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Today, HRC and Equality NC launched a new digital campaign ad slamming North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for putting discrimination ahead of the state’s jobs and economy. The new ad focuses on the economic damage caused by McCrory’s stubborn refusal to fix the mess he created by signing the discriminatory HB2 into law.

“Pat McCrory has utterly failed to put the people, reputation and economy of North Carolina first,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This week yet another company took its business -- and hundreds of jobs -- elsewhere, yet McCrory continues to refuse to accept responsibility for the mess he created with HB2. McCrory has badly tarnished the state of North Carolina, and now voters have the opportunity to hold him accountable."

“Pat McCrory has shown time and time again that he's willing to discriminate at any cost,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. “This powerful new ad highlights the economic backlash our state has suffered since McCrory signed HB2 into law. It's time we stand up for real North Carolina values of fairness and respect for our neighbors and ensure that Pat McCrory is no longer in the Governor's Mansion on November 8th.”

Watch the new ad here.

McCrory and HB2 have cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity as companies concerned with protecting their consumers and employees have moved conventions, trainings, operations, productions, and other major events out of the state. Just this week, the Charlotte Observer reported the state lost another $250 million when a real estate investment firm decided to take its investment -- and a potential 730 jobs -- elsewhere because of HB2.

HRC and Equality NC have endorsed Roy Cooper for Governor. Cooper’s strong support for LGBTQ equality stands in clear contrast to McCrory’s long history of anti-equality rhetoric and actions. As the current Attorney General of North Carolina, Cooper has refused to defend the deeply discriminatory HB2 in court. He also opposed Amendment One, the state’s 2012 constitutional ban on the freedom to marry, calling it “unclear, unwise and unnecessary.” A vocal opponent of legislation intended to enshrine discrimination into state law under the guise of so-called religious liberty, Cooper made clear that he would veto such destructive measures, saying, “There are laws in place that protect religious liberties. We don't need these laws that hurt people and our economy.”

The new ad is part of an unprecedented get-out-the-vote digital campaign by HRC and Equality NC aimed at North Carolina’s more than 255,000 LGBTQ voters -- a critical bloc in a state that President Obama won by just 14,000 votes in 2008.

Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and Equality NC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: October 28, 2016, 5:43 pm

Post Submitted by Associate Regional Field Director Ryan Rowe

HRC staff have been on the ground in the Philadelphia area since September to #turnOUT the vote for Hillary Clinton and pro-equality candidates in the Keystone State. We are working with our HRC Philadelphia Steering Committee to ensure that this critical swing state goes blue on November 8. 

Local HRC leaders, including Patty Ellis and Philadelphia Community Engagement Chair David Klein, are organizing a team of volunteers in the critical regions of the Philadelphia ​suburbs and Center City Philadelphia. HRC ​volunteers there have already reported more than 500 hours of volunteering to help elect pro-equality candidates. 

Earlier this month, HRC President Chad Griffin stopped in Philadelphia to pump up a group of volunteers at a local canvass kickoff.

“Winning in Pennsylvania is not just critical for winning the White House,” he said. “But for winning a majority in Congress and winning in all of the down​-ballot elections here that are imperative if we want to move our work for equality forward for everyone!" 

HRC volunteers and staff are working hard alongside the Pennsylvania Democratic Party to #turnOUT the vote for Clinton and pro-equality candidates.​ ​HRC​ strongly support and has endorsed Kate McGinty, who is ​running for the U.S. Senate, ​and Dwight Evans, who is​ running for the U.S. House, earlier this year.

Today, there are more than 273,000 LGBTQ voters living in Pennsylvania -- a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of 358,189 votes. Pennsylvania is being hard fought this election cycle. This year, both 538 and the New York Times have picked Pennsylvania as the state most likely to be the tipping point state for the presidential election.

If you'd like to get involved in this home stretch, we need your help in the Philadelphia area. Please contact for more information.  

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Author: HRC staff
Posted: October 28, 2016, 5:30 pm

Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. National Security Advisor and a former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., spoke out forcefully yesterday on the need to protect LGBTQ people around the world.  HRC, Human Rights First (HRF) and the American University School of International Service (SIS) hosted the event in Washington, D.C.  

HRC President Chad Griffin, HRF President Elisa Massimino and SIS Dean James Goldgeier also spoke at the event, which was attended by students, activists and government officials.  

