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Today, HRC released the following statement on the inauguration of President Donald Trump:

"When Donald Trump took the oath of office today, he vowed to be a servant for all Americans. We will hold him to that oath,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “It is more important now than ever before for us to organize, mobilize, and fight in solidarity against hate and any attempts to roll back the rights of LGBTQ people. No matter who sits in the Oval Office, HRC won't back down an inch in the fight for full equality and the equal dignity of each and every American. Forward."


Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 20, 2017, 5:41 pm

Post submitted by Kimmie Fink, Welcoming Schools Facilitator

Yesterday, HRC released the results of a nationwide youth survey, revealing a significant increase in bias-based bullying and harassment since November’s election. Findings include:

  • Seventy percent of respondents reported witnessing bullying, hate messages or harassment during or since the 2016 election. Of those, 79 percent said such behaviors have been occurring more frequently since the onset of the presidential campaign.
  • Over the past 30 days, about half of transgender youth reported feeling hopeless and worthless most or all of the time, and 70 percent said that these and similar feelings have increased in the past 30 days. Thirty-six percent had been personally bullied or harassed, and 56 percent had changed their self-expression or future plans because of the election.

These findings echo a recent Teaching Tolerance report, After Election Day, The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools. The report details how educators have seen school climates negatively affected by the results of the recent presidential campaign.

Now, ahead of President-elect Trump’s inauguration, more and more educators across the nation are wondering how they can support and foster healthier school climates.

For the benefit of all students, teachers must directly address bias-based bullying. Creating safe, welcoming schools is no easy task, and goes beyond addressing bullying behavior when it happens. In order to end bullying, teachers must eliminate the bias at the root of it. This is possible through education and luckily, HRC’s Welcoming Schools has plenty of resources to help.

Preparation is your best tool in creating respectful learning environments and combating the “Trump Effect.” The Welcoming Schools’ guide “What Do You Say To ‘That’s So Gay’ and Other Anti-LGBTQ Comments?” is an excellent resource that provides quick, simple responses that teachers can use at a moment’s notice. Ignoring harassment gives the behavior your tacit approval. Instead, view these incidents of bullying as teachable moments, and learn how to shift conversations from simply disciplinary to educational.

Promoting kindness and respect presents an opportunity to be a powerful example of support and unconditional love to your students each and every day. For more resources and to learn more, visit www.welcomingschools.org.

For more resources on how you can support LGBTQ youth who have been affected by the election results, click here.

To learn more about HRC’s work with children and youth, visit hrc.org/youth.

For more information about bullying, click here and click here.

For more information about cyberbullying, click here.

HRC's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools in embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, creating gender-expansive schools, and supporting transgender and non-binary students.


Author: Guest contributor
Posted: January 19, 2017, 7:38 pm

PRESIDENT OBAMA ON HIS LGBTQ RIGHTS LEGACY -- “I COULD NOT BE PROUDER”: At his final White House press conference, President Obama said he “could not be prouder” of his LGBTQ legacy when asked about it by Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson82). The president also looked back on LGBTQ milestones during his administration, including the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” honoring Ellen DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and helping transform public perceptions of the LGBTQ community. He also talked about the battles ahead and transgender people being targeted specifically. “The attitudes of young people, in particular, have changed,” Obama said. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be some fights that are important, legal issues, issues surrounding transgender persons. There’s still going to be some battles that need to take place.”

During the last press conference of his presidency, @POTUS spoke about his legacy on #LGBTQ rights & the heroes who changed America forever. pic.twitter.com/vg0ai2Ueip

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 18, 2017
  • Protecting Obama’s legacy: Check out this piece from The Huffington Post on the fears the LGBTQ community has about Trump rolling back the progress made during the Obama Administration here.

