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The Resistance Report provides bi-monthly updates on the latest actions HRC is taking to unite, resist and enlist against the injustices happening to the LGBTQ community on the federal, state and local levels. As part of HRC Rising’s mobilization efforts, we will activate our grassroots force of more than 3 million in virtually every state coast-to-coast to fighting discriminatory legislation and legislators, to protesting and marching in cities nationwide -- we are fighting everyday to ensure full equality and justice is achieved for everyone, everywhere.

Victory! HRC Community Mobilizes to Bring Down ACA Repeal

We couldn't have done this without you! Your willingness to unite, #resist & #persist saved health care for millions of #LGBTQ Americans. pic.twitter.com/hUOS9ijsOy

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) July 28, 2017

In a major victory for the resistance, we helped save the Affordable Care Act thanks to the more than 50,000 HRC members and supporters who worked tirelessly to log calls and emails to congressional offices on both sides of the aisle. The Trump-Pence-McConnell proposal would have caused insurance premiums to skyrocket and leave millions of Americans uninsured, with a particularly devastating impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ people and those living with HIV. For months, HRC joined other key civil rights and health care organizations in letters to the Senate and at ACA rallies across the country emphasizing the need to protect Medicaid.

Protecting Transgender Service Members From Trump’s All Out Assault

This week, Trump made the unconscionable and dangerous decision via Twitter to enact a ban on qualified transgender service members from serving “in any capacity” in the military.

15K+ transgender Americans bravely serve our country. By attacking them, @realdonaldtrump is undermining our military #ProtectTransTroops pic.twitter.com/ZNIsFzWDnI

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) July 26, 2017

The backlash has been swift and immense. HRC, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle held a press conference on Capitol Hill in response to Trump’s dangerous move.

Within the first day of the news breaking, more than 20,000 HRC supporters made calls to the White House -- and the calls continue to grow. If the Department of Defense enacts this reprehensible and unpatriotic action, it could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country at this critical time.

21,238 @HRC supporters have called the White House so far to oppose @realdonaldtrump's ban on transgender troops. Join us. pic.twitter.com/Z7VSQvOdMK

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) July 26, 2017

While dozens of Senators and House members expressed their outrage over the move, other prominent figures like Eric Fanning -- the first openly gay Secretary of the Army -- took over our twitter account for a #HRCTwitterTakeover to denounce Trump’s “reckless decision.

There has been tremendous bipartisan outrage over Trump's #transgender military ban. We must #ProtectTransTroops. https://t.co/fEOqu7qPYK

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) July 26, 2017

HRC Rallies for All LGBTQ Texans in the Lone Star State

��BREAKING��: #TxLege introduced #SB3 & #SB91 overnight, two anti-#LGBTQ bills that double down on discrimination https://t.co/pSbW8qgUyf

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) July 20, 2017

Radical members of the Texas Senate were successful in advancing a patently anti-LGBTQ bill to the House. The measure -- SB3 -- mandates HB2-style discrimination in any multiple-occupancy restroom or locker room in any property owned by a city, county, school district or other political subdivision. It especially attacks transgender Texans.

Additionally, it would overturn LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances protecting millions of people across Texas in cities including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth insofar as those ordinances protect people from discrimination in bathrooms.

.@GovAbbott and @DanPatrick were elected to serve ALL Texans, not legislate discrimination. These hateful bills must be defeated. #txledge pic.twitter.com/z59iQTIy7Y

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) July 21, 2017

Since the special session began last week, HRC has been on the ground monitoring the latest developments happening in the state’s capitol. Despite countless hours of testimony, protests and broad opposition -- including from businesses, sports leagues, parents, and faith leaders -- the Texas Senate and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appear to be fine with establishing Texas as the next North Carolina. HRC will continue to fight this harmful bill as it moves to the House.

