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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November, 14 2016

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON IS ANTI-LGBTQ, WHITE NATIONALIST: Steve Bannon,  who President-elect Donald Trump has tapped as his White House chief strategist, is well-versed in attacking others, including LGBTQ people. Bannon launched a vile smear against transgender people during a May interview with the American Family Association while he was at the helm of Breitbart News, a white nationalist news organization known for it’s anti-LGBTQ, misogynistic and anti-Semitic viewpoint. Bannon attacked non-discrimination protections that ensure transgender people are able to use facilities that match their gender identity, repeating the debunked claim that such protections force children to “go into a bathroom with a guy with a beard in a dress.” In addition to slurring transgender people himself in an article, Bannon managed a news site that regularly attacks LGBTQ people. His site features Austin Ruse as a contributor. Ruse has published shameful conspiracy theories alleging Matthew Shepard’s murder was not a hate crime. Bannon also directed a movie starring Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, who promoted warnings against “poll-driven morality” (as a reference to growing acceptance of LGBTQ people).

  • On 60 Minutes yesterday, Trump claimed marriage equality was “done” and “settled,” but failed to apply that same logic to Roe v. Wade, a crucial SCOTUS decision protecting the reproductive decision making and health of countless Americans. Watch here.
  • Alarming — Trump hands reins to Pence, one of most anti-LGBTQ politicians in U.S. History: Trump has put his virulently anti-LGBTQ Vice President-Elect Mike Pence in charge of the new administration’s transition efforts. Pence has embraced discrimination against LGBTQ people his entire political career, even undermining his state of Indiana’s economy by adamantly hawking a so-called “religious freedom” law that could have allowed widespread anti-LGBTQ discrimination. More from Politico and more on Pence’s anti-LGBTQ background from TIME.
  • The AP reports about fears of re-stoked culture wars under Trump:  “There’s no question a lot of transgender students and their parents woke up Wednesday morning really scared,” HRC’s Sarah McBride said. Read more here. And here’s a CBS News report about reports of an increase in school bullying and harassment since the election.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledges to protect LGBTQ people: “Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York,” wrote Cuomo in a statement posted to his Facebook page. Read more at The Advocate.

MONDAY MUST WATCH: Last night on NBC Nightly News, Pete Williams (@PeteWilliamsNBC) discussed LGBTQ rights under the Trump administration, including anxiety over Trump’s promise to appoint a Supreme Court Justice who could overturn the Obergefell decision granting the nation marriage equality. This could also affect upcoming cases that have huge implications for transgender equality, like the Grimm case. Williams gave a disheartening prediction for the next four years under Trump, saying “the momentum for trans equality is about to slow down.” Watch here.

HRC LAUNCHES PARENTS FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY COUNCIL: Today, the HRC Foundation is launching a groundbreaking, Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation’s leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. The launch begins HRC’s commemoration of Transgender Week of Awareness, dedicated to the progress, continued challenges, and unfinished work in the fight for transgender equality. “Parents of transgender children are on the frontlines of the fight for transgender equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “In the days since the election, transgender people and their parents have reached out to us filled with fear and questions about what the results of the election mean for their families. These parents, standing shoulder to shoulder with transgender people, are going to be vital in our continued effort to defend our progress, open hearts, and demonstrate to this country that transgender people are loved and worthy of being treated with dignity and fairness.” Among the inspiring advocates are Jeanette Jennings (@MomOfJazz), mom of Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__), an HRC Youth Ambassador and star of TLC’s I Am Jazz. Read more here.

  • Watch as HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) shares an inspirational post-election message with the trans community: “You are worthy, you are beautiful and you are loved.” Watch here.

PEPSICO CEO — MY FEMALE & NON-WHITE EMPLOYEES ARE ASKING, “ARE WE SAFE?” AFTER ELECTION: Donald Trump’s election is leaving many communities frightened and concerned about their day-to-day safety, including at their places of work. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi (@IndraNooyi), speaking at a conference in New York City, said: “Our employees are all crying and the question that they are asking, especially those that are not white: ‘Are we safe?’ Women are asking, ‘Are we safe?’ LGBT people are asking, ‘Are we safe?’ I never thought I’d have had to answer those questions.” Noori said everyone living in the U. S. must be assured that they are safe. During a Facebook Live event on Thursday, HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said that companies are free to create policies specifically protecting employees, even if federal, state or local law does not. More from Fortune.

ORLANDO CELEBRATES FIRST PRIDE SINCE PULSE SHOOTING: This weekend was Orlando Pride — the first Pride event the city has held since the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub. The event was marked both by remembrance and hope for a more just and equal future. More from USA Today.

READING RAINBOW

The New York Times discusses LGBTQ acceptance in Canada’s curling leagues… United We Dream shares five important things to know about DACA during a Trump presidency… The Washington Post’s Steven Petrow (@StevenPetrow) writes about the need to look at the intersection of LGBTQ equality and other forms of oppression… NPR reports that Provo, Utah is set to open its first community LGBTQ center… Yahoo reports on the Marist basketball team protesting HB2 law by wearing rainbow-colored socks at their game against Duke…

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