SEN. CORY BOOKER URGES UN NOMINEE HALEY TO CONTINUE PROGRESS ON GLOBAL LGBTQ RIGHTS: During South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s Senate hearing for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations yesterday, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) recounted the seminal moment when current UN Ambassador Samantha Power told the UN Security Council, “LGBT rights are human rights, human rights are LGBT rights, and human rights must be universal.” The U.S. has been a leader at the UN when it comes to LGBTQ human rights. Last year, the UN created and twice protected a new watchdog position devoted to advancing LGBTQ rightsand released a first-of-its-kind report on violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. See Booker’s remarks on C-SPAN (starting at 02:00:39).

HRC JOINS “DOCUMENTING HATE” PROJECT TO COLLECT MORE COMPLETE DATA ON BIAS-MOTIVATED INCIDENTS: The project organized by ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit news organization, is thought to be the most robust effort to date to collect data on hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents. As The New York Times reports, “Documenting Hate” will “analyze information from law enforcement, news reports, nonprofit groups and individuals in order to investigate topics like how many hate crimes occur annually, which parts of the country have the highest prevalence and whether the frequency or severity of hate crimes has changed since the election of Mr. Trump.” In addition to the Times, other project participants include Google News Lab, Univision, BuzzFeed and The Advocate, and is utilizing data collected by HRC in their reports on anti-transgender violence, by other civil rights organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as reports submitted directly to the project. More from The New York Times.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The cast of the groundbreaking TV show Will & Grace -- Debra Messing (@DebraMessing), Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack), Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) and Megan Mullally (@MeganOMullally) -- announced that the show will return to primetime later this year with a 10-episode revival. The show, which first aired in 1998, has been heralded as opening doors for LGBTQ characters in the television industry. More from Vogue.

#WillandGrace to return to @NBC! Congrats to @MaxMutchnick @DebraMessing @SeanHayes @MeganOMullally @EricMcCormack https://t.co/po52bmsNDd pic.twitter.com/OD6BgAGsGA

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 19, 2017

SHOT -- UNC PRESIDENT SAYS HB2 DRIVING AWAY QUALIFIED JOB CANDIDATES: Margaret Spellings, president of the multi-campus University of North Carolina system, told The Associated Press that she knows of qualified candidates who have cited the state’s anti-LGBTQ HB2 law when turning down offers to work in the UNC system. With 16 universities and a high school, the system is one of the state’s largest employers. Read the full interview from AP.

CHASER -- TEXAS REP WARNS LEGISLATURE ABOUT HB2-LIKE ANTI-TRANS BILLS: In a speech to the Texas Association of Business, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus stressed the economic fallout that anti-LGBTQ laws can cause, saying, “Many people where I come from get concerned about anything that can slow down our overall job-creating machine. They are also watching what happened in North Carolina, and they are not enthusiastic about getting that type of attention.” Estimates show that Texas stands to lose up to $8.5 billion from anti-LGBTQ legialation. More from The Texas Tribune.

COALITION ON CIVIL RIGHTS BANDS TOGETHER ON EVE OF TRUMP INAUGURATION: On the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, a coalition of more than 200 national advocacy organizations, including HRC, has issued a bold statement of solidarity -- promising to stand firm on civil rights in the face of an incoming administration that ran on an anti-rights agenda. Read the full statement here.

HRC REPORT DETAILS ANTI-LGBTQ CAREER OF TRUMP’S HHS PICK: After announcing its opposition to Tom Price (R-GA), Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, HRC released a report, Tom Price: A History of Anti-LGBTQ Actions, detailing his discriminatory voting record, public statements against LGBTQ people and opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

  • Trump’s health policy adviser once asserted that crucial HIV research money was being used to support Russian prostitutes. Kay Talento made the allegation while fighting against federal HIV and AIDS research funding in 2003. More from BuzzFeed.

