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Today, HRC blasted the Arkansas Supreme Court for striking down a local ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The ordinance, approved by Fayetteville voters in September of 2015, includes protections for LGBTQ people in housing, employment and public accommodations. This ruling removes these protections for LGBTQ people in Fayetteville, further opening up Arkansans to discrimination.

“Let’s be clear, the state’s preemption law is unconstitutional. This ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court is an attack on LGBTQ Arkansans and takes away hard-won protections approved by voters in Fayetteville,” said Kendra R. Johnson, HRC Arkansas state director. “Fayetteville’s leaders and citizens chose to protect their friends and neighbors when their representatives in Little Rock would not. Removing these protections leaves LGBTQ people without local, municipal or state protections, putting them at heightened  risk of discrimination as they simply go about their daily lives. We oppose this harmful ruling.”

In February of 2015, the Arkansas legislature passed a law that banned cities from passing their own municipal protections for LGBTQ people -- one of only three such laws in the country, including the reviled HB2 in North Carolina. This preemption law is a blatant attack on LGBTQ people and takes away the right of communities to protect their citizens when the state government will not.

In 2014, HRC launched Project One America, an initiative geared towards advancing social, institutional and legal equality in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi. HRC Arkansas continues to work to advance equality for LGBTQ Arkansans who have no state level protections in housing, workplace, or public accommodations. Through HRC Arkansas, we are working toward a future of fairness every day -- changing hearts, minds and laws toward achieving full equality.


Author: Nick Morrow
Posted: February 23, 2017, 10:32 pm

Post submitted by Christopher Cooke, HRC Western Regional Field Organizer

Earlier this month, HRC’s Western Field Director Hope Wisneski and I visited the high desert state of New Mexico. We met with HRC’s coalition partners, including Equality New Mexico, GSA Network and the ACLU of NM. We also had the opportunity to sit down with Sen. Jacob Candelaria, who has sponsored multiple bills to advance LGBTQ equality.

Senator Candelaria is the sponsor of Senate Bills (SB) 121 and 120. SB 121 protects youth from so-called “conversion therapy,” sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” which is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. SB 120 modernizes the state's gender marker change process for birth certificates by removing the existing requirement of gender-affirming surgery.  SB 121 and 120 have both passed the Senate and are currently in the House.

Another bill moving in New Mexico this session is SB 115, sponsored by Sen. Soules and known as the Safe Schools for All Students Act. This bill would require school districts to develop and implement LGBTQ-inclusive bullying prevention policies and programs.  The implementation of this bill would foster a safe learning environment for all children while helping them reach their full potential without fear.  

HRC is committed to working with Equality New Mexico and other coalition partners to help advance laws to protect LGBTQ people in the great State of New Mexico.  


Author: HRC staff
Posted: February 23, 2017, 5:56 pm

DISGRACEFUL -- TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PUTS TRANSGENDER KIDS AT RISK: Yesterday, the Trump Administration rescinded protective guidance for transgender students. Under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education revoked the Obama Administration’s guidance detailing schools’ obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. While students are still entitled to the legal protections guaranteed by Title IX, yesterday’s action obfuscates schools’ obligations to transgender youth -- who face disproportionately high rates of bullying, harassment and discrimination -- and sent a dangerous message that the current administration will not enforce inclusive policies or stand up for them at school. HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) called the rollback a “blind and cruel attack on young children,” saying “transgender students simply want to go to school in the morning without fear of discrimination or harassment. The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking. This isn’t a ‘states rights’ issue, it’s a civil rights issue. Children deserve protection from bullying no matter what state they live in. Period.” More from HRC, The New York Times and NBC News.

  • Tech giant Apple became one of the first businesses to publicly speak out on Trump’s actions, saying “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals.” More from Recode.
  • Education leaders were also quick to speak out -- The American Federation of Teachers and the New York State United Teachers issued statements calling for the administration to protect transgender students. (Note: the original guidance was requested by teachers and school administrators.) More from The Post Star.

