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Today, HRC announced its endorsement of Elissa Slotkin for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District.

“Elissa Slotkin has spent her career in service to our nation. She is a tenacious fighter and she will be a champion for Michigan’s working families. When elected, she will be a strong voice in the effort to move equality forward,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “We proudly endorse her candidacy to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, and look forward to working with another pro-equality voice in the United States Congress.”

“I am proud to be endorsed by Human Rights Campaign. The issue of LQBTQ equality is deeply personal for me: my mother came out in the 1980’s and was in a committed same-sex relationship prior to her passing away. There have been important advances for the LGBTQ community in my lifetime, but that progress must be defended -- and advanced,” said Slotkin.

Elissa Slotkin has dedicated her life to serving her country and fighting for every Americans’ right to feel safe in their community. In response to 9/11, Slotkin joined the Central Intelligence Agency, serving three tours in Iraq. She served under both Republican and Democratic administrations at the White House, Office of the Director for National Intelligence, and in the Pentagon. She is a strong supporter of LGBTQ equality, most recently speaking out against President Trump’s effort to ban qualified transgender service members from the military. Slotkin will be facing incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop (R), who is now in his second term. Bishop received a zero on HRC’s most recent congressional scorecard and this summer, voted in favor of an amendment that would have banned critical access to transition-related health care for military service members and their families.

In July, HRC announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising — a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. The expansion is the biggest strategic investment in the organization’s 37-year history and will include significant investments in Michigan. HRC has identified more than 1.1 million Michiganders as likely Equality Voters, meaning they are strong supporters of progressive LGBTQ policies including marriage equality, adoption by LGBTQ people, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC and authorized by Elissa Slotkin for Congress 

 


Author: Ianthe Metzger
Posted: January 23, 2018, 4:58 pm

URGENT -- CONGRESS MUST FIND AGREEMENT THAT FUNDS CRUCIAL PRIORITIES, PROTECTS DREAMERS AND MOST VULNERABLE AMERICANS: HRC issued the following statement: “The fight continues. We need to keep our eye on the ball,” said David Stacy, HRC’s Government Affairs Director. “We have a short amount of time to ensure our elected leaders protect vulnerable Americans, including kids who need health care, seniors, troops and hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, including 75,000 LGBTQ young people. The Trump-Pence Administration and Congressional leaders have once again kicked the can down the road and failed to act in a timely fashion. They must act to ensure these vulnerable communities are not put at further risk.” More from LGBT Weekly and HRC.

  • HRC released a new video featuring Viktor, a queer Dreamer from Texas who closes his emotional appeal by saying, “I’m proud to call this country my home… Texas is my home sweet home.” Watch Viktor’s story here.

MIKE PENCE'S DANGEROUS SILENCE ON EGPYT: Just days before Pence arrived in the country on January 19, Egyptian police arrested an additional 10 people on suspicion of being LGBTQ. Yet Pence, who met with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, refused to condemn the violence publicly, even when a reporter directly asked him about it. HRC is reiterating its call for the Trump administration to forcefully condemn the Egyptian government’s escalating, brutal anti-LGBTQ crackdown. “Unless Pence uses the opportunity to forcefully speak out against these human rights abuses, the U.S. risks emboldening the Egyptian government’s assault on LGBTQ people and Pence will -- once again -- reaffirm his position as one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in the U.S.,” said Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global (@TyWesleyCobb). More from Washington Blade, HRC and Human Rights Watch.

SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, AUDRA MCDONALD AND DIAGEO TO BE HONORED AT HRC GREATER NEW YORK GALA: HRC announced that U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will speak and Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald will be honored at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala on February 3 in New York City. HRC also announced that Diageo will receive the organization’s Corporate Equality Award. To request media credentials, please email your full name, outlet affiliation, role, and cell phone number no later than noon on February 1 to stephen.peters@hrc.org. More from HRC.