"At a time when extremists are throwing gay men off buildings, when transgender women are being relentlessly attacked in Central America, when laws are being passed to silence and marginalize LGBTQ people, they need American leadership now more than ever before," said Griffin. "We must continue to open our doors to those who are escaping violence and persecution, not build a wall around the promise of liberty and justice for all."

Enumerating the Obama Administration’s solid and impressive record of achievements in promoting LGBTQ rights in the last eight years, Ambassador Rice declared that the protection of LGBTQ rights around the world is a moral, strategic and economic imperative that is “profoundly in our interests.”  

Some notable achievements of the present Administration include the release of a presidential memorandum directing U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance to promote LGBTQ rights, the appointment of Randy Berry as the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, the appointment of eight openly gay ambassadors, the establishment of a $30 million Global Equality Fund to support grassroots activists, joining the U.N. Core Group that advocates equality, pushing through a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on the human rights of LGBTQ people and ensuring equal benefits for LGBTQ federal employees.

Despite these unprecedented gains, Rice said that immense challenges continue to exist and much work remains to be done. She highlighted how Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, a leading opponent of the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, and other activists were arbitrarily arrested by police for participating in a peaceful pride event in August. After a global outcry, including from HRC, he and the others were released within hours. Rice also tweeted a picture of her meeting Mugisha in the White House to show the Administration's commitment to LGBTQ activists around the globe.

While this level of U.S. engagement is not always possible, Rice said such involvement can go a long way in advancing global LGBTQ rights and protecting activists.

Deadly acts of anti-LGBTQ hate-motivated violence have claimed too many lives in the U.S. and abroad. In Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State, has executed alleged gay men by using a variety of exceptionally brutal methods. In Bangladesh, the LGBTQ activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy were murdered by religious extremists in April. Rice declared these and other activists around the world to be “heroes” in an ongoing battle for equality.

HRC applauds the tremendous gains made on global LGBTQ rights under the Obama Administration and will continue to advocate for a continuation of these policies under the next Administration. Read more about HRC Global’s work here

Author: Saurav Jung Thapa
Posted: October 28, 2016, 5:02 pm

COUNTDOWN and #turnOUT: 11 days until Election Day and new polling shows Hillary Clinton pulling ahead with a strong lead in North Carolina and Virginia, and closing the gap in Georgia and Iowa. Helping make the difference: North Carolina has more than 255,800 LGBTQ voters, Virginia has 188,900, Georgia has 269,900 and Iowa has 67,100.

HILLARY CLINTON LAYS OUT BOLD PLAN TO COMBAT BULLYING IN SCHOOLS: Today, Hillary Clinton announced her “Better than Bullying” initiative, which aims to provide students, families and educators with resources to combat the epidemic of bullying in our nation’s schools. The effort calls for $500 million in funding for states and includes explicit policies protecting and providing resources for LGBTQ students and their families. LGBTQ students, and especially trans youth, disproportionately face bullying in schools, and Clinton’s plan calls for comprehensive measures to address bullying on the basis of  sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and religion. The plan allows states to tailor their policies and programs based upon local communities’ needs. More from HRC.

  • An HRC Foundation survey of 10,000 LGBTQ youth in 2012 found that three-quarters of transgender students feel unsafe in school settings. It also found that LGBTQ youth are about twice as likely as non-LGBTQ youth to be excluded for being different (48 percent), to be verbally harassed (51 percent) or physically attacked (17 percent) at school.

RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER EXCORIATES STATE OFFICIAL OVER  “PREPOSTEROUS” CLAIM THAT HB2 HASN’T HURT NC ECONOMY: In a blistering editorial yesterday, the Raleigh News & Observer suggests that state Commerce Secretary John Skvarla needs a reality check after asserting that the discriminatory HB2 law hasn’t led to job or economic losses. Characterizing Skvarla’s clearly political comments as among the most “preposterous, downright fanciful” of the election season, the N&O also noted the obvious: Governor Pat McCrory’s HB2 has “cost the state thousands of jobs and millions of dollars. And the losses of jobs and economic impact from huge events will continue until it is repealed.” Business leaders aren’t buying what McCrory sent Skvarla to sell, the editorial board said. Here’s the N&O’s reality check for McCrory and Skvarla: “HB2 isn’t just some political gaffe on the part of Republicans who apparently could care less what it’s done to the state’s reputation. It is a certifiable disaster and the consequences from it are only going to get worse.”