Other times we've heard "states' rights"...

-Abolishing slavery

-Women's suffrage

-Ending Jim Crow

-Civil Rights Act

-Marriage equality

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) February 22, 2017

#PROTECTTRANSKIDS -- HUNDREDS RALLY AT WHITE HOUSE TO OPPOSE TRUMP’S DECISION: Last night, HRC rallied with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and hundreds of other advocates and parents of transgender children outside of the White House to call out President Donald Trump for his actions. Gavin Grimm -- the plaintiff in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. -- spoke at the rally, as well as HRC President Chad Griffin, NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling, JR Ford -- a member of HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council, and Catherine Lhamon -- former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education and co-author of the guidance. Watch the livestream here. More from The Washington Blade.

Tonight @HRC stood strong w @TransEquality, allies & families affected by the Trump Admin's rescinding of guidelines that #ProtectTransKids! pic.twitter.com/8w7saVuRLZ

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) February 23, 2017

NC LEGISLATORS NEED TO STOP PLAYING GAMES: HRC strongly condemned a Republican-led proposal that would double down on the most discriminatory provisions of North Carolina’s HB2 law. Among a host of discriminatory and troubling measures, the new proposal introduced by Republican State Rep. Chuck McGrady would prevent cities from passing meaningful non-discrimination protections -- including forbidding them from passing ordinances ensuring transgender people have access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity. The measure would also prevent cities from implementing policies that stop taxpayer funds from being used by contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ people. “Once again, LGBTQ people are being singled out for discrimination by this far-reaching bill. This isn't an HB2 repeal. This is HB2 all over again,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “This proposal is a slap in the face to North Carolinians and does nothing to address the incredible harm HB2 continues to cause. North Carolina lawmakers must drop their political antics and immediately vote for a full and clean repeal of HB2.” More from HRC and Equality NC.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: President Barack Obama was a champion for transgender people, including schoolchildren, and worked tirelessly to ensure equality for everyone he was sworn to represent and protect. He was a true leader.

A reminder of what real leadership looks like. #ProtectTransKids

CC: @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/8AQuQJ1wcM

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) February 22, 2017

SD SENATE PASSES ANTI-LGBTQ “LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE” BILL FOR TAXPAYER-FUNDED ADOPTION AGENCIES: Yesterday, HRC slammed a vote by the South Dakota Senate passing Senate Bill (SB) 149 -- discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people and other minorities. SB 149 would enshrine taxpayer-funded discrimination into state law by allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ parents based on the agency’s purported religious beliefs. More from HRC.

MOMS FOR TRANS EQUALITY -- CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN: The Florida Republican has long been an outspoken advocate on Capitol Hill for LGBT equality, from her early support for lifting the ban against openly-LGBT Americans serving in the military, to advocating for anti-discrimination and anti-bullying measures. In an HRC video, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, who earns a perfect 100 in HRC’s Congressional Scorecard, speaks movingly about her transgender son, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen. Watch it at HRC.

DADS FOR TRANS EQUALITY -- JR FORD: Since his youngest child transitioned to live as Ellie two years ago, JR has been an outspoken advocate for transgender children. A member of HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality, JR and his spouse Vanessa Ford feel strongly that schools play a critical role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of transgender students. Watch JR’s moving story at HRC. To speak with JR, email press@hrc.org.

LGBTQ FOLKS YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS BLACK HISTORY MONTH: From Ma Rainey to Bayard Rustin, and Marsha P. Johnson to Audre Lorde -- Black LGBTQ people have profoundly shaped our movement and our world. Learn more about these extraordinary people from BuzzFeed.

MEET AN OPENLY-GAY AUSTRALIAN LAWMAKER FIGHTING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Alex Greenwich is a leader in the Australian marriage equality movement -- and one of two openly gay members the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. More on his work to bring marriage equality Down Under from NBC.

