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Earlier this year, HRC Foundation announced the inaugural class of the 2016 HIV 360° Fellowship Program. Made possible with generous support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, HIV 360° is a capacity-building fellowship program for young, non-profit leaders ready to take HIV-inclusive organizations and initiatives to the next level.

The HRC blog recently sat down with each of the fellows to discuss the program, their work, and their vision of an AIDS-free generation.

Tyrell Manning, 30, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community. Tyrell has been a key driver of change within Williams & Associates, where he currently serves as Regional Integration Specialist and site coordinator of Rustin’s Place, a youth drop-in center. He strives to be a positive mentor for young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and to create safe spaces that offer growth and promote healing among young Black MSM in his local community.

How did you first get involved with the movement to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic? How, if at all, did that inspire you to become an HIV 360° Fellow?

I was on a search to find "family" within the gay community when someone invited me to a Williams & Associates’ event called Bro-Fest. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt accepted, affirmed and loved. I began to volunteer with Williams & Associates and eventually realized this is something I wanted to do professionally.

Growing up, I watched AIDS take a toll my uncle’s life, so having the opportunity to create change in a community that I loved was the perfect fit. When I heard about HRC’s new fellowship program, I knew I had to apply. I wanted to use this fellowship program as an opportunity to bring attention to my city and the Midwest.

Each fellow has been asked to design, implement, and evaluate a community service project to combat HIV transmission rates in their respective communities. Tell us about yours and what you hope to accomplish with it.

Project Aware aims to combat some of the barriers that keep Black MSM in St. Louis from taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). I plan to increase the number of Black gay and bisexual men utilizing PrEP through fun but educational brunches that provide food, fellowship, and most importantly, information about PrEP. The men who attend these events will also have the opportunity to make medical appointments, sign up for insurance, and take advantage of other quality of life services.

What is one key learning you’ve gained from the fellowship program? What have you enjoyed the most about it?

I’ve really benefited from the program’s sessions on leadership, communication and delegation. I’ve also enjoyed using this program as an opportunity to truly figure out why I do this work and to refine my non-profit management skills. I’ve also enjoyed how open HRC staff have been, especially the two administrators of the program. They are always available to answer questions, give direction and provide clarity. Finally, I am truly grateful for the bonds that have developed between people in my cohort. It feels so good to know I have a network and family of supporters outside of the city!

How can people learn more about your organization and support the work you are doing?

Please check out out by learning about Williams & Associates online as well as our youth drop-in center, Rustin’s Place.

To learn more about the HIV 360° fellowship program itself, click here. Also, check out:

 


Author: HRC staff
Posted: December 7, 2016, 4:57 pm

With President-elect Donald Trump and soon-to-be-former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory meeting today, it’s worth reminding readers about Trump’s comments thus far on the discriminatory and vile HB2 (which cost McCrory his election -- marking the very first time an NC Governor lost his re-election bid). During his campaign, Trump first said that he would personally “allow Caitlyn Jenner to use the women’s restroom at Trump Tower.” He then backtracked on the same day in an interview on Fox News, asserting that he would “leave it up to the states” and do nothing as President to protect LGBTQ people from discriminatory laws like HB2. He also told Jimmy Kimmel in late May that he’d “let the states decide” and that they would “do hopefully the right thing.” In an interview with Colin Campbell of The (Raleigh) News and Observer in July, Trump clarified just what the “right thing” was when he said, “I’m going with the state. The state, they know what’s going on, they see what’s happening and generally speaking I’m with the state on things like this. I’ve spoken with your governor, I’ve spoken with a lot of people and I’m going with the state,” he said.

McCrory was the face of HB2, which blatantly discriminates against LGBTQ people and violates the Constitution, our nation’s civil rights laws, and the Violence Against Women Act. It’s worth asking President-elect Trump just exactly where he stands on ensuring every American is protected from discrimination. At the very least, it’s worth knowing what he’s actually said about the most anti-LGBTQ law in the land.

