USA TODAY – “PRESIDENT IN THE SHADOWS” – 6 KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM A NEW BOOK ABOUT MIKE PENCE: Maureen Groppe (@mgroppe) takes a dive into a new book on Pence, reporting that the book’s authors are “not the first to raise the alarm” about the dangerous vice president. She writes, “Arguing Pence has taken advantage of the chaos of the Trump administration to amass ‘enormous power’ under the radar, the Human Rights Campaign launched a campaign earlier this year to highlight Pence’s record on issues important to the LGBTQ community.” Read the full piece at USA Today and HRC’s report on Pence here.
TOMORROW — TRUMP, RENACCI AND DEWINE BRING DANGEROUS ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACKS TO OHIO: Donald Trump is scheduled to raise money for anti-LGBTQ U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Jim Renacci and Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine in Columbus tomorrow. “Donald Trump, Jim Renacci and Mike DeWine have pushed anti-LGBTQ policies that are not only wrong, they are politically toxic in a state with more than 1.5 million Equality Voters,” said HRC State Manager Shawn Copeland. “Renacci opposes marriage equality, doesn’t support the Equality Act and has maintained a ‘zero’ score on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard for his entire career in the U.S. House. As Attorney General, DeWine defended the state’s marriage ban, stating that LGBTQ people did not deserve ‘protected-class status.’ That’s why HRC is mobilizing members and volunteers across Ohio to ensure voters stand up and reject Renacci, DeWine and their dangerous agenda.” More from HRC.
ICYMI — “INSIDE HRC’S FIGHT TO STOP BRETT KAVANAUGH”: NewNowNext’s Jeff Taylor (@jefftaylorhuman) details the intensive effort and provides an exclusive look at HRC’s new video detailing just one of the many dangers that await if Kavanaugh is confirmed — the potential dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, which would harm the ability of transgender people to obtain approval for medically necessary care, and potentially lead to the denial of coverage for people living with HIV. More from NewNowNext.
- Yesterday, civil rights organizations gathered at the U.S. Supreme Court to call out Kavanaugh’s anti-women, anti-reproductive health care agenda. Watch here.
THROWBACK THURSDAY — WOMAN REFLECTS ON HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS WHO SUPPORTED HER COMING OUT: Grace Baldridge posted a delightful tweet featuring a picture of her with her three besties at their high school prom back in the day — and a follow-up pic of them at her recent wedding. She writes, “Dear Grace-At-Prom, I know you’re afraid to come out to your friends right now. But don’t worry. They’re gonna be your bridesmaids one day.” More from ABC.
Dear Grace-At-Prom, I know you’re afraid to come out to your friends right now. But don’t worry. They’re gonna be your bridesmaids one day. pic.twitter.com/N7UZIKZ7Vz
— Grace Semler Baldridge (@GraceBaldridge) August 9, 2018
DELAWARE MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME FOR ASSAULTING MAN AT LGBTQ PRIDE EVENT: More from The Associated Press.
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE OFFICER ALLEGES ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION BY SUPERIORS: More from NewNowNext.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS ACTOR NICO SANTOS (@nicosantos) ON LGBTQ API REPRESENTATION: “Being queer is not a monolith. Being Asian is not a monolith. We’re so much more than what people expect us to be,” the breakout star told them.
- Check out HRC’s resource “Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans” here.
FLORIDA STATE REP. SHEVRIN JONES COME OUT AS GAY: He came out by allowing Equality Florida to list him in its list of openly LGBTQ endorsees. More from Tampa Bay Times.
NEW STUDY QUANTIFIES ANTI-LGBTQ WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION ACROSS THE COUNTRY: More from Insurance Quotes.
MADISON, WI, POLICE DEPARTMENT ADOPTS POLICY TO BETTER SERVE TRANS AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE: More from The Cap Times.
MICHIGAN INITATIVE WILL FOCUS ON IMPROVING CARE FOR LGBTQ ELDERS: More from Upper Michigans Source.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
TWO WOMEN TO BE CANED IN MALAYSIA, ADVOCATES SAY IT’S TORTURE AND MUST BE HALTED: A court in Malaysia has sentenced two women accused of ‘attempting lesbian sex’ to six strokes of caning and an approximately $800 fine each. The women are set to be caned on August 28. More from HRC.
- Human Rights Watch has called on Malaysian authorities to end caning as a punishment for those suspected of being LGBTQ. More from Pink News.
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Tennessean reports that Vanderbilt University is opening a clinic devoted to trans patients; Advocate reviews the new film Colette; The Hollywood Reporter announces a new dating show for bisexual, pansexual, queer and sexually fluid contestants; Cronkite News profiles Michael Dutzer, winner of Miss Gay America; HRC sits down with the cast of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”
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