HRC GLOBAL DIRECTOR TY COBB HEADS TO DAVOS: He will be amplifying the importance of LGBTQ rights around the globe. During the forum, Elton John is slated to be honored for his work at the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Additionally, HRC will join Accenture and others to co-host the 4th Annual Davos LGBT Breakfast at which the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will speak about the U.N’s Free & Equal effort on behalf of LGBTQ people worldwide. More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- TRANS TRAILBLAZER LAVERNE COX ON THE COVER OF COSMO:

Congrats @Lavernecox on making history as the first openly #transgender woman to be featured on the cover of @CosmopolitanSA! #TransIsBeautiful #SayYesToLove ���� https://t.co/r97DNENK8k

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 22, 2018

MORNING MUST READ FROM VOX -- “TRUMP PROMISED TO BE LGBTQ-FRIENDLY. HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE PROVED IT WAS A GIANT CON”: The Trump-Pence administration has attacked LGBTQ equality at every turn -- from rescinding guidance on school’s obligations to protect transgender students to attempting to block qualified transgender Americans from serving their country in the military. Despite Don the Con’s lip service during the campaign, he has overwhelming failed LGBTQ Americans, and actively worked to undermine the great strides for equality made by the Obama Administration. More from German Lopez (@germanrlopez) at Vox.

A FANTASTIC WOMAN MAKES HISTORY AT THE OSCARS: The film -- nominated for Best Foreign Language Film -- is the first starring an openly transgender woman, Daniela Vega (@danivega), to be nominated. Call Me By Your Name was nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Timothée Chalamet (@RealChalamet) was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Call Me By Your Name. HRC supporter Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Lead Actress for her role in The Post. Coco, which is nominated for Best Animated Feature, was co-directed by openly gay Adrian Molina (@AdrianTheMolina). Openly lesbian Dee Rees was nominated, with professional partner Virgil Williams (@VirgilWilliams), for Best Adapted Screenplay for Mudbound. HRC Supporter Allison Janney (@AllisonBJanney) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in I, Tonya. Openly gay songwriter Benj Pasek (@benjpasek), with professional partner Justin Paul (@heyitsjustin), was nominated for Best Original Song for “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. More from Variety.

SOUTHERN LEGISLATURES MAY HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING FROM BACKLASH TO ANTI-LGBTQ MEASURES IN NC & TEXAS: But equality advocates aren’t complacent -- not by a long shot. “There’s a lot of time, and I would be very derelict in my duty if I said I wasn’t worried,” Cathryn Oakley, HRC state legislative director and senior counsel told The New York Times’ Alan Blinder (@alanblinder). “We as advocates, but also our allies, will be very sorry if we take our eyes off the ball.” More from The New York Times.

One important factor in this slowdown on the attacks on LGBTQ equality? Businesses.

HOW DO THE 20 POTENTIAL AMAZON HQ2 CITIES RATE ON LGBTQ EQUALITY? CEOs like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) know that in order to attract and retain the best employees, they must grow their companies in places that protect LGBTQ citizens from discrimination and actively open their doors to all communities. More from Newsweek.

ALARMING REPORT REVEALS 2017 DEADLIEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR LGBTQ AMERICANS: The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Project found 52 recorded anti-LGBTQ murders -- an 86 percent increase from 2016. The numbers don’t include those killed in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, which took the lives of 49 people -- most of them LGBTQ and Latinx. More from The Washington Blade.

BIDEN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES POWERHOUSE LGBTQ ADVISORY COUNCIL: It includes Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper), Sara Ramírez (@SarahRamirez), Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98), HRC’s own Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), Judy Shepard (@WyoJudyShepard) and Mara Keisling (@MaraKeisling), among others. More from the Biden Foundation.

HRC MAKING HEADLINES IN CHILE’S LARGEST PAPERS: The recent launch of HRC Equidad CL: Global workplace Equality Program in Santiago -- highlighting the importance of LGBTQ-inclusive practices and policies among companies and U.S. multinationals across workplaces in Chile -- was recently featured in Pulso, PressRoad and La Tercera (page 31).

HRC ENCABEZA TITULARES EN LOS PERIÓDICOS MÁS GRANDES DE CHILE: El reciente lanzamiento de HRC Equidad CL: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral en Santiago – que destaca la importancia de las prácticas y políticas inclusivas de trabajadores LGBT en centros laborales de empresas locales y multinacionales estadounidenses en Chile – apareció en notas de Pulso, PressRoad y La Tercera (pág.31).

