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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 16, 2016

TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM CANDIDATES WELL-VERSED IN ANTI-LGBTQ HATE: President-elect Donald Trump has doubled down on his anti-equality agenda by tapping Indiana Gov. and VP-elect Mike Pence to take over his transition team. Pence, who has made virulent anti-LGBTQ activism a cornerstone of his political career, will shape the incoming administration by identifying candidates for cabinet positions, senior leadership posts, and more. But VP-elect Pence isn’t the only anti-LGBTQ activist on the list. Read about just a few of the potential transition team candidates who stand against LGBTQ equality, like Stephen Bannon, Ken Blackwell, Former Attorney General Ed Meese and Kellyanne Conway from HRC. Stay tuned for more updates on potential picks in the coming days.  

  • Trump’s Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon in his own words: The New York Times published some of the anti-LGBTQ, white nationalist, nativist, misogynist, Islamophobic and anti-semitic words Bannon and his “news” site, Breitbart, have published. More here.  

#REJECTRUSSELL: Congress is considering an annual defense bill that includes the Russell Amendment, an anti-LGBTQ provision that would allow religious organizations with federal contracts or grants to discriminate against their employees. This would not only undermine President Obama’s executive order banning LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors, but also allow sweeping taxpayer funded discrimination across the federal government. The Russell Amendment is one of the most significant threats to LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, and others we have seen in Congress in years. Yesterday, HRC joined a coalition to deliver over 340,000 signatures from across the country to Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Adam Smith (D-WA) urging Congress to keep this provision out of the final version of the defense bill. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) published a powerful op-ed in The Advocate to say he will continue to oppose any effort to roll back LGBTQ rights, and to encourage the community to continue fighting for all.

2016 STATE LEGISLATION REPORT — ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION SPREAD NATIONWIDE: A stunning 200+ anti-LGBTQ bills were filed in 34 states — that’s 76 percent of states that had legislative sessions this year. Of these bills filed, 55 of those bills directly targeted transgender people and three of these bills passed this year: the infamous HB2 in North Carolina, which mandates discrimination against transgender people in publicly-owned facilities at the same time it overturned LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances, among other harmful provisions; HB 1523 in Mississippi which allows individuals and businesses to cite religious belief about marriage or gender identity as a legal reason to refuse service to LGBTQ people, single mothers, unwed parents and others; and a non-binding legislative resolution passed in Oklahoma in opposition to the guidance issued by the US Departments of Justice and Education related to discrimination against transgender students in schools. More from HRC.

BREAKING: NEARLY 100 TECH COMPANY LEADERS AND BUSINESS GROUPS MEETING TODAY TO BATTLE STATE ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS: BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) reports that today in San Francisco tech companies are “holding a national summit of business and LGBT leaders to discuss strategies for defeating a new crop of bills before legislatures can gavel in come January.” The summit has been organized by Salesforce and PayPal; HRC is among organizations that will be briefing leaders, Holden reports. Justin Higgs, a spokesperson for PayPal, told BuzzFeed: “Through this event, we strive to play a part in helping businesses protect employees, customers, and families from discriminatory actions in communities where they live and operate.” Salesforce and PayPal are among tech companies that have been the strongest advocates for LGBTQ inclusion and equality both in and out of the workplace, and joined HRC and other pro-equality organizations this year in battling anti-LGBTQ state bills, including North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2. Read more here.

HRC SUBMITS LETTER TO ROMANIAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY: For several months, the Romanian Constitutional Court has been considering a landmark case for marriage equality. As Romania’s Constitutional Court considers this case, HRC’s Legal Director Sarah Warbelow submitted a letter to the court providing additional information about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to extend marriage equality to all citizens. “In deciding to eliminate barriers to federal recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages and guarantee access to marriage nationwide in United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court of the United States has shown the importance of evaluating liberty, equality, and the best interests of children,” Warbelow stated in the letter submitted by HRC. “Therefore we urge you to see this as a violation of human dignity as well.” More from HRC.

UGANDAN COURT REMOVES BARRIER ALLOWING COMMISSION TO IGNORE LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION: Last week, Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned a provision allowing the Equal Opportunities Commission to overlook complaints from the LGBTQ community. The provision also affected other marginalized groups deemed “immoral or socially unacceptable” by the commission, including sex workers, women, people living with HIV and disabled people. More from Erasing 76 Crimes.

CANADA APPOINTS LGBTQ SPECIAL ADVISOR: MP Randy Boissonnault ha been named the LGBTQ2 special advisor to the prime minister. More from BuzzFeed.

READING RAINBOW

HRC guides parents and caregivers of trans and gender-expansive children on best practices… The Daily Beast lists the countries where LGBTQ people are losing rights… The Cornell Daily Sun reports on Michael Sam’s recent visit to discuss LGBTQ inclusion in the NFL…

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