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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 21, 2016

PAT MCCRORY’S DESPERATE SCHEMES TO UNDERMINE NC’S ELECTORAL PROCESS: The North Carolina State Board of Elections held an emergency meeting last night to discuss challenges in the Governor’s race, many already soundly rejected by Republican-controlled County Boards of Election. After an eight-month campaign, McCrory was ousted by voters in large part because of the discriminatory HB2 legislation he signed into law; now he’s attempting to undo votes of the people, while continuing to waste taxpayer time and money. Pro-equality Governor-Elect Roy Cooper’s lead has already grown to 7,902 votes since absentee and provisional ballots have been counted.  “The voters have had enough of Pat McCrory’s dangerous and desperate schemes,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Several GOP-controlled county boards have already rejected McCrory’s costly and desperate attempts to undermine the vote. It is time for Pat McCrory to accept the result of this election. North Carolinians deserve a prompt transition of power so Governor-elect Cooper can begin work to repeal HB2 and restore the reputation of this great state.” Tuesday, the Board will reconvene to hear from both campaigns.

  • Background reading: McCrory has a history of attempting to deny voters their voice. In July, a federal court struck down a law he signed that would have suppressed votes in predominately African-American neighborhoods. Additionally, just prior to the election, several North Carolina counties were caught improperly striking voters from the rolls in attempts to further suppress voters in predominantly African-American neighborhoods. Read more from Alan Blinder (@AlanBlinder) and Michael Wines (@MiWines) in the The New York Times.

MONDAY MUST WATCH: During yesterday’s elections board meeting, North Carolina Governor-elect Roy Cooper issued a video statement, saying “we have won this race for governor” and that he’s “confident that once the results of the election are finalized, we will come out on top.”

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE (TDOR): Yesterday, HRC honored the 21 transgender lives lost to hate-fueled violence in 2016. TDOR, a somber reminder that we must continue fighting to end this epidemic of violence, was started to mark the day — November 28, 1998 — that Rita Hester, a 34-year-old African-American transgender woman, was brutally murdered in her Boston apartment. The crime remains unsolved. Though Rita Hester was not the first transgender person to be a victim of transphobia and violence, her death became the catalyst for the launch of Transgender Day of Remembrance. More on TDOR here and from NBC.

  • At a TDOR event, Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed that “we all must do more to protect transgender persons.” More from The Hill.
  • HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program encourages educators across the country to use TDOR as an impetus to discuss gender in schools and classrooms. HRC offers guidance here.

HRC REMEMBERS HERO MOM PATRICIA KUTTELES, LED FIGHT TO END DON’T ASK DON’T TELL AFTER SON’S MURDER: The New York Times reports that Patricia Kutteles, “whose relentless efforts helped reverse the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy a decade after her son was beaten to death by a fellow soldier who presumed he was gay,” died Nov. 14 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was 67. In her difficult quest to hold her son’s murderers, and the military, accountable, Kutteles told the Times in 2000, “I hear him now, over and over, telling me, ‘Suck it up, Mom, and drive on. Everything I’m doing is for him: Suck it up and drive on.” Read more here.

FIFTH HARMONY SINGER COMES OUT — “I AM A BISEXUAL CUBAN-AMERICAN WOMAN”: Lauren Jauregui from the pop group Fifth Harmony came out as bisexual over the weekend in a powerful letter responding to the presidential election. She writes, “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it. I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another. I am proud to be the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world with a different language and culture and immerse themselves fearlessly to start a better life for themselves and their families.” More from Billboard.

NY AG DISCUSSES SPIKE IN ANTI-LGBTQ HATE CRIMES: Following the release of the 2015 hate crime statistics and media reports of an uptick in hate crimes and violence following the election, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman held a discussion on the alarming rise, announcing that his office is committed to protecting the civil rights of all New Yorkers. Schneiderman also issued a bulletin to law enforcement providing guidance to identify, investigate and prosecute hate crimes. More from HRC.

HISTORY HAS ITS EYES ON YOU, MIKE PENCE: This weekend, the cast of the hit musical Hamilton sent a powerful message of equality from the stage to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence. The racially diverse cast includes openly LGBTQ and HIV-positive members. Pence has made a career opposing LGBTQ rights, notably advocating to divert HIV funding to dangerous so-called “conversion therapy” efforts. More from The Huffington Post.

VETERAN SEEKS CHANGE IN DISCHARGE STATUS: In 1948, H. Edward Spires was dishonorably discharged from the military for being gay. Now he’s seeing to change that status so he can receive a military funeral. More from NBC.

FATAL ANTI-TRANS VIOLENCE SPARKS MOVEMENT: Two terrifying murders of transgender people in Mexico have sparked rallies and demands for justice. Read more, including interviews from rally organizers in Mexico City, from Broadly.

8-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN UGANDA ARRESTED ON SUSPICIONS THAT SHE IS LGBTQ: Ugandan police are holding an 8-year-old girl in custody on the suspicion that she is LGBTQ.  More from Pink News.

READING RAINBOW

CNN interviews a transgender Marine taking steps to serve openly because of the military’s new policy allowing it… HRC’s Mary Beth Maxwell says the LGBTQ community still has a lot of fight left in them… TIME interviews a plaintiff in Baskin v. Bogan, which challenged Indiana’s denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples while Vice President-Elect Mike Pence was governor…

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