✔ HISTORY MADE: The final night of the Democratic National Convention was one for the history books. Hillary Clinton officially addressed the convention as the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major party where she renewed her promise to fight for LGBTQ equality. HRC’s Sarah McBride made history of her own when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention. Sarah shared her personal journey as a transgender woman, reflecting on the events that made her such an amazing advocate for equality, and calling on the country to join her in the fight. HRC President Chad Griffin, a vice chair of the convention, also spoke, calling out Donald Trump’s dangerous anti-LGBTQ record and thanking Hillary Clinton for her tireless efforts to affirm that “gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.” His powerful voice reminded those who attempt to pit groups against each other that “[t]he LGBTQ community is as diverse as the fabric of our nation. We are Muslim. We are Jewish. We are women. We are black, white and Latino. We are immigrants and we are people with disabilities. And when you attack one of us, you are attacking all of us.” More from HRC and Politico.
NAVY TO NAME SHIP AFTER LGBTQ ICON HARVEY MILK: USNI News broke the news that the Navy plans to name a ship after the late LGBTQ civil rights leader and former Naval officer Harvey Milk. The publication reports: “Milk came from a Navy family and commissioned in the service in 1951. He served as a diving officer in San Diego during the Korean War on the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake until 1955. Milk was honorably discharged from the service as a lieutenant junior grade.”
DOUBLE TROUBLE: North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore have agreed to streamline their lawsuits against the federal government over the discriminatory HB2 law. This suit is counter to the suit the Department of Justice has brought against the state -- arguing that HB2 violates numerous federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. More from ABC News.
ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPPORT TRANS STUDENTS: In response to the U.S. Department of Education’s historic guidance seeking to guarantee the equal treatment of transgender students in public and federally-funded schools, Albuquerque Public Schools are implementing a “Gender Support Plan” that allows transgender students to use restroom facilities that correspond with their gender identity. More from KOB.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY PLAINTIFF JIM OBERGEFELL ON THE GOP’S ANTI-LGBTQ PLATFORM: Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in the historic case that brought us nationwide marriage equality last year, sat down with The Huffington Post to highlight the stark differences between the Democratic and Republican party platforms, and what’s at stake in this election. “Our status as equal Americans is at stake because the GOP clearly does not consider us human,” Obergefell said. The GOP platform which being described as the most anti-LGBTQ in 162 years, asserts that laws and government regulations should only “recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” endorses the deeply discriminatory “First Amendment Defense Act,” and launches a vile attack on transgender people.
UN SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS ATTITUDES TOWARDS LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN CHINA: The United Nations Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression has found while acceptance of the LGBTQ community is growing in China, only 15 percent of LGB people have come out to their friends and family, and 5 percent have come out at work. The report challenges the media to do more to educate the public with more realistic portrayal of “sexual diversity.” More from Variety.
In a Huffington Post blog, veteran LGBTQ news reporter Karen Ocamb discusses why LGBTQ PTSD, the ADA and disability rights matter; TakePart discusses the way Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) help LGBTQ high schoolers; The Washington Post shares the story of Amir Ashour, who’s trying to make Iraq safer for LGBTQ people; Huffington Post profiles 15 famous LGBTQ families; Advocate asks, “What are LGBT organizations doing to support Black Lives Matter?”; Gay Star News looks at the business support of Australian marriage equality.
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