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A new report from the Williams Institute found that voter ID laws disproportionately impact and disenfranchise the transgender community.

The report released this month found that more than 34,000 transgender Americans across eight states could be prevented from voting due to restrictive voter ID laws.

In Shelby County v. Holder in June 2013, the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, a law that is designed to ensure minority voters across the country are able to participate equally in the electoral process by prohibiting discriminatory voting practices and removing barriers to voting.  Since the Supreme Court’s decision, states and localities have brazenly pushed forward potentially discriminatory changes to voting practices, such as changing district boundaries to disadvantage select voters, instituting unnecessary voter identification laws, and changing polling locations with little notice.

Transgender people are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and disenfranchisement when voting due primarily to challenges around valid identification documents. Many transgender people do not have forms of ID that reflect their gender, either because they are in the process of changing their documents or face financial or legal barriers to doing so. In addition, many LGBTQ people face compounded discrimination based on other characteristics, including race, age, and economic status.  These vulnerabilities weaken our entire community’s voting power.

Roughly 6 million LGB voters cast a ballot in 2012 -- an election President Obama won by just under 5 million votes. Historically, turnout among LGBTQ voters is significantly higher than the general voting population. And there’s this: in key swing states like North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, the number of LGBTQ adults is greater than the margin of victory in 2012.

This November, there are approximately 9.4 million LGBTQ people of voting age in the U.S. This year, more than any election before, we know that every vote counts. That’s why HRC is on the ground, working to mobilize and #turnOUT LGBTQ and pro-equality voters in battleground states across the country. Learn more at hrc.org/VoteEquality and register to vote today at hrc.org/vote.


Author: Hayley Miller
Posted: September 29, 2016, 8:34 pm

Just before crucial protections for the transgender community are set to take effect in Massachusetts, opponents of the law are claiming they have enough signatures to put a repeal measure on the ballot in 2018.

The law, which was signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in July, extends commonsense, non-discrimination protections to transgender residents and visitors to the state. While Massachusetts state law already prohibited discrimination against transgender people in housing and employment, the new law extends these same crucial protections to public accommodations, such as access to restaurants, malls, restrooms and other facilities.

There has been overwhelming support throughout the state and the region for the law. The legislation was endorsed by every New England professional sports team, state education groups, the Boston Globe editorial board and a host of officials including, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

The push for repeal does not stop the law from taking effect on Saturday. Healey recently issued a guidance on how businesses must implement the law. Should the law end up on the ballot, it will have already been in effect for two years before voters weigh in.

“We look forward to Saturday, when these needed and commonsense non-discrimination protections will be extended to transgender residents and visitors to the Bay State,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “Should the law proceed to the ballot in 2018 - which is still not a certainty - we hope and expect that Massachusetts voters' strong support for fairness and equality will lead them to vote to uphold this law.”


Author: Carolyn Simon
Posted: September 29, 2016, 7:00 pm

Post submitted by: Deena Fidas, Director of Workplace Equality & Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global 

This spring we witnessed an unprecedented wave of support from the business community as nearly 200 anti-LGBTQ bills proliferated across a majority of the U.S. While North Carolina and other states may dominate the headlines, there is amazing work happening globally with respect to the business community promoting equality. LGBTQ equality will continue to expand globally, as evidenced by a banner year of investment and participation around the globe through HRC’s Global Business Coalition.

One year ago today, HRC President Chad Griffin stood shoulder to shoulder with Bill Clinton and business leaders at the annual Clinton Global Initiative to unveil HRC’s groundbreaking  Global Business Coalition. It was an ambitious proposition – leverage HRC’s vast network of committed businesses and global network of LGBTQ civil society leaders to further our shared goals of equality worldwide.

It’s been quite a year!

Here are the top five moments in year one of HRC’s global engagement and work with the Global Business Coalition.

