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For the second consecutive year, Ugandan officials have shut down Pride celebrations in Kampala, the capital. On August 16, after months of careful negotiations with their government to organize low-key pride celebrations, LGBTQ activists in Uganda received the shocking news that the events had been shut down by Minister of Ethics Simon Lokodo. This disturbing development follows last year’s police raid on the pride festival, which resulted in dozens of arrests.

HRC partnered with Uganda Pride last year and was sponsoring one of the main Pride events this year through HRC’s Global Partnerships in Pride program.

“This action by the Ugandan government to shut down Pride is a clear violation of LGBTQ Ugandan’s human rights,” said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb. “Ugandan citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and celebrate. The Ugandan government must reverse course and permit this gathering to proceed. Anything less is an assault on fundamental human rights”

In a public statement, Uganda Pride organizers said that “extra precaution was taken in organising this year’s festival” because of the raid on last year’s festival. Nevertheless, on August 16, they found “police surrounding the venue of the opening gala.”

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) said the announcement came as a “wicked stab in the back” because in early August, “Minister Lokodo in his office welcomed and spoke with SMUG officials, Pride organizers and allies.” SMUG believed that meeting represented “a ray of hope,” since SMUG and their allies had agreed to Lokodo’s restrictions that there be no so-called “promotion, recruitment, and exhibition” during the events.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a strongman who has held onto power since 1986, signed the country’s infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill in February 2014. Though the Constitutional Court subsequently invalidated it in August the same year, the law created a violent backlash against the LGBTQ Ugandan community that persists to this day. President Museveni won re-election in 2016 in polls that  international electoral observers asserted “fell short of key democratic benchmarks,” noting the arrest of opposition party members and the shutdown of social media sites.

Another law affecting the LGBTQ community and activists is the Non-Governmental Organizations Act. Passed in November 2015, it requires all non-government organizations to apply for a permit in order to operate and gives authorities the ability to jail leaders of organizations if their message is “against public interests.” The measure threatens to stop the work of organizations including SMUG, as well as the work of other international NGOs in Uganda. Under President Museveni’s authoritarian rule, the situation remains grim for LGBTQ groups and activists and they are unable to advocate peacefully. 

HRC will continue to provide updates as this story develops. Read more about our work here.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 17, 2017, 4:00 pm

Post submitted by Kimmie Fink, Welcoming Schools Consultant

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is pleased to announce that for back to school season, our film, What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying & Bystanders, is now streaming on our website. The 12-minute training video will be a permanent fixture on our website to assist and guide educators, especially as they begin the school year.

The video showcases two Minnesota public schools that partnered with Welcoming Schools on a comprehensive, multi-year initiative. It features teachers from these schools using Welcoming Schools lesson plans with their students for the first time in their classrooms. The film highlights the broad range of identity-based bullying that occurs in elementary school.

As you plan for staff training in the days prior to the first day of school, consider showing the video and having staff reflect on the following questions:

  • What surprised you or stood out to you from this film?
  • How would you summarize the messages that you heard from the students?
  • How does this film make you think about your own practices with students?

We have a ready-made professional development tool to help you engage with your staff around the video, and you may also want to consider reviewing with them our six key points on bullying, bias and schools.

Teachers who want to engage further with Welcoming Schools resources may be directed to our website. Point them to the list of recommended books they can use to prevent bias-based bullying, just as the teacher in the video does with the book One.  All three featured lessons (“Words That Hurt and Words That Heal,” “Making Decisions: Ally or Bystander” and “Name Calling and Feeling Safe at School”) are also available for teachers to download.

We wish you a wonderful start of the school year — one we hope will be a year of learning and growth for you and your students. To ensure success, teachers must first ensure their students’ safety and well-being. This video provides a valuable window into the work that will allow you to do just that.

Housed by the HRC Foundation, Welcoming Schools and Time to THRIVE are national programs to help LGBTQ youth succeed. Welcoming Schools provides professional development to educators and free resources to educators and families to support a respectful elementary school climate for all students.  Time to THRIVE is an annual national conference that brings together K-12 educators, counselors and other youth-serving professionals to build awareness and cultural competency to better support LGBTQ youth.


Author: Guest contributor
Posted: August 17, 2017, 3:53 pm

The HRC Foundation, in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA), will hold its nationally-acclaimed Time to THRIVE Conference February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. Toyota will again be a presenting sponsor.

