ALA. JUSTICE ROY MOORE TO FACE ETHICS TRIAL: At a hearing yesterday, a state judicial panel refused to dismiss ethics complaints against disgraced, notoriously anti-LGBTQ Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The case will go to trial on September 28, where a nine judge panel will determine whether Moore violated judicial ethics and consider the appropriate punishment. Moore was suspended from the bench in May over his consistent defiance of marriage equality in Alabama. Following the hearing, HRC Alabama held a press conference on the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court. Last week, HRC Alabama unveiled a billboard in Montgomery that reads“#NoMoore: Dismiss Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.” More from The Associated Press.
- The Associated Press details Chief Justice Roy Moore’s history of misconduct and the Montgomery Advertiser highlights the hearing and scene outside the court yesterday.
PRESSURE MOUNTS ON RUBIO TO CANCEL SPEECH TO ANTI-LGBTQ RALLY: Florida Democrats are calling on Sen. Marco Rubio (D-FL) to drop out of a rally sponsored by anti-LGBTQ Liberty Counsel scheduled later this week, issuing a statement yesterday demanding he apologize to the LGBTQ community. “Marco Rubio is commemorating the two-month anniversary of the Pulse shooting by speaking at a bigoted rally that features advocates for discrimination against LGBT people,” U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, (D-FL) said. “It is difficult to imagine something more offensive to families in Orlando and the LGBT community across our state who are still mourning this horrific hate crime.” Mic drop. More from The Orlando Sentinel.
UNLIMITED COURAGE: Yesterday, Nike released a groundbreaking ad featuring Chris Mosier, a transgender duathlete, who was chosen for Team USA for the 2016 World Championship. The ad will air on NBC during the Olympics. Mosier is the first transgender athlete to qualify for a U.S. national team, earning a spot on the Team USA sprint duathlon men’s squad for the 2016 World Championships. More from HRC.
- Despite Olympic progress, LGBTQ athletes face discrimination: A record number of out athletes are competing in the Olympic Games this summer, but LGBTQ athletes continue to face discrimination throughout a variety of sports. An international survey of LGBTQ athletes found that 46 percent said they believe that LGB people are “not accepted at all” or only “accepted a little” in sporting culture. More from HRC.
- She said ‘yes!’ Brazilian rugby player Isadora Cerullo and her partner Marjorie Enya got engaged last night following the rugby final between Australia and New Zealand. Congrats to the happy couple! More from The Daily Telegraph.
ANTI-EQUALITY ACTIVISTS WANT TO ROLL BACK TRANS RIGHTS IN MASS.: Anti-LGBTQ activist and former GOP committeewoman Chanel Prunier has joined Keep MA Safe’s discriminatory effort to put the the state’s new trans-inclusive law on the ballot in November 2018. More from The Boston Globe.
PHARMACISTS URGED TO ADVOCATE FOR TRANS PATIENTS: The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy recently published an article encouraging pharmacists to play “an active role in the care of transgender individuals.” Professor Jennifer Cocohoba of the University of California, San Francisco, writes that more education on medications used in gender transition will help pharmacists keep patients safe. She urges pharmacists to treat transgender people with respect, and serve as advocates when insurers refuse to cover their medications. More from HRC.
HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE: WE’RE BETTER OFF THAN WHEN CLINT EASTWOOD WAS A KID: In a new op-ed for The Advocate, HRC’s Sarah McBride expands on her recent tweets addressing Clint Eastwood’s now infamous interview defending Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric. McBride writes, “Trump and Eastwood may view much of this progress as “political correctness” (read: kindness and respect), but they are the intentional actions that have made America great today and will help us build a more perfect union tomorrow.”
NEW DATA SHOWS YOUNG PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT LGBTQ RIGHTS: A new poll of Americans ages 18-30 by GenForward has found that this demographic overwhelmingly supports LGBTQ rights when it comes to policies on adoption, employment and healthcare. Support for LGBTQ rights in these areas have risen over the past two years. More from The Seattle Times.
- Meanwhile in New Jersey… four LGBTQ plaintiffs are suing the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance over discriminatory insurance policies associated with fertility treatments. More from The New York Times.
TASMANIAN UPPER HOUSE TO DEBATE MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The traditionally conservative Tasmanian Upper House has indicated that they may take up the issue of marriage equality, after voting down a similar proposal in 2012. The country’s legislative council will set a motion for debate later this week. More from The Advocate.
TANZANIA TO SUSPEND LGBTQ RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS: Tanzania will suspend the registration of charities and organizations supporting the LGBTQ community. According to the The International Business Times, the country's justice minister says the ban will “help protect the nation’s culture.” Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Tanzania.
A FIRST IN SERBIA: Serbian Prime Minister-designate Aleksandar Vučić, announced that members of his new government include openly-gay Public Administration Minister Ana Brnabic. More from The Associated Press.
WRDW reports on a new resource dedicated to Georgia’s transgender students; Hindustan Times profiles Meng Fanyu, winner of China’s first ever “Mr Gay China” pageant; The Advocate shares the impact LGBTQ teachers had on Meryl Streep; TIME looks at what the US military is learning from the Israeli military about transgender soldiers; Project Q Atlanta reports how a community workshop is taking on LGBTQ domestic violence; Mic heralds the transgender model who wore a dress made of flags from countries with anti-LGBTQ laws; The Guardian profiles NYC’s HIV bureau head, the self-proclaimed ‘queer health warrior’; NBC highlights the parallels between AIDS activism and Black Lives Matter; Olympic swimmer Amini Fonua shows off his LGBTQ practice suit for OutSports; and Gay Star News destroys the common myths about transgender and intersex athletes.