WITH PENCE PICK, TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON ANTI-LGBTQ AGENDA: Today, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has doubled down on his anti-LGBTQ agenda by choosing as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who has made virulent anti-LGBTQ activism a cornerstone of his political career. HRC President Chad Griffin responded to the news saying. “Mike Pence has never left any question about his animus toward LGBTQ people, from peddling a hateful and damaging ‘right to discriminate bill’ in Indiana last year, to his longstanding opposition to marriage equality -- positions shared by Donald Trump.” Pence became a national disgrace in 2015, for his “license to discriminate” bill that could have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people -- and subsequently defending the bill over an outcry from the business community and a majority of Hoosier voters. In a now notorious interview with ABC last year, Pence refused to answer eight separate times when asked whether businesses should be able to discriminate against LGBTQ people. More from HRC.
- Check out these articles demolishing Pence for his dreadful record on LGBTQ issues: Vox, Bustle, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, Washington Blade, The New Civil Rights Movement
- For the first time in 16 years, the RNC will feature an openly-gay speaker. Too bad the party’s own platform doesn’t acknowledge his existence. More from The Huffington Post.
TRUMP ENDORSES GOP’S HIDEOUS ANTI-LGBTQ PLATFORM: Proving once again that he’s no friend to the LGBTQ community, Donald Trump has endorsed the GOP’s proposed 2016 platform, which is being described as the most anti-LGBTQ in the party’s history. In an interview with Fox News, Trump said, “I think what’s happening with the platform is very good.” A slew of anti-LGBTQ provisions have been approved, including a provision supporting anti-transgender discrimination, a provision calling for a Constitutional amendment undermining marriage equality, and another supporting the discredited and dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” More here.
#SAYHERNAME: ADVOCATES MOURN THE LOSS OF DEENIQUIA DODDS: Deeniquia Dodds, a transgender woman who was critically wounded in a shooting July 4 in Washington, D.C., died yesterday after 10 days on life support. She was just 22. NBC4 Washington reports that Dodds was affectionately known as Dee Dee to those close to her. A vigil in her honor will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and a memorial service is scheduled for the week of July 25. At least 13 transgender people have been murdered in the U.S. since the beginning of 2016. More than 90 percent of the victims are people of color, and more than three quarters are women. For more information on addressing anti-transgender violence, visit hrc.org/trans-violence. More from HRC.
EMMY NOMS TO SEVERAL LGBTQ SHOWS AND STARS: Yesterday, the Television Academy announced nominees for the 68th Emmy Awards, singling out several LGBTQ-themed shows and LGBTQ and allied actors, writers and directors. Two groundbreaking shows featuring transgender actors, writers and directors -- Transparent and Her Story -- were among those nominated. More from HRC.
MAJOR STUDY FINDS NO HIV TRANSMISSION BETWEEN PARTNERS WHEN ON TREATMENT: A recently-released study found no linked cases of HIV transmission between people living with HIV undergoing successful antiretroviral therapy (ART) and their HIV-negative partners. More from HRC and Towleroad.
- Speaking of health ... A new study found that programs designed specifically the improve the health of lesbian and bisexual women helped participants significantly increase their physical activity and reduce their body weight. More here.
SENATE COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON CAMPUS SAFETY: The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee this week held a hearing on campus safety issues including bullying, harassment, hazing, and violence, with a focus on the needs of LGBTQ students. More from HRC.
BIPARTISAN LGBTQ HATE CRIMES BILL INTRODUCED IN MICHIGAN SENATE: Legislation to add LGBTQ protections to Michigan’s hate crime bill was introduced on Wednesday with the support of at least two Republicans. More from WMUK.
TITLE IX EXEMPTIONS FORCE LGBTQ STUDENTS TO SUFFER IN SILENCE: Tristan Campbell, a former student at Oklahoma Baptist University, shares his personal story in a piece outlining how Title IX exemptions force LGBTQ students to suffer in silence. In December of last year, HRC released a report revealing 56 schools nationwide that have quietly sought a licence to discriminate. More here.
In an op-ed for TIME, gay Republican James Richardson says he cannot support the GOP platform; A piece in The Guardian calls the Republican platform “extremist”; GOOD profiles the woman who founded a creative digital community for LGBTQ Muslims; The Advocate celebrates openly-LGBTQ congressional candidates; BuzzFeed visits a small Australian town with a big, loving acceptance of its LGBTQ community; The Huffington Post destroys the myth of the black community as “more homophobic”; and Coloradoan profiles Kris Barz, the illustrator of the ‘Out & About’ comic series.