PRESIDENT OBAMA PARDONS SOLDIER ONCE IMPRISONED FOR BEING GAY: Peter Heidgerd, imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth in the 1990s because he was in a relationship with another man, has had the felony removed from his record. More from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

ELLEN (KEEPS!) MAKING HISTORY: At last night’s People’s Choice Awards, Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) was awarded her 20th People’s Choice Award -- the most anyone has ever earned. Congrats! More from The Huffington Post.

Congratulations to @TheEllenShow on making @PeoplesChoice history! #PCAs https://t.co/wew97Ussww

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 19, 2017

HRC PRESIDENT HONORED BY SECRETARY OF THE ARMY: At a ceremony at the Pentagon before Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning’s final farewell ceremony, he honored HRC President Chad Griffin with the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award, for exceptional service that makes a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of the Army's missions.

.@SECArmy, thank you. You not only made history -- you led w/ honor. Grateful to have received Sec. of the Army Public Service award today. pic.twitter.com/ePSd4roaXi

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) January 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CAPTURES STORIES FROM TRANS COMMUNITY: The Transgender Oral History Project will publish more than 200 stories from transgender and gender nonconforming people in the Midwest. More from Minnesota Daily.

SRI LANKAN OFFICIALS REJECT PROPOSAL TO DECRIMINALIZE SAME-SEX SEXUAL ACTS: A proposal to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation was rejected by the Cabinet, which ruled it would undermine a section of Sri Lanka’s penal code that makes same-sex sexual acts punishable by up to 12 years in jail. More from Press Trust of India.

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 19, 2017, 2:55 pm

Since the new Congress convened earlier this month, the majority in the House and Senate has moved, as promised, to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Details of any replacement plan remain elusive, along with the timing for its consideration. As you can imagine, this has many lawmakers concerned, especially given the President-elect’s nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a former orthopedic surgeon and tea-party conservative to lead the agency which oversees the ACA. 

Yesterday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing to review Rep. Price’s qualifications to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and he wasted no time in denouncing President Obama’s signature achievement. When questioned by Senators, majority and minority alike, he said his goal was to “ensure access to health care for all Americans.” Access merely guarantees an option is available, affordability is not part of the equation.

Providing access to a health plan means very little if it does not include coverage for essential benefits such as: physician services, hospitalization, preventive care, coverage for pregnancy, mental health care, and prescription drugs. When asked by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) if he would provide assurances that children up to age 26 would be able to stay on their parent’s health plan, none was given. He responded similarly to Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) question about covering contraceptives for women without copays. When pressed about any particular benefit, Rep. Price’s mantra was all about ensuring access. 

Next week the Senate Finance Committee will take its turn questioning Rep. Price. HRC has already sent a letter opposing Rep. Price’s nomination and released a report detailing his longstanding opposition to LGBTQ rights.

Perhaps, Rep Price will have a few more details to share about his ACA replacement plan when he appears before the Senate Finance Committee. Even so, whatever plan is offered by the incoming administration or by the majority on Capitol Hill in the weeks, or months ahead know that it will be scrutinized very carefully, and must begin by meeting the footprint of the ACA.  


Author: Andrea Levario
Posted: January 19, 2017, 2:23 pm

Post submitted by JP Regis, Manager, HRC's Children, Youth & Families Program. 

HRC Foundation works closely with foster care and adoption agencies across the country through All Children – All Families (ACAF), a program aimed at helping these agencies welcome LGBTQ youth and families. Through the decade-old ACAF program, agencies work to make sure their policies and practices are LGBTQ-inclusive.

Once agencies have truly “rolled out the welcome mat” to LGBTQ folks, they often look to increase the number of LGBTQ families coming through their doors through targeted recruitment events.

RaiseAChild, a non-profit organization in California, assists agencies in doing just that through its annual “Let Love Define Family®” tour of free recruitment events. In fact, RaiseAChild works specifically with agencies engaged in ACAF to offer the LGBTQ community the opportunity to learn about building families through foster parenting and adoption.