  • #turnOUT in North Carolina: Yesterday HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) joined HRC volunteers and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper in Asheville to encourage supporters to vote early and rally #TurnOUT NC supporters in the Tar Heel State. He will continue to campaign today with Cooper, and for other pro-equality North Carolina candidates including State Senator Josh Stein, who is running for Attorney General. More from Asheville’s Citizen-Times.
  • Despicable - NC Republicans try to remove 100-year-old woman from voting rolls: The Nation’s Ari Berman (@AriBerman) reports that just before early voting began in North Carolina, Republicans tried to boot Grace Bell Hardison, a 100-year-old African-American woman and regular voter, off the voting rolls in the town where she’s lived all her life. The effort was dropped after an outcry over the GOP’s targeting of Hardison and other Black and Democratic voters. Read more here.

The NC #LGBTQ voting bloc will play a pivotal role in this election. We must #turnOUT the pro-equality vote

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) October 27, 2016

TRANS TEEN FIGHTING FOR HIS RIGHTS PENS OP-ED IN WAPO: In a powerful op-ed in The Washington Post, Gavin Grimm, the transgender teen who sued his Virginia School District over its refusal to grant him access to the boys’ restroom, shares his heartbreaking story of being discriminated against in his school, and humiliated by an institution where he should feel the most safe. The Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in Grimm’s favor earlier this year. The school district has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court’s ruling. The Supreme Court of the United States could announce they will hear the case shortly. Read the full piece here.

HILLARY CLINTON AND FLOTUS IN NC: Hillary Clinton continued to be a vocal champion of LGBTQ equality, telling supporters at a campaign rally with Michelle Obama in North Carolina yesterday that “if you believe everyone deserves to be treated equally no matter who they are or who they love, you’ve got to turn out.” At the same rally, First Lady Michelle Obama voiced her support for gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper -- a pro-equality champion who would repeal the discriminatory HB2 -- and issued a powerful call to #turnOUT and vote. Watch Clinton and FLOTUS here.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Two former contestants on “Bachelor Australia” found love in a way the show didn’t intend -- with each other. Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirmed their relationship this week by posting on Instagram. Cue the warm-fuzzies! More from BuzzFeed.

ORLANDO MAGIC CREATES HEARTWARMING TRIBUTE TO PULSE: This week, the Orlando Magic dedicated their 2016-17 season opener to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The tribute included a performance of the song "Forty-Nine Times" and the raising of a #49 banner inscribed with the names of those who lost their lives that terrible night. Get out your tissues and watch here.

Our Opening Night is dedicated to the Pulse victims. Please join us in a moment of silence. #OrlandoUnited

— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 26, 2016

WORLD BANK APPOINTS CLIFTON CORTEZ AS FIRST-EVER SENIOR ADVISOR ON SOGI ISSUES: The World Bank announced today that Clifton Cortez will serve as the organization’s first-ever Advisor on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) issues. In the newly- created senior position, Cortez will be responsible for promoting LGBTQ inclusion throughout the work of the World Bank. In a release, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said, “Discrimination against any group is not only morally wrong, it stands in the way of sustained, balanced, and inclusive economic growth.” More from HRC.

A CASE FOR THE “Q”: TIME’S Katy Steinmetz (@katysteinmetz) discusses the rise of the use of “LGBTQ” as opposed to “LGBT” by major advocacy and news organizations. “Queer” is a word with a complicated modern history -- both used in a defiant chant originated by LGBTQ rights activists more than a quarter century ago to confront bigotry, and hijacked by hate-mongers doubling down on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. More from TIME.

WEDDING BELLS IN GIBRALTAR: The British territory of Gibraltar passed marriage equality with unanimous, cross-party support. Gibraltar is a largely Catholic country off the coast of Spain. More from Gay Star News.


The Huffington Post talks to one trans woman about her reason for campaigning for Hillary Clinton… The New York Times reviewed a revived play with LGBTQ themes, and the progress since its original run… Steven Petrow (@StevenPetrow) writes for The Washington Post about Trump’s failing polling with LGBTQ voters…

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: October 28, 2016, 1:57 pm

The World Bank announced today that it appointed Clifton Cortez to serve as its first-ever Advisor on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) issues. This is a newly created senior position and Cortez will be responsible for promoting LGBTQ inclusion throughout the work of the World Bank.