In its fifth year, this premier event of the HRC Foundation, HRC's educational arm, will address the safety, inclusion and well-being of LGBTQ and questioning youth. The event brings together a wide range of youth-serving professionals to discuss best practices for working with and caring for LGBTQ youth and their families in schools, community centers, health care settings and beyond.

“As we approach the back to school season, counselors, teachers, social workers and other professionals know they are on the front lines of creating safe and inclusive spaces where our LGBTQ youth can live, learn and thrive,” said Vincent Pompei, Director of HRC's Youth Well-Being Project and Time to THRIVE Conference chair. “At a time when too many people -- from our school classrooms to the highest levels of government offices -- have been emboldened to bully marginalized and vulnerable people, including young students, it’s never been more important to have professionals fighting for the equal treatment of LGBTQ youth.”

HRC’s Time to THRIVE is the premier national convening of educators and youth-serving professionals to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices, and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field. To register, visit www.TimeToThrive.org.

HRC Foundation is also accepting Time to THRIVE workshop proposals. Click here to download a save the date flyer.


Author: Allison Turner
Posted: August 17, 2017, 1:30 pm

“THERE ARE NOT TWO SIDES” -- CHILLING NEW HRC VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TRUMP’S EMBRACE OF RACISTS, ANTI-SEMITES, NEO-NAZIS AND HOMOPHOBES: Donald Trump has left no question this week as to where he stands - with white supremacists, bigots, anti-Semites and homophobes, and their violent, deadly actions in Charlottesville.  Trump has been normalizing and encouraging hatred and violence for far too long. With his despicable comments in the aftermath of Charlottesville, and his embrace of advisors affiliated with the white supremacist movement -- Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller -- Trump is embracing and defending the worst undercurrents of our society. Watch the powerful video here.

This is the hate & violence you're inspiring & defending, @realDonaldTrump. Abhorrent. pic.twitter.com/72kjWfJaRh

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 17, 2017
  • This morning, Trump doubled down on his embrace of racists and white supremacists, tweeting a rant against the removal of racist statues and monuments.
  • The President’s Strategic and Policy Forum and Manufacturing Advisory Council, Trump’s business advisory groups, have disbanded over his reckless and dangerous comments in the wake of Charlottesville. More from Axios.
  • A resolution to censure Trump over his response to Charlottesville will be introduced in Congress. Only three presidents in our nation’s history have been censured. More from BuzzFeed.

PENCE STANDS WITH TRUMP AND HIS NEO-NAZI, RACIST, ANTI-SEMITIC SUPPORTERS: Mike Pence has now indisputably aligned himself with Donald Trump and his neo-Nazi, racist, anti-Semitic supporters, saying to reporters during an appearance in Chile yesterday,  “I stand with the president and I stand by those words.” Pence was responding to a question about Trump’s comments this week on the events in Charlottesville, including his unhinged assertions that there were “fine people” in the mob of white supremacists and anti-Semites who gathered there last weekend. To stand with the President is to stand with white supremacy. More from Deadline.

There are no two sides, @mikepence. You either stand with @realDonaldTrump and racists, anti-Semites, bigots or you stand up to them. https://t.co/0SiTDh8j9Z

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) August 16, 2017

MOTHER OF DOMESTIC TERROR VICTIM HEATHER HEYER --- “WE’RE GOING TO MAKE HER DEATH COUNT”: Yesterday, the world came together to honor Heather Heyer, murdered by a domestic terrorist in Charlottesville, as she was laid to rest. Heyer’s mother delivered a powerful eulogy, saying, “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her… I’d rather have my child, but, by golly, if I got to give her up -- we’re gonna make it count.” More from ABC.

  • Standing on the right side of history: At a vigil on the University of Virginia campus last night, there was an outpouring of love and unity, in contrast to the white supremacist hate on display there just days ago. Watch here.

The scene at UVA. Wow. #Charlotteville pic.twitter.com/hsSnyxMyUP

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 17, 2017

HRC’S GROUNDBREAKING CONFERENCE SUPPORTING LGBTQ YOUTH TO BE HELD IN ORLANDO: The HRC Foundation, in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA), will hold its nationally-acclaimed Time to THRIVE Conference February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. Toyota will again be a presenting sponsor. “As we approach the back to school season, counselors, teachers, social workers and other professionals know they are on the front lines of creating safe and inclusive spaces where our LGBTQ youth can live, learn and thrive,” said Vincent Pompei, Director of HRC's Youth Well-Being Project and Time to THRIVE conference chair. More from HRC.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: TIME and the ACLU have teamed up with transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox (@LaverneCox) to create a stunning video history of the transgender movement, titled “Time Marches Forward & So Do We.” The video, which begins at the historic Stonewall Uprising, shares the message, “They remind us of our courageous history of resisting institutionalized bullying and oppression.” Watch here.

