CHALLENGE TO TRUMP-PENCE TRANS MILITARY BAN MOVES FORWARD: A federal court in Seattle in a decision issued Friday rejected the Trump-Pence Administration’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the ban brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN on behalf of nine individual plaintiffs and three organizational plaintiffs, including HRC. “The upcoming trial will only serve to further demonstrate that this impulsively tweeted ban is fueled by nothing more than the president’s personal prejudices,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “Transgender people are serving with distinction and enlisting with bravery this very moment and there continues to be no legitimate rationale to change that.” Read more at HRC.
MUST WATCH MONDAY: After serving in the military under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” Travis wants to spread a message of hope, inspiration and acceptance. Watch his story for HRC’s #LoveYourNeighbor campaign, a video storytelling project focused on sharing the experiences of LGBTQ people and allies across the South, particularly in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi where HRC has permanent campaigns as part of its Project One America campaign.
DOJ DECISION TO EXCLUDE SURVEY QUESTIONS ON LGBTQ IDENTITY PUTS YOUTH AT RISK: The Department of Justice is considering removing questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the National Crime Victimization Survey. Without this data, lawmakers will be unable to make informed policy decisions that protect LGBTQ youth. More from Mother Jones and Advocate.
HRC CELEBRATES WITH LOCAL ADVOCATES AT FIRST-EVER LGBTQ PRIDE FESTIVAL IN MIKE PENCE’S INDIANA HOMETOWN: The event in Columbus, spearheaded by local high school senior Erin Bailey, drew thousands — reflecting the growing diversity and commitment to inclusion evident in the community and a repudiation of Pence’s deplorable anti-LGBTQ legacy. Read more at WCPO and the IndyStar.
.@HRC is proud to join the inaugural Columbus #LGBT #Pride Festival — hometown of anti-#LGBTQ @mike_pence. Despite his deplorable legacy, Columbus has shown that discrimination has no place in Indiana. #ColumbusINPride https://t.co/D7XjSOHSpz pic.twitter.com/ts3Hlms1jR
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 15, 2018
#CallItOut “WE ARE NOT A PUNCHLINE” — HRC STAFFERS SCHOOL BIPHOBIC WRITER: More from USA Today.
.@HRC‘s Allison Turner (@amturner1993) and Madeleine Roberts (@mjroberts93) remind us that a cheap swipe at the #bisexual community “double[s] down on harmful stereotypes and disparages an already at-risk population.” https://t.co/yZmaAQJgie
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 16, 2018
HRC MOURNS DEATH OF PROMINENT LGBTQ LAWYER DAVID BUCKEL:
The news of David Buckel’s death is heartbreaking. This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice. https://t.co/SL9XZ2cYTR
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) April 14, 2018
HORRIBLE — FORMER US AMBASSADOR TO VIETNAM RESIGNED BECAUSE TRUMP PRESSURED HIM TO DEMAND THE COUNTRY REPATRIATE 8,000 WAR REFUGEES: “The majority targeted for deportation — sometimes for minor infractions — were war refugees who had sided with the United States, whose loyalty was to the flag of a nation that no longer exists,” former Ambassador Ted Osius wrote in the Foreign Service Journal. Many “fled South Vietnam on boats and through the jungle in the years immediately following the Vietnam War,” he wrote. Read the full piece at the Foreign Service Journal.
THANK YOU, REP. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN FOR BEING A FORCE FOR EQUALITY: Representative Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who is retiring, has moved her party forward on LGBTQ equality — she co-sponsored the federal Equality Act, was the first Republican in the House to support marriage equality, and advocates for her transgender son, Rodrigo. More from Miami Herald.
HORRIFYING — TRANS WOMAN IN CHARLOTTE ATTACKED ON BUS: Jayla Ware suffered a broken jaw. The perpetrator has been charged with aggravated assault. More from The Charlotte Observer.
EIGHTY-SIX PERCENT SPIKE IN HOMICIDES OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IN 2017: The data was compiled by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. More from Spectrum News.
TO ATTRACT MILLENNIAL EMPLOYEES, WISCONSIN MUST PASS PRO-LGBTQ LEGISLATION: “Our business and political leaders could do the right thing now by supporting AB 418 and SB 328, which would cost absolutely no money but would broadcast that Wisconsin is on the right side of history,” writes Diverse & Resilient President Gerry Coons in Milwaukee Business News.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRENDON URIE! To celebrate last week, fans led a campaign to raise money for the HRC Foundation. More from RockSound.
OPENLY GAY DIVER TOM DALEY WINS GOLD AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES: More from Pink News.
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PHOTO SERIES FROM NAT GEO SHOWS TRANS WOMEN FINDING WORK AND SANCTUARY ON COLOMBIAN COFFEE FARM: More from Nat Geo.
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