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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 22, 2016

MOVE ON, MCCRORY: Today, HRC, Equality North Carolina and Progress North Carolina Action will hold “Move On, McCrory!” events with voters at 5:45 p.m. ET in both Raleigh and Charlotte.  Instead of accepting that he has lost the governor’s race to pro-equality advocate Roy Cooper, Pat McCrory is launching an all-out effort to throw the integrity of the election into question by lodging voter challenges in more than half of the state’s 100 counties.  Many of the of the baseless and pointless tactics have already been rejected by county boards of election controlled by McCrory’s own appointees. North Carolina voters today will reiterate the message they sent on Election Day: they’ve have had enough of Pat McCrory’s dangerous and desperate schemes, and it is time he accepts the election results. North Carolinians deserve a prompt and smooth transition of power so Governor-elect Cooper can begin working to repeal the discriminatory HB2, stopping its economic damage, and restoring the state’s reputation.

· The Raleigh News & Observer calls on McCrory to concede, cites failed vote challenges: “The governor could serve the people well one more time by calling off his protests and conceding the election to Cooper,” The News & Observer says in an editorial yesterday. “Certainly if the roles were reversed, that’s what he’d be calling on Cooper to do.” Read the full editorial here.

· Noted election expert Richard Hasen, quoted in The Charlotte Observer, issues a warning to NC Republicans contemplating undermining Governor-elect Pat Cooper’s win at the ballot box: “A brazen power grab without a plausible basis for overturning the results of a democratically conducted election? I expect the federal courts would take a very close look at such a thing,” Hasen tells The Observer’s Peter St. Onge (@saintorange). Read it all here.

WHITE NATIONALISTS PRAISE PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP WITH NAZI SALUTES: At a white nationalist conference in Washington, DC this weekend, attendees celebrated Trump’s win with Nazi salutes. One of the main speakers, Richard B. Spencer, gave a horrifying speech full of anti-Semitic hate speech and call-backs to rhetoric used by the German Nazis during the rise of Hitler. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum condemned the conference and called on “all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders, and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech,” saying, “[t]he Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words.” More at The Atlantic.

TRUMP CONSIDERS ANTI-LGBTQ TOM PRICE FOR HHS SECRETARY: Tom Price (R-GA), under consideration for Health and Human Services Secretary in the Trump administration, has a long history of anti-LGBTQ votes and legislagive activity. He’s said that LGBTQ rights have a negative health and economic impact, opposes women’s reproductive healthcare, wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and co-sponsored the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). FADA is tantamount to state-sanctioned discrimination and would allow non-profit organizations and businesses contracting with the federal government to circumvent critical federal protections designed to protect LGBTQ families from harmful discrimination. Price has earned a score of “zero” on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard for the 109th, 112th, 113th and 114th Congress, and a “10” (out of 100) for the 110th and 111th Congress. Read more here from Dawn Ennis (@LifeAfterDawn) writing in LGBTQ Nation.

· Trump’s appointee for Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), voted for a Constitutional ban on marriage equality; voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA); is a cosponsor of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA); voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability, and against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” More from Keen News Service.

TEXAS LAWMAKERS WANT TO FORCE TEACHERS TO OUT THEIR STUDENTS TO THEIR PARENTS: A new bill proposed by Texas State Rep. Konni Burton would force teachers and other school administrators to out LGBTQ students to their parents. Senate Bill 242 was proposed in response to the Department of Education’s guidance on transgender students, according to Burton’s chief of staff. The bill would entitle parents to all written record held by the school district regarding their child’s “general physical, psychological or emotional well-being with the exception of any information related to child abuse.” School officials who do not comply are subject to punishment. More from CBS News.

TUESDAY TWEET: Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) takes a look at NC Governor Pat McCrory’s attempts to undermine the gubernatorial election and his refusal to concede to Roy Cooper. He writes: “North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, champion of the country’s most notorious anti-LGBTQ law, lost his bid for reelection on Nov. 8 — at last count, by 7,448 votes. Yet nearly two weeks later, McCrory still refuses to concede… He seems intent on delaying the formal declaration of a winner—and delegitimizing the voting process—in order to let the Republican dominated legislature ignore the true result and re-install McCrory as governor for another four years.”

HOW LGBTQ PEOPLE CAN SURVIVE THANKSGIVING IN A PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP WORLD: Ahead of Thanksgiving, Steven Petrow, who writes the The Washington Post’sCivilities” column about LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ social dilemmas, dispenses some sage (see what we did there?) advice about how to navigate the holiday when up close and personal with Trump supporters. Read here.

ELLEN DEGENERES TO BE HONORED WITH PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM: Today, LGBTQ advocate Ellen Degeneres will be among the 2016 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House said this about Degeneres: “In 1997, after coming out herself, DeGeneres made TV history when her character on Ellen revealed she was a lesbian. In her work and in her life, she has been a passionate advocate for equality and fairness.”

· Bruce Springsteen is also among the medal recipients: This year, Springsteen issued a powerful statement against North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ HB2 law. Said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) at the time: “Bruce Springsteen is a hero and an icon because he gives voice, both through his music and his advocacy, to those who struggle against injustice and equality. It means so much that he has spoken out against this hateful bill on behalf of thousands of citizens whose rights and fundamental dignity are being trampled by the leadership of North Carolina.”

SUNDAY MARKS 38TH ANNIVERSARY OF HARVEY MILK’S ASSASSINATION: Harvey Milk made history when he was elected to serve as San Francisco City Supervisor in 1977, making him one of the first openly gay men elected to public office. Less than a year into his term, he was tragically assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone.

SHAMEFUL — LOUISIANA LEGISLATORS REJECT LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE HEALTHCARE CONTRACT: The Louisiana House Appropriations Committee rejected a state employee health benefits contract extension on Friday because it included employment protections for LGBTQ employees of state contractors. More from KLFY.

GROUP OF NATIONS ATTEMPT AND FAIL TO SUSPEND LGBTQ UN EXPERT: Yesterday, a group of nations attempted to suspend Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, the UN’s  first-ever Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The motion failed. More from The Associated Press.

READING RAINBOW
The Huffington Post interviews Texas State Rep. Celia Israel about her efforts to protect LGBTQ youth… NBC News reports on a study showing that bisexual workers earn less than their straight, gay and lesbian counterparts… Pink News reports on a new film discussing the horrors of so-called “conversion therapy”…  Independent Journal Review discusses Ty Herndon’s new album. Ty, a great friend to HRC, is one of the first openly gay men in mainstream country music…

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