Trump to Meet McCrory - Curated tweets by HRC


Author: HRC staff
Posted: December 7, 2016, 3:26 pm

FACT 1. TRUMP MEETS WITH MCCRORY TODAY. FACT 2. TRUMP HAS NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT (AT LEAST) THREE TIMES ENDORSED NC’S VILE HB2: With President-elect Donald Trump and soon-to-be-former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory meeting today, it’s worth reminding readers about Trump’s comments thus far on the discriminatory and vile HB2 (which cost McCrory his election -- marking the very first time an NC Governor lost his re-election bid). During his campaign, Trump first said that he would personally “allow Caitlyn Jenner to use the women’s restroom at Trump Tower.” He then backtracked on the same day in an interview on Fox News, asserting that he would “leave it up to the states” and do nothing as President to protect LGBTQ people from discriminatory laws like HB2. He also told Jimmy Kimmel in late May that he’d “let the states decide” and that they would “do hopefully the right thing.” In an interview with Colin Campbell of The (Raleigh) News and Observer in July, Trump clarified just what the “right thing” was when he said, “I’m going with the state. The state, they know what’s going on, they see what’s happening and generally speaking I’m with the state on things like this. I’ve spoken with your governor, I’ve spoken with a lot of people and I’m going with the state,” he said. McCrory was the face of HB2, which blatantly discriminates against LGBTQ people and violates the Constitution, our nation’s civil rights laws, and the Violence Against Women Act. It’s worth asking President-elect Trump just exactly where he stands on ensuring every American is protected from discrimination. At the very least, it’s worth knowing what he’s actually said about the most anti-LGBTQ law in the land.

Trump to Meet McCrory - Curated tweets by HRC

HAPPENING TODAY: HRC AND EQUALITY NORTH CAROLINA TOUR STATE TO CONGRATULATE GOVERNOR-ELECT COOPER: Today, HRC and Equality NC will host press conferences in Raleigh and Charlotte to congratulate Governor-Elect Roy Cooper and highlight how his victory over Pat McCrory is a signal to anti-equality activists and politicians that it is now a political liability to be anti-equality. When McCrory jammed through and signed into law the discriminatory HB2 bill, he placed himself on the wrong side of history, becoming the architect of his own political demise. HRC and ENC polling found that HB2 was the critical issue leading to McCrory’s defeat -- the only incumbent governor from either party to lose on Election Day. North Carolina voters opposed HB2 by a 30-point margin, and the discriminatory measure was cited as the top reason voters turned against McCrory (17 points above any other issue). HRC and ENC built a state-of-the-art campaign infrastructure designed to defeat McCrory, laying a tactical foundation for future victories that included contacting more than 450,000 potential equality voters, and rallying the state’s 255,000-strong bloc of LGBTQ voters and hundreds of thousands of allies, who helped equality champion Roy Cooper win the governorship by just over 10,000 votes.

  • Governor-elect Roy Cooper reiterates call for repeal of HB2 in first speech since he defeated McCrory: Said Cooper, "With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation. Let's finish the job and repeal HB2." Watch at WCNC.
  • Yesterday, HRC and Equality North Carolina hosted a Facebook Live event to discuss how and why McCrory's embrace of HB2 legislation cost him re-election and the powerful warning his defeat sends to lawmakers across the country who target LGBTQ people for discrimination. Watch here.

NEW STUDY: TEXAS STANDS TO LOSE $8.5 BILLION IF IT PURSUES ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION: A new study from the Keep Texas Open for Business coalition estimates that Texas could stand to lose $8.5 billion in GDP and 185,000 jobs if lawmakers elect to pursue anti-LGBTQ bills in the coming legislative session. This new economic impact study was commissioned by the Texas Association of Business. Read the full study and launch release here. The coalition stresses that Texas should focus on issues of infrastructure, education and health, instead of divisive, unnecessary, anti-LGBTQ laws that only serve to threaten the economic prosperity of the state. In order to keep Texas an attractive, welcoming destination for new businesses, events, conferences and jobs, Texas must not make the mistake that Gov. Pat McCrory made in North Carolina, and allow state-sponsored discrimination.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- HRC MISSISSIPPI FEATURED IN VICE DOCUMENTARY ON HIV IN THE DEEP SOUTH: In a new Vice documentary about the disparate impact of HIV & AIDS in the deep south, HRC Mississippi’s Rob Hill talks about how stigma and a difficult political, social and religious environment contributes to the  the spread of the virus, and addresses the lack of willingness by politicians and leaders to discuss the health crisis publicly. In Jackson, Mississippi, the virus has reached epidemic proportions, primarily affecting younger, black, gay men. Check out the documentary here. (HRC’s Hill speaks around 9:45).

HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE RECEIVES HER HOME STATE’S HIGHEST HONOR: HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), a Delaware native, was awarded the Order of the First State, the highest honor the Governor of Delaware can bestow. Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) surprised her with the honor yesterday. The Order of the First State, which recognizes individuals who have had a significant impact on the citizens of Delaware, honored McBride for her leadership in the fight for LGBTQ equality in her home state. McBride, who also serves on the board of Equality Delaware, played a pivotal role in the passage of Delaware’s 2013 Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act, which provides basic legal protections to transgender people in employment, housing, public accommodations, and insurance. More from HRC.

SENATOR URGES  SECRETARY KERRY TO APOLOGIZE TO EMPLOYEES LAID OFF DURING “LAVENDER SCARE”: Last week, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to apologize on behalf of the State Department to at least 1,000 employees who were fired from the department during the “Lavender Scare” of the 1950s and 1960s. Thousands of employees suspected of being gay or lesbian were shamefully  investigated and fired during that period as potential “security risks” vulnerable to Soviet blackmail. More from HRC.

LGBTQ COMMUNITY MOURNS LIVES LOST IN OAKLAND WAREHOUSE FIRE: HRC mourns the 36 lives lost in the Oakland warehouse fire, which broke out on Friday night. While details are still emerging, we know that at least three of the victims were transgender, and that the location was a prominent hub for LGBTQ artists. More from ABC News 7.

BANGLADESH LGBTQ COMMUNITY STILL REELING FROM BRUTAL MURDER OF LGBTQ ADVOCATE: The effects of the brutal murder seven months ago of two employees of Bangladesh’s first and only LGBTQ magazine, Roopbaan, are still being felt deeply in the LGBTQ community. More than a dozen LGBTQ people have fled the country since the crime. More from NBC.

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Salon blasts a discriminatory Texas bill that could put countless LGBTQ foster youth at risk… The Virginian-Pilot reports on a LGBTQ Pride assembly at a local high school that was postponed by school administration… The Dallas Morning News profiles a supportive Texas church granting full membership to LGBTQ patrons… Mother Jones interviews legendary LGBTQ rights advocate Cleve Jones…

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


Author: HRC staff
Posted: December 7, 2016, 3:05 pm

On Monday, HRC Foundation released the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, the premier national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees. This year, a record-breaking 517 businesses earned the CEI’s top score of 100, marking a single-year increase of more than 25 percent.

Businesses and corporations are taking to Twitter to demonstrate their pride and celebrate their commitment to LGBTQ equality in the workplace. Check out the list below to see some of the top performers in the 2017 CEI.

CEI 2017 - Curated tweets by HRC


Author: Emily Roberts
Posted: December 7, 2016, 2:00 pm

Following yesterday’s release of the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), HRC Foundation held its second-ever international launch of the CEI in Mexico City, recognizing the growing global impact of the nearly 900 companies officially scored by the premiere benchmarking tool for LGBT workplace equality.

Last year, the CEI for the first time expanded its scoring criteria include global LGBT-inclusive workplace policies. The business community responded, and this year 98% of CEI-rated companies offer  both sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections to workers domestically and internationally. The Mexico City launch featured representatives from HRC’s on-the ground program HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, The Dow Chemical Company, J.P. Morgan Chase, and the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, PEMEX.

“Now more than ever, we need to find points of collaboration to protect our global community’s gains and continue to move forward,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training. “With strategic partnerships across the public sector, private businesses and civil society, we can drive real change in the lives of LGBTQ people and further our shared goals of full inclusion in workplaces around the world.”