.@HRC's Kate Oakley: #SB91 & #SB3 are wrong, hurt people, endanger the economy, make Texas less competitive -- and are entirely unnecessary. pic.twitter.com/cnUV4vlueo

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) July 21, 2017

We're here to tell @GovAbbott that anti-LGTBQ legislation jeopardizes the reputation & economic health of the Lone Star State! #YallMeansAll pic.twitter.com/bvRBsBS5RD

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) July 18, 2017

DNC Breakout Stars Unite One Year Later to Commemorate the Historic Night

Amidst ongoing attacks on the rights of marginalized Americans, HRC released an inspiring video message featuring many of the breakout stars from the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Their message of hope and power marks the one-year anniversary of the final night of the convention, which featured the moving address by Gold Star father Khizr Khan and the groundbreaking speech by HRC’s National Press Secretary Sarah McBride, the first openly transgender person in U.S. history to address a major party convention.

We are resisting the politics of hate across the nation. Each and every day, HRC and our grassroots supporters are harnessing the full power of our democracy to protect our progress and resist. Check back for our next Resistance Report on HRC’s continued fight for full LGBTQ equality. 


Author: Brian McBride
Posted: July 28, 2017, 8:50 pm

This piece originally appeared in U.S. News & World Report and was authored by Stephen Peters, HRC National Press Secretary.

It was with a familiar sickness of heart that I watched as President Donald Trump launched an all-out assault on the LGBTQ community and active duty service members by tweeting that he is reinstating a transgender military service ban.

You see, I've been there. My own service in the Marine Corps was cut short because of "don't ask, don't tell" – the archaic and deeply discriminatory law that barred gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans from serving openly in the military. I was discharged because I am gay. I still mourn the loss of the career I had aimed for, serving the country I love.

Sadly, Trump's heinous and disgusting action – which could lead to the discharge of as many as 15,000 transgender Americans serving our country at this critical time – is "don't ask, don't tell" all over again. Trump's nakedly political aim to isolate, target and discriminate against transgender troops courageously serving our country has, in a few hundred Twitter characters, threatened to return us to a deeply shameful policy that weakens our military. Discharging thousands of highly trained and talented troops just because of their gender identity would be unconscionable.

I was just out of college when I decided to enlist, after the tragic events of Sept. 11. Though I was proud to honorably serve my country in the U.S. Marine Corps, after re-enlisting for another four years, I knew I could no longer go on pretending I wasn't gay.

I wanted to continue to serve, but the law said I was suddenly unfit for duty, simply because of who I am. A huge burden was lifted off of my family's shoulders when "don't ask, don't tell" was finally repealed under President Barack Obama, allowing my Marine husband to keep his distinguished career. He's now serving a year-long deployment in one of the world's most dangerous areas.

So you can imagine my outrage that Trump would seek to implement this kind of discriminatory, unpatriotic policy. Our transgender service members wear the same uniform, take the same oath and are heroes who put their lives on the line to protect our country and promote security around the globe.

All of our brave troops – including my husband, who is currently serving in harm's way – are counting on us to have their backs, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Instead, since the day he set foot in the White House, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have appointed anti-LGBTQ extremists across the government and sought to roll back our rights at every turn. It's bad enough that Trump and Pence oppose marriage equality, that they endorse license to discriminate laws, that they defend anti-LGBTQ measures like North Carolina's HB2, that they appoint anti-equality justices and that they campaign with anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

It is a new low to target thousands upon thousands of actively serving transgender members of the U.S. military, and impugn the honor of tens of thousands more who have served with valor and distinction — including more than 134,000 transgender veterans who are alive today. This attack undermines military readiness and harms the military's ability to recruit and retain the best and the brightest, regardless of their gender identity.

I hope that every service member and veteran who has fought for our country will see the injustice in what Trump and Pence have done. I hope they will join me in standing up to this disgraceful assault on our fellow service members.

We enlist and commission to protect our most fundamental values: freedom, justice, equality under the law. It is an outrageous tragedy that our commander in chief has decreed transgender troops – who are fighting for those ideals we all share – should be treated so shamefully.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: July 28, 2017, 8:23 pm

Last Friday, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) passed a resolution that prohibits the dangerous and discredited practice of “conversion therapy.” The passing of this resolution essentially prohibits any board-certified and practicing osteopathic physician in the United States from engaging in this harmful practice.

