariales que entienden la relevancia y el valor económico de la inclusión LGBT en los lugares de trabajo mexicanos”.

El presidente de HRC, Alphonso David, pronunciará un discurso de bienvenida en el lanzamiento de hoy, hospedado por Walmart México y Centroamérica y auspiciado por destacados socios corporativos comprometidos con la inclusión LGBT como IBM, Edelman, UBER y muchos otros. El evento convocará además a cientos de líderes corporativos, empresas participantes, actores clave de la sociedad civil y celebridades – entre ellos, Christian Chávez, actor y cantante abiertamente gay – para celebrar la inclusión LGBT en los centros laborales.

El programa pionero fue inspirado en el Índice de Igualdad Corporativa de HRC, la principal herramienta de evaluación comparativa de políticas y prácticas corporativas de inclusión LGBT en EE. UU. HRC Equidad MX reconoce y otorga la certificación de “Mejores Lugares para Trabajar LGBT” de la Fundación HRC a aquellas empresas que hayan obtenido los mejores puntajes; el reconocimiento honra su compromiso y esfuerzos por crear centros laborales justos para la fuerza laboral LGBT mexicana.

El éxito sin precedentes de HRC Equidad MX se refleja en el creciente número de empresas participantes cada año y en aquellas que logran obtener las mejores calificaciones en la encuesta. En el primer año del programa, 32 empresas en México obtuvieron las mejores calificaciones – entre ellas, PEMEX, una de las más grandes de América Latina. El año pasado, el número aumentó a 69 y este año son 120 las empresas certificadas; 36 de ellas de origen México. A través de HRC Equidad MX, la Fundación HRC busca continuar expandiendo la red de empleadores inclusivos en todo el país.

La encuesta HRC Equidad MX 2020 evalúa a las principales empresas mexicanas y multinacionales en base a tres pilares básicos de inclusión LGBT:

  • Adopción de políticas de no discriminación;
  • Creación de grupos de recursos de empleados o consejos de diversidad e inclusión; y
  • Participación en actividades públicas para apoyar la inclusión LGBT.

“Todas las compañías participantes están haciendo esfuerzos genuinos por promover una cultura corporativa de inclusión LGBT y establecer las mejores prácticas en los centros laborales mexicanos”, dijo Beck Bailey, director del Programa de Igualdad en el Centro Laboral de HRC. “Brindar un espacio de trabajo donde los trabajadores LGBT pueden alcanzar su máximo potencial es clave para atraer y retener a la mejor fuerza laboral. Felicitamos a las empresas galardonadas por su liderazgo y dedicación por fomentar la inclusión LGBT para todos sus trabajadores”.

“Los resultados de HRC Equidad MX nos inspiran y constituyen un hito notable para la inclusión LGBT en los lugares de trabajo de México y Latinoamérica”, expresó Francisco Robledo socio implementador de HRC Equidad MX. “El creciente número de empresas comprometidas con la promoción de políticas y prácticas inclusivas indica que cada vez más líderes corporativos entienden y valoran la equidad y los beneficios de centros laborales inclusivos”, añadió Fernando Velázquez, socio implementador de HRC Equidad MX.

A principios de este año, el personal de HRC se reunió con miembros del Consejo Consultivo Empresarial de HRC Equidad MX para desarrollar estrategias que logren un impacto a largo plazo en México y analizar las tendencias de inclusión LGBT; y el éxito logrado en los primeros tres esfuerzos notables de inclusión en el lugar de trabajo.

A través de sus programas CEI, Equidad MX y Equidad CL, la Fundación HRC ha establecido pautas para implementar políticas, prácticas y beneficios de inclusión LGBT en corporaciones nacionales e internacionales que impactan a más de 30.6 millones de empleados en todo el mundo. Este esfuerzo se complementa con el programa HRC Global, que apoya el trabajo de las comunidades de todo el mundo en la defensa de los derechos plenos de las personas LGBT de todo el mundo. Este año, HRC anunció una importante iniciativa de litigios estratégicos en países donde puedan marcar la diferencia como parte de esfuerzos más amplios en el movimiento por la igualdad LGBT.