Alejandro Dieck Assad, deputy director of Human Resources of the Corporate Management and Services Division at PEMEX, Mexico’s oil and gas leader, highlighted the company’s commitment to LGBT inclusion -- including educating the workforce on inclusive policies, and holding employees accountable.

“More than 35,000 employees have taken courses on inclusion and diversity that are a fundamental part of the assessment that all employees have to take to get promoted,” Dieck Assad said.

HRC Equidad MX launched in September to strengthen and promote LGBTQ workplace inclusion throughout Mexico. The launch, as well as yesterday’s event, represent years of collaboration between civil society organizations, Mexico’s business community, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

“We are proud that so many U.S. companies in Mexico have adopted more inclusive and equal workplace policies. We applaud HRC’s efforts to promote these best practices in Mexico as well as the United States and look forward to continuing the collaboration between the Embassy and HRC,” said U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson.

Reflecting the historic commitment within the business community to global LGBTQ workplace equality, HRC announced at the Mexico City launch that its Global Business Coalition, a consortium of major global businesses committed to upholding protections for LGBTQ workers everywhere, had tripled in size.  Launched in 2015, HRC’s Global Business Coalition now includes 36 companies representing more than 3.5 million employees operating in over 200 countries around the world.  The major businesses participating in the coalition cut across industries and combined generate more than $1 trillion in revenue each year.

“Increasingly global employers are leveraging their values of fairness and inclusion in more public platforms such as HRC’s Global Business Coalition,” said Deena Fidas, Director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program. “Most major private sector employers understand this, but need the partnership, resources and guidance to actually implement best-in-class policies and practices.”

In conjunction with the launch of the CEI in Mexico City, HRC Equidad MX released a Spanish-language toolkit for workplaces in Mexico and around Latin America.  The guide provides predominantly Spanish-language workplaces with a resource to help train and equip employees to build LGBT-inclusive environments.

The newly-released toolkit complements significant progress already made by major businesses and law firms globally. This year, a record-breaking 516 businesses earned the CEI’s top score of 100, up from 407 last year. That’s a single-year increase of more than 25 percent -- the largest jump in the 15-year history of the nation’s premiere benchmarking tool for LGBT workplace equality. 883 companies and firms were officially rated and, in addition to the record number of companies receiving a perfect score of 100, progress continued across workplaces, including:

  • 94 percent of rated companies had adopted sexual orientation equal employment policies and 92 percent had gender identity equal employment policies.
  • Same-sex domestic partner or spousal benefits were provided by 98 percent of rated companies.
  • 70 percent of rated companies offer transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage, up from 60 percent from last year, the largest single year increase in trans-inclusive health benefits since the coverage was added to the CEI.

To learn more about the CEI, visit http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index

Corporate Equality Index; CEI; Mexico City; Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program

Corporate Equality Index; CEI; Mexico City; Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program

Corporate Equality Index; CEI; Mexico City; Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program

Corporate Equality Index; CEI; Mexico City; Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program

Corporate Equality Index; CEI; Mexico City; Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program

Photos: HRC Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training Mary Beth Maxwell and HRC Director for Workplace Equality Deena Fidas join leaders from The Dow Chemical Company, PEMEX, J.P. Morgan Chase and the U.S. Embassy.


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: December 6, 2016, 10:48 pm

HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride, a Delaware native, was awarded the Order of the First State, the highest honor the Governor of Delaware can bestow, by Governor Jack Markell (D-DE). The Order of the First State, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the citizens of Delaware, honored McBride for her leadership in the fight for LGBTQ equality within her home state.  

McBride, who was the first openly transgender speaker at a major party’s national convention, also serves on the board of Equality Delaware. She played a pivotal role in the passage of Delaware’s 2013 Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act, which provided basic legal protections to transgender people in employment, housing, public accommodations, and insurance.

“Generations of Delawareans will have better lives thanks to the work and courage of Sarah McBride,” said Gov. Markell. “On their behalf, I’m incredibly grateful.”

Alongside McBride, Gov. Markell honored the presidents of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBTQ civil rights organization, Mark Purpura and Lisa Goodman. Purpura and Goodman worked closely with McBride on the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act. They also led the successful effort to pass marriage equality in Delaware.

