BREAKING: TROUBLE FOR NC GOV. MCCRORY, HB2 IN NORTH CAROLINA: A Public Policy Poll released today shows that deeply discriminatory HB2 law attacking transgender North Carolinians, continues to damage Gov. Pat McCrory and the state’s economy. A majority of respondents -- 58 percent -- say the HB2 is hurting NC, and, by a 12-point margin, voters say McCrory’s handling of the issue makes them less likely to vote for him. Read the full poll here.
DOZENS OF COACHES SAY NCAA BAN TOURNEY: The majority of NCAA coaches who responded to a new CBS Poll, said the association should ban future tournaments in North Carolina until the discriminatory HB2 law is repealed. The NCAA recently announced that cities bidding to host championship games must submit a survey detailing their non-discrimination laws. One coach who was interviewed had this to say, “The NCAA is supposed to be about developing future leaders. What a way to set the tone on leadership and standing up for what is right.” More from CBS Sports.
HRC BLASTS TRUMP AND RUBIO FOR COURTING ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIVISTS IN FLA: HRC slammed GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FLA) for announcing they will campaign with anti-LGBTQ activists in Orlando tomorrow. “Just when you think Donald Trump and Marco Rubio couldn’t go any lower, they announce plans to court anti-LGBTQ activists in Orlando. On Thursday, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are going to seek votes from people who fundamentally believe we are not equal, who support dangerous and harmful conversion therapy and who have worked to export anti-LGBTQ hate abroad, said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “Donald Trump would put at risk all the progress the LGBTQ community has made over the last eight years and we know all too well that Marco Rubio -- who has refused to stand up for LGBTQ Floridians time and again -- would be his loyal accomplice. Because of elected officials like Marco Rubio, LGBTQ Floridians remain at risk of being fired or denied a job because of who they are or whom they love.” More from Bloomberg and HRC.
- Meanwhile in NC, after being introduced by at a rally in Wilmington by NC Gov. Pat McCrory, Trump called him “a great guy” -- while the governor once again shamefully “joked” about NC’s anti-LGBTQ law HB2 that Trump has endorsed. Trump later told a local news anchor that transgender civil rights should be a “state’s issue.”
- After the rally, Progress NC Action called on McCrory to disavow Trump’s reprehensible “Second Amendment” comment about Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. And HRC President Chad Griffin called out Trump.
CLAPBACK OF THE DAY: Earlier this week, Bill Maher made disgraceful comments about trans rights, suggesting that they should take a “back seat” during the presidential election -- despite more than 50 bills filed in 20 states across the country that targeted transgender people, as well as the heinous anti-transgender rhetoric spewed by candidates up and down the ballot. HRC’s Sarah McBride had a few choice words for Maher.
CALL IT OUT: U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, Maj. Gen. Dondi E. Costin, was a featured speaker at a notoriously anti-LGBTQ event hosted by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), at which he appeared in uniform in apparent violation of military regulations. CARL was formed to oppose the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” More from The Huffington Post.
AUSTRALIAN ADVOCATES STILL OPPOSE MARRIAGE VOTE: LGBTQ advocates in Australia continue to urge Parliament to say no to holding a popular referendum on marriage equality. Australian LGBTQ leader Michael Kirby wrote in a local op-ed, “Defeat in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage would kill the reform, probably for decades… A defeat in Parliament alone would do no more than delay the inevitable for a short time." More from The Associated Press.
LGBTQ ARAB ADVOCATES TO MEET IN DELAWARE: In a first-of-its-kind meeting, LGBTQ advocates from Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gaza Strip will meet in Rehoboth Beach to discuss advocacy around LGBTQ issues. More from The Washington Blade.
Billboard takes a look at a LGBTQ-focused fundraiser for Hillary Clinton featuring legend Barbra Streisand; Extra! Extra! Patch West Hollywood reports that a new LGBTQ newspaper is launching in WeHo; The Atlantic profiles Serbia’s first openly-gay government minister; The Advocate harnesses the power of being an out entrepreneur; ICYMI, Upworthy shares nine photos of Olympic rugby player Isabelle Cerullo accepting her girlfriend’s proposal after Monday’s final rugby match; Slate describes the ‘in-between-y’ feelings during early stages of transitioning; Mic has the trailer for Whoopi Goldberg’s new reality show -- and it features five transgender models; and Cronkite News meets the foster children in a group home that serves LGBTQ youth.