HRC se enorgullece de honrar a Accenture, Airbnb, Amazon México, American Airlines, American Express México, Aon, AT Kearney, AT&T México, AXA Partners, Bain & Company México, Baker McKenzie, BASF, Boston Consulting Group, Best Buy México, BNP Paribas Cardif, Brown-Forman México, CBRE, Cineápolis, Cisco Systems of México, Citibanamex, Coca Cola FEMSA, Coca-Cola México, Compucom México, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, Cushman & Wakefield México, Dell EMC, Deloitte Consulting, Diageo, Distribuidora Therso, Dow Química Mexicana, Edelman, Edenred México, Experts, EY, Facebook, Festival Internacional de Cine de Los Cabos, Ford Motor Company, Gayosso, GE México, General Motors de México, Google México, Grupo Cinco M, Grupo Modelo, Here Technologies, Herman Miller , Hotel Marriott Puerto Vallarta, HP Inc, HSBC México, Hyatt Regency Mexico City, IBM, IFT, INE, Intel México, IPG Media Brands, iTexico, J.P. Morgan, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company México, Lexmark International de México, Lubrizol, Madison Tailored Brand Solutions, ManpowerGroup, Market Pro, Mastercard, McCann Worldgroup, McKinsey & Co. México, Mercedes-Benz Autobuses, Metco, Metlife, Microsoft, MMK Group, Mundo Joven, Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Neta Comunicación, Nielsen México, Nike, Novartis, OfficeYa, Ogilvy & Mather, Oliver Wyman, Oracle México, P&G, PayPal, PEMEX, Pepsico Alimentos México, Pernod Ricard México, Pfizer México, Philip Morris México, Porter Novelli, PSB Technology, PÚBLICO/trabajo, PwC, RB, SAP México, Scotiabank, Sephora México, Shell México, Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar, Sodexo México On Site, Softtek, Solaz a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, Sonova México, Sony Music Entertainment México, T&C Group, TAO Publicidad & Eventos, TE Connectivity, Thomson Reuters, Tsolco, Uber, Unilever de México, Viva Aerobus, Volteo, Von Wobeser y Sierra, W Mexico City, Walmart de México y Centroamérica, Warner Music México, Western Union, Wizeline, Zurich para celebrar la inclusión LGBT en los centros laborales.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: December 4, 2019

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:41

TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION JOINS HUNGARY AND BRAZIL TO BRING TOGETHER ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIVISTS ON CAPITOL HILL: Today’s so-called “Second International Conference on Family Policy” will feature government officials and right-wing activists from organizations with long track records of undermining human rights and reproductive rights, including the Heritage Foundation, C-FAM and National Right to Life Committee. Learn more from HRC

ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, DEAF AND SEXUALLY FLUID ACTOR AND MODEL NYLE DIMARCO (@NyleDiMarco) SHARED A POWERFUL VIDEO: Watch here.

Today is International Day of Disabled Persons!

My Deaf identity is not an obstacle but an advantage — an asset.

I absolutely love being my true self because that translates to confidence, taking me to places and bringing me opportunities I never imagined possible. pic.twitter.com/B8QwQNb8TJ

— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) December 3, 2019

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- CAN YOU BELIEVE??? JONATHAN VAN NESS FEATURED ON COVER OF COSMOPOLITAN U.K.: “My work has only really just begun,” Van Ness (@jvn) tells Cosmo’s Amy Grier (@amygrier). “I really want to improve the social safety net for people living with HIV and figure out how to make sure Donald Trump doesn’t win [another election] and find out how to make legislators sexy again and make critical thinking cool. I want equal rights and protections for women and LGBTQ+ people.” Read the full interview here

First non female cover star in 35 years ��️‍���� thanks for having me ��️‍����@CosmopolitanUK showing more variations of beauty for young LGBTQ+ people YAS QUEEN photo by @Rachell_Smith pic.twitter.com/oSXbDHaK51

— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) December 2, 2019

CHECK OUT THE FOUR MOST-IMPROVED CITIES WORKING WITH HRC TO MAKE LGBTQ EQUALITY A PRIORITY: Read more from HRC

HRC MOURNS LONG-TIME LGBTQ ADVOCATE DAN COCHRAN: More from HRC

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PIONEERING GAY CARTOONIST HOWARD CRUSE PASSED AWAY LAST MONTH: Learn more about his life and work from LGBTQ Nation

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

VIOLENCE AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE IS ON THE RISE IN BERLIN: Read more from The Advocate

IRELAND TO SIMPLIFY PROCESS FOR 16- AND 17-YEAR-OLDS TO CHANGE THEIR GENDER ON BIRTH CERTIFICATES: Read more from PinkNews

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HRC & West Elm partner to introduce new “Love is Love” collection just in time for the holidays.

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Trump-Pence Administration Joins Hungary and Brazil to Bring Together Anti-LGBTQ Activists

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 17:10

Post submitted by Taylor N.T. Brown, HRC Global senior manager, and Jeremy Kadden, HRC senior international policy advocate

On Wednesday, the Hungarian and Brazilian governments, alongside the Trump-Pence administration, are holding a conference in the U.S. Capitol with well-known promoters of anti-LGBTQ hate. The so-called “Second International Conference on Family Policy” will feature government officials and right-wing activists from organizations with long track records of undermining human rights and reproductive rights, including the Heritage Foundation, C-FAM and National Right to Life Committee. 

HRC is exposing this event for what it is: a hate-filled gathering focused on organizing against democratic norms and universal human rights -- including the rights of LGBTQ people and women. 

Check out the anti-LGBTQ records of just some of the many scheduled speakers:

  • U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., and Andy Harris, R-Md., both have extensive anti-LGBTQ track records, with scores of 0 out of 100 on HRC’s past three Congressional Scorecards. Hartzler has been a leading supporter of a ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, and has fought against marriage equality and the Equality Act. Harris has been outspoken in opposition to marriage equality and legislation prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. 
  • Katalin Novák, Hungary’s minister of family and youth affairs and vice president of the country’s incumbent right-wing, nationalist party, has strong ties to designated hate groups groups such as the World Congress of Families and the Alliance Defending Freedom. She has spoken at WCF conferences, keynoted an event in March ludicrously named “Making Families Great Again”, and last month met with members of ADF. Novák also has troubling connections within the Russian government, including the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, which played a key role in Russian interference into the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 
  • Charmaine Yoest, vice president of the Heritage Foundation, has a track record of homophobic and transphobic rhetoric. According to Rewire, she has “referred to transgender people as ‘crazy,’ labeled transgender people ‘creatures,’ and referred to medical care for transgender people as ‘a joke’”. 
  • Susan Yoshihara, senior vice president of C-FAM, has incorrectly and offensively characterized same-sex couples as worse parents than different-sex couples. 
  • Stefano Gennarini, vice president of C-FAM, has attacked countries supporting the rights of LGBTQ people at the U.N., mischaracterizing these rights as “special.” 
  • Valerie Huber, special representative at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has long fought against sex education and women’s reproductive health and rights.

Anti-democratic leaders are working to empower new international alliances and networks with events like this one. The governments organizing this event are positioning themselves to be among the leading torchbearers of anti-LGBTQ organizing around the world. 

For years, the Hungarian government, led by right-wing extremist Viktor Orban, has chipped away at democratic values and norms by promoting an anti-LGBTQ agenda and fostering the country’s ties to Russia’s Vladimir Putin. It is now collaborating with allies in the Trump-Pence administration and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro to advance a global anti-LGBTQ campaign.

By sharing news about this and other events organized by anti-LGBTQ extremists, you can help expose these shameful activities and the elected officials supporting them. It is important to speak out and let this administration know that we are united against hate.

For more information about HRC’s work around the world, subscribe to our quarterly newsletter and visit hrc.org/Global.  


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