In a release about the appointment, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said, “Discrimination against any group is not only morally wrong, it stands in the way of sustained, balanced, and inclusive economic growth.”

As HRC reported in April when the Bank first announced the creation of the position, this is a crucial step to ensure protection of LGBTQ people when financing projects in the developing world. With an annual budget of more than $65 billion, the Bank has the ability to have an enormous impact on communities in countries where it works. Here are some ways in which the Bank could ensure LGBTQ inclusion:

  • If the Bank helps build a school, educators should be required to welcome LGBTQ students and to address bullying appropriately.
  • If the Bank funds construction of a dam that requires communities to move out of the area, they should resettle LGBTQ people in places that are safe.
  • If the Bank helps fund a health clinic, they must ensure that LGBTQ people are not turned away or are made to feel stigmatized.

Cortez brings over two decades of international experience in development and human rights to this position. He has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the last six years and for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) before that. His work has often focused on LGBTQ people, having led UNDP’s “Being LGBT in Asia” project and their HIV portfolio across Asia and the Pacific. Cortez has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

“We are very excited to work with Mr. Cortez as he starts this new position,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global. “He brings a wealth of knowledge on LGBTQ issues and a great deal of passion and creativity to the post. Through Mr. Cortez’s leadership, and that of other senior leaders at the Bank, millions of LGBTQ people around the globe could benefit from the billions of dollars being spent on international development projects.”

HRC and other groups have also called on the Bank to take a number of other steps that would help protect LGBTQ people around the world. In particular, the Bank should:

  • Fund research on the economic well-being of LGBTQ people in developing countries and on the economic impact of anti-LGBTQ laws and discrimination in those countries
  • Ensure that high level Bank officials meet with LGBTQ communities whenever possible, particularly when president Jim Kim is traveling abroad.

HRC congratulates the World Bank on taking this positive step and looks forward to working with Cortez and other senior Bank leaders to protect and advance the rights and dignity of all people, no matter who they are or whom they love. Cortez will officially take up his Bank duties on November 14, 2016.

Author: Saurav Jung Thapa
Posted: October 27, 2016, 6:03 pm

On Wednesday, HRC, American University, and Human Rights First hosted Ambassador Susan Rice, President Obama’s National Security Advisor, for remarks on protecting and promoting LGBTQ human rights around the world. Rice discussed the Obama Administration’s leadership on equality, the vital role it plays in America’s national security and the need for continued efforts to secure LGBTQ human rights abroad. HRC President Chad Griffin introduced Rice. Rice's remarks are available here. Read Griffin's remarks below: 

Thank you, Elisa for the important work you and your team at Human Rights First do each and every day. I would also like to thank American University and Dean Goldgeier for hosting this important event. And thanks to all of you for being here this afternoon for this critically important discussion.

Last April, we woke up to chilling news. Xulhaz Mannan, a leading LGBTQ activist in Bangladesh, had been brutally murdered by religious extremists. He had been an employee at USAID in Bangladesh and was the founder and publisher of the only LGBTQ magazine in his country.

To say that Xulhaz and his friends and colleagues were brave, would be a vast understatement. They stood up to death threats and attacks, all while receiving no assistance from the Bangladesh government who time and time again looked the other way.

Many of Xulhaz’s friends and colleagues had to flee Bangladesh after his murder, including one of them who is here in the audience today. He is currently working with us here in Washington at HRC Global to continue the crucial work to advance equality in his homeland.

With his safety and security in jeopardy, he cannot be identified here today, but I want him to know that all of us in this room applaud his bravery and his courage.

What happened in Bangladesh last April is just one reason why the United States must play a crucial role in protecting LGBTQ human rights around the world. And for the past eight years under President Obama, we have seen our government do just that.

From the 2011 White House memorandum that made LGBTQ human rights part of our nation’s foreign policy objectives, to the appointment of Randy Berry as the State Department’s first ever Special Envoy for LGBTI Human Rights, this Administration has made history in its efforts to protect the human rights of LGBTQ people. And in doing so, equality has become a pillar of American foreign policy.

This would not have been possible without the leadership of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretaries Clinton and Kerry. Nor would it have been possible without the leader I have the honor of introducing today.

She has been there every step of the way. When she was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, she played a crucial role in pushing through a historic LGBT-rights resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.