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

There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. To the contrary, research has clearly shown that these practices pose devastating health risks for LGBTQ young people such as depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and even suicidal behavior.

The dangerous practice is condemned by every major medical and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, and now the American Osteopathic Association. Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico and Rhode Island all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice.

This resolution applies to all osteopathic physicians licensed by the ​AOA and expressly classifies the practice of conversion therapy as an ethical violation that triggers professional disciplinary action.

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


Author: HRC staff
Posted: July 28, 2017, 6:05 pm

A majority of American Muslims accept lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people as part of society, according to new findings from Pew Research Center, marking a dramatic shift in attitudes over the past decade.

Fifty-two percent of American Muslims now agree with the statement, “Homosexuality should be accepted by society,” nearly double the number from those polled a decade ago. The survey also revealed that Muslim women are much more accepting of LGB people than their male counterparts, with 63 percent of women supportive compared to 42 percent of men. Pew also found historic support among Muslim millennials (60 percent), U.S.-born Muslims (57 percent) and foreign-born Muslims (49 percent).

This marks a spike in support since 2011, when only 39 percent of American Muslims were accepting, and a huge rise since 2007, when more Muslims were not accepting (61 percent) of LGB people than accepting (27 percent).

The Pew survey also found that 64 percent of American Muslims agree that there is more than one way to interpret Islamic teachings -- an encouraging finding for improved LGBTQ acceptance going forward.

These findings shed a promising light on Muslims’ attitudes toward and beliefs about LGBTQ people, and suggest that the door is open wider for a re-examination of Islamic teaching on LGBTQ people by Islamic scholars like Imam Daayiee Abdullah, a member of HRC’s Religion Council and founder of MECCA Institute.

The findings, released Wednesday, were based on Pew’s survey of 1,001 U.S. Muslims between Jan. 23 and May 2. Unfortunately, there remains limited to no research on transgender people among American Muslim audiences.

HRC welcomes these numbers as significant changes within the community.

HRC Foundation is committed to engaging the American Muslim community and elevating the stories and experiences of LGBTQ Muslims. Recently, HRC presented “Ramadan Reflections,” on online campaign aimed at creating an inclusive space for reflections during Ramadan. And, in 2015, HRC released the guide, “Coming Home to Islam and to Self.


Author: Michael Toumayan
Posted: July 28, 2017, 3:00 pm

HRC announced that the Public Policy Committee of HRC’s Board of Directors has voted to endorse Dr. Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia in the upcoming November 2017 election. With an estimated 185,366 eligible LGBTQ voters and hundreds of thousands more allied voters in Virginia, HRC’s get-out-the-vote effort for the pro-equality candidate could make all the difference in the race for governor.

“Ralph Northam is a proven champion for equality and has the vision and experience needed to continue moving Virginia forward as a welcoming and inclusive place for all,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “As governor, Ralph Northam will fight to pass comprehensive non-discrimination protections that ensure  LGBTQ people all across the Commonwealth are able to live their lives free from discrimination. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia.”

“I’m honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that has fought so valiantly for the rights and equality of all people," said Dr. Ralph Northam. "Every day, new attacks are leveled at the equal treatment of individuals and groups, and I’m proud to stand with an organization that has dedicated themselves so ardently to righting those wrongs. We saw the devastating economic impact of discriminatory laws like HB2 in North Carolina, and I am committed to ensuring Virginia is an inclusive place to work and live. Like our slogan says, Virginia is for lovers, and if I am elected governor, I will make sure we won't discriminate against anyone — no matter who you are or where you're from."

As Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Northam cast the tie-breaking vote defeating legislation to force the Attorney General to defend discriminatory laws like Virginia’s former ban on marriage equality. He also cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of protecting LGBTQ public employees from discrimination in the workplace. From his opposition to legislation targeting transgender people for discrimination, to fighting to protect LGBTQ people from workplace and adoption discrimination, Dr. Northam has a long history of standing up for LGBTQ Virginians.

Dr. Northam’s support for LGBTQ equality stands in contrast to his main challenger in the race, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Gillespie supported a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and accused the LGBTQ community of bigotry and alien moral standards.

