#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 17, 2020


IDAHO SENATE PASSES DISCRIMINATORY, FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND ANTI-TRANSGENDER BILL:  “If HB 500 becomes law, Idaho will be the first state to have such a retrogressive, invasive and patently anti-transgender law on the books,” said HRC President Alphonso David(@AlphonsoDavid). “If HB 500 becomes law, it will send a strong message to trans youth that they are less than their peers and not deserving of community and acceptance.” HB 500 is a discriminatory anti-transgender bill that would bar transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. It will undergo a few procedural votes before heading to Governor Brad Little for his signature. More from HRC. 


MILWAUKEE MAYOR TOM BARRETT FOR REELECTION: “Milwaukee and Mayor Barrett have been true regional leaders for equality,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “Through his dedicated leadership, Mayor Barrett has made Milwaukee one of the most inclusive cities in the Midwest and a model for how municipalities across the country can lead progress for equality while the U.S. Senate and President Trump impede our progress on the national level.” More from HRC. 

JUDGE JILL KAROFSKY FOR WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT: “Wisconsin is at a turning point. Leaders like Judge Karofsky are exactly what Wisconsin needs to create a more just and equal state,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “Her dedication to equality and fairness and commitment to uprooting corruption make her uniquely qualified to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.” More from HRC. 

ASSEMBLYWOMAN JOCASTA ZAMARRIPA FOR ALDERWOMAN: “Assemblywoman Zamarripa has been one of our community’s strongest advocates throughout her time in public service,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “Milwaukee has become a true regional leader for equality. By joining the Common Council, Zamarripa will only continue to move that pro-equality agenda forward.” More from HRC. 


“Right now, if this bill is pushed through, then you must know that we are giving in to fear.”

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THE FIGHT  TO ENSURE FULL EQUALITY AT THE BALLOT BOX -- AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. MEGAN GALL: “One of the things that has always struck me about the queer community is that as a group of minorities, we’re the only group of minorities where members of our community belong to every other community on earth,” said Dr. Gall (@DocGallJr), whose voting rights work is very intersectional in terms of LGBTQ equality. “Because of that intersectionality, when we work on voting rights for other large marginalized communities, [LGBTQ people] are swept into what we’re doing because we are in all other groups.” More from HRC. 


IT’S TIME FOR MISSOURI TO UPHOLD LGBTQ RIGHTS: For the 22nd consecutive year, Republican state lawmakers are poised to block legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “Missourians, like other Americans, are generally more tolerant on LGBT issues today than they used to be,” writes the Editorial Board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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SCHITT’S CREEK TO RELEASE A MOVIE AFTER ITS FINAL SEASON: After the finale of the show airs, it will be joined by an hour-long special. Titled Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt's Creek Farewell, the special includes behind the scenes footage and commentary by Schitt’s Creek team. More from Mikelle Street (@MikelleStreet) at Out.

  • Dan Levy (@danjlevy) is the recipient of HRC’s Visibility Award. He was scheduled to receive the award at the 2020 LA Dinner, which has been postponed.


RUSSIAN COURT APPROVES LAW ON AMENDMENTS THAT COULD ALLOW PUTIN TO EXTEND HIS TERM FOR ANOTHER 16 YEARS: Alongside these constitutional amendments, Putin also has submitted a draft amendment to Russia’s constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. The laws must still be approved in a national referendum vote on April 22. More from The New York Times.

BRITISH COURT RULING COULD CHANGE LAWS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH AND OVERSEAS TERRITORIES: The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London will hear a final appeal on same-sex marriage in Bermuda that could impact a number of laws on same-sex marriage and same-sex relations in dozens of countries. More from Gay Star News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

The Guardian spotlights contemporary African photography exploring self and sexuality; Dazed highlights queer female and non-binary photographers redefining fashion representation

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