Interested in being part of Year 2?   Join so you can be part of a special recognition of the Coalition during the launch of the Corporate Equality Index later this year and begin to receive exclusive briefings, resources and peer-to-peer engagement

1) HRC’s First International Launch of the Corporate Equality Index

HRC’s First International Launch of the Corporate Equality Index

In November 2015, HRC partnered with the U.S. Embassy, Dow and other businesses to launch our first-ever international Corporate Equality Index in Mexico City during an event held in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and Pride Connection, a consortium of Mexican LGBT workplace advocates.  HRC has been working with these companies and other partners in Mexico City, including the American Chamber of Commerce, on how the U.S. business community can help drive positive changes for LGBTQ workplace inclusion throughout Mexico.

2) LGBTQ Roundtable at World Economic Forum

LGBTQ Roundtable at World Economic Forum

As world leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland in January 2016 for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, HRC partnered with Microsoft and Skybridge Capital to host a roundtable discussion on LGBT equality.

The conversation, which included longtime LGBT ally Vice President Joe Biden, highlighted the unique influence of the private sector to create a culture of inclusion around the globe and celebrated the pro-equality efforts of the businesses represented around the table.  A full video of the roundtable can be viewed here, filmed by the Huffington Post. HRC President Chad Griffin wrote an op-ed explaining the crucial role that businesses are playing in the global equality movement. Several key partners also penned op-eds, including Alcoa, Microsoft and EY.  A full video of the roundtable can be viewed here, filmed by the Huffington Post.

3) HRC Equality Convention

Samantha Power

In March 2016 hundreds of HRC volunteers and leaders gathered in Washington, DC, for the annual HRC Equality Convention featured plenaries on global equality. First, perspectives from two of the highest-ranking out lesbians in the corporate sector – Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, EY and Shamina Singh, Executive Director of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth. They were joined by HRC’s Director of the Workplace Equality Program Deena Fidas and Ty Cobb, HRC Global Director for an in-depth discussion of what it means to be out in today’s corporate climate and ways in which businesses are acting as leaders in the global equality movement. Second, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers delivered a heartfelt keynote speech advocating for the continued fight to end discrimination against LGBT people around the world. In addition, a new video highlighting HRC’s global equality work in the corporate sector was also premiered during the session.  

4) Pride Connection Inaugural Summit in Mexico City

The work of HRC’s partners in Mexico City continued in May 2016 with an incredible showing of support in the pride parade route. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy were joined by dozens of top-rated CEI businesses and members of HRC’s Global Business Coalition that have formed a local consortium of LGBT-inclusive companies called Pride Connection.

Newly stationed U.S. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson marched in the parade and mingled with parade-goers throughout the day. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has hosted the Workplace Equality Program several times and continues to further our shared goals of equality by convening corporate partners, civil society and HRC for dialogue, workshops and projects.

Following the first international launch of the Corporate Equality Index last fall in Mexico City, the Workplace Equality team returned to participate in Pride Connection’s inaugural summit on LGBT inclusion. The daylong summit brought over 200 corporate leaders and experts together for a bi-lingual sharing of the latest research and executive perspectives on the business case for LGBT inclusion.

Mary Beth Maxwell, senior vice president for programs, research and training, moderated an executive panel on the lived experiences and career insights from LGBT and allied leaders, Marianne Hasold-Schilter, executive vice president & chief administrative officer, International Banking; Andrew Wilson, chief information officer, Accenture; Tony Tenicela, global leader, Workforce Diversity and LGBT Markets, IBM; and, Louis Vega, chief of staff and global director at The Dow Chemical Company.

Deena Fidas, director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program, presented on the genesis of the Corporate Equality Index and “La Inclusión LGBT: El Caso de Negocio,” or “LGBT Inclusion: The Business Case.”

The summit comes after several years of work across HRC, the U.S. Embassy and the tremendous advocates within the Pride Connection companies, as well civil society leaders. On its own it was an achievement, but also reflects the years of partnership and expanded work ahead to move equality forward. And for more progress, check out our recent launch of HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program, a groundbreaking new program that will work to promote LGBTQ workplace inclusion throughout Mexico.