And as National Security Advisor, she oversaw the Obama Administration’s strong response to Uganda's notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2014. Thanks to her leadership, the U.S. banned Ugandan officials from entering our country, cancelled joint military exercises and shifted aid away from the Ugandan government.

And when Gambia’s president said that he would personally “slit the throats” of any gay men in his country, she forcefully and publicly condemned his threats.

And I was personally gratified that she took time out of her busy schedule earlier this year to welcome to the West Wing of the White House a group of courageous LGBTQ leaders from around the globe for HRC’s first ever Global Summit. We have been so lucky to have an Administration that is eager to work with us and groups like Human Rights First to protect each and every person’s human rights and dignity, no matter who they are or who they love.

The fact is, LGBTQ people around the world are looking to us to be that beacon of hope. And at a time when extremists are throwing gay men off buildings, when transgender women are being relentlessly attacked in Central America, when laws are being passed to silence and marginalize LGBTQ people, they need American leadership now more than ever before. We must continue to open our doors to those who are escaping violence and persecution, not build a wall around the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Our speaker this afternoon has placed LGBTQ human rights front and center in our nation’s foreign policy and national security. And we’re so grateful for her leadership and for the life-saving work of this administration.

So now please join me in welcoming our friend, ally, and champion, U.S. National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice.

Photo Courtesy American University, by Jeff Watts


.@HRC's @ChadHGriffin introduces "our friend, our ally, and our champion" @AmbassadorRice. #globalequality

— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) October 26, 2016

Author: HRC staff
Posted: October 27, 2016, 5:45 pm

Submitted by: Brittany Desgeges, Field Organizer for TurnOUT North Carolina

As a field organizer for TurnOUT NC, I have been working to elect pro-equality candidates in the Charlotte area who will appear on the ballot with Secretary Clinton. This week, I was so excited to have the opportunity to hear Clinton speak in person about her plans for our country.

Canvassing alongside local candidates like Chaz Beasley for NC House District 92 and state Sen. Jeff Jackson has heightened my enthusiasm for electing candidates willing to repeal HB2. I was so proud to see state Sen. Jackson hit the stage and get the crowd hyped up before Clinton’s entrance.

Among the sea of “Stronger Together” signs, I stood directly in front of Clinton’s podium among a group of HRC leaders from Charlotte, including Dan Mauney and Jay Biles. Multiple people walked up to our group to ask if they could take pictures of us wearing our #turnOUT shirts. The overwhelming amount of support that I felt from complete strangers was awesome and made all of the work we’ve been doing for the election even more worth it.

With the hit that our state has taken both socially and economically as a result of our current elected leaders like Gov. Pat McCrory and the discriminatory legislation he helped pass in HB2, I appreciated how Clinton made a point to highlight the work of local leaders like Rev. Barber from the NC NAACP, and U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross, as well as Ross’s plans to get our state back on the right track. Clinton also had a strong get-out-the-vote message and encouraged people to make their voices heard by heading to the polls and voting early.

As a young woman of color, I realize that the stakes are extremely high in this election and will greatly influence the way we define ourselves as a nation. I believe that our country needs a commander-in-chief who has experience in the political realm, who believes that our nation prospers when the economy works best for everyone, not just those at the top. We need someone who wants to make America a country that gives everyone the opportunity to live up to their potential, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. We need someone who recognizes that we really are stronger when we come together, not when we divide ourselves by inspiring fear and spreading hate. That person is Hillary Clinton, and that’s why I’m working to #turnOUT the vote for her, alongside other pro-equality candidates.

Today, there are an estimated 255,824 LGBTQ adults living in North Carolina -- a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of 180,500 votes. Nearly 90,000 LGBTQ adults live in the Charlotte Metro Area alone. The LGBTQ voting bloc in North Carolina will play a pivotal role in the presidential, gubernatorial and other down ballot races.

Click here to sign up to volunteer at our Charlotte or Raleigh offices. If you have questions about HRC’s work in North Carolina to #turnOUT voters, please contact HRC Associate Regional Field Director Ryan Wilson at

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Author: Guest contributor
Posted: October 27, 2016, 5:25 pm

Today, HRC praised Hillary Clinton’s just-announced “Better than Bullying” initiative, which aims to provide students, families and educators with resources to better combat the epidemic of bullying in our nation’s schools. The effort, which would include $500 million of funding in states all over the country, explicitly includes policies that would protect and provide resources for LGBTQ students and their families. LGBTQ students, and especially trans youth, disproportionately face bullying in schools. In 2012, the HRC Foundation surveyed 10,000 LGBTQ youth about the difficulties they face at school and at home. The survey found that three-quarters of transgender students feel unsafe in school settings. It also found that LGBTQ youth are about twice as likely as non-LGBTQ youth to be excluded for being different (48 percent), to be verbally harassed (51 percent) or physically attacked (17 percent) at school.