JUSTICE DELAYED BY MORE THAN 60 YEARS: In 1955, Airman Second Class Helen Grace James was dishonorably discharged for being a lesbian at the height of the “Lavender Scare” that targeted and systematically fired LGBTQ government employees. James recently got word from the Air Force that her records will finally be upgraded to an honorable discharge, and her service recognized. More from The Washington Post.

2017 WAS THE DEADLIEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR LGBTQ BRAZILIANS: The Brazilian LGBTQ watchdog group Grupo Gay de Bahia reports that at least 445 LGBTQ Brazilians were murdered in 2017 -- a 30 percent increase from 2016. LGBTQ Brazilians have long faced deadly violence. More from The Guardian.

GAY MAN ATTACKED IN AMSTERDAM: It’s the latest in a disturbing uptick in anti-LGBTQ violence in the city. More from NL Times.

READING RAINBOW

International human rights lawyer Jonathan Cooper (@JonathanCoopr) writes for The Guardian about how Brexit could affect LGBTQ equality; The Hollywood Reporter speaks to Alex Blue Davis (@alexbluedavis), an openly trans actor who has joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy; The Grio reviews Lena Waithe’s (@LenaWaithe) new film, Step Sisters


Author: Allison Turner
Posted: January 23, 2018, 3:17 pm

HRC announced that U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will speak and Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald will be honored at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 3, 2018, in New York City. HRC also announced that Diageo will receive the organization’s Corporate Equality Award.

“Senator Gillibrand is on the front lines of the battle against the Trump-Pence administration's politics of hate, fear, and discrimination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “From fighting back against Trump’s transgender military ban to pushing for LGBTQ non-discrimination protections, Senator Gillibrand stands shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ community as a champion of equality. We are honored to welcome her to the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala.”

A leader for LGBTQ equality in Congress, Senator Gillibrand has consistently scored a perfect 100 percent on the HRC Congressional Scorecard throughout her time in the Senate. In response to President Trump’s discriminatory attempt to implement a transgender military ban, Gillibrand announced bipartisan legislation to protect currently serving transgender troops from being discharged. She also recently spoke out against violence targeting LGBTQ Americans and the critical need for equality voters to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Audra McDonald will receive the HRC National Equality Award, recognizing her outstanding efforts in standing up for the LGBTQ community.

“From the Broadway stage to the silver screen, Audra McDonald has captivated and inspired audiences around the globe in a truly profound way,” said Griffin. “Most importantly, she uses her incredible talent to help make the world a better place by speaking out for the vulnerable and the oppressed. We are proud to recognize such a vocal advocate for LGBTQ equality at this year’s Greater New York Gala.”

McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts—from President Barack Obama. She is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ equality and underprivileged youth. In 2014, she joined the Covenant House International Board of Directors, which oversees programs for homeless and at-risk youth in 27 cities in six countries across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. In 2011, she joined Mario Batali and other pro-equality marchers in Albany to lobby New York state senators in the days leading up to their groundbreaking vote for marriage equality, and in 2009, she joined Twitter to promote the cause, using the Twitter handle @AudraEqualityMc.

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol with a collection of over 200 brands in 180 countries which include the likes of SMIRNOFF™, Bulleit® Frontier Whiskey, Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Captain Morgan and Ketel One Vodka  will receive the HRC Corporate Equality Award, recognizing the company’s exceptional commitment to workplace equality for the LGBTQ community.

“Diageo has consistently proven their steadfast commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality,” said Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Workplace Equality Program. “Diageo is a leader in corporate policies and practices that embrace their LGBTQ employees and harness the strength of diversity and inclusion. We are proud to recognize Diageo with the HRC Corporate Equality Award.”

Earning the distinction as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” Diageo has scored a perfect 100 percent for ten consecutive years on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) – the national benchmarking tool on corporate LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. Diageo is an inaugural member of the groundbreaking Business Coalition for the Equality Act and has been an early and active supporter of equality — including signing onto the U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief challenging the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Additionally, Diageo’s individual brands continually advocate for the LGBTQ community, most prominently SMIRNOFF Vodka, which has supported equality and love in all its forms for several decades. In 2017, the brand launched its limited edition “Love Wins” bottle packaging, which donated $1 per bottle made to HRC. Beyond its brands, the company has eight Business Resource Groups (BRGs) that promote inclusivity, and are a resource for recruitment, retention, employee engagement, innovation and community partnerships. Diageo’s Rainbow Network was one of its first BRGs and remains one of its most active, focusing on LGBTQ employees and allies.