5) Global Equality Summit in Vietnam (Pictured above)

In June, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, HRC hosted a global equality summit in Vietnam. The summit brought together corporate allies, civil society leaders and local diplomatic community members to advance local efforts on LGBTQ workplace inclusion and business engagement.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius welcomed the attendees during a reception at his residence. He stressed the importance of shared learning and highlighted the opportunity for collaboration between the private sector and LGBTQ civil society in the U.S. and Vietnam. Ambassador Osius is one of seven openly gay U.S. ambassadors currently serving overseas. Ahead of President Obama’s recent trip to Vietnam, PBS Newshour highlighted Osius’s family and work as ambassador.

At the summit, representatives from multinational corporations including Disney, Cargill, Citibank, KPMG and Baker McKenzie learned about current LGBTQ community initiatives in Vietnam, shared their commitment to diversity and inclusion and discussed future collaboration.

As part of the summit, HRC hosted a civil society workshop that included leaders from ICS, iSee, Viet Pride, Hanoi Queer, 6+, NexGen and PFLAG. The participants discussed models for advancing LGBTQ workplace inclusion, including HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), and shared information on ongoing Vietnamese efforts like Viet Pride’s Equal Office and Hanoi Queer’s Queer Zone. Nguyen Thanh Tam of Viet Pride, whom HRC recognized as a Global Innovator earlier in the year at our inaugural Global Innovative Advocacy Summit, was in attendance.

At the conclusion of the summit, the U.S. embassy announced a new grant to support local civil society efforts to strengthen engagement between the LGBTQ community and business. HRC will provide technical assistance and additional capacity building to support the grant recipient.

Thank you to all of our incredible partners! If your company is interested see how you can  join the Coalition ahead of the launch of the Corporate Equality Index later this year and begin to receive exclusive briefings, resources and peer-to-peer engagement. We’ve got an exciting 2017 planned!


Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 29, 2016, 6:10 pm

Today HRC announced its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in her race for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat.

“Ann Kirkpatrick has been a strong supporter in our fight for equal rights and protections for all,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs. “Whether it’s her long-time support for nationwide marriage equality or the Equality Act, or fighting against attempts in Congress to write discrimination into federal law, Ann has a proven record of fighting to ensure LGBTQ people can live free from fear of discrimination. Ann is the person we need to fight to pass the Equality Act and help us finally move toward full federal equality.”

Kirkpatrick spoke out this year against Republican leadership in the U.S. House who flipped enough votes to defeat an LGBT non-discrimination measure, calling it a “shameful, cowardly day in Congress.” Senator McCain has refused to support the Equality Act, comprehensive legislation to protect LGBT people from discrimination, and opposes marriage equality.

Last week, HRC President Chad Griffin led a volunteer phone bank in Phoenix with HRC supporters to help turn out support for Hillary Clinton and Kirkpatrick.

 

Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign PAC and authorized by Ann Kirkpatrick for U.S. Senate.

Author: Brandon Lorenz
Posted: September 29, 2016, 5:09 pm

Today, HRC and Equality NC, the statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians, responded to the decision by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to move the league’s 2016 football championship game to Orlando, Florida, due to North Carolina’s deeply discriminatory HB2 law.

“What will it take for Governor McCrory and state legislative leaders to stop holding the people and economy of North Carolina hostage?” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The ACC, based in Greensboro, has now joined the growing list of organizations moving games and other events out of state in order to protect fans, students, and employees from Governor McCrory’s discriminatory HB2 law. The ACC’s decision to move the 2016 football championship to Orlando -- a city with a perfect 100 point Municipal Equality Index score that has also come together in the wake of a tragic attack on the LGBTQ community -- has sent an especially strong message to Governor McCrory and his allies. The days of attacking LGBTQ people for political gain are over.”