“Not only can more LGBTQ people imagine the possibility of building families through fostering and adoption, but we are also thrilled to see a growing number of non-LGBTQ singles and couples attend with these events as well,” said RaiseAChild, Founder and C.E.O, Rich Valenza.

Last month, eight ACAF agencies partnered with RaiseAChild as part of the most recent recruitment tour throughout seven Southern California cities. Agencies included: Extraordinary Families, Five Acres, Kidsave International, Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, Penny Lane Centers, The Village Family Services, Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services, and Walden Family Services. These events turned out the largest crowds of prospective foster and adoptive parents in the event’s five-year history.

In a time when more than 100,000 young people age out of foster care every year without finding a permanent family, no parent should ever be turned away simply for who they love or who they are. We also know that far too many of these youth in foster care are LGBTQ and in need of affirming homes.

HRC’s All Children – All Families project is thankful to our participating agencies and organizations like RaiseAChild for their commitment to removing barriers for LGBTQ folks interested in foster parenting or adoption.

To learn more, take a look at HRC’s resources on foster parenting and adoption.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 18, 2017, 10:31 pm

Excited for the Women’s March on Washington? We are too! HRC is proud to be a sponsor of this historic gathering for justice. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions we’ve received, courtesy of the March organizers.

Q: When is the event?

A: The Women’s March on Washington will take place this Saturday, January 21, in Washington, D.C. A pre-March rally is set to begin at 10 a.m. and conclude around 1:15 p.m. The March is scheduled to kickoff at 1:15 p.m.

Q: Where do I go for the event?

A: The starting point for both the rally and the March will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, Washington D.C., near the U.S. Capitol.

Q: Do I need a ticket to attend this event? Are all welcome?

A: No, you do not need a ticket. Everyone, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights, is welcome to attend.

Q: What can I expect on Saturday?

A: The program for Saturday is as follows:

  • 8 a.m.— activities start with images and video on display.
  • 9 a.m. — pre-rally with speakers, music and public service announcements.
  • 10 a.m. — the official rally starts, featuring celebrities including Katy Perry, Cher, America Ferrera and Uzo Aduba
  • 1 p.m. — participants start marching toward The Ellipse where the program will end.

Q: What is the March route?

A: The group will begin to walk from the gathering location around 1 p.m.  and march west on Independence Avenue SW, from 3rd Street SW, to 14th Street SW; then will turn north on 14th Street SW to Constitution Avenue NW; and will march west on Constitution Avenue NW to 17th Street NW, near the Ellipse and Washington Monument, where the event will come to an end.

Q: What should I bring to the March?

A: New York magazine has put together a helpful guide on this topic. It covers everything from what to wear and what sort of bag to take, to what safety precautions to take. Be sure to check it out and share it with friends, family, and loved ones planning to join you!

Q: Will HRC be marching in the Parade?

Yes! HRC staff and volunteers will be attending the rally and the March. Look for the giant HRC blue and yellow flag to march with us!

Q: What if I want to show my support but am unable to travel to Washington, D.C.?

Click here to find a local sister march in your area. You can also show your support by donating to the event itself and/or posting about the March on social media with the hashtag #WhyIMarch. Be sure to tag HRC so we can help ensure the voice of the LGBTQ community is heard loud and clear.

Q: What do I do if I have other questions?

Click here to read the organizers’ comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the March. You can also contact them directly.

VOLUNTEER WITH HRC: If you are interested in volunteering with HRC in your community, let us know!  Please visit hrc.org/volunteer.


Author: Noël Gordon
Posted: January 18, 2017, 7:56 pm

Today, HRC announced its opposition to Tom Price's appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services. In a report and letter sent to Congress this morning, HRC cited his career-long record of opposing basic human rights for LGBTQ people.

Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, responded:

"Donald Trump has chosen a man to run the Department of Health and Human Services who is on the wrong side of just about every public health concern for LGBTQ people. Today too many LGBTQ people are still turned away from care, denied the right to visit loved ones and treated unfairly by their providers. We deserve a Secretary who will work to end discrimination, not one who has a history of demeaning and marginalizing LGBTQ people. For all of those reasons, and many more, we strongly oppose his appointment..

For more, check out HRC’s report: Tom Price: A History of Anti-LGBTQ Actions, which includes details about his extensive history of anti-LGBTQ lawmaking, including:

  • Price, like Jeff Sessions, voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act, referring to it as "thought crime" and referred to its passage as "immoral."
  • Price was a vocal opponent of repealing the discriminatory “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” ban
  • He referred to the notion that transgender people should have equal access to public facilities as "abuse and overreach of power"
  • The fringe Family Research Council wrote to its members: “As one of our good friends in Congress, Rep. Tim Price [sic] (R-GA), told me recently: If the homosexual Left succeeds and ENDA becomes law, you can "Just let your mind run wild and see the consequences: They are remarkably negative."
  • Price voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which include protections for LGBTQ people -- particularly concerning given HHS' recognition of domestic violence as a public health crisis.
  • He is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act, which provides essential health care for LGBTQ people
  • Price sponsored legislation to attempt to pre-empt Washington, D.C.'s recognition of marriages between same-sex couples.

Author: Rob Flaherty
Posted: January 18, 2017, 3:10 pm

Today, HRC Foundation released the results of a groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the United States.

The online survey, believed to be the largest ever of its kind, found that 70 percent of respondents have witnessed bullying, hate messages or harassment since the election, with racial bias the most common motive cited. More than a quarter of LGBTQ youth said they have been personally bullied or harassed since Election Day -- compared to 14 percent of non-LGBTQ youth -- with transgender young people most frequently targeted. Additionally, Hispanic and Latinx respondents were 20 percent more likely than other youth to report having been personally bullied, with harassment targeting both immigrant and nonimmigrant communities.

“Whether the threats come in their schools or from those holding the country's highest offices, no young person should be bullied or made to feel unsafe,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The alarming results of this groundbreaking survey underscore our fears about the damaging effect the recent election is having on our nation’s youth, and serve as a call to action to all of us committed to helping our young people thrive in an inclusive and supportive society.”

Vast numbers of young people also reported feeling nervous and hopeless post-election, with almost half of LGBTQ youth saying they have taken steps to hide who they are by delaying coming out, dressing differently or questioning their plans for the future. Hispanic and African American young people also reported changing their appearances and routines out of fear of harassment, and Muslim, Jewish and Hindu youth all described concealing symbols of their faith to avoid being targeted.

In responses to open-ended questions on the survey, many young people shared heart-wrenching stories of how the vicious campaign rhetoric had encouraged harassment and bullying. Wrote one Hispanic 18-year-old from Illinois, “My family and I go shopping and wash clothes at 2 a.m. to avoid seeing and hearing people’s comments.” A transgender youth from Idaho wrote that they and a Latinx friend were confronted at school by a fellow student who said, “Donald Trump is gonna deport wastes of space like you, and hopefully he does something about freaks like you too.”

Findings include:

  • Seventy percent of respondents reported witnessing bullying, hate messages or harassment during or since the 2016 election. Of those, 79 percent said such behaviors have been occurring more frequently since the onset of the presidential campaign.
  • Among young people who reported seeing bullying and harassment, 70 percent had witnessed incidents motivated by race or ethnicity, 63 percent had seen incidents motivated by sexual orientation, 59 percent had seen incidents motivated by immigration status, and 55 percent had witnessed incidents motivated by gender.
  • Over the past 30 days, about half of transgender youth reported feeling hopeless and worthless most or all of the time, and 70 percent said that these and similar feelings have increased in the past 30 days. Thirty-six percent had been personally bullied or harassed, and 56 percent had changed their self-expression or future plans because of the election.
  • Before Election Day 2016, more than half of survey respondents reported thinking about  the election every day, and a third thought about it several times each week.