Held for the first time at the New York Marriott Marquis, 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 event or learn more about ways to volunteer, please visit www.HRCGreaterNY.org.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: January 23, 2018, 2:21 pm

HRC issued the following statement on the Senate's short term deal to reopen the government while continuing to negotiate overall funding levels including parity between defense and domestic discretionary programs to ensure funding for HIV/AIDS, opioid programs and other key programs,  protections for DACA recipients, disaster relief and other important priorities:

“The fight continues. We need to keep our eye on the ball. We have a short amount of time to ensure our elected leaders protect vulnerable Americans, including kids who need health care, seniors, troops and hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, including 75,000 LGBTQ young people,” said David Stacy, HRC’s Government Affairs Director. “The Trump-Pence Administration and Congressional leaders have once again kicked the can down the road and failed to act in a timely fashion. They must act to ensure these vulnerable communities are not put at further risk.”

After months of debate on this issue, it has become clear that few elected leaders seem to understand the lives of DACA recipients. That’s why the the Human Rights Campaign is committed to sharing the stories of LGBTQ Dreamers. Last week, the organization released a video featuring Yuridia Loera Ramirez, a 22-year-old queer advocate and standout college student, who only felt comfortable under DACA protections to report her sexual abuser on campus. Today, HRC released a new video featuring Viktor, a queer Dreamer from Texas who closes his emotional appeal by saying, “I’m proud to call this country my home… Texas is my home sweet home.” WATCH Viktor’s story here.


Author: Charlotte Clymer
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:58 pm

HRC will be joining a record number of heads of state and leaders from business and civil society at Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting to discuss the world’s most pressing issues. HRC Global director Ty Cobb will be at #wef18, amplifying the importance of LGBTQ rights around the globe. Over the next several days, Elton John will receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award for his work at the Elton John AIDS Foundation. HRC will join Accenture and others to co-host the 4th Annual Davos LGBT Breakfast, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will speak about creating a more Free & Equal world for LGBTQ people. 

Follow @tywesleycobb on Twitter for live updates and stay tuned to this blog post to learn more about LGBTQ rights discourse at #wef18.

Heading to Davos with @HRC for #wef18! Looking forward to being part of the growing conversation on #LGBTQ equality.

— Ty Wesley Cobb (@tywesleycobb) January 22, 2018

Congratulations to @eltonofficial on receiving the @wef 's Crystal Award for his leadership with @ejaf & @ejaforg in the fight against HIV & AIDS. #wef18 https://t.co/yxEqi80X1y

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 22, 2018

From the @qz daily Davos briefing sponsored by @Accenture: inclusion is in at #wef18. Let’s make this more than a buzzword. #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/AwKCBlm4T7

— Ty Wesley Cobb (@tywesleycobb) January 23, 2018

Excited to be co-hosting the 4th annual Davos #LGBTQ breakfast & panel tomorrow! Thanks to @Accenture & the other co-hosts for their commitment to #LGBTQ equality. #wef18 #LGBTbroadcast

— Ty Wesley Cobb (@tywesleycobb) January 23, 2018

 

Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 22, 2018, 8:00 pm

DANGEROUS #TRUMPSHUTDOWN: “The government shutdown is the result of a failure of leadership by Donald Trump and Mike Pence.  They kicked the can down the road on every deadline over the past year, from appropriations to children’s health, disaster relief to Dreamers. After weeks of racist and irresponsible rhetoric, our nation is now closed for business to those who need its support most,” said David Stacy, HRC’s Government Affairs Director. “It’s wrong to pit Dreamers against children’s health coverage. We can and should protect the 800,000 young people who could be forced to leave the only country they’ve ever known, and vital health care for vulnerable children.” More from HRC.

