#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: August 4, 2016
SCOTUS ORDER DELAYS JUSTICE FOR TRANS STUDENTS: HRC yesterday expressed deep disappointment in a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to halt a lower court’s order forbidding a Virginia school district from enforcing its discriminatory ban on transgender students using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The 5-3 order in Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm allows the school board’s discriminatory policy to remain in place while the Supreme Court awaits an application by the school board to have its full appeal heard by the Supreme Court. A final decision in the case would likely occur well into the school year. “Today’s Supreme Court order is deeply disappointing and subjects Gavin Grimm and students like him to unsafe and discriminatory conditions as they begin returning to school in the coming weeks,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “No young person should wake up in the morning fearful of bullying or discrimination during the school day ahead. Every day that discrimination is allowed to continue, transgender students are put at risk of harm.” More here.
TIM KAINE TAKES ON HB2: At a rally in Greensboro, NC, yesterday, Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine urged North Carolinians to go “forward, not backward” on LGBTQ equality, and to stand up to the discrimination perpetrated by NC Gov. Pat McCrory’s HB2 law. “Now, I know in North Carolina, there’s been some pain over this issue. They snuck through in the legislature this HB2, and they tried to introduce it kind of in the dead of night,” Kaine said. “You all have stood up in a major way and you’ve said this is not who we are. This is not who North Carolina is. These are not our values.” He was joined by NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, who pledged to roll back HB2 if elected governor this fall. More from Politico.
- Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) called out the Trump/Pence ticket on its threats to roll back LGBTQ equality. More from The Huffington Post.
TRUMP SPOKESPERSON SAYS “GAY IS NOT NORMAL”: While Donald Trump speciously claims he is a “real friend” of the LGBTQ community -- facts prove otherwise -- we now learn that one of his top staffers has been open about her anti-LGBTQ views. Trump national campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson tweeted in 2012 “Gay is not normal, accept that.” She’s argued that same-sex couples who marry in a church are still not married, and questioned the Constitutionality of marriage equality. In a tweet yesterday, HRC President Chad Griffin called on the Trump campaign to #StopTheHate. More from BuzzFeed.
#NOMOORE BILLBOARD GOES UP IN MONTGOMERY: HRC Alabama revealed a new billboard off I-85 in Montgomery calling out disgraced, notoriously anti-LGBTQ Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The billboard, which reads “#NoMoore: Dismiss Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore” goes up as Moore, suspended from the bench in May, is set to be questioned by judicial prosecutors during a hearing Monday on ethics charges.
- AM Must Read: Check out this op-ed by Alabama Rep. Patricia Todd, “To move past George Wallace’s legacy, we have to stop electing people like Roy Moore,” in AL.com.
IMPORTANT OP-ED: LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR FACE UNJUST CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: In an op-ed for The Advocate, Isaiah Wilson of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) takes a sobering look at how LGBTQ people of color are disproportionately targeted and harassed by law enforcement. In a new report, the NBJC and eight other organizations examine how the toxic combination of racism and anti-LGBTQ discrimination makes LGBTQ people of color more likely to be targets of abusive treatment in the criminal justice system. More from The Advocate.
- In the wake of Orlando, NPR’s Codeswitch explores the complicated relationship many LGBTQ people -- especially trans people and LGBTQ people of color -- have with law enforcement.
- The Detroit Police Department is holding a series of community conversations focusing on concerns of the LGBTQ community and offering resources. It recently hired an LGBT liaison. More from The Detroit News.
OLYMPIAN ELENA DELLE DONNE COMES OUT: WNBA star and Olympian Elena Delle Donne came out recently as being in a same-sex relationship. A star on the Chicago Sky WNBA team, she’ll represent the U. S. on our women’s Olympic basketball team in Rio. More from OutSports.
YOUTUBE STAR COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER: Claire Kittrell, who created the viral “Gingers Do Have Souls” video and starred in the reality show Hollywood Hillbillies, came out as transgender on Tuesday in an emotional YouTube video. “I wasn’t going to make this video,” Claire says. “I feel like I’m stronger now more so than I’ve ever been because I’m learning to accept myself and I’m learning to be more comfortable in my own skin.” Watch the full video here.
TRANSGENDER RIGHTS BILL INTRODUCED IN INDIA: India’s government introduced legislation in the country’s parliament which would ensure transgender people protection from discrimination, exploitation and harassment. The bill would also facilitate access to government programs and services, as well as transition-related care. It is designed to comply with a ruling by the country’s supreme court recognizing basic rights for transgender people. More from BuzzFeed.
TOP COURT IN INDONESIA TO HEAR CASE ON BANNING SAME-SEX SEXUAL ACTIVITY: Indonesia’s Constitutional Court is set to hear a case on whether same-sex sexual activity will be criminalized in the country. Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia but in recent months, there has been an uptick in anti-LGBTQ violence. More from The New York Times.
- The Road to Rio: ahead of the Olympics, check out HRC’s report on the status of LGBTQ equality in Brazil.
44 TURNS 55: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT OBAMA!
Village Voice explores Maven, a LGBTQ summer camp designed to tackle diversity in the tech industry; The Charlotte Observer questions the effectiveness of increased security at Charlotte’s upcoming Pride festival in North Carolina; Fortune shares business reasons for LGBTQ equality; and Gay Times wishes President Obama a happy 55th birthday.