Governor Markell, who took office in January of 2009, has signed several major pieces of LGBTQ equality legislation. In 2009, Governor Markell signed sexual orientation non-discrimination protections. HRC partnered with Equality Delaware and Governor Markell in the effort to pass marriage equality and legal protections for transgender people. Markell signed both pieces of legislation in 2013.

HRC congratulates McBride, Purpura and Goodman on their honors.

Lisa Goodman; Governor Markell; Sarah McBride; Mark Purpura

Above: Lisa Goodman, Governor Markell, Sarah McBride and Mark Purpura.

McBride Family

Above: McBride Family and Governor Markell

Photos c/o: Office of Governor Jack Markell


Author: HRC staff
Posted: December 6, 2016, 8:55 pm

Join HRC on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. CST for a United Against Hate Rally. Join us at the Capitol where we will gather and march to the Governor's Mansion to call for the complete repeal of H.B. 1523.

Over the last nine months, Mississippians from across the state have gathered on multiple occasions to join voices and speak out against H.B. 1523. H.B. 1523, deceptively titled “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” enables almost any individual or organization to discriminate against LGBTQ Mississippians at work, at school and in their communities.  

HRC Mississippi has been a vocal opponent of H.B. 1523, and has held rallies condemning the bill and has communicated our grave concerns with elected officials throughout the lifespan of the bill. On July 1, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ blocked the implementation of H.B. 152 right before it was set to go into effect. As we await further action from federal courts around the law, we are continuing our call to action, and not letting up the pressure on our legislature and our governor. 

This Sunday, December 11, join us in Jackson, Mississippi to raise our voices in song. 

The event, entitled United Against Hate, will feature a performance of the song “My, My Mississippi,” written by Mississippi native Tena Clark to express her sorrow over this bill and our state’s history of discrimination. A choir of local Mississippians will also raise their voices to oppose this harmful bill. We hope you can bring your voice and join us, too. 

We will gather, not just because we share Clark’s sorrow over H.B. 1523, but because we share her hope for a state where everyone, including LGBTQ people, are welcome and safe. 

Please join us if you can on December 11. If not, we encourage you to find out more about the work we do at HRC Mississippi. We hope that one way or another, you’ll join us in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. 


Author: Rob Hill
Posted: December 6, 2016, 4:00 pm

Today, HRC and Equality North Carolina released the results of major post-election polls conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research showing that the majority of the electorate -- including voters that supported Donald Trump and Mike Pence -- has in no way backed down from supporting LGBTQ equality. Additionally, North Carolina polling found that the anti-LGBTQ HB2 was the critical issue leading to Governor Pat McCrory’s defeat -- the only incumbent governor from either party to lose on Election Day. The HRC and Equality NC survey of 500 North Carolina voters found them opposed to HB2 by a 62 to 30 percent margin. HB2 was also listed as the leading reason to vote against McCrory -- with 57 percent citing HB2, 17 points above any other issue.

Gov. McCrory ran approximately 63,000 votes behind Donald Trump, 96,000 votes behind Sen. Richard Burr, and more than 225,000 votes behind his party’s own candidate for agriculture commissioner.  According to the polling, both Trump and Burr won the Independent vote by 21 points, while McCrory won by only 9 points. Other victories for equality include Josh Stein for Attorney General, as well as four challenger races that also declared victory: Cynthia Ball (D), Chaz Beasley (D), Joe John (D) and Mary Belk (D). HB2 was the top issue in each of these races.

“This research is proof that when it comes to LGBTQ equality, hearts and minds remain forever changed and on our side. Nowhere is that more clear than in North Carolina, where voters soundly rejected Pat McCrory and sent a clear signal that anti-LGBTQ politicking is now a liability to candidates, no matter their party,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Barely 10 years ago, Republicans – and some Democrats – running for governor were campaigning their support for state bans on marriage equality. But today, as McCrory has proven to the nation, promoting anti-LGBTQ discrimination will cost you an election. There is no doubt that Americans have moved inexorably in the direction of equality and have no appetite for hatred from their elected officials.”