ICYMI -- TEXAS LEGISLATURE ENDS SPECIAL SESSION WITHOUT PASSING ANTI-TRANS BILL: The Texas Legislature adjourned its special session on Tuesday, and, due to the outpouring of opposition from Texans from all walks of life, anti-transgender legislation is dead for this session. Yesterday, HRC and its coalition partners -- Texas Freedom Network and  Transgender Education Network of Texas -- joined for a rally in Austin to reaffirm that they will continue to thwart any attempts in the Texas legislature to discriminate against LGBTQ people. All while recognizing that this was a difficult session for many Texans -- especially for women and immigrants -- and several harmful bills did get signed into law. HRC has had more than a dozen staff on the ground in Austin, and, with scores of volunteer organizers, has been leading field organizing efforts around the state to defeat these anti-LGBTQ bills. More from HRC, Glamour and BuzzFeed.

A chorus of opposition helped prevent an anti-transgender bill from becoming law in Texas. #txlege #yallmeansall https://t.co/PzGHCyup1T pic.twitter.com/VfNTXhilwQ

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 16, 2017
  • Check out HRC’s graphic highlighting the thousands of voices that spoke out against TX’s anti-LGBTQ legislation here.
  • Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) sent a special message to LGBTQ Texans and the countless people who spoke out against anti-transgender bills during the special session. Watch here.

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR APPEALS RULING BANNING LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE EXECUTIVE ORDER: Governor John Bel Edwards is appealing a ruling by Judge Todd Hernandez of the 19th Judicial District Court striking down an executive order protecting LGBTQ state workers and contractors from discrimination. More from The Associated Press.

MAN ARRAIGNED ON HATE CRIME CHARGES FOLLOWING HORRIFYING THREATS: Daniel Silvera threatened to sexually assault New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, murder her family and murder the city’s LGBTQ police officers. More from The Associated Press.

UGANDA PRIDE CANCELED FOLLOWING POLICE THREATS: The organizers released a statement saying, “Sadly, even all the courage and determination that we carry in our hearts is not enough to put the lives of so many innocent people at risk. This morning, we woke up to a tirade of police surrounding the venue of the opening gala and later in the day even as talks with Police and other relevant authorities were ongoing, more deployment was made to the venues of the events that were to follow.” Read the full statement here.

AUSTRALIAN ANTI-MARRIAGE EQUALITY COALITION MISTAKENLY USES BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG AS LOGO: More from Independent.

NIGERIAN LGBTQ ADVOCATE GRANTED ASYLUM IN UNITED KINGDOM: Aderonke Apata had been seeking asylum in the country for 13 years, but was thwarted several times by a judge who asserted Apata was “faking” her sexual orientation. More from Reuters.

LIBYAN LGBTQ ADVOCATE GRANTED ASYLUM IN GERMANY: The advocate, who asked that his name not to be published, was quickly granted asylum. He left Libya -- one of the countries included in Trump’s Muslim travel ban -- after being targeted by ISIS. More from Washington Blade.

READING RAINBOW

HRC Welcoming Schools shares resources for teachers and school administrators on creating LGBTQ-inclusive environments; Advocate lists the 50 most influential LGBTQ people in media

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


Author: Allison Turner
Posted: August 17, 2017, 1:23 pm

Post submitted by Cheryl Greene, Deputy Director of Welcoming Schools

Welcoming Schools is proud to announce the completion of another District-Wide Facilitator Training, this time with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) in Wisconsin. MMSD is the latest district to make a system-wide commitment to implementing the Welcoming Schools approach.

On August 7-10, I joined Program Director Johanna Eager and Expert Trainers Michele Hatchell and Toni Smith in Madison. We worked intensively with a select group of 19 individuals within the district, training them in the Welcoming Schools approach and preparing them to deliver our professional development modules to their district colleagues.

With 19 Welcoming Schools Facilitators, MMSD will be able to train elementary school teachers throughout the district. Possessing the necessary skills and knowledge to make learning environments more inclusive, teachers will translate what they learn to their classrooms, benefitting all the students in their care. We know that when students feel a sense of belonging at school, they are more highly motivated and engaged in learning. 

