#AM_Equality Tipsheet: April 15, 2019

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MAKING HISTORY -- PETE BUTTIGIEG OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT, FIRST OUT GAY CANDIDATE TO SEEK DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT: Read Maureen Groppe’s (@mgroppe) piece in USA Today about what Buttigieg’s candidacy means to LGBTQ people including Matthew Miller, 25. He drove with his dad from upstate New York for the campaign announcement Sunday in South Bend, Indiana, where Buttigieg is mayor. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing that you just have to be there for to experience,” Miller said. Read more at USA Today and Out.

  • In 2018, exit polling showed that more than 7 million LGBTQ voters -- 6% of total turnout -- cast ballots, making the difference in key races from coast to coast. More from NBC.
  • And on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) officially launched his presidential campaign in his hometown of Newark, in a speech that focused on “Democratic ideals of health care for all, LGBTQ rights, economic equality and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants,” reported NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC).  Read more at NBC.

Historic: Today, for the first time, an out gay candidate will officially launch his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President. Truly consequential moment for our country & movement. Another strong, pro-equality candidate in an exciting primary!https://t.co/GszlA0Pt97

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) April 14, 2019

HRC’S CHARLOTTE CLYMER, AN ARMY VET, WRITES OPED ON UNCONSTITUTIONAL TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN: “For over three years, I carried caskets in Arlington National Cemetery. I folded American flags for loved ones. I didn’t know anything about the gender identity or sexuality of those I carried -- just that they had died in selfless service, and they wore the flag of this country to the grave,” wrote Clymer (@cmclymer). More from Broadly.

  • Clymer also appeared on MSNBC’s Velshi & Ruhle on Friday to discuss the ban. Watch here.

My piece for @Broadly on why Trump’s trans troop ban is absolutely a ban, despite what Trump says.

The Trans Ban Is in Effect, And Service Members Are Now in Jeopardy https://t.co/vGuCbrvKTD via @broadly

— Charlotte Clymer��️‍�� (@cmclymer) April 12, 2019

HRC & SAGE ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER ASSESSMENT OF CARE FACILITIES SERVING OLDER LGBTQ PEOPLE: A centerpiece of the effort will be the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI), the first-ever nationwide assessment of how long-term care facilities are treating their LGBTQ residents. Facilities are being asked to take the first step by signing onto a “Commitment to Caring” pledge. More from HRC and McKnight’s Senior Living.

.@HRC and @sageusa are teaming up to improve the experiences of LGBTQ elders. A centerpiece of the effort will be the Long-Term Care Equality Index, the first-ever nationwide assessment of how long-term care facilities treat their LGBTQ residents. https://t.co/KZD2WYdWgp pic.twitter.com/x4IDItHTpB

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 15, 2019

MONDAY MUST WATCH -- IN NEW HRC VIDEO, REP. STEPHANIE MURPHY (D-FL) CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PASS THE EQUALITY ACT: Watch here.

"I believe in fighting to ensure that everybody has an equal shot at the American dream."

Thank you to @RepStephMurphy for co-sponsoring the #EqualityAct and fighting for all LGBTQ Americans. pic.twitter.com/0rx53jVgYH

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 11, 2019

THIS WEEK IN HUH? MIKE HUCKABEE CLAIMS THAT LGBTQ EQUALITY IS THE “GREATEST THREAT” AMERICA FACES: Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera (@LisbethMR_HRC), HRC director of faith outreach & training responded “The future of the Christian Church in the U.S. depends on the voices of the faithful who will continue to be vocal in supporting marginalized communities, and on LGBTQ people who are working to strengthen and transform our faith communities -- even in the face of these dangerous, exclusionary voices.” More from HuffPost.

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE TO BEGIN ADMITTING TRANSGENDER MEN: More from Associated Press.

With this decision, @Morehouse is taking a step in the right direction to show trans men — especially black trans men — that they are welcome, they are accepted, and they can have the same opportunities and college experience as their cisgender classmates. https://t.co/anwwG8hIiy

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 14, 2019

“MOB VIOLENCE” -- DALLAS POLICE ARREST ONE SUSPECT IN VICIOUS DAYTIME ATTACK ON TRANSGENDER WOMAN: Edward Thomas, 29, is one of several suspects in the videotaped attack on Muhlaysia Booker, 23, who is home from the hospital and recovering. More from Dallas News, WFFA and The Washington Post.

Our hearts are with the trans community in Dallas today. We hope the victim will receive justice after this horrible attack. https://t.co/fxeXe4GErq

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 13, 2019

CALIFORNIA MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME FOR MAKING THREATS AGAINST GAY STARBUCKS EMPLOYEE: Vincent O’Sullivan used slurs against the man, and threatened to blow up the coffeeshop. More from San Francisco Gate.

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

INDEFENSIBLE -- BRUNEI GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL TRIES TO DEFEND DRACONIAN ANTI-LGBTQ LAW TO U.N.: More from Reuters.

  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reached out to the Bruneian government to express his concern over the law. More from Gay Star News.

INTENTIONAL “OUTING” OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IN JAPAN CAUSING PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS: Local support hotlines report a spike in calls, highlighting the mental health implications of being “outed.” More from Kyodo News.

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The Advocate (Louisiana) reports on the second-annual Pride Prom in New Orleans; OZY shares a harrowing story of an Egyptian gay man once jailed for his sexual orientation; HRC co-hosts 12th annual Rainbow Seder

.@HRC is proud to join @E_DCJCC GLOE Program and Rabbi Avi Strausberg of the @HadarInstitute to host the 12th annual Rainbow Seder, one of the nation’s largest and longest-running Passover seders for the queer Jewish community and its allies. �� pic.twitter.com/l83nw8f9NX

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 15, 2019

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