"It has been almost 200 days since Governor Pat McCrory and his legislative allies have pushed through the worst anti-LGBTQ bill in the nation without consideration of harm to the state," said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. "Every day that goes by, LGBTQ North Carolinians are at risk of continued discrimination, and North Carolina's economy will continue to suffer. Losing the ACC championship game to Orlando is saddening, but not surprising. Orlando has comprehensive non-discrimination protections that make it a welcoming place for all fans and players. Governor McCrory needs to stop playing politics and do what's best for North Carolina. He needs to repeal HB2 and focus on protecting all North Carolinians from discrimination. Only then will we win back the NCAA, ACC, and other vital events.”

The ACC’s decision comes after Gov. McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly refused -- once again -- to repeal the state’s vile and dangerous HB2 law. In a new interview out today, House Speaker Tim Moore admitted that the General Assembly never intended to repeal HB2 -- even if the city of Charlotte repealed its city ordinance protecting LGBTQ people. Speaker Moore and others had previously attempted to pressure Charlotte’s city council into repealing its ordinance as a way to saddle the city with political blame for HB2.

The city of Orlando earned a perfect 100 point score on the 2015 HRC Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index, and it has fully inclusive, non-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ residents and visitors -- even more comprehensive protections than those Charlotte passed in February. Recognizing the importance of creating a positive and conducive environment for business, Charlotte city leaders joined 100 other cities with similar ordinances, and in response, Gov. McCrory and state lawmakers doubled down on discrimination by ramming HB2 into law.

In making the decision to move championship games out of North Carolina, the ACC first announced on September 14, 2016: “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”

The ACC announcement follows the NCAA’s decision to stand up for LGBTQ equality by moving all 2016-2017 championship events out of the state of North Carolina due to HB2. Citing the hostile environment created by the anti-LGBTQ law, the NBA also previously announced it is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of the state, costing North Carolina an estimated $100 million in All-Star Game related profits.

Despite widespread opposition to HB2, Governor McCrory and the General Assembly have been unwilling to even consider repealing the full substance of the discriminatory law, including its ban on transgender people accessing restrooms consistent with their gender identity in government offices and schools, and its removal of municipalities’ ability to pass LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination laws and minimum wage ordinances.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: September 29, 2016, 4:33 pm

Earlier today, HRC released Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children, a new guide to ensure that transgender young people are affirmed, respected, and able to thrive.

The guide, designed for community members and allies, also incorporates advice for parents raising  transgender or gender-expansive children.

Here are five important takeaways from the guide:

1)   Practice Patience:

Patience, support and careful listening to the child are the best “medicine” for a child exploring gender. However, some parents find a child’s changing or ambiguous gender identity and expression more stressful than a clear transgender identity. Although what a child says about their gender at a young age can hint at whether they’ll turn out to be transgender, there’s often no way to be sure.

Not knowing is hard for many parents and caregivers, so it can be tempting to encourage the child to “pick one”: to identify with their assigned sex or, in some cases, the “other” gender. Although families and communities may struggle with uncertainty, pressure (either to transition or to stop gender-expansive behaviors) can be harmful, so their patience and support are immensely important.

2)   Find Support:

At first, many parents and caregivers find it hard to understand and accept a child’s gender-expansive traits, or they worry that the child will be bullied if they express these traits in public. Be patient with yourself: It’s okay to struggle with this experience. It’s important to give yourself space to explore your feelings rather than sweeping them under the rug. That said, it’s equally important to protect your child from any negative feelings that surface.

A family therapist can help you balance your concerns with the affirmation your child needs. You may also seek out one of the numerous online and in-person groups for parents raising gender-expansive kids. Just like their kids, these parents are of every race, gender, religion and political background. Many aren’t yet sure whether their child is transgender. Don’t assume you won’t fit in!

3)   Consult Experts:

Competent, compassionate medical and mental health providers are vital resources for transgender and gender-expansive children and their families. They help parents and caregivers understand gender-expansive behavior and gender dysphoria, and they are important advocates with school officials. Gender-expansive children whose families work with a trusted medical provider are, on average, less anxious and depressed. Their families also have more effective coping strategies. Do the research to find medical and mental health providers that are right for you and your family.