"This polling data shows what we have seen and heard in our communities all over the state -- HB2 is bad for North Carolina,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. “Pat McCrory refused to listen to the people of North Carolina and as a result, the people stood up and ousted him out of office. That means that a champion of equality will replace one of the worst anti-LGBTQ politicians as the highest officeholder in our state. North Carolinians deserve a Governor that represents their values. There is much to be done in order to support Roy Cooper's efforts to repeal HB2 and create statewide non-discrimination protections. We are looking forward to working with Governor-elect Roy Cooper to repeal the vile HB2 and restore North Carolina's reputation."

A separate national survey of 1,100 voters found a massive increase in support for marriage equality compared to the 2012 election. A 61 percent majority of voters now support marriage equality, compared to 50 percent after 2012. There’s also significant support for comprehensive legal protections for LGBTQ Americans. An impressive 69 percent of voters—including a 55 percent majority of Trump voters—support the Equality Act which would broaden—not contract—equality in this country. Both the North Carolina and national surveys were conducted Nov. 6-8.

The memo also highlights that HB2 opponents out-communicated backers of the discriminatory bill, with 63 percent of voters having seen ads opposing HB2 and only 49 percent seeing supportive messages. Through the unprecedented get-out-the-vote program TurnOUT NC, HRC and Equality NC communicated to members and supporters through targeted social media, door-knocking, phone calls, direct mail, text message alerts and email alerts. The TurnOUT NC program generated more than 24 million impressions online to members and supporters encouraging them to vote for pro-equality candidates. Additionally, HRC and Equality NC released a series ads targeting pro-equality voters, including “Lennie & Pearl for Roy Cooper,” “Pat McCrory: Bad for Business,” and “North Carolina Mom for Roy Cooper.”

Read the full polling memo here.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: December 6, 2016, 3:21 pm

BREAKING: HRC POLLING SHOWS NC’S HB2 DOOMED PAT MCCRORY WITH TRUMP VOTERS: In an exclusive this morning, Politico’s Kevin Robillard (@PoliticoKevin) reports that new polling data released by HRC and Equality NC found that North Carolina voters who voted for Donald Trump are also in full support of LGBTQ rights, pointing to Governor Pat McCrory's loss as proof of the issue's political power. Reports Politico: HRC polling by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research “shows a majority of Trump voters backing gay marriage and believing the issue is settled. A separate poll of North Carolina voters found the number one reason given for voting against McCrory was his support of HB2.”  McCrory ran approximately 63,000 votes behind Trump. Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin), “This research is proof that when it comes to LGBTQ equality, hearts and minds remain forever changed and on our side. Nowhere is that more clear than in North Carolina, where voters soundly rejected Pat McCrory and sent a clear signal that anti-LGBTQ politicking is now a liability to candidates, no matter their party.” Read the Politico story here (behind paywall), and more about the poll at HRC here.

TAKE NOTE: ANTI-LGBTQ POLITICKING COST PAT MCCRORY GOVERNOR’S SEAT; NC GOV.-ELECT ROY COOPER WILL WORK TO REPEAL DISCRIMINATORY HB2 LAW THAT SANK MCCRORY: Pat McCrory finally accepted defeat in the North Carolina governor’s race Monday, undone by his embrace of the discriminatory HB2 law that brought shame and financial loss to the state, and put the safety of his own LGBTQ constituents at risk. “Pat McCrory’s reign of discrimination is finally over. McCrory's stubborn and reckless support of HB2 cost him this election, and his defeat sends a powerful warning to lawmakers across the country that targeting LGBTQ people will not be tolerated,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We look forward to working with Governor-elect Roy Cooper and fair-minded lawmakers to repeal HB2. It's way past time to repair the harm inflicted on North Carolina’s people, reputation and economy.” Election Day exit polling showed that a stunning 66 percent of North Carolina voters said they oppose HB2, and a survey commissioned by HRC and Equality NC found that 57 percent of voters cited the law as the top reason “not to vote for Pat McCrory” -- exceeding any other issue by 17 points. "Governor McCrory has finally conceded, and now it is time for the state and people of North Carolina to get on with our business of rebuilding,” said Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro (@CristoferoSgro). “Roy Cooper is a champion of equality and for North Carolina values, and he is the right person to lead our great state moving forward." More from HRC, The Charlotte Observer, The Washington Post and The Associated Press.