After four invigorating days of training, I was humbled by the overwhelmingly positive and validating feedback from the MMSD participants:

  • “I am so excited about this training because I get to infuse this amazing information into my body and give that knowledge to others, and that is totally energizing.”
  • “It's been a long time since I've felt so inspired by the work we are doing for children. This feels amazing!”
  • “I have been teaching for 23 years, and Welcoming Schools is by far the best, most important program I have seen. I am so grateful this came into my life!”
  • "You have made me better. You have planted a seed and I will grow this work. Promise!"

We’re so pleased to bring MMSD into the fold. They’ve demonstrated their commitment to providing safe and welcoming schools for all students through their outstanding work during the Facilitator Training. The district even funded a “Welcoming Schools Coordinator” position to support the district’s efforts.

The District-Wide Facilitator Training is open to any district that would like to increase their internal capacity to provide Welcoming Schools training to their staff. If you would like to bring the Facilitator Training to your district, please contact us.

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


Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 17, 2017, 1:13 pm

Today, HRC released a new graphic highlighting the many voices that joined together to successfully stop anti-transgender legislation that was considered in the Texas legislature. It can be viewed here.

Due to the outpouring of opposition from Texans from all walks of life, anti-transgender legislation is dead for this session. HRC is proud to have worked throughout the regular session and special session with a coalition of organizations, including Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network and the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

A summary of the range and diversity of opposition to these discriminatory efforts can be found on the graphic. Those who helped stop these anti-transgender measures include:

  • Ordinary Texans, including transgender people and their families
  • Faith leaders
  • Educators
  • Advocacy groups
  • Child welfare groups
  • Law enforcement
  • Business leaders and companies
  • Financial investors
  • Economic development
  • Travel and tourism
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Sports

“It’s official: Texas legislators have adjourned without passing a new anti-transgender bill this special session,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs. “First and foremost, these bills were defeated because of the many voices that came out in opposition, raising their voices in one chorus to say, ‘don’t discriminate in the Lone Star State.’ To be sure, these same voices that opposed discrimination this session will make the same level of noise in the future if lawmakers attempt to discriminate against any members of our communities again.”

During the regular legislative session and the special session thousands of Texans have spoken out against proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation, including 27 Fortune 500 companies, nearly 500 faith leaders and 50,124 people who took action by signing petitions or testifying against these harmful bills.

HRC has had more than a dozen staff on the ground in Austin, and, working with scores of volunteer organizers, has been leading field organizing efforts around the state to defeat these anti-LGBTQ bills. HRC has worked alongside Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, Texas Freedom Network, the Transgender Education Network of Texas and others to defeat dangerous or harmful bills that seek to undermine the rights and dignity of LGBTQ Texans.
Texas; SB3; Texas Legislature; anti-transgender legialstion


Author: Nick Morrow
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:01 pm

HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN -- “TRUMP STANDS WITH RACISTS, ANTI-SEMITES, NEO-NAZIS...IS UNFIT TO SERVE”: “Donald Trump's racist, white supremacist screed should have every leader standing up in outrage. If there was a line left to cross, he's crossed it,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “These are desperate, unhinged rantings that normalize and encourage hatred and violence. Trump is not only morally unfit to serve -- he is dangerous and proved once again today that he stands with ‘alt-right’ racists and anti-Semites. He is a threat to democracy and every elected leader on both sides of the aisle must stand up to this threat to democracy. Tepid, idle response isn't good enough this time.” Griffin’s comments came after the President of the United States yesterday aligned himself with white supremacists and neo-Nazis who gathered last weekend in Charlottesville, leaving behind a trail of violence and death. Read the full transcript of Trump’s ravings from CNBC.

This is hate, violence, anti-semitism you're inspiring/defending, @realDonaldTrump. Abhorrent. We won't let it stand https://t.co/Z2KtQJ5YlX

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) August 15, 2017
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (@Sifill_LDF) took over HRC’s Twitter yesterday to discuss Charlottesville, the rise of the violent white supremacist movement in America and Donald Trump’s failure to speak out clearly and unequivocally to condemn the violence and to hold our country together. Read Ifill’s full Twitter takeover here.