In one encouraging finding, despite widespread post-election fear and anxiety, young people said they are more committed than ever to supporting others who are targeted for discrimination and harassment. Fifty-seven percent said that since Election Day, they more frequently feel motivated to help people in their community.

Wrote one 15-year-old from North Carolina: “The best way for adults to reassure youth, especially minorities, is to get involved in the community and take action to make the world a better place, whether it is through volunteering at a homeless shelter, working on a campaign, or something else. Actions speak louder than words.”

Respondents were solicited through HRC’s social media channels and those of partner organizations, including Mental Health America, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Southern Poverty Law Center, True Colors Fund and The Trevor Project.

To acknowledge the very real fears young people are experiencing, and help them cope with the fallout from the election, HRC is recommending five things you can do today to support LGBTQ youth. Find the list here. Read the full survey results here.


Author: Allison Turner
Posted: January 18, 2017, 3:00 pm

HRC OPPOSES TOM PRICE FOR HHS SECRETARY: Yesterday, HRC sent a letter of opposition to Congressional offices regarding Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. In the letter, HRC President Chad Griffin lays out Price’s decades-long career of opposition to LGBTQ equality and the stakes for the LGBTQ community if he is confirmed. Partnering with anti-LGBTQ organizations, Representative Price has vocally opposed legislation that would protect our community not only from discrimination, but also from acts of violence. He has also dedicated the past seven years to systematically undermining the Affordable Care Act -- one of the most significant tools this country has ever had to combat health disparities in our community. Perhaps most troubling is his belief that LGBTQ people, equality, and same-sex relationships have negative public health and economic implications for the nation. More from TIME.

FOLLOWING HEARING, QUESTIONS REMAIN FOR BETSY DEVOS: At yesterday’s hearing, Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nomination for Secretary of Education, rejected the dangerous practice of conversion therapy and distanced herself from the extremist organizations that practice it. However, many questions remain unanswered. David Stacy, Government Affairs Director of the Human Rights Campaign said, “[W]ill she protect LGBTQ young people and commit to keeping crucial protections in place for transgender students? That is a key, critical question and should be an easy answer. Does she reject Focus on the Family’s call for the Department of Education to rescind guidance ensuring the safety of transgender students? Will she reject attempts by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to have taxpayers foot the bill for discrimination against LGBTQ students and families?” Here are some of the facts:

●DeVos' personal foundation has donated $275,000 to Focus on the Family, an organization that promotes, among other things, conversion therapy

●DeVos’ personal foundation has donated $15,000 to the Becket Foundation, an organization that advocates for taxpayers funding discriminatory schools

●DeVos’ personal foundation has donated $65,000 to the Thomas More Law Center, an organization that represented organizations that challenged the constitutionality of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

New survey finds LGBTQ youth bullied and harassed post-election. No young person should face this hate. https://t.co/SEGNn51fiV

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) January 18, 2017

GROUNDBREAKING HRC SURVEY OF 50,000+ YOUNG PEOPLE REVEALS TROUBLING POST-ELECTION SPIKE IN BULLYING, HARASSMENT: Today, HRC released the results of a survey -- believed to be the largest ever of its kind -- of tens of thousands of young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the United States. The online survey found that 70 percent of respondents have witnessed bullying, hate messages or harassment since the election, with racial bias the most common motive cited. More than a quarter of LGBTQ youth said they have been personally bullied or harassed since Election Day -- compared to 14 percent of non-LGBTQ youth -- with transgender young people most frequently targeted. Additionally, Hispanic and Latinx respondents were 20 percent more likely than other youth to report having been personally bullied, with harassment targeting both immigrant and nonimmigrant communities.

“Whether the threats come in their schools or from those holding the country's highest offices, no young person should be bullied or made to feel unsafe,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “The alarming results of this groundbreaking survey underscore our fears about the damaging effect the recent election is having on our nation’s youth, and serve as a call to action to all of us committed to helping our young people thrive in an inclusive and supportive society.”