4)   Make a Plan:

Some gender-expansive children are transgender, meaning they identify with a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth. These children’s gender journeys may include “transition”: a series of social changes that affirm their gender identity. Every transition process is unique, but a child may begin wearing clothes that affirm their gender identity, and may go by a new name and pronouns.

Family and community support are important during gender transition. For children, the family’s role is essential. Parents and guardians should work with therapists and healthcare providers to plan the transition. They must advocate for a transitioning child at school, with relatives and in other settings. Most important, they affirm and support the child through potential bumps in the road, which might include bullying, feeling “different” from peers or being excluded from social activities.

5)   Seek “Gender-Affirming” Experts:

“The most important way a parent can guide a child through this experience is by always remembering that parents have little control over their children’s gender identity, but tremendous influence over their child’s gender health.”-Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. Director of Mental Health Child and Adolescent Gender Center, San Francisco, CA

Clinicians increasingly embrace a “gender-affirming” approach to children who are gender-expansive or transgender. This approach means focusing on what the child says about their own gender identity and expression, and allowing them to determine which forms of gender expression feel comfortable and authentic.

Peter Tchoryk, the father of a 7-year-old transgender boy, recommends that parents learn as much as possible so that they can effectively advocate for their child—and said that, “without a doubt, affirming health providers can mean the difference between life and death.”


Author: Hayley Miller
Posted: September 29, 2016, 4:05 pm

Today, HRC Foundation joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP), which together represent more than 66,000 pediatricians and pediatric specialists across the country, to release Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children, a new guide for community members and allies to ensure that transgender young people are affirmed, respected, and able to thrive.

The resource comes at a time of unprecedented attention on transgender identities and during a national dialogue on the inclusion and rights of transgender students and youth. Recently, transgender young people have too frequently found themselves targeted by hurtful and mean-spirited debate, particularly following the passage of North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law.

Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children explains what it means for children to be transgender, why medical experts embrace a “gender-affirming” approach, and how community members can support transgender children, young people and their families. Transgender advocate Jazz Jennings, an HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador, and her family tell their story in the new resource, which also includes quotes from parents Wayne Maines, Ofelia Barba Navarro, and Peter Tchoyrk. In creating the guide, HRC partnered with physicians and mental health professionals who have worked extensively with transgender children.

“While our country continues its national conversation around transgender equality, we must never forget that at the center of this dialogue are real children fighting to be seen, valued and respected,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research, and Trainings. “This new guide provides parents and clinicians alike with vital information in their ongoing pursuit of doing right by all young people.  Our partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians reinforces the overwhelming medical consensus that respecting and affirming transgender young people is not only necessary, but also potentially lifesaving.”

As co-authors of Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children, the AAP and ACOP are continuing their longstanding commitment to the care and wellbeing of transgender children. In addition to its support of the resource, the AAP is developing a policy statement on caring for transgender youth that it plans to publish next year.  

“We know more than ever before about what transgender children need to grow up safe and healthy, and a large part of that is being accepted, nurtured and supported in their gender identity by their family, physicians and community,” said Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the AAP. “We hope this new guide will become a useful tool for anyone who has a transgender child in their life.”

“The ACOP is excited to be a part of this guide providing pediatricians, other primary care physicians, allied health staffs, patients, families and caretakers with this vital information for transgender youth.  We suggest all efforts ensuring transgender young people be respected and valued,” said Carl R. Backes, DO, FACOP, ACOP President

The guide comes in advance of the launch of HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality, a groundbreaking, nationwide council of parent-advocates working to educate the country on the lives and needs of their transgender children. Last year, HRC released the Moms for Transgender Equality video series featuring moms from across the country telling their families’ stories.  More recently, HRC unveiled the follow up series, Dads for Transgender Equality.  AAP president Benard Dreyer penned a letter urging his colleagues to support their transgender patients, and a group of pediatric gender experts spoke out against stigmatizing laws and policies in a moving HRC video.

To learn more about HRC’s work on transgender equality, visit www.hrc.org/transgender.