We have the right to expect POTUS to speak clearly & unequivocally to condemn white supremacist violence. - Sherrilyn #HRCTwitterTakeover

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 15, 2017

But after these incidents & others involving white supremacists, @realDonaldTrump has failed. - Sherrilyn (@Sifill_LDF) #HRCTwitterTakeover

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 15, 2017
  • Foreign Policy reports that the FBI and DHS warned the Trump Administration months ago that white supremacists were responsible for the “lion’s share of violent attacks” in the U.S. -- 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016 … more than any other domestic extremist movement, the FBI reported. More from FP.
  • Top U.S. House Democrats, including the heads of the Black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses, sent a letter to the White House calling for the dismissal of Trump advisors with white supremacist ties -- Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka. More from The Huffington Post.
  • America’s military leaders took to social media after Trump’s incendiary comments to assure servicemembers and the rest of the nation that the armed services will not tolerate racism in its ranks.

The Army doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It's against our Values and everything we've stood for since 1775.

— GEN Mark A. Milley (@ArmyChiefStaff) August 16, 2017

No place for racial hatred or extremism in @USMC. Our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment frame the way Marines live and act.

— Robert B. Neller (@GenRobertNeller) August 15, 2017

TEXAS LEGISLATURE ENDS SPECIAL SESSION WITHOUT PASSING ANTI-TRANS BILL: The Texas Legislature adjourned its special session sine die yesterday, and, due to the outpouring of opposition from Texans from all walks of life, anti-transgender legislation is dead for this session. “First and foremost, these bills were defeated because of the many voices that came out in opposition, saying, ‘don’t discriminate in the Lone Star State.’,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs. “[W]e realize that this was a difficult session for many Texans, and several harmful bills did get signed into law. But rest assured… if the legislature attempts to attack our communities again, all of us will come out with the same level of force and strength that we did throughout the regular and special session.”More from HRC.

  • During the regular legislative session and the special session -- thousands of Texans have spoken out against proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation, including: 27 Fortune 500 companies, nearly 500 faith leaders and 50,124 people who took action by signing petitions or testifying against these harmful bills.
  • ICYMI: HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) met with families of transgender children in Texas to talk about the deep harms of anti-LGBTQ legislation being debated by state legislators.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY: Last night and early into the morning, the city of Baltimore removed all four confederate statutes in the city -- following Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pledge to do so. “I did not want to endanger people in my own city,” she said. “I had begun discussions with contractors and so forth about how long it would take to remove them. I am a responsible person, so we moved as quickly as we could.” The Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a resolution to remove them as well. More from The Baltimore Sun.

COALITION RALLIES TO SUPPORT DREAMers: The future of young people in the country under an Obama-era program allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children hangs in the balance. Ten extremist attorneys general from across the country have called for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be rescinded, leaving immigrant youth -- including 75,000 LGBTQ Dreamers -- without work permits, driver’s licenses, and vulnerable to deportations. Yesterday, HRC joined FIRM, CASA, Planned Parenthood, MoveOn and more for a National Day of Action to defend DACA recipients.

  • Sheridan Aguirre, who is LGBTQ, is one of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who has been able to work and obtain a driver’s license because of DACA. More from HRC.
  • Sheridan Aguirre, quien se identifica como parte de la comunidad LGBTQ, es uno de los cientos de miles de “soñadores” cuyo futuro está en peligro; este grupo de jóvenes traídos a EE. UU. durante la niñez son parte del programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA). Lea más de HRC.

Necesitamos proteger a nuestros #Dreamers. Casi 1 millón de jóvenes se benefician del programa #DACA #HereToStay #DefendDACA pic.twitter.com/VobLAuzPHe

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 15, 2017

CBO REPORT -- TRUMP’S THREATS TO “IMPLODE” ACA WOULD CAUSE PREMIUMS, FED DEFICIT TO SKYROCKET: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), in an alarming assessment released yesterday, asserted that if Trump ends subsidies that help low-income people pay for doctor visits, prescriptions and hospital care, premiums “would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade,” The New York Times reports. Read more at The New York Times.

GETTING READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL? CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS: Inclusive language and diverse books are just two ways to help students and their families feel welcome at school. Check out this resource from HRC’s Welcoming Schools.

Inclusive language & diverse books are just two ways to help students & their families feel welcome at school! ✔️✔️ https://t.co/pKS19AEqYP pic.twitter.com/S9pV5yg10T

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 15, 2017

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ELLEN AND PORTIA: Congrats to Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) and Portia de Rossi (@PortiadeRossi), who are celebrating seven years of marriage today. These two have not only captured America’s heart, but helped bring LGBTQ visibility to the world by being their true, authentic selves.