HRC recently announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising — a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. The expansion is the biggest strategic investment in the organization’s 37-year history.

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Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: July 28, 2017, 2:00 pm

Amidst ongoing attacks on the rights of marginalized Americans, HRC released an inspiring video message featuring many of the breakout stars from the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Their message of hope and power marks the one-year anniversary of the final night of the convention, which featured the moving address by Gold Star father Khizr Khan and the groundbreaking speech by HRC’s Sarah McBride, the first openly transgender person in U.S. history to address a major party convention.

Joining Khan and McBride in the video are fellow convention speakers DREAMer Astrid Silva, international disability rights activist Anastasia Somoza, anti-gun violence advocate and a “Mother of the Movement” Lucia McBath, and Karla Ortiz, the 12-year-old daughter of undocumented parents who shared her fears of the prospect of her family’s separation and deportation.

“In the year since the convention, the Human Rights Campaign has joined with our members, supporters, and organizational partners to stand up against hate in all of its forms,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride. “The vision of America presented on stage at last year’s Democratic convention lives on in the everyday activists and advocates marching, calling, writing, and speaking out across the country. From responding to attacks on transgender troops to protesting heartless attempts to rip health care away from millions of Americans, we have seen the power of our voices and continue to know that we remain stronger together.”

During his first six months in office, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have sought to turn back the clock on our nation’s progress, including instituting an un-American Muslim ban, rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, fighting to rip health care away from millions of Americans, revoking lifesaving guidance promoting the protection of transgender students, and reinstating a ban on transgender military service members.

With each attack, a growing movement of resistance has filled parks, streets and airports, written and called members of Congress and spoken out against the politics of hate. This week alone, HRC members and supporters have made more than 60,000 calls to the White House and to the Senate to fight back against Trump’s impromptu ban on transgender service members and a coordinated effort to dismantle crucial, life-saving health care affecting as many as 32 million Americans.

“The only way to fight un-American hate is to unite and push back with one voice and by standing together against divisiveness,” said Khizr Khan. “In our society we come with different identities including gender, race, religion, class, sexual orientation, national origin, but have equal dignity and equal rights guaranteed by our constitution and founding values. I have travelled throughout the country and majority of America is with us and supports the fundamental right of equality for all Americans.”

Watch the inspiring video below or click here.


Author: Aaron Rodriguez
Posted: July 28, 2017, 1:50 pm

DEFEATED! TRUMP-PENCE-MCCONNELL’S DISASTROUS PROPOSAL TO STRIP HEALTH CARE FROM MILLIONS FAILS: Statement from HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin):  “We are pleased the latest attempt to strip away health care from millions has hit another roadblock. The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would cause insurance premiums to drastically rise and leave millions of Americans uninsured, with a particularly devastating impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. While today was a win for millions of Americans, our fight is far from over. We will continue to urge the Senate to step away from partisan attacks on the ACA and work to improve our health care system through an open and democratic process.” In the face of partisan attacks on access to health care, HRC members have logged 45,000 calls and emails to congressional offices on both sides of the aisle and joined supporters voicing support for the ACA at rallies across the country. HRC also partnered with key civil rights and health care organizations in letters to the Senate emphasizing the need to protect Medicaid. More from HRC and The Washington Post.

This victory happened because of every person who picked up a phone, showed up at a town hall, & made their voices heard. Keep up the fight.

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) July 28, 2017

ONE YEAR LATER, DNC CONVENTION STARS DELIVER MESSAGE OF HOPE & POWER: Today, amidst ongoing attacks on the rights of marginalized Americans, HRC released an inspiring video message featuring many of the breakout stars from the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Their message of hope and power marks the one-year anniversary of the final night of the convention, which featured the moving address by Gold Star father Khizr Khan and the groundbreaking speech by HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), the first openly transgender person in U.S. history to address a major party convention. “In the year since the convention, the Human Rights Campaign has joined with our members, supporters, and organizational partners to stand up against hate in all of its forms,” McBride said. “The vision of America presented on stage at last year’s Democratic convention lives on in the everyday activists and advocates marching, calling, writing, and speaking out across the country.”