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: September 29, 2016, 3:01 pm

Post submitted by Breanna Diaz, HRC Legislative Counsel

Our nation's veterans have sacrificed to protect our country. As part of our compact with them, the U.S. government ensures they have the health care services they need. Unfortunately, transgender veterans do not have access to some medically necessary care, including gender affirming surgery.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken significant steps to ensure that transgender veterans are treated with respect at VA facilities and have equal access to some medically necessary health care, including treatment of gender dysphoria. HRC has welcomed these important services. Unfortunately, the current regulation categorically excludes gender affirming surgery, which is essential to the health and well-being of transgender veterans.

On Tuesday, HRC sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald asking the department to repeal its categorical exclusion on medically necessary gender affirming surgery from medical benefits. The letter highlights the VA exclusion is inconsistent with the past several years of federal court decisions and federal agencies, like the Department of Defense, recognition that discrimination on the basis of sex includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Moreover, such discrimination is in direct violation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination in medical care on the basis of sex, including gender identity.

HRC urges the VA to swiftly repeal the exclusion and issue new regulations expressly extending medical benefits to gender affirming surgery. The denial of this most basic benefit violates the dignity of all transgender veterans.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 29, 2016, 2:46 pm

JUDGE ROY MOORE’S FATE TO BE DECIDED IN NEXT TEN DAYS: Yesterday, notoriously anti-LGBTQ Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore faced a hearing to determine whether he should be removed from the bench for his more than decade-long pattern of unethical, extralegal actions -- from his Ten Commandments crusade in 2001 to his present-day obstructionist tactics aimed at preventing marriage equality in Alabama. The state’s  Court of the Judiciary will decide within the next 10 days whether Moore will be permanently removed from the bench. Dozens of HRC Alabama members, supporters and state allies were on the ground calling for his dismissal. #NoMoore from The Associated Press.

When he spoke in grief about his dead husband, Paul Hard was laughed at by an anti-LGBTQ heckler at a recent #NoMoore rally in Alabama. Read his AL.com op-ed about why Roy Moore’s bigotry is no laughing matter, and check out his #HRCTwitterTakeover.

Paul Hard on why Roy Moore's hate is no laughing matter https://t.co/kobUgH7uun pic.twitter.com/uIKbTsK0J7

— AL.com (@aldotcom) September 28, 2016

#FAIRDRUGPRICESNOW: Today, HRC  joined with the Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) in launching #FairDrugPricesNow, a public education and outreach campaign to mobilize LGBTQ people and their allies to address the alarming rise of prescription drug prices in the United States. Learn more about the #FairDrugPricesNow campaign here.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Historically, turnout among LGBTQ voters is significantly higher than the general voting population. The power of the LGBTQ vote was dramatically illustrated in the 2012 general election. To break it down, roughly 6 million LGB voters cast a ballot four years ago in an election that President Obama won by just under 5 million votes. And there’s this: in key swing states like North Carolina, Florida, Nevada and Ohio, the number of LGBTQ adults is greater than the average margin of victory in the last three presidential elections.

HRC, LEADING NATIONAL PEDIATRIC ORGS PUBLISH GUIDE SUPPORTING TRANS YOUTH: Today, HRC joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, which together represent more than 66,000 pediatricians and pediatric specialists across the country, to release Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children, a new guide for community members and allies to ensure that transgender young people are affirmed, respected, and able to thrive.  More from HRC.

$30 MILLION TO GO TO ORLANDO SURVIVORS & THEIR FAMILIES: The OneOrlandoFund, established after the gun tragedy in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub took the lives of 49 innocent people, announced this week that it will begin distributing nearly $30 million to survivors of the June crime. According to The Washington Post, the fund received donations from 150,000 individuals and companies in more than 120 countries. More from HRC.

REGGIE BULLOCK OPENS UP ABOUT TRANS SISTER, HB2: NBA player Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) opens up about his transgender sister Mia Henderson, who was brutally murdered in 2014, during an interview with Vince Ellis on his podcast. They also discuss North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ law HB2.