“As Donald Trump’s rhetoric continues to foment violence and encourage division among Americans of all ages, Hillary Clinton is bringing real solutions to fight the bullying and abuse that so many LGBTQ youth face on a daily basis,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We know from our own research and work in schools that growing up LGBTQ in America today is not easy. Hillary Clinton's comprehensive anti-bullying plan is a crucial and welcome step toward improving the lives of our youngest, most vulnerable Americans.”

Clinton’s plan includes the development of comprehensive anti-bullying laws and policies, specifically to address bullying on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion; addresses cyberbullying; provides resources to educators to address and head-off bullying before it escalates; provides increased resources in schools for victims of bullying; and promotes further behavioral health programming in schools. The plan allows for states to tailor their own policies and programs based upon local communities’ needs.

HRC’s Welcoming Schools works to combat bullying and build safe and welcoming elementary schools across America with trainings for schools and resources for parents, teachers, and administrators.  Recently, Welcoming Schools released a Back-to-School Guide to equip parents, teachers, and allies of transgender students with information and resources to ensure that their schools are welcoming and safe for LGBTQ -- and particularly transgender -- youth and the children of LGBTQ parents.

HRC endorsed Hillary Clinton in January of 2016. With 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide, HRC is implementing an unprecedented organizational effort to register and mobilize the nation’s pro-equality majority, and elect pro-LGBTQ candidates up and down the ballot. In 2016, HRC expects that the pro-equality vote will be larger, stronger, and more energized than at any point in history.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Author: Nick Morrow
Posted: October 27, 2016, 4:00 pm

COUNTDOWN and #turnOUT: 12 days until Election Day and more than 7.3 million Americans have already voted. In battleground states including Nevada, registered Democrats are turning out in higher numbers -- crucial numbers for pro-equality candidates like Hillary Clinton and Catherine Cortez Masto. In Nevada, there are an estimated 81,300 LGBTQ voters in a state where the last three presidential elections were won by an average of 69,730 votes.

BREAKING - BLOOMBERG REPORTS TRUMP CAMPAIGN ENGAGING IN VOTER SUPPRESSION: In a blockbuster story this morning, Bloomberg’s Sasha Issenberg (@sissenberg) and Joshua Green (@Joshua Green) report that a senior official with Donald Trump’s campaign reveals that his team is actively working to suppress voter participation in the presidential election. “We have three major voter suppression operations under way,” the senior official told Bloomberg, aimed at three groups Hillary Clinton needs to win: idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans. How surprising - instead of trying to attract voters with a compelling, positive message like Hillary Clinton, Trump “has devised another strategy, which, not surprisingly, is negative.” Read more here.

USAID TO PROHIBIT ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION IN ALL CONTRACTS: Yesterday, in remarks at an event hosted by HRC, American University and Human Rights First, Ambassador Susan Rice announced that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has finalized a new rule prohibiting anti-LGBTQ discrimination in all of its contractors' services. She revealed the policy during a speech focusing on the Obama Administration's legacy and leadership on promoting and protecting LGBTQ human rights around the world . USAID provides nearly $16 billion in foreign aid annually in more than 100 countries. This policy will be written into all USAID contracts. Unfortunately, it does not include grantees, also major recipients of USAID funds; and doesn’t cover employment decisions by USAID contractors and grantees working on projects around the world ranging from food security to education. Read HRC’s report on the new policy. Read more about Ambassador Rice’s speech from Newsweek and The Associated Press.