TRUMP’S DESPICABLE BAN ON TRANSGENDER TROOPS MEETS WIDESPREAD, BIPARTISAN CONDEMNATION: Over the last 48 hours, Donald Trump’s dangerous and unpatriotic decision to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender troops in the military has met with a torrent of bipartisan criticism  -- from members of congress, to military leaders and beyond. His reprehensible action could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country at a critical time. Check out the headlines, and comments by leaders across business, government, the military and others taking a stand against Trump’s ban on transgender troops bravely serving their country, here. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday that there will be no policy changes until Trump clarifies his tweets. More from NBC.

  • HRC Parents for Transgender Equality Council Amber Briggle connects Donald Trump’s attacks on transgender service members to the Texas Legislature’s current attack on transgender children. More from The Huffington Post.
  • Things that cost more than transition-related health care costs for transgender service members: Among them? Presidential trips to Mar-a-Lago. More from NBC.

Who’s the real “burden” @realDonaldTrump?
Trump Tower S.S. protection: $26.8M
Trump's Mar-A-Lago trips: $20M
Trans-related care: $2.4M-$8.4M

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) July 27, 2017
  • “Trump’s LGBT moves could crash in courts,” reports CNN legal analyst and Supreme Court biographer Joan Biskupic (@JoanBiskupic). Overall, she writes, “legal challenges could swirl around questions of due process and equal protection of the law.” Read the full analysis at CNN.
  • HRC habla con NoticiasYa sobre la terrible decisión de Trump que afectaría a 15,000 personas transgénero sirviendo a nuestro país: “La atención médica es un derecho de todas las personas, de todos los miembros de las Fuerzas Armadas y por supuesto de nuestra comunidad LGBTQ”, dijo Milagros Chirinos, jefa de prensa bilingüe de HRC. Lea más sobre política actual en NoticiasYa de Univisión D.C..

TRUMP NOMINATES ANTI-LGBTQ SAM BROWNBACK AS RELIGIOUS AMBASSADOR: As governor of Kansas, Brownback orchestrated a policy change that would make it nearly impossible for transgender Kansans to change their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. He also signed into law a legislative attack on LGBTQ college students that forces public universities to fund student organizations that discriminate by restricting membership and denying LGBTQ students from participating under the guise of “religious beliefs.” More from The New York Times.

CLAPBACK OF THE WEEK: On Wednesday, transgender comedian Patti Harrison (@Party_Harderson) appeared on The Tonight Show and slammed Donald Trump’s unconscionable decision to enact a ban on qualified transgender service members. “I get it,” she said. “If you constantly draw attention to yourself, spend all day distracting everyone and cost taxpayers millions of dollars, the perfect job for you isn’t the military, it’s the president of the United States.” More from The New York Times.

ANTI-LGBTQ TEXAS LEGISLATION DEEPENS RIFT IN GOP: This week radical anti-LGBTQ members of the Texas Senate advanced SB3 -- marking a widening rift between Texas Republicans and extremist Tea Party members. SB3 mandates HB2-style anti-transgender discrimination in any multiple-occupancy restroom or locker room in any property owned by a city, county, school district, or other political subdivision. Additionally, it would overturn LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances protecting millions of people across Texas in cities including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth insofar as those ordinances protect people from discrimination in bathrooms. It also prohibits those entities from allowing transgender students to compete in athletics consistent with their gender identity.  More from The Wall Street Journal.

  • Read a first-hand advocate account of the fight in Texas by HRC field organizer Erika Galindo at HRC.

COULD TRUMP LAUNCH HIS NEXT ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACK NEXT WEEK?: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins seems to think so. On his radio show, the head of the anti-LGBTQ hate group said: “By the way, stand by next week, you’re going to see some follow-up to the president’s executive order on religious liberty.” Earlier this year, a leaked draft of a discriminatory order led to a national outcry from civil rights organizations and millions of LGBTQ supporters. Trump’s license-to-discriminate order, would allow hospitals, child welfare providers, and other taxpayer-funded entities to cite religion in denying services or discriminating against LGBTQ people and women. Now DOJ and other agencies seem poised to implement the the goals of the leaked order. More from The Washington Blade.