READING RAINBOW

People interviews transgender When We Rise star Ivory Aquino… HRC tells the story of Tupelo, Miss., couple Jamaya and Macy as part of the #LoveYourNeighbor campaign… BuzzFeed asks 49 people why being openly LGBTQ matters…

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: HRC staff
Posted: February 23, 2017, 3:37 pm

Today, Equality North Carolina and HRC strongly condemned a Republican-led proposal which would double down on the most discriminatory provisions of North Carolina’s HB2. After nearly a year of unprecedented economic suffering and discrimination, the state’s House and Senate leaders continue to fail in their responsibility to undo the damage they inflicted on the state and fully repeal HB2.

Among a host of discriminatory and troubling measures, the new proposal introduced by Republican State Representative Chuck McGrady would prevent cities from passing meaningful non-discrimination protections --- forbidding them from passing ordinances ensuring transgender people have access to restrooms --- as well as prevent cities from implementing policies that stop taxpayer funds from being used by contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ people. It would also impose additional new and unnecessary penalties for crimes committed in restrooms, and it would create a mechanism for non-discrimination ordinances to be subject to a burdensome referendum process.

“This failure of leadership is unprecedented. The clock has run out on the time for political gamesmanship, and what we desperately need is the full and complete repeal of HB2 to fix our state and move on with repairing our image,” said Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina. “Instead of taking meaningful action, today Chuck McGrady in conjunction with Phil Berger and Tim Moore doubled down on the harm our state and LGBTQ people have already suffered. I’m certain this will not bring back business or sporting events, and only serves to reinforce the damage. We can still fix this -- by allowing for the immediate vote on a clean repeal of HB2. Everything else is a distraction from the real issue.”

“Once again, LGBTQ people are being singled out for discrimination by this far-reaching bill. This isn't an HB2 repeal. This is HB2 all over again,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “This proposal is a slap in the face to North Carolinians and does nothing to address the incredible harm HB2 continues to cause. North Carolina lawmakers must drop their political antics and immediately vote for a full and clean repeal of HB2.”


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: February 22, 2017, 11:38 pm

Today, HRC and the ACLU of South Dakota slammed a vote by the South Dakota Senate passing Senate Bill (SB) 149 -- discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people and other minorities. SB 149 would enshrine taxpayer-funded discrimination into state law by allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to reject prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency’s purported religious beliefs.

“Let’s be clear. This ‘license to discriminate’ proposal is a direct assault on LGBTQ South Dakotans and their families,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Taxpayer money should never be used by state-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against prospective parents based on factors that have nothing to do with good parenting. This measure could have consequences not just for LGBTQ couples, but for single people, divorced people, or even those of a different faith. The South Dakota House of Representatives must reject this atrocious legislation allowing discrimination contrary to the best interests of children in desperate need of loving, caring homes.”

"This bill works against the needs of vulnerable children in the foster care system in South Dakota by denying them access to good families and important services,” said ACLU of South Dakota Policy Director Elizabeth A. Skarin. “Our legislators must take a stand for all South Dakotans -- and especially vulnerable children -- and ensure that discrimination doesn't get in the way of loving families seeking to provide homes for those who don't have them.”

SB 149 would allow state-licensed and taxpayer-funded child-placement agencies to disregard the best interest of children, and turn away qualified South Dakotans seeking to care for a child in need -- including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced, or other parents to whom the agency has a purported religious objection. The measure would even allow agencies to refuse to place foster children with members of their own extended families -- a practice often considered to be in the best interest of the child. A qualified, loving LGBTQ grandparent, for example, could be deemed unsuitable under the proposed law.  It would also allow agencies to refuse to provide appropriate medical and mental health care to LGBTQ children if the agency has a purported moral or religious objection to providing those services. Shockingly, under SB 149, an agency couldn’t lose its license or contract as a result of subjecting a child to abusive practices like so-called conversion therapy if it claimed such “therapy” is compelled by religious belief.