  • “The McCrory experience could serve as a cautionary tale for other GOP incumbents weighing similar bills, including those focused on religious liberty, in the coming years:” In its morning’s newsletter, WaPo took a deep dive  into the NC Gubernatorial election, laying out how McCrory’s embrace of anti-LGBTQ discrimination cost him the governorship. More from The Washington Post.
  • Our favorite headlines: TIME, “Why the North Carolina Governor’s Election Is Such a Big Deal for LGBT People;” The Advocate, “Bye: Pat McCrory, N.C.'s Anti-LGBT Governor, Concedes;” The New York Times, “GOP Governor Pat McCrory Finally Rules Out a Coup and Concedes in North Carolina;” Slate, “North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s Defeat Is a Cautionary Tale for LGBTQ Opponents”
  • "This is a watershed moment for our movement," HRC’s Jay Brown told Susan Milligan (@MilliganSusan) of U.S. News. "The defeat of Pat McCrory sends a signal to lawmakers everywhere that the days of LGBT politicking are over." Read more here.

Congrats Gov-elect @RoyCooperNC! Look fwd to working w you on repeal of #HB2 that's harmed NC's reputation & economy https://t.co/m634HyocyQ pic.twitter.com/Hrw96i2RRC

ALSO IN NC, EQUALITY CHAMPION JOSH STEIN WILL SUCCEED ROY COOPER AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, as Buck Newton on Monday finally concedes as well. When HRC endorsed Stein, HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof said that he “understands that LGBTQ people deserve equal treatment under the law, nothing more, and nothing less.” Read more at The Charlotte Observer.

@ChadHGriffin Thanks, Chad! Appreciate all your and HRC's help.

— Josh Stein (@JoshStein_) December 6, 2016

TUESDAY TWEET: Yesterday’s historic moment in North Carolina proved one thing for certain -- politicians who peddle hate and insist on standing on the wrong side of history will face consequences. Pat McCrory was the only incumbent governor to lose re-election this year, and the first ever to lose re-election in North Carolina. BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden’s (@DominicHolden) tweets tell the powerful story of how LGBTQ mobilization undid McCrory’s bid.

McCrory lost by about 10,000 votes. This anti-McCrory mobilization wouldn't have happened if he didn't back anti-LGBT law. https://t.co/fIBfx7JSmU

— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) December 5, 2016

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER TENA CLARK TO PERFORM NEW SONG AT HRC MISSISSIPPI RALLY CALLING FOR REPEAL OF ANTI-LGBTQ LAW: After her home state passed the discriminatory HB 1523, Mississippi native and singer-songwriter Tena Clark wrote a heartfelt and personal song describing how at odds the law felt with the welcoming, warm state that she knows. Now, Clark is donating all proceeds from the song, called “My, My Mississippi” to HRC’s Project One America, which has created permanent campaigns pushing for equality in in the deep south. This weekend, Clark will also join HRC in Jackson at a Sunday rally outside the Governor’s Mansion calling for a full repeal of HB 1523. Read more about Clark and her song at The Clarion-Ledger.

JANET MOCK DISCUSSES PREMIERE OF HBO’s “THE TRANS LIST”: Writer and transgender advocate Janet Mock sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss “The Trans List,” a new documentary from HBO that premiered last night. The documentary features several prominent transgender advocates, including Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Amos Mac, Sergeant Shane Ortega and Buck Angel. Read the full interview here.

LADY GAGA VISITS LGBTQ YOUTH HOMELESS SHELTER: Pop icon and LGBTQ advocate Lady Gaga’s recent surprise visit to the Ali Forney Center, New York City’s largest shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, is featured in a video released yesterday by Today. In the video, she says,  “These children are not just homeless or in need, many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.” More from Towleroad.