READING RAINBOW

CNN speaks to HRC Welcoming Schools’ Cheryl Greene on talking to children about national tragedies; The Virginian-Pilot reports that Corporal Guy Saucier will service as a resource to Va. Beach police staff on LGBTQ issues.

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


Author: Allison Turner
Posted: August 16, 2017, 2:00 pm

Today, HRC reacted to the news that the Texas House has adjourned its special session sine die without passing a new anti-transgender bill. HRC is proud to have worked throughout the regular session and special session with a coalition of organizations, including Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network and the Transgender Education Network of Texas. Due to the outpouring of opposition from Texans from all walks of life, anti-transgender legislation is dead for this session.

“Finally, Texans can breathe a temporary sigh of relief, as the Texas House has adjourned its special session sine die without passing a new anti-transgender law during the special session,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs at the Human Rights Campaign. “We hope that this time, this issue remains settled: Texans don’t want harmful, anti-transgender legislation. First and foremost, these bills were defeated because of the many voices that came out in opposition, saying, ‘don’t discriminate in the Lone Star State.’ Luckily for Texas, this chorus of voices was louder than the voices pushing for discrimination. Yet, we realize that this was a difficult session for many Texans, and several harmful bills did get signed into law. But rest assured, the same eyes that watched Texas lawmakers this year will continue to keep a strong, watchful eye, and if the legislature attempts to attack our communities again, all of us will come out with the same level of force and strength that we did throughout the regular and special session.”

Throughout the year -- during the regular legislative session and now during the special session -- thousands of Texans have spoken out against proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation, including: 27 Fortune 500 companies, nearly 500 faith leaders and 50,124 people taking action by signing petitions or testifying against these harmful bills.

HRC has had more than a dozen staff on the ground in Austin, and, working with scores of volunteer organizers, has been leading field organizing efforts around the state to defeat these anti-LGBTQ bills. HRC has worked alongside Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, Texas Freedom Network, the Transgender Education Network of Texas and others to defeat dangerous or harmful bills that seek to undermine the rights and dignity of LGBTQ Texans.


Author: Nick Morrow
Posted: August 16, 2017, 1:28 am

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, joined HRC for an #HRCTwitterTakeover to discuss Charlottesville, the hate driving the widespread racial violence in America, and the need for action, policy and protections to fight back.

 


Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 15, 2017, 8:12 pm

HRC released the following statement strongly condemning the white supremacists’ rally, violence and apparent attack on counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia:

"Hate and bigotry must never be met with silence or half-hearted rebukes,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The horrific events unfolding in Charlottesville today are a stark reminder that the racism and white supremacy that has been allowed to fester for generations has recently been emboldened by the policies and rhetoric of politicians like Donald Trump. There are no two sides. Donald Trump’s refusal to clearly condemn white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the ‘alt-right’ is a failure of leadership and once again proves he is unfit to serve. All national leaders, from the President and Vice President on down, must explicitly and unequivocally condemn this violent extremism.”

Griffin continued, “The Human Rights Campaign offers our condolences to the family of the counter protester who lost their life and all those injured. Today and everyday, we must be outraged by this kind of prejudice and we will continue to confront this violent hatred wherever it rears its ugly head."


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: August 12, 2017, 8:25 pm

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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 3:10 am
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 2:45 am
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Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:32 am
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:42 am
Diversity: Pride in science The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out. Source: Diversity: Pride in science : Nature News & Comment
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:14 am
Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives 06/21/2016 06:32 pm ET | Updated 4 hours ago Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. Psychotherapist in private practice, author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms LGBT Pride Month 2016 will always be remembered for the worst mass shooting in American history to date, one which took 49 lives at an Orlando, […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
The Orlando Massacre: A Reminder of the Dangers LGBT People Live With Every Day There have been scores of attacks on LGBT spaces, some of which received more attention than others. 06/12/2016 10:46 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Michelangelo Signorile, Editor-at-Large, HuffPost Queer Voices Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post STEVE NESIUS / […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:17 pm
Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub “We are investigating this from all points of perspective as an act of terrorism.” 06/12/2016 09:28 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Nina Golgowski Trends reporter, The Huffington Post Sebastian Murdock Reporter, The Huffington Post Andy Campbell Reporter, The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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