Research consistently shows that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, as many have been rejected by their families of origin because they are LGBTQ. These young people are already especially vulnerable to discrimination and mistreatment while in foster care, and SB 149 would only exacerbate the challenges they face.

The attack on fairness and equality in South Dakota is part of an onslaught of bills being pushed in 2017 by anti-equality activists around the country. HRC is currently tracking more than 70 anti-LGBTQ legislative proposals in 24 states. For more information, visit http://hrc.im/2017legislature.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: February 22, 2017, 11:20 pm

Today, the Trump Administration announced that it would rescind a vital guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education (DOJ and DOE) regarding schools’ obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This crucial guidance was meant to ensure that transgender students are treated fairly in public and federally funded schools, including having equal access to sex-segregated facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms.

Here are 10 ways parents of transgender and gender non-conforming youth can show their love and support:

  1. Focus on your local school district--check to see if your school district has supportive policies and practices in place to support transgender students with enumerated policies that specifically say gender identity. Even if the DOE/DOJ Guidelines are revoked, school districts can still implement them as a best practice to support their students. We know that 75 percent of transgender students feel unsafe at school based on their gender expression (GLSEN 2015 School Climate Survey) and many schools and teachers still abide by their commitment to making schools safe and welcoming for ALL of their students. Parent advocacy and guidance can be a great catalyst for this process.
  2. Find other families with transgender and gender non-conforming students so that you have support and a shared sense of community. Many communities have transgender/gender non-conforming parent support groups.
  3. Encourage your local school to use Welcoming Schools books and lesson plans to create a gender expansive school that celebrates every child’s gender diversity and full human potential.
  4. Encourage your local schools to provide professional development for staff around gender expansive schools and best practices to support transgender and gender non-conforming students.
  5. Find two supportive anchor staff people for your child in their school and work with them to create a gender support plan for your child. Welcoming Schools has certified trainers available nationwide that can come in and train on both of these important topics.
  6. Read and share the Welcoming Schools Resources for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Student Rights.
  7. Encourage people in your local community in schools, libraries etc. to host an I Am Jazz reading to generate support and understanding for children of all gender identities.
  8. Encourage your student to join or start a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) in their middle or high school. These groups can be a critical lifeline for LGBTQ youth and their allies.
  9. If you know a family in your school that has a transgender or gender non-conforming student, ask them how they are doing. Ask if there is any way you can support their child’s well-being or be an advocate in the school for them--- be an ally!
  10. Raise awareness about the Gavin Grimm case that is going before the Supreme Court on March 28.

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 gender non-conforming students. Welcoming Schools’ work is more important now than ever before. Learn more here.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: February 22, 2017, 9:38 pm

HRC today responded to the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind protective guidance for transgender students. Under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education today revoked the Obama Administration’s guidance detailing schools’ obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. While students are still entitled to the legal protections guaranteed by Title IX, today’s action obfuscates schools’ obligations to transgender youth -- who face disproportionately high rates of bullying, harassment and discrimination -- and sends a dangerous message that the current administration will not enforce inclusive policies or stand up for them at school.

“What could possibly motivate a blind and cruel attack on young children like this?” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “These transgender students simply want to go to school in the morning without fear of discrimination or harassment.   The consequences of this decision will no doubt be heartbreaking. This isn’t a ‘states rights’ issue, it’s a civil rights issue. Children deserve protection from bullying no matter what state they live in. Period.  The policies included in the rescinded guidance have existed in cities, states, and school districts -- from Minneapolis to Fort Worth -- for years, seamlessly and successfully affirming and welcoming transgender students in thousands of classrooms throughout the country. Every transgender student should know that, no matter what Donald Trump does or says, there are millions of people who will fight to stand up for them. We are proud to be among them."