  • In a new memoir, Cookie Johnson, wife of legendary NBA player Earvin “Magic” Johnson talks about her journey toward acceptance of her gay son E.J. Johnson (@prince_ej), and her husband’s HIV diagnosis. The Advocate reports here.

SKATEBOARDER BRIAN ANDERSON COMES OUT: Vice spoke with skateboarding legend Brian Anderson in a powerful new video about his decision to come out, being openly gay and the years he spent closeted out of fear.

HRC HONORS PEPSICO AS A CORPORATE EQUALITY LEADER: This week, HRC celebrated businesses standing up for LGBTQ equality, Pepsico will receive the 2017 HRC Corporate Equality Award. Pepsico has consistently earned a perfect score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and is an inaugural member of the groundbreaking Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Executives from Pepsico have also used their public platforms to speak out against deeply discriminatory anti-LGBTQ state laws, including in Mississippi and North Carolina.

MOST AUSTRALIANS GIVE THUMBS DOWN TO NONBINDING VOTE ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY: New polling out of Australia shows that most Australians do not want to hold a popular vote on marriage equality. A popular vote would carry no legal weight, and Parliament would still have to approve any legislation allowing marriage equality. More from The Associated Press.

WE COME IN PEACE: The nonprofit Planting Peace has declared the universe LGBTQ-friendly by flying the first Pride flag in space. More from The Huffington Post.

READING RAINBOW

The Cincinnati Enquirer shares a beautiful message from the mom of a trans child who wants trans children everywhere to feel safe… The New York Times features a photo series by celebrity photographer Mark Seliger highlighting the lives of trans people…  The Movement Advancement Project discusses disparities facing bisexual people… HRC shares how to be a better ally to the LGBTQ community for #AllyWeek…


Author: HRC staff
Posted: September 29, 2016, 1:50 pm

Today, HRC announced that PepsiCo will receive the HRC Corporate Equality Award at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The award recognizes Pepsico’s exceptional commitment to equality for the LGBTQ community.

“PepsiCo is a longtime leader in LGBTQ workplace equality,” said Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Workplace Equality Program. “Through inclusive corporate policies and practices that embrace the strength of diversity, PepsiCo continues to demonstrate a steadfast commitment to supporting its LGBTQ employees. We are thrilled to recognize PepsiCo’s outstanding leadership with the HRC Corporate Equality Award.”

PepsiCo has consistently earned a perfect score of 100 for several years on the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) – the national benchmarking tool on corporate LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. PepsiCo is a long-term supporter of LGBTQ equality, and the company is also an inaugural member of the groundbreaking Business Coalition for the Equality Act – a group of leading U.S. employers supporting federal legislation that would provide clear, consistent protections for LGBTQ people by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education, and jury service.  Executives from PepsiCo have also used their public platforms to speak out against deeply discriminatory anti-LGBT state laws, including in Mississippi and North Carolina.

“At PepsiCo, we are guided by a basic principle: when we respect one another and embrace the uniqueness that each of us brings to the table, we succeed,” said Tony West, executive vice president, Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and executive sponsor of EQUAL, PepsiCo’s LGBTQ employee resource group. “Our persistent effort is to foster an environment where people can not only come to work and have a rewarding professional life, but also see their personal values reflected in the workplace they’ve chosen. Supporting our LGBTQ associates is an important part of our overall commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

"On behalf of the HRC Greater New York Gala Committee, we are excited to award PepsiCo the 2017 Corporate Equality Award,” said Lauren Verrusio, co-chair of the HRC Greater New York Gala. “Time after time, PepsiCo continues to prove their commitment to their LGBTQ employees and an inclusive and diverse workplace. The company’s support of federal legislation that would provide commonsense, non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community is also further evidence of that commitment.”  

The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. To purchase tickets for the #HRCGreaterNY gala, learn more about the event, ways to volunteer, and more, please visit www.HRCGreaterNY.org

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: September 29, 2016, 1:22 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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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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