FACT 1. TRUMP MEETS WITH MCCRORY TODAY. FACT 2. TRUMP HAS NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT (AT LEAST) THREE TIMES ENDORSED NC’S VILE HB2: With President-elect Donald Trump and soon-to-be-former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory meeting today, it’s worth reminding readers about Trump’s comments thus far on the discriminatory and vile HB2 (which cost McCrory his election — marking the very first time an NC Governor lost his re-election bid). During his campaign, Trump first said that he would personally “allow Caitlyn Jenner to use the women’s restroom at Trump Tower.” He then backtracked on the same day in an interview on Fox News, asserting that he would “leave it up to the states” and do nothing as President to protect LGBTQ people from discriminatory laws like HB2. He also told Jimmy Kimmel in late May that he’d “let the states decide” and that they would “do hopefully the right thing.” In an interview with Colin Campbell of The (Raleigh) News and Observer in July, Trump clarified just what the “right thing” was when he said, “I’m going with the state. The state, they know what’s going on, they see what’s happening and generally speaking I’m with the state on things like this. I’ve spoken with your governor, I’ve spoken with a lot of people and I’m going with the state,” he said. McCrory was the face of HB2, which blatantly discriminates against LGBTQ people and violates the Constitution, our nation’s civil rights laws, and the Violence Against Women Act. It’s worth asking President-elect Trump just exactly where he stands on ensuring every American is protected from discrimination. At the very least, it’s worth knowing what he’s actually said about the most anti-LGBTQ law in the land.
HAPPENING TODAY: HRC AND EQUALITY NORTH CAROLINA TOUR STATE TO CONGRATULATE GOVERNOR-ELECT COOPER: Today, HRC and Equality NC will host press conferences in Raleigh and Charlotte to congratulate Governor-Elect Roy Cooper and highlight how his victory over Pat McCrory is a signal to anti-equality activists and politicians that it is now a political liability to be anti-equality. When McCrory jammed through and signed into law the discriminatory HB2 bill, he placed himself on the wrong side of history, becoming the architect of his own political demise. HRC and ENC polling found that HB2 was the critical issue leading to McCrory’s defeat — the only incumbent governor from either party to lose on Election Day. North Carolina voters opposed HB2 by a 30-point margin, and the discriminatory measure was cited as the top reason voters turned against McCrory (17 points above any other issue). HRC and ENC built a state-of-the-art campaign infrastructure designed to defeat McCrory, laying a tactical foundation for future victories that included contacting more than 450,000 potential equality voters, and rallying the state’s 255,000-strong bloc of LGBTQ voters and hundreds of thousands of allies, who helped equality champion Roy Cooper win the governorship by just over 10,000 votes.
- Governor-elect Roy Cooper reiterates call for repeal of HB2 in first speech since he defeated McCrory: Said Cooper, “With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation. Let’s finish the job and repeal HB2.” Watch at WCNC.
- Yesterday, HRC and Equality North Carolina hosted a Facebook Live event to discuss how and why McCrory’s embrace of HB2 legislation cost him re-election and the powerful warning his defeat sends to lawmakers across the country who target LGBTQ people for discrimination. Watch here.
NEW STUDY: TEXAS STANDS TO LOSE $8.5 BILLION IF IT PURSUES ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION: A new study from the Keep Texas Open for Business coalition estimates that Texas could stand to lose $8.5 billion in GDP and 185,000 jobs if lawmakers elect to pursue anti-LGBTQ bills in the coming legislative session. This new economic impact study was commissioned by the Texas Association of Business. Read the full study and launch release here. The coalition stresses that Texas should focus on issues of infrastructure, education and health, instead of divisive, unnecessary, anti-LGBTQ laws that only serve to threaten the economic prosperity of the state. In order to keep Texas an attractive, welcoming destination for new businesses, events, conferences and jobs, Texas must not make the mistake that Gov. Pat McCrory made in North Carolina, and allow state-sponsored discrimination.
- Read about a press conference the coalition hosted yesterday at the Texas Capitol, announcing the study.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY — HRC MISSISSIPPI FEATURED IN VICE DOCUMENTARY ON HIV IN THE DEEP SOUTH: In a new Vice documentary about the disparate impact of HIV & AIDS in the deep south, HRC Mississippi’s Rob Hill talks about how stigma and a difficult political, social and religious environment contributes to the the spread of the virus, and addresses the lack of willingness by politicians and leaders to discuss the health crisis publicly. In Jackson, Mississippi, the virus has reached epidemic proportions, primarily affecting younger, black, gay men. Check out the documentary here. (HRC’s Hill speaks around 9:45).
HRC’S SARAH MCBRIDE RECEIVES HER HOME STATE’S HIGHEST HONOR: HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), a Delaware native, was awarded the Order of the First State, the highest honor the Governor of Delaware can bestow. Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) surprised her with the honor yesterday. The Order of the First State, which recognizes individuals who have had a significant impact on the citizens of Delaware, honored McBride for her leadership in the fight for LGBTQ equality in her home state. McBride, who also serves on the board of Equality Delaware, played a pivotal role in the passage of Delaware’s 2013 Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act, which provides basic legal protections to transgender people in employment, housing, public accommodations, and insurance. More from HRC.
SENATOR URGES SECRETARY KERRY TO APOLOGIZE TO EMPLOYEES LAID OFF DURING “LAVENDER SCARE”: Last week, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to apologize on behalf of the State Department to at least 1,000 employees who were fired from the department during the “Lavender Scare” of the 1950s and 1960s. Thousands of employees suspected of being gay or lesbian were shamefully investigated and fired during that period as potential “security risks” vulnerable to Soviet blackmail. More from HRC.
LGBTQ COMMUNITY MOURNS LIVES 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 three of the victims were transgender, and that the location was a prominent hub for LGBTQ artists. More from ABC News 7.
BANGLADESH LGBTQ COMMUNITY STILL REELING FROM BRUTAL MURDER OF LGBTQ ADVOCATE: The effects of the brutal murder seven months ago of two employees of Bangladesh’s first and only LGBTQ magazine, Roopbaan, are still being felt deeply in the LGBTQ community. More than a dozen LGBTQ people have fled the country since the crime. More from NBC.
Salon blasts a discriminatory Texas bill that could put countless LGBTQ foster youth at risk… The Virginian-Pilot reports on a LGBTQ Pride assembly at a local high school that was postponed by school administration… The Dallas Morning News profiles a supportive Texas church granting full membership to LGBTQ patrons… Mother Jones interviews legendary LGBTQ rights advocate Cleve Jones…