HISTORIC -- COUNTLESS ADVOCATES MARCH ON ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN’S MARCH: The #TrumpShutdown marked the one-year anniversary of the disastrous Trump-Pence administration -- but there was one upside: Yesterday was also the one-year anniversary of the historic Women’s March, and hundreds of thousands of advocates across the nation  convened again in solidarity over the weekend to resist -- and register. #PowerToThePolls

.@HRC stands in solidarity with those joining @womensmarch events from coast to coast this weekend. Unsure if you’re registered to vote? @HRC has you covered. #PowerToThePolls Make sure you’re registered! �� #WomensMarch2018 #WomensMarch https://t.co/qylBC7pPYk pic.twitter.com/QWnW0znRrj

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 21, 2018

MORNING MUST READ -- IT’S UP TO THE PENTAGON TO SET THINGS RIGHT FOR TRANS SERVICE MEMBERS: In a powerhouse editorial, WaPo writes: “[T]he Defense Department already knows that allowing military service by openly transgender personnel would have a great number of benefits and negligible costs. A 2016 study by the Rand Corp. found just that -- one more reason Mr. Trump’s ban was nonsensical. If Mr. Mattis’s February review is fair, he will find that there’s no reason to prevent transgender men and women from joining and serving. The president’s order has thrown the lives of many current and would-be service members into needless turmoil because of their gender identity. The Pentagon should take this opportunity to set things right.” More from The Washington Post.

UTAH TO ADDRESS ALARMING SPIKE IN YOUTH SUICIDE: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has convened a task force to address the crisis among youth -- and especially LGBTQ youth. “In far too many corners of this country, LGBTQ youth are bullied and harassed to the brink of suicide at school, in their communities, and even around their own dinner tables,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “The only way we will end this epidemic of teen suicide is for leaders from all sectors — public and private -- to take a firm stand against homophobia, transphobia, neglect, and rejection.” Members include Ronald A. Rasband of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Gail Miller, owner of the NBA’s Utah Jazz; and Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah. More from the AP and HRC.

  •  Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds, who is openly gay, premiered his documentary “Believer” about wrestling with his  Mormon faith Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. Read more at the Salt Lake City Tribune.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- ONE YEAR LATER, HRC VOWS TO KEEP TURNING RESISTANCE INTO ACTION: Over the last year, the Trump-Pence administration has systematically targeted the LGBTQ community for discrimination through more than 40 actions, from attempting to ban qualified transgender Americans from service in the military, to backing anti-LGBTQ forces at the Supreme Court seeking a sweeping ‘license to discriminate.’ HRC responded by immediately utilizing its talented team of policy and legal experts and establishing a 10-person Trump War Room, which has worked around the clock to hold the Trump-Pence Administration accountable and fight back against their dangerous nominees and proposals. More from HRC.

WASHINGTON STATE SENATE VOTES TO PROTECT YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “No child should ever be subjected to the dangerous and barbaric practice of conversion therapy. It amounts to nothing more than child abuse, said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “It is crucial that the Washington House of Representatives quickly pass the measure.” More from HRC.

OPENLY GAY SKIER GUS KENWORTHY MAKES U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM:

Congrats, @GusKenworthy! We know you'll represent #TeamUSA well at the Olympics. �� ����

Gus received the @HRC Visibility Award last year for using his sport to further #LGBTQ equality and visibility in athletics: https://t.co/cBgPsRcdv2 https://t.co/TlXBrz7Hq8

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 22, 2018

SAG AWARDS HONOR LGBTQ, ALLIED ACTORS AND STORIES: The awards, hosted by HRC supporter Kristen Bell, honored supporter Allison Janney for her role in I, Tonya and gave Morgan Freeman its Lifetime Achievement award. More from CNN.

MEET THE NEXT GENERATION OF LGBTQ LEADERS: The HRC Foundation’s Youth Well-Being Project announces the 2018 class of HRC Youth Ambassadors: Zimar Batista, Sean Bender-Prouty, Roddy Biggs, Javier Cifuentes Monzón, Alex Cooper, Makayla Humphrey, Adriana Ibanez, Sameer Jha, Justin Jones, Brendan Jordan, Jacob Kanter, Jonathan Leggette, Zoey Luna, Zachary Mallory, Miles Sanchez, Lucas Segal and Tyler Yun. Read more about them at HRC.

SEX EDUCATION IS FAILING LGBTQ WOMEN: HRC's own research shows that youth report receiving either limited sex education that focuses on heterosexual relationships between cisgender people, or no sex education whatsoever. More from Newsweek.

HRC MOURNS THE LOSS OF ACTIVIST AND ORGANIZER PAUL BOOTH: Booth passed away last Wednesday. More from The New York Times.