In 2016, the Departments of Justice and Education issued comprehensive guidance to ensure that transgender students were being treated fairly and with dignity in public and federally funded schools. This included having equal access to sex-segregated facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, that are consistent with their gender identity, honoring a student’s name and personal pronouns, and respecting a student’s privacy regarding their transgender status .  Thirteen anti-equality state attorneys general, led by the notoriously anti-LGBTQ Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed suit challenging the guidance. After a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide hold on enforcement of the guidance, the Obama Administration responded by requesting the court limit the hold to the 13 states filing suit.

A little more than a week ago, just 48 hours after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General and a day after being sworn in, the Department of Justice moved to eliminate the Obama Administration's challenge to a nationwide injunction against enforcement of the guidance, allowing the nationwide hold to continue. Despite this action, transgender students facing discrimination can still file suit under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Transgender youth face significant discrimination and bullying in our nation’s schools, with devastating impact. Seventy-five percent of transgender students report feeling unsafe in school, according to a recent GLSEN report. And, tragically, nearly 50 percent of transgender people report attempting suicide -- a figure that is further elevated among people who experience rejection, discrimination or violence at school or at home.

Transgender youth have also been increasingly targeted by hateful state legislation. Last year, North Carolina adopted the infamous HB2, a law requiring discrimination against transgender people, including in public schools. But North Carolina wasn’t alone; in total, 44 anti-transgender laws were introduced at the state level in 2016. This year, several states, including Texas, are currently considering similar bills.

Yesterday, in response to the DOJ’s action, more than 1,000 parents of transgender children sent a letter to President Donald Trump condemning the decision and calling on his administration to fully enforce federal civil rights laws. The letter, signed by parents from 45 states plus Washington, D.C., was organized by HRC and its newly formed Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation’s leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. The parents, representing the thousands of families of transgender children across the country, wrote, “No young person should wake up in the morning fearful of the school day ahead. When this guidance was issued last year, it provided our families -- and other families like our own across the country -- with the knowledge and security that our government was determined to protect our children from bullying and discrimination. Please do not take that away from us.”


Author: Rob Flaherty
Posted: February 22, 2017, 5:36 pm

TRUMP PLAN TO RESCIND TRANSGENDER STUDENT GUIDANCE LIKELY HAPPENING TODAY: According to a letter obtained by The Washington Post, the Trump Administration’s plan to rescind protective guidance for transgender students is slated for release TODAY. The New York Times just posted a story detailing more on the battle inside the administration, saying “[Attorney General Jeff] Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. … Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, these Republicans said. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along … the two secretaries were still disputing the final language.” HRC experts and parents of transgender children are also available for press throughout the day via press@hrc.org.

  • More than 1,000 parents of transgender children have urged President Trump not to turn his back on their children, in a letter signed by parents from 45 states and Washington, D.C., and organized by HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council. More on the letter from HRC.
  • HRC will be joining the National Center for Transgender Equality, other advocates and parents of transgender children for a rally at the White House today. More information here

.@realdonaldtrump will go down as most divisive president in history. Plan to attack trans kids is beyond the pale. https://t.co/9XoXlJ6ssy

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) February 22, 2017
  • During his press conference yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer invoked “states’ rights” when questioned about whether the guidance would be revoked.

"States rights" is at best a cop out, at worst a dog whistle to those who seek a license to discriminate. #OurRevolution

— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) February 21, 2017

INVESTORS REPRESENTING $11 TRILLION IN ASSETS SPEAK OUT AGAINST TEXAS SB 6: Today, HRC hailed a new letter to Texas lawmakers from top global investors speaking out against the discriminatory Texas SB 6. This is the first coordinated group of global investors to speak out against the anti-LGBTQ bill. “As we have seen in states like North Carolina, business leaders are decidedly opposed to anti-LGBTQ discrimination -- both as a workplace matter and because it’s simply the right thing to do,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “Discrimination is costly. We are pleased to see this group of investors forcefully telling Texas lawmakers -- including bill sponsors Dan Patrick and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst -- that SB 6 will negatively affect Texas’ future.” In the letter, the long-term investors in companies with hundreds of thousands of employees in Texas write, “we are concerned that any form of legislation that allows or facilitates discrimination against LGBT people may make it difficult for our portfolio companies to attract and retain top talent to work in their Texas-based operations.” The anti-transgender SB 6 is one of the many egregious anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in Texas this legislative session. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO WEDNESDAY: WNYC’s Matt Katz (@MattKatz00) tells the story of Mexican transgender advocate and political asylee Ishalaa Ortega, who lives in New York and fights for LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers. Ortega and other LGBTQ refugees fleeing some of the most violent regimes in the world will suffer under President Donald Trump’s executive order to suspend the refugee admissions program, Katz reports. More from WNYC.

NEW TRUMP IMMIGRATION GUIDANCE ATTACKS AMERICAN VALUES: Yesterday, the Trump Administration released guidance laying out its plans to dramatically increase the number of immigration agents, step up deportations, strip protections from undocumented immigrants and enlist local law enforcement officials as de facto enforcers. In a powerful new video from Reform Immigration FOR America, undocumented children share the fears they are facing by reading the words of Anne Frank. We at HRC stand alongside and among the millions affected by yesterday’s announcement. LGBTQ people are immigrants; we are refugees. Watch the heartbreaking video here.

TRUMP’S SCOTUS PICK IS WRONG FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: In a letter to the editors of The New York Times, Harper Jean Tobin of the National Center for Transgender Equality details Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s anti-LGBTQ record. “Judge Neil M. Gorsuch may be less caustic in his personal style than Justice Antonin Scalia, but his record shows legal views that would undermine basic civil rights for L.G.B.T. Americans,” Tobin writes. More from The New York Times and read HRC’s report: Gorsuch is Wrong for the LGBTQ Community, Supreme Court.

OKLAHOMA BILL COULD PREVENT CITIES FROM PROTECTING THEIR LGBTQ RESIDENTS: SB 694 would bar cities from adding gender identity and sexual orientation to their non-discrimination ordinances -- along with any other protected class not covered in state laws. More from Fox 23.

MEET THE TRANS MAN SUING TO REPEAL HB2: Joaquin Carcaño is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Lambda Legal challenging N.C.’s discriminatory HB2 law. Watch his story in this new video from the ACLU of North Carolina.

HRC CALLS FOR CONTINUED ENGAGEMENT AT U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took office earlier this month, HRC joined a group of human rights organizations urging Tillerson and his staff to continue U.S. engagement with the United Nations Human Rights Council. Established in 2006, the council has in recent years taken up an increasing number of initiatives aimed at protecting the human rights of LGBTQ people. More from HRC.

READING RAINBOW

OnMilwaukee reports on a local effort to support LGBTQ incarcerated people by sending them books… Northwest Arkansas interviewed Evee, a local transgender girl, about her coming out experience and the Arkansas transgender community…

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: HRC staff
Posted: February 22, 2017, 2:54 pm

Today, as reports surface that the Trump Administration plans to revoke guidance protecting transgender students nationwide, more than 1,000 parents of transgender children have now signed onto a letter to President Trump calling on him to preserve these vital protections and fully enforce federal civil rights laws. The letter, signed by parents from 45 states and Washington, D.C., was organized by HRC and its newly formed Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation’s leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. 

“It’s disgraceful that just a week after undermining lifesaving protections for transgender students, reports are surfacing that President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary DeVos are aiming to fully rescind guidance that provides support and security to tens of thousands of transgender young people and their families across the country,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training. “HRC is proud to stand with more than a thousand parents of transgender youth who have come together to implore Donald Trump to defend the rights, safety and dignity of their children. If President Trump moves forward with this attack on transgender students, there are millions of people, including these parents and others like them, who will stand up and fight for basic fairness for every child.”