HRC ENDORSES DR. RALPH NORTHAM FOR VIRGINIA GOVERNOR: With an estimated 185,366 eligible LGBTQ voters and hundreds of thousands more allied voters in Virginia, HRC’s get-out-the-vote effort for the pro-equality candidate could make all the difference in the race for governor.  “Ralph Northam is a proven champion for equality and has the vision and experience needed to continue moving Virginia forward as a welcoming and inclusive place for all,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “As governor, Ralph Northam will fight to pass comprehensive non-discrimination protections that ensure  LGBTQ people all across the Commonwealth are able to live their lives free from discrimination.” More from HRC.

HERE’S WHAT HATE BREEDS: A man casually torched an LGBTQ youth center in Phoenix earlier this month -- in broad daylight. Read the troubling report and see the video at The Washington Post.

HRC TO OFFER FREE LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE TRAINING FOR ADOPTIVE AND FOSTER CARE PROFESSIONALS: HRC Foundation’s All Children - All Families program recently launched a webinar series for the adoption and foster care field, covering promising practices in serving LGBTQ children, youth, and families. These webinars will be offered free throughout 2017. More from HRC.

FIFTY-FOUR PERCENT OF CHRISTIAN AUSTRALIANS SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY:Marriage equality appears to be gaining traction in Australia, and advocates say they expect to see continued progress throughout the year. More from Forbes.

LGBTQ UGANDAN BADMINTON CHAMP FORCED TO FLEE HOME COUNTRY: Megan Nankabirwa, a Ugandan badminton champion who once dined with the president to celebrate her win, was forced to flee the country with her partner, Lydia Nabukenya, under threat of violence. The couple have sought asylum in England. More from The Guardian.

READING RAINBOW

Janet Mock (@JanetMock) interviews RuPaul’s Drag Race star Peppermint (@Peppermint247) for Allure; The Washington Post provides Trump a history of transgender military service since the Civil War; Vice asks same-sex parents about the struggles unique to their families

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: July 28, 2017, 12:58 pm

HRC released the following statement after a repeal of the Affordable Care Act was again halted in the Senate:

“We are pleased the latest attempt to strip away health care from millions has hit another roadblock,” said Chad Griffin, HRC President. “The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would cause insurance premiums to drastically rise and leave millions of Americans uninsured, with a particularly devastating impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. While today was a win for millions of Americans, our fight is far from over. We will continue to urge the Senate to step away from partisan attacks on the ACA and work to improve our health care system through an open and democratic process.”

Beyond repealing key provisions of the ACA, the bill would also cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which could jeopardize the ability of clinics to deliver preventive health services, including HIV testing and transition-related care. The ACA’s public health and prevention fund, established to expand investments in the nation’s public health infrastructure, would also be repealed. Health centers, like those operated by Planned Parenthood, often offer the only culturally competent healthcare available, especially in rural and isolated areas.

In the face of these partisan attacks on access to health care, HRC members have logged 45,000 calls and emails to congressional offices on both sides of the aisle. Our members and supporters voiced their support for the ACA at rallies across the country including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Nashville and on Capitol Hill. HRC also joined key civil rights and health care organizations in letters to the Senate emphasizing the need to protect Medicaid.


Author: Aaron Rodriguez
Posted: July 28, 2017, 11:41 am

A new study published this month that looks at the origins, evolution and landscape of LGBTQ community health centers finds that while these health centers have historically been a major provider of various health services to LGBTQ people, there are significant gaps in the types of services offered and the geographical reach of these centers. The study identified 213 LGBT community health centers and found that they largely provided wellness programs and services, HIV/STI services and counseling services, with only 10 percent of the centers providing transgender care, pharmacy services or psychiatric services. Furthermore they found that these centers are largely concentrated in urban areas and along the coasts, with no centers operating in 13 states, leaving large segments of the LGBTQ population unable to access one of these centers. 