Paul Booth made this nation a more just and fair place for countless people. Such a sad loss. My heart goes out to Paul’s wife Heather, his family, and many friends. https://t.co/tc3v4MD6fO

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) January 19, 2018

20 YEARS AND COUNTING -- LGBTQ ADVOCATES IN MISSOURI CONTINUE WORK TO ADD PROTECTIONS TO MISSOURI HUMAN RIGHTS ACT: The St. Louis-based LGBTQ group, PROMO, is advocating for gender identity and sexual orientation to be added to the state’s Human Rights Act. More from KMOV.

READING RAINBOW

Gay City News remembers New York City Council Member Danny Dromm’s mother, Audrey Gallagher, a long-time equality advocate, who recently died; The World Economic Forum shares the unique struggles of LGBTQ refugees; The New York Times reports on the wedding of Captains Daniel Hall and Vincent Franchino, both Apache helicopter pilots

An inspiring story of love and progress. Congratulations to Captains Hall and Franchino! https://t.co/ikRqPtAY7z

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) January 21, 2018

Author: Allison Turner
Posted: January 22, 2018, 3:32 pm

Today, HRC issued the following response after the federal government officially shutdown following weeks of irresponsible and reckless behavior by the Trump-Pence Administration:

“Today’s government shutdown is the result of a failure of leadership by Donald Trump and Mike Pence.  They kicked the can down the road on every deadline over the past year, from appropriations to children’s health, disaster relief to Dreamers. After weeks of racist and irresponsible rhetoric, our nation is now closed for business to those who need its support most. ,” said David Stacy, HRC’s Government Affairs Director. “It’s wrong to pit Dreamers against children’s health coverage. We can and should protect the 800,000 young people who could be forced to leave the only country they’ve ever known, and vital health care for vulnerable children. The inability of President Trump to follow through on his promise to protect Dreamers is unconscionable. A bipartisan DREAM Act is ready to go. It’s time to get it done.”


Author: Charlotte Clymer
Posted: January 20, 2018, 3:13 am

HRC acknowledged Utah Gov. Gary Herbert for convening a task force to address a troubling uptick in suicides among youth -- and especially LGBTQ youth -- in his state. Task force members, including Ronald A. Rasband, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Gail Miller, owner of the NBA’s Utah Jazz; and Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah; are expected to submit recommendations to the governor by February 15.

“In far too many corners of this country, LGBTQ youth are bullied and harassed to the brink of suicide at school, in their communities, and even around their own dinner tables,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The only way we will end this epidemic of teen suicide is for leaders from all sectors — public and private — to take a firm stand against homophobia, transphobia, neglect, and rejection. Every adult has an obligation to do more to protect our young people, and the actions taken by leaders in Utah are an important first step.”

“Together, we will identify how we can reduce the escalating number of young people attempting suicide,” said Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah. “We already know the protective factors that reduce the risk of suicide among teens. We know that when young people experience a deep sense of love and belonging, they thrive. When we have reliable scientific data on risk factors, we understand the scope of the problem. When the law is carefully tailored and includes all protected classes, everyone wins.”

According to HRC’s Growing Up LGBT in America, a groundbreaking survey of more than 10,000 LGBT-identified youth ages 13-17, 92 percent of LGBT youth say they hear negative messages about being LGBTQ. These negative messages can have a profound impact: a 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control found that 43 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students seriously considered suicide in the 12 months prior to the study, compared to 15 percent of their non-LGBTQ peers. Additionally, UCLA’s Williams Institute and American Foundation on Suicide Prevention reported in 2014 that 41 percent of transgender and gender non-conforming adults had attempted suicide. For those who had suffered discrimination, rejection, or violence because of their gender identity, the rate was even higher -- in some cases reaching a shocking 78 percent.

Equality Utah joins HRC in its commitment to protecting the rights of our most vulnerable communities, including children. Read more about its work on behalf of LGBTQ youth in Utah here.

If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you’re a young person and need to talk to someone, call The Trevor Project’s 24-hour crisis hotline for youth at 1-866-488-7386. If you are a transgender person of any age, call the Trans Lifeline at (877) 565-8860.