The parents’ letter was initially sent to the Trump Administration with 800 signatures after news broke that the Department of Justice would no longer challenge a nationwide hold on the Obama-era transgender student guidance. The parents, representing the thousands of families of transgender children across the country, write, “No young person should wake up in the morning fearful of the school day ahead. When this guidance was issued last year, it provided our families -- and other families like our own across the country -- with the knowledge and security that our government was determined to protect our children from bullying and discrimination. Please do not take that away from us.”

In 2016, the Obama Administration’s Departments of Justice and Education issued comprehensive guidance to ensure that transgender students were being treated fairly and with dignity in public and federally-funded schools, including having equal access to sex-segregated facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms, that are consistent with their gender identity. Thirteen anti-equality state attorneys general, led by the notoriously anti-LGBTQ Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed suit challenging the guidance. After a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide hold on enforcement of the guidance, the Obama Administration responded by requesting the court limit the hold to the 13 states filing suit.

A little more than a week ago, just 48 hours after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General and a day after being sworn in, the Department of Justice moved to eliminate the Obama Administration's challenge to a nationwide injunction against enforcement of the guidance, allowing the nationwide hold to continue. Despite this action, transgender students facing discrimination can still file suit under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Transgender youth face significant discrimination and bullying throughout our nation’s schools. Last year, North Carolina adopted the infamous HB2, legislation requiring discrimination against transgender people, including in public schools. Several states, including Texas, are currently considering similar bills. Seventy-five percent of transgender students report feeling unsafe in school according to a report by GLSEN. And, tragically, more than 50 percent of transgender youth report attempting suicide at least once in their lifetime.


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: February 21, 2017, 11:15 pm

HRC Foundation released a first-of-its-kind web video exclusively featuring fathers of transgender children describing their experiences. The video also highlights the fear and hurt their families face due to anti-transgender prejudice and policies.

The fathers highlighted in video include JR Ford of Washington, D.C.; Joe Ghartey of New York; Wayne Maines of Maine, whose family’s story was also featured in a recent best-selling book, “Becoming Nicole,” and Keith Thomas, of North Carolina, a state that lies at the center of the debate over transgender equality following passage of the discriminatory HB2. The dads discuss their families’ journeys and the hopes and fears they have for their transgender children.

“Supportive parents can make all the difference in the lives and wellbeing of transgender children,” said Jay Brown, HRC’s Communications Director. “As a transgender man blessed with loving parents, including an amazing father, I know first-hand the comfort and courage these fathers bring to their children. In a world that so often hurls insults and condones bullying, these dads exemplify love of family and a steadfast commitment to the health and safety of the children they cherish.”

“As more and more people realize the humanity and dignity of transgender people of all ages, the mean-spirited and dangerous attacks we have seen from anti-LGBTQ activists and some politicians will grow increasingly unpopular and unsustainable,” Brown continued.

In an op-ed published in conjunction with the Dads for Transgender Equality video, one of the fathers, Wayne Maines, says, “transgender children and adults are the strongest and most courageous people I have ever met, but I worry about my daughter’s future every day. I worry because, to this day, transgender people are denied the same rights as their peers. I worry because transgender people face significant fear and discrimination. […] I worry because some Republican politicians have decided that it’s good politics to target a vulnerable group of people that includes my daughter.”

The emotional video of four dads comes during the Republican National Convention, where, earlier this week, delegates adopted the most anti-LGBTQ platform in their party’s history, including a plank opposing the transgender equality. HRC has joined with several LGBTQ advocacy organizations to support a national ad campaign detailing the personal harm imposed by anti-transgender legislation. The ad will appear during both the Republican and Democratic conventions.

In 2015, the HRC Foundation released another moving video, Moms for Transgender Equality, featuring four mothers of transgender children sharing their stories and explaining how their transgender children have enriched their lives. The Moms for Transgender Equality video and companion videos were viewed more than 7.5 million times over various social media platforms.

Watch the Dads for Transgender Equality video below:
 


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: July 20, 2016, 9:01 pm

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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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