Read more about the survey and its results here, and go here to for guidance on what adults can do to acknowledge the very real fears young people are experiencing, and help them cope with the fallout from the election.

TODAY -- HEARINGS BEGIN FOR NIKKI HALEY, TRUMP’S UN AMBASSADOR PICK: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley appears today before Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a hearing on her nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. During Obama’s presidency, the United States has strongly advocated for LGBTQ rights in the UN. Recently, it created and twice protected a new watchdog position devoted to advancing LGBTQ rights; released a first-of-its-kind report on violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ community; and launched the UN Free & Equal campaign and the ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ initiative.

OBAMA’S UNPARALLELED LGBTQ LEGACY: There is no doubt that gains the LGBTQ community has made under President Obama will be a defining part his legacy. Vox’s German Lopez (@GermanLopez) chronicles the historic advances under President Obama, and the work that must continue. Lopez interviews leading voices advocating for LGBTQ advocacy, including HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. More from Vox.

RESOURCES FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN WAKE OF TRUMP: As Inauguration Day approaches, many in the LGBTQ community are feeling anxious about their rights under a Trump Administration -- especially those who are also part of other communities the president-elect has marginalized, including  immigrants, Muslims and women. Nidhi Prakash (@NidhiPrakash) of Fusion looks at ways people can transform fear into action over the next four years, and provides an extensive reading list and resources for people looking for information and opportunities for advocacy. Read the full piece at Fusion.

PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTES PORTION OF CHELSEA MANNING’S REMAINING SENTENCE: With this decision, Pvt. Manning will be released in May of this year. As Pvt. Manning serves the remainder of her sentence, she deserves the same thing that any incarcerated person does -- appropriate and competent medical care, including transition related care,  and protection from discrimination and violence.  There is a clear legal consensus that it is the government’s responsibility to provide medically necessary care for transgender people and the military has an obligation to follow those guidelines. More from HRC.

Breaking: President Obama commutes a large portion of Private Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence. https://t.co/xDJPWwY91S pic.twitter.com/kmzxAQsGAo

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 17, 2017

MOONLIGHT, SETH MEYERS AND MERYL STREEP TO BE HONORED AT HRC GREATER NEW YORK GALA: Both the groundbreaking film Moonlight and comedian Seth Meyers will be honored at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. As previously announced, HRC will also honor critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep at the event, which raises crucial funds in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. More from HRC and The Associated Press.

.@HRC is honored to present @MoonlightMov with the HRC Visionary Arts Award at the @HRCGreaterNY Gala next month https://t.co/nIER4mP5cJ pic.twitter.com/QdyKAg0FAd

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 17, 2017

.@SethMeyers consistently speaks out against discrimination. @HRC is honored to present him with the Equality Award https://t.co/nIER4mP5cJ pic.twitter.com/cBt1JgCa3k

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 17, 2017

CHARLOTTE REAL ESTATE EXECS CALL FOR HB2 REPEAL: A coalition of Charlotte-area commercial real estate executives is calling for the repeal of the dangerous and discriminatory HB2 -- noting its devastating effects on North Carolina’s LGBTQ community and the ongoing harm it's inflicting on the state’s economy. More from The Charlotte Observer.

INDIANA REPUBLICAN PUTS THE BRAKES ON ANTI-TRANSGENDER STATE BILL: Republican State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, who chairs the Indiana House Public Health Committee, released a statement last week asserting that she will not give an anti-transgender bill a hearing. The bill in question would deny Hoosiers the right to change the gender on their birth certificates. More from Indy Star.

