#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: August 2, 2016 – Love and Pride

#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: August 2, 2016

JUDGE REFUSES MS GOV’S REQUEST TO ENFORCE H.B. 1523 DURING APPEAL: Judge Carlton Reeves denied a stay request from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant that would have allowed the enforcement of the discriminatory H.B. 1523 during Bryant’s appeal of the preliminary injunction.

  • Powerful: “HB 1523’s absence does not impair the free exercise of religion,” Judge Reeves writes. “In addition, issuing a marriage license to a gay couple is not like being forced into armed combat or to assist with an abortion. Matters of life and death are sui generis. If movants truly believe that providing services to LGBT citizens forces them to ‘tinker with the machinery of death,’ their animus exceeds anything seen in Romer, Windsor, or the marriage equality cases.”

NORTH CAROLINA PLAINTIFFS ASK FEDERAL JUDGE TO SUSPEND HB2: Yesterday, a federal judge in Winston-Salem heard arguments on whether to suspend North Carolina’s deeply discriminatory HB2 law while it makes its way through the courts. As BuzzFeed reports, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder of the Middle District of North Carolina “pressed the state … to show how the law made anyone safer and whether it was necessary.” Judge Schroeder is expected to rule soon. More here.

  • Disaster funding for disastrous law: NC Gov. Pat McCrory quietly allowed taxpayer money from the state’s disaster relief fund to be allocated instead to pay outside legal counsel defending him and other state officials against multiple lawsuits challenging the discriminatory HB2 law. More from The News & Observer.

MOORE MEMOS: Ahead of his August 8 ethics hearing before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been ordered to turn over unredacted memos he sent to the state’s probate justices. In the memos, Moore outlined his reasons for denying same-sex couples marriage licenses in defiance of federal law. Moore must submit his memos by 5 p.m. today for use as evidence at his hearing on misconduct charges for violating the state’s judicial ethics code. More on #NoMoore here.

HRC MOURNS DEATH OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN SKYE MOCKABEE: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Skye Mockabee, a transgender woman found dead in Cleveland on Saturday morning. She was 26. Mockabee’s injuries are described as suspicious, though police have released little information about her death. She is at least the fifteenth transgender person killed in the U.S. this year, ten of whom -- including her -- have been black women. In a November 2015 report on anti-transgender violence, HRC and the Trans People of Color Coalition asserted that racism and sexism put Black and Latina trans women at particular risk of violence.

  • Hate crime charge for attackers of transgender women in MD: Yesterday, police arrested two suspects in the assault of two transgender women in Wheaton, MD. They are being charged with hate crimes, The Washington Post reports.

SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE PROTECTING YOUTH  FROM CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance protecting youth from the discredited and dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” The measure goes into effect once it is signed by openly-gay Mayor Ed Murray. More from Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and The Associated Press.  

RECORD NUMBER OF OUT OLYMPIANS IN 2016 OLYMPICS: In advance of Friday’s opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, HRC is proud to support the out athletes competing in the games. While many athletes continue to face discrimination in their sports, several have chosen to speak out proudly about who they are, both on and off the field of competition. Meet some of these Olympians here.

OUR DAUGHTER, THE TRAILBLAZER: Dave and Sally McBride, parents of HRC’s Sarah McBride, watched their daughter become the first openly-transgender person to address a major party convention last week at the Democratic National Convention. In an op-ed, they shared the significance of this experience. “As President Obama famously said, ‘the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.’ As Sarah took the same stage that President Obama stood on the night before, and the first woman nominee for president would stand on hours later, we knew that must be true.” Read the full op-ed at Delaware Online.

D’AW DU JOUR: Check out this heartwarming photo of Vice President Joe Biden marrying two White House staffers in the Vice Presidential residence. Biden shared it on his official @VP Twitter account yesterday.

iO-YES: Yesterday, Apple unveiled more than 100 gender-diverse emojis available this fall with iOS 10. Apple reported on its website: “[t]his exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.” More from HRC.

CLEVELAND PRIDE REVIVED: Local organizations and volunteers in Cleveland have stepped up to restore Cleveland’s 2016 Pride celebration, planning an event on August 13. The original celebration, postponed because of the Republican National Convention, was eventually canceled due to concerns about “a secure parade and festival environment.” More from OUT.

TOP RELIGIOUS FIGURE IN EGYPT CONDEMNS ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE: The Grand Mufti, a top figure in Egypt’s Muslim communities, condemned violence against LGBTQ people following the tragic shooting in Orlando that killed 49 individuals at an LGBTQ nightclub. The comments come in the midst of increasing arrests of LGBTQ people by the Egyptian government. More from The Washington Post.


The Advocate offers five tips for parents raising transgender children; Los Angeles Times shares researchers’ questions about meningitis outbreaks in the LGBTQ community; Huffington Post highlights how Grilled Cheese Co. is standing up for its transgender employees; The Associated Press dismantles the “grammar” opposition to gender-neutral pronouns; The New York Times examines the politics of a transgender beauty queen in Israel; Mic explores whether “imperfect” LGBTQ television will create better narratives overall; Pink News shows off the first same-sex wedding ring collection from a major jeweler; The Washington Post explores the experience of choosing a new name during transition.

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HRC staff

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