Author: Nick Morrow
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:56 pm

HRC marked the one year anniversary of the Trump-Pence Administration’s inauguration by vowing to continue turning resistance into action in 2018. Over the last year, the Trump-Pence administration has systematically targeted the LGBTQ community for discrimination through more than 40 actions, from attempting to ban qualified transgender Americans from service in the military, to backing anti-LGBTQ forces at the Supreme Court seeking a sweeping ‘license to discriminate.’ HRC responded by immediately utilizing its talented team of policy and legal experts and establishing a 10-person Trump War Room, which has worked around the clock to hold the Trump-Pence Administration accountable and fight back against their dangerous nominees and proposals. In its first year, the Trump War Room has blasted more than 100 statements and releases, launched targeted ad campaigns, defeated anti-LGBTQ nominees -- most notably Mark Green, Jeff Mateer and Scott Garrett -- and launched videos that have been viewed more than 100 million times. And when Trump attacked transgender troops, we took him to court, joining a lawsuit led by Lambda Legal and Outserve-SLDN in an effort to defeat the unconstitutional ban.

HRC has gone beyond resistance to notch wins at the ballot box. In 2017, HRC and partners chalked up significant historic wins. In Virginia, Danica Roem became the commonwealth’s first out transgender public official -- and the nation's only out transgender state representative. In Alabama, HRC-endorsed candidate Doug Jones beat Roy Moore, the bigoted anti-LGBTQ politician. HRC invested significantly in these races and others across the country, to ensure that pro-equality candidates would win on Election Day. And last summer, HRC laid the groundwork for future victories, launching the earliest, largest grassroots mobilization in its 37-year history ahead of the 2018 elections.

“For the past year and in the face of tremendous adversity, HRC members, supporters and our allies have locked arms and fought back against a dangerous agenda of hate and discrimination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “From the Senate floor, to state legislatures, to the ballot box -- we have turned resistance into action and proven that we are stronger than hate and fear. Following defeats of some of the nation’s most anti-equality candidates from Virginia to North Carolina to Alabama, the message is clear: if you come for us, we will come for you on Election Day. In 2018, that’s exactly what we’re going to do through HRC Rising, the largest, earliest grassroots mobilization in our history.”

HRC efforts to turn out voters and pull the emergency brake on this administration and its dangerous agenda by winning a pro-equality majority in Congress this fall are already underway. HRC Rising is a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. HRC has thus far announced six priority states, which include Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio, with staff already on the ground in several states.

Since the inauguration, civil rights and justice organizations have coordinated to link arms and fight against the administration’s onslaught of attacks. HRC has been proud to work with partners to protect DREAMers and immigrants, and to stand with racial equity and justice organizations opposing white supremacy and supporting voting rights. As the Trump-Pence administration attempted to reduce access to health care, HRC partnered with Planned Parenthood and others in fighting to save the Affordable Care Act, to protect women’s health care, and secure better care for those living with HIV and AIDS.

In the months and years ahead, HRC will continue to fight the Trump-Pence agenda to ensure that LGBTQ Americans are treated equally everywhere.


Author: Nick Morrow
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:00 pm

Today, HRC praised the Washington State Senate for passing Senate Bill (SB) 5722 — legislation to protect LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”

“No child should ever be subjected to the dangerous and barbaric practice of conversion therapy. It amounts to nothing more than child abuse,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “We applaud the Washington State Senate for voting to protect the Evergreen State’s LGBTQ youth. It is crucial that the Washington House of Representatives quickly pass the measure.”

“Conversion therapy,” sometimes referred to as “sexual orientation change efforts” or “reparative therapy,” encompasses a range of harmful practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. These practices are based on the false premise that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that needs to be cured — an idea that has been rejected by every major medical and mental health organization.

There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. To the contrary, research has clearly shown that these practices pose devastating health risks for LGBTQ young people such as depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and even suicidal behavior. The dangerous practice is condemned by every major medical and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and American Medical Association.

Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico, and Rhode Island all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice. A growing number of municipalities have also enacted similar protections, including cities and counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Florida, New York, and Arizona.

HRC has partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and state equality groups across the nation to pass state legislation ending conversion therapy. More information on the lies and dangers of efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity can be found here.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: January 19, 2018, 8:47 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
Posted: July 26, 2015, 11:16 pm