GLSEN MARKS “NO NAME-CALLING WEEK”: This week, GLSEN, which works to end bullying and harassment in schools, is sponsoring “No Name-Calling Week” in schools across the nation. The week, GLSEN says, celebrates kindness and provides an opportunity to show allyship to LGBTQ students, particularly transgender and gender nonconforming students, as well as LGBTQ students of color. GLSEN previously joined a group of education-related organizations calling on school leaders and educators to respond to numerous reports of violence, harassment, and intimidation that have occurred since the presidential election.

IRELAND TO ALLOW MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN TO DONATE BLOOD AFTER ONE YEAR OF ABSTINENCE: This week, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service changed a rule regarding blood donations from men who have sex with men, now requiring them to undergo a one year period of abstinence from same-sex sexual activity. Such donations were previously banned. While an improvement, this remains an unacceptable solution that stigmatizes LGBTQ people while restricting the blood supply. More from Irish Times.

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The New York Times shares a list of banned books they encourage parents to share with their children, including multiple books with LGBTQ content such as  I Am Jazz, by HRC Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__)... BuzzFeed talks to a lesbian couple challenging people’s notions of gender expression while pregnant… NowThisNews shares the history of Planned Parenthood in a new video with a star-studded cast of narrators…

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 18, 2017, 3:00 pm

HRC’s groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 youth reveals that on the eve of the Trump Administration, LGBTQ youth report a troubling spike in bullying and harassment, and say they are afraid and anxious about what their futures might hold. They also tell us that young people are being targeted based on race, religion, immigration status, and LGBTQ identity, a deeply alarming fallout from the November election.

It’s important to acknowledge these fears and be on the lookout for those at risk. Every single one of us can play a role in instilling hope in the hearts and minds of the young people in our lives, particularly during these uncertain and unsettling times.

Here are five steps you can take today to support LGBTQ youth.

1. Listen to LGBTQ youth.

As one survey respondent said, “Adults can help by being understanding…” Take the time to listen and learn from LGBTQ youth. This survey and HRC’s 2012 survey of 10,000+ LGBTQ youth shed light on the experiences of LGBTQ youth and what we can all do to support them. Keep in mind that LGBTQ youth are diverse. Read HRC’s guide on supporting transgender youth or information on the experiences of bisexual youth and LGBTQ youth of color. Once you’ve done that, take the time to educate others.

2. Be a role model for kindness and inclusion.

“Don’t tolerate any kind of hateful speech,” stressed one survey participant. Speak up if you hear “That’s so gay” or other anti-LGBTQ comments from young people in your lives and be prepared for questions and put-downs on gender. Seventy percent of youth respondents reported witnessing incidents of race-based bullying and harassment. Take advantage of resources like this one from the Southern Poverty Law Center to learn how to speak up against everyday bigotry.

3. Show young people that they can be authentic around you.

Almost half of the LGBTQ youth surveyed say they’ve muted their self-expression or are re-thinking their future plans because of the election. Look for ways that you can demonstrate to the young people in your life that they can be themselves around you. Talk about how there is no “one way” to be a boy or a girl, for example, and avoid making assumptions about a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. If you’re not LGBTQ, come out as a supporter of LGBTQ equality.

4. Take action at the local level to create safe spaces.

More than half of LGBTQ youth say they are now more motivated than ever to help others. Let’s make sure that they feel empowered to do so. Consider your community and some of the places where youth spend time -- are they safe for LGBTQ youth? How can you make a difference? For example, consider contacting your local school board and encouraging members to adopt inclusive policies. Be ready to share resources with young people who have experienced harassment or violence. If you work with youth -- as a teacher, counselor, social worker or other professional -- consider attending the Time To THRIVE conference in April to learn best practices in creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth.

5. Stay informed and get involved in the fights ahead.

We face a long and difficult fight ahead to protect the historic progress we’ve made toward ensuring full LGBTQ equality. Join the fight and stay updated on HRC’s local, state and federal advocacy. LGBTQ youth are counting on you.


Author: Alison Delpercio
Posted: January 18, 2017, 2:40 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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