LGBTQ COMMUNITY MOURNS THOSE LOST IN OAKLAND WAREHOUSE FIRE: HRC mourns the 36 lives lost in the Oakland warehouse fire, which broke out on Friday night. While details are still emerging, we know that at least one victim, Cash Askew, was a member of the LGBTQ community and musician with the band Them Are Us Too. More from LGBTQ Nation.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Oakland, the victims, and their families. https://t.co/APrPzkrHrg

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) December 5, 2016

LGBTQ ADVOCATES CELEBRATE PRIDE IN DELHI: Delhi, India, celebrated it’s 9th LGBTQ Pride Parade this weekend, advocating against Section 377, the notorious anti-LGBTQ law criminalizing sexual acts that go “against the order of nature.” More from Hindustan Times.

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: December 6, 2016, 3:18 pm

Last week, Senator Ben Cardin sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to apologize on behalf of the State Department to at least 1,000 State Department employees who were fired during the “Lavender Scare.

During the “Lavender Scare,” which took place in the 1950s and 1960s, federal and state governments investigated and fired thousands of employees who were suspected of being gay or lesbian, claiming that they were “security risks” who were vulnerable to Soviet blackmail.

“We’ve begun to make amends to LGBT men and women of our armed forces, who were similarly chased out of the military, and now it is time to show the same respect and right the wrongs that were leveled against our U.S. diplomats,” Cardin told the Washington Blade. “I have asked Secretary Kerry to formally start this process with an official apology from the Department of State and other appropriate steps.”

Senator Cardin, who is Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, received a 95 on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard.

“There is little we can do to undo the hurts and wrongs of the past,” Cardin explained in the letter. “But we can take steps to assure that the lessons of these episodes are learned and remembered, and in so doing make a contribution to assuring that such injustice will never transpire again.”

HRC thanks Cardin for his leadership and urges Secretary Kerry to offer an apology to the employees whose careers were ended by this discriminatory policy. 


Author: Hayley Miller
Posted: December 6, 2016, 2:39 pm

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Fighting The LGBT Community’s Invisibility | In many ways, the history of the LGBT community is a history of battling invisibility. Since the dawn of time, society has tried to make us invisible. We gained strength as a community only by shedding that invisibility, coming out, and proudly saying who we are. Source: Fighting The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 3:10 am
Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children Source: Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children : NPR
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 2:45 am
Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s culture surrounding LGBT? BY HEIDI HATCH WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH 2016   Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s religious culture surrounding LGBT? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 8 photos 201 shares tweet now! (KUTV) The number one killer of Utah’s kids is suicide according to new numbers from […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:32 am
 Is The Recent Rise In Utah Youth Suicides Really Such A Mystery? 07/05/2016 02:08 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago 390 Benjamin Knoll John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics, Centre College The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that “Utah health officials are grappling with a rising youth suicide rate that’s nearly tripled since […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:28 am
LGBT Pride Month Highlights Deepening Divide Between Mormon Leadership and Members Mitch Mayne | Posted 06.11.2016 | Queer Voices Read More: LGBT Mormons, LGBT Mormon Children, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormons, Gay Mormons, Mitch Mayne Gay Mormon, LGBT Pride Month, LGBT Pride, Lgbt Pride Parade, Mexico Marriage Equality, Proposition 8, Queer […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:42 am
Diversity: Pride in science The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out. Source: Diversity: Pride in science : Nature News & Comment
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:14 am
Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives 06/21/2016 06:32 pm ET | Updated 4 hours ago Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. Psychotherapist in private practice, author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms LGBT Pride Month 2016 will always be remembered for the worst mass shooting in American history to date, one which took 49 lives at an Orlando, […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
The Orlando Massacre: A Reminder of the Dangers LGBT People Live With Every Day There have been scores of attacks on LGBT spaces, some of which received more attention than others. 06/12/2016 10:46 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Michelangelo Signorile, Editor-at-Large, HuffPost Queer Voices Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post STEVE NESIUS / […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:17 pm
Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub “We are investigating this from all points of perspective as an act of terrorism.” 06/12/2016 09:28 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Nina Golgowski Trends reporter, The Huffington Post Sebastian Murdock Reporter, The Huffington Post Andy Campbell Reporter, The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
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