"From his earliest days in office, @POTUS...worked to strengthen LGBTQ rights at home & promote them abroad"-@AmbassadorRice #globalequality

— WH National Security (@NSC44) October 26, 2016

SIXTY-SIX REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR PAT MCCRORY: From his anti-LGBTQ HB2 law, to his positions on women’s health, Medicaid, education, and the environment -- not to mention his support for Donald Trump -- there are myriad powerful reasons for North Carolinians to vote Governor Pat McCrory out of office. In one of the most thorough lists we’ve seen arguing that voters #turnOUT for Roy Cooper on November 8, IndyWeek’s Paul Blest (@PBlest) rounds up 66 reasons McCrory must go. And illustrator Shan Stumpf gave us our new Halloween costume idea: “Zombie McCrory”. Check it out here.

  • HB2 is bad for business: Ashley Christensen, an influential North Carolinian chef with seven restaurants in the state, comes out against HB2 in an op-ed for Eater.

JASON COLLINS, FTW: Jason Collins(@JasonCollins98), the first openly gay NBA player, delivered an important video message yesterday: In key states, the number of LGBTQ voters alone exceeds the average margin of victory over the last three presidential cycles. Our community has the power to decide this election and we've got to #turnOUT for Hillary Clinton and pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. Watch it here.

.@jasoncollins98, the first openly gay @NBA player has a message: The LGBTQ community has the power to decide this election. Let's #turnOUT!

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) October 26, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY: On October 30, 2009, President Obama lifted a 22-year ban on people living with HIV from entering the U.S., calling the policy “rooted in fear rather than fact.” This was a momentous event in the ongoing quest to destigmatize HIV. For more on HIV and AIDS, including more of what the Obama administration has done to address the epidemic within the LGBTQ community, visit HRC.

HRC ENDORSES JOHN GREGG FOR IND. GOVERNOR OVER “MINI-PENCE” OPPONENT: HRC endorsed John Gregg for Governor of Indiana and Christina Hale for Lieutenant Governor. The governor’s office is being vacated by Mike Pence, who became a national disgrace for his shameful “license to discriminate” bill that could have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people. Following in Pence’s anti-equality footsteps, Gregg’s opponent, Eric Holcomb, has refused to support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections during the campaign -- despite the outcry from the business community and a majority of Hoosiers who opposed Pence’s discriminatory bill.

HRC JOINS RESOLUTION ON INTERSEX AWARENESS DAY: Yesterday was Intersex Awareness Day, which commemorates the first demonstration by intersex people in North America.  On this day organizations across the globe, including HRC,  partner together to raise the visibility of the intersex community.  This year HRC partnered with interACT on a resolution calling for the recognition of intersex human rights. More from HRC.


BBC surveyed sports fans about how they would feel about openly-LGBTQ players… DeRay Mckesson (@DeRay) endorses Hillary Clinton in an Washington Post op-ed… CNN profiles Ricardo Rosas, an openly gay Mormon advocate working to bring equality to the faith…

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: October 27, 2016, 2:03 pm

Post submitted by: Charles Girard, Welcoming Schools Project Coordinator

In honor of National Bullying Month, HRC’s Welcoming Schools is streaming for free, What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders. The film, which was produced by Welcoming Schools, spotlights teachers using Welcoming Schools’ lesson plans on bias-based bullying for the first time, revealing that all educators can use Welcoming Schools lesson plans to create a safer classroom community.

The majority of bullying in schools is bias-based, meaning that the bullying is based upon a student’s personal identity. More than 75 percent of students who are harassed are targeted based upon race, gender, actual or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, religion or ability. Almost 75 percent of students who identify as LGBTQ report being bullied in the last year. New data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently revealed that LGB students skip school due to feeling unsafe, experience physical dating violence and are cyber bullied at higher rates than their straight peers. According to the CDC, 14 percent of straight youth experience cyberbullying and 28 percent of LGB youth.

We can all contribute to changing the narrative and making a difference. Supporting the youth in your life as a mentor, working against stigma by volunteering on school committees, and working to end bullying through enumerated district-wide policies are all ways that adults can help LGBTQ youth.

In Washington, D.C., and in state capitals across the nation, HRC fights for safe schools legislation that protects LGBTQ young people from discrimination and bullying. Many states have already adopted inclusive legislation, but there remains work to be done to implement  laws and policies through educator-focused professional development to increase the cultural competence of educators and other school personnel that are requesting help and support.

For more resources on bullying, click here. For resources on cyberbullying, click here.

Learn more about ending bullying and watch the 12-minute film What Can We Do?

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.We envision a day when all schools will truly be Welcoming Schools.

Author: HRC staff
Posted: October 27, 2016, 1:59 pm

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