While these LGBTQ health centers have historically and continue to play an important role in the delivery of health services to LGBTQ individuals, fortunately, they are not the only place that people can find LGBTQ specific services or culturally competent healthcare. Many healthcare systems have created their own LGBTQ specialty clinics and/or are integrating these services into their regular practices. For example in Cleveland, both the MetroHealth System and the Cleveland Clinic continue to expand their LGBTQ services. With this focus on LGBTQ health, it is not surprising that both Metro Health and Cleveland Clinic were among the 304 healthcare facilities from around the country that were designated as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2017. The continued growth in participation in the HEI each year demonstrates that more mainstream healthcare facilities are committed to adopting the policies and practices that will make them LGBTQ inclusive healthcare providers. 

Planned Parenthood health centers are another place that LGBTQ people frequently turn to to find inclusive and culturally competent care. Planned Parenthood provides safe, affordable care without judgment or stigma to 2.5 million people each year, including more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for STIs and more than 650,000 HIV tests and they are one of the country’s largest providers of care to transgender people. In rural and isolated areas the local Planned Parenthood may be the only place to find this type of care. Unfortunately, the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act  (ACA) seeks to defund Planned Parenthood. 

Defunding Planned Parenthood is not the only way that the effort to repeal the ACA will impact LGBTQ people. The current version of the bill will cause an estimated 22 to 32 million people to lose their health insurance, including many LGBTQ people and people with HIV who gained access to coverage through the expansion of Medicaid. While we must continue to expand the places that LGBTQ people can find inclusive health services, we must first defeat efforts to repeal the ACA, because without health insurance LGBTQ people will have a hard time accessing any health services.

Join HRC as we call on Senators to reject this dangerous attempt to undermine health care access and preserve the incredible gains the LGBTQ community has made under the Affordable Care Act. All you need to do is text “SAVE ACA” to 30644 and we’ll get you connected.


Author: Tari Hanneman
Posted: July 27, 2017, 7:12 pm

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Fighting The LGBT Community’s Invisibility | In many ways, the history of the LGBT community is a history of battling invisibility. Since the dawn of time, society has tried to make us invisible. We gained strength as a community only by shedding that invisibility, coming out, and proudly saying who we are. Source: Fighting The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 3:10 am
Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children Source: Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children : NPR
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 2:45 am
Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s culture surrounding LGBT? BY HEIDI HATCH WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH 2016   Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s religious culture surrounding LGBT? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 8 photos 201 shares tweet now! (KUTV) The number one killer of Utah’s kids is suicide according to new numbers from […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:32 am
 Is The Recent Rise In Utah Youth Suicides Really Such A Mystery? 07/05/2016 02:08 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago 390 Benjamin Knoll John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics, Centre College The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that “Utah health officials are grappling with a rising youth suicide rate that’s nearly tripled since […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:28 am
LGBT Pride Month Highlights Deepening Divide Between Mormon Leadership and Members Mitch Mayne | Posted 06.11.2016 | Queer Voices Read More: LGBT Mormons, LGBT Mormon Children, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormons, Gay Mormons, Mitch Mayne Gay Mormon, LGBT Pride Month, LGBT Pride, Lgbt Pride Parade, Mexico Marriage Equality, Proposition 8, Queer […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:42 am
Diversity: Pride in science The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out. Source: Diversity: Pride in science : Nature News & Comment
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:14 am
Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives 06/21/2016 06:32 pm ET | Updated 4 hours ago Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. Psychotherapist in private practice, author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms LGBT Pride Month 2016 will always be remembered for the worst mass shooting in American history to date, one which took 49 lives at an Orlando, […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
The Orlando Massacre: A Reminder of the Dangers LGBT People Live With Every Day There have been scores of attacks on LGBT spaces, some of which received more attention than others. 06/12/2016 10:46 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Michelangelo Signorile, Editor-at-Large, HuffPost Queer Voices Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post STEVE NESIUS / […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:17 pm
Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub “We are investigating this from all points of perspective as an act of terrorism.” 06/12/2016 09:28 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Nina Golgowski Trends reporter, The Huffington Post Sebastian Murdock Reporter, The Huffington Post Andy Campbell Reporter, The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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