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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: December 6, 2016

BREAKING: HRC POLLING SHOWS NC’S HB2 DOOMED PAT MCCRORY WITH TRUMP VOTERS: In an exclusive this morning, Politico’s Kevin Robillard (@PoliticoKevin) reports that new polling data released by HRC and Equality NC found that North Carolina voters who voted for Donald Trump are also in full support of LGBTQ rights, pointing to Governor Pat McCrory’s loss as proof of the issue’s political power. Reports Politico: HRC polling by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research “shows a majority of Trump voters backing gay marriage and believing the issue is settled. A separate poll of North Carolina voters found the number one reason given for voting against McCrory was his support of HB2.”  McCrory ran approximately 63,000 votes behind Trump. Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin), “This research is proof that when it comes to LGBTQ equality, hearts and minds remain forever changed and on our side. Nowhere is that more clear than in North Carolina, where voters soundly rejected Pat McCrory and sent a clear signal that anti-LGBTQ politicking is now a liability to candidates, no matter their party.” Read the Politico story here (behind paywall), and more about the poll at HRC here.

TAKE NOTE: ANTI-LGBTQ POLITICKING COST PAT MCCRORY GOVERNOR’S SEAT; NC GOV.-ELECT ROY COOPER WILL WORK TO REPEAL DISCRIMINATORY HB2 LAW THAT SANK MCCRORY: Pat McCrory finally accepted defeat in the North Carolina governor’s race Monday, undone by his embrace of the discriminatory HB2 law that brought shame and financial loss to the state, and put the safety of his own LGBTQ constituents at risk. “Pat McCrory’s reign of discrimination is finally over. McCrory’s stubborn and reckless support of HB2 cost him this election, and his defeat sends a powerful warning to lawmakers across the country that targeting LGBTQ people will not be tolerated,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We look forward to working with Governor-elect Roy Cooper and fair-minded lawmakers to repeal HB2. It’s way past time to repair the harm inflicted on North Carolina’s people, reputation and economy.” Election Day exit polling showed that a stunning 66 percent of North Carolina voters said they oppose HB2, and a survey commissioned by HRC and Equality NC found that 57 percent of voters cited the law as the top reason “not to vote for Pat McCrory” — exceeding any other issue by 17 points. “Governor McCrory has finally conceded, and now it is time for the state and people of North Carolina to get on with our business of rebuilding,” said Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro (@CristoferoSgro). “Roy Cooper is a champion of equality and for North Carolina values, and he is the right person to lead our great state moving forward.” More from HRC, The Charlotte Observer, The Washington Post and The Associated Press.

  • “The McCrory experience could serve as a cautionary tale for other GOP incumbents weighing similar bills, including those focused on religious liberty, in the coming years:” In its morning’s newsletter, WaPo took a deep dive  into the NC Gubernatorial election, laying out how McCrory’s embrace of anti-LGBTQ discrimination cost him the governorship. More from The Washington Post.
  • Our favorite headlines: TIME, “Why the North Carolina Governor’s Election Is Such a Big Deal for LGBT People;” The Advocate, “Bye: Pat McCrory, N.C.’s Anti-LGBT Governor, Concedes;” The New York Times, “GOP Governor Pat McCrory Finally Rules Out a Coup and Concedes in North Carolina;” Slate, “North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s Defeat Is a Cautionary Tale for LGBTQ Opponents”
  • “This is a watershed moment for our movement,” HRC’s Jay Brown told Susan Milligan (@MilliganSusan) of U.S. News. “The defeat of Pat McCrory sends a signal to lawmakers everywhere that the days of LGBT politicking are over.” Read more here.

Congrats Gov-elect @RoyCooperNC! Look fwd to working w you on repeal of #HB2 that’s harmed NC’s reputation & economy https://t.co/m634HyocyQ pic.twitter.com/Hrw96i2RRC

ALSO IN NC, EQUALITY CHAMPION JOSH STEIN WILL SUCCEED ROY COOPER AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, as Buck Newton on Monday finally concedes as well. When HRC endorsed Stein, HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof said that he “understands that LGBTQ people deserve equal treatment under the law, nothing more, and nothing less.” Read more at The Charlotte Observer.

TUESDAY TWEET: Yesterday’s historic moment in North Carolina proved one thing for certain — politicians who peddle hate and insist on standing on the wrong side of history will face consequences. Pat McCrory was the only incumbent governor to lose re-election this year, and the first ever to lose re-election in North Carolina. BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden’s (@DominicHolden) tweets tell the powerful story of how LGBTQ mobilization undid McCrory’s bid.

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER TENA CLARK TO PERFORM NEW SONG AT HRC MISSISSIPPI RALLY CALLING FOR REPEAL OF ANTI-LGBTQ LAW: After her home state passed the discriminatory HB 1523, Mississippi native and singer-songwriter Tena Clark wrote a heartfelt and personal song describing how at odds the law felt with the welcoming, warm state that she knows. Now, Clark is donating all proceeds from the song, called “My, My Mississippi” to HRC’s Project One America, which has created permanent campaigns pushing for equality in in the deep south. This weekend, Clark will also join HRC in Jackson at a Sunday rally outside the Governor’s Mansion calling for a full repeal of HB 1523. Read more about Clark and her song at The Clarion-Ledger.

JANET MOCK DISCUSSES PREMIERE OF HBO’s “THE TRANS LIST”: Writer and transgender advocate Janet Mock sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss “The Trans List,” a new documentary from HBO that premiered last night. The documentary features several prominent transgender advocates, including Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Amos Mac, Sergeant Shane Ortega and Buck Angel. Read the full interview here.

LADY GAGA VISITS LGBTQ YOUTH HOMELESS SHELTER: Pop icon and LGBTQ advocate Lady Gaga’s recent surprise visit to the Ali Forney Center, New York City’s largest shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, is featured in a video released yesterday by Today. In the video, she says,  “These children are not just homeless or in need, many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way. My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.” More from Towleroad.

LGBTQ COMMUNITY MOURNS THOSE LOST IN OAKLAND WAREHOUSE FIRE: HRC mourns the 36 lives lost in the Oakland warehouse fire, which broke out on Friday night. While details are still emerging, we know that at least one victim, Cash Askew, was a member of the LGBTQ community and musician with the band Them Are Us Too. More from LGBTQ Nation.

LGBTQ ADVOCATES CELEBRATE PRIDE IN DELHI: Delhi, India, celebrated it’s 9th LGBTQ Pride Parade this weekend, advocating against Section 377, the notorious anti-LGBTQ law criminalizing sexual acts that go “against the order of nature.” More from Hindustan Times.

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