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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 29, 2016

TODAY — TRUMP NAMES ANTI-EQUALITY REP. TOM PRICE TO HEAD HHS: Price (R-Ga.), who would lead the 80,000-person Department of Health and Human Services, has earned a score of “zero” on the past three HRC Congressional Scorecards, and is fiercely opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which extends vital protections to LGBTQ people in heathcare settings. In the 114th Congress, he did not support the Customer Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination from healthcare providers. As recently as 2013, he has also spurriously claimed LGBTQ rights had a negative health impact; opposes a woman’s right to choose; and voted against funding for Planned Parenthood. NPR reports that Price has also “voted against legislation aimed at prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation; for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman; and against the bill that would’ve ended the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy regarding disclosure of sexual orientation in the military.” Read more here.

A PBS Newshour piece outlines fears among LGBTQ health advocates of potential anti-LGBTQ backlash under Trump:  Uncertainty about critical issues including funding for HIV treatment, the future of the Affordable Care Act, and anti-LGBTQ violence leading to deep concerns. Read it here.

HRC URGES TRUMP’S EDUCATION PICK TO DENOUNCE FAMILY’S SUPPORT OF ANTI-LGBTQ CAUSES: A foundation run by the in-laws of Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection for U.S. Secretary of Education, has funded anti-LGBTQ organizations and events — including the dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” The Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation’s donations includes more than $800,000 in funding to Focus on the Family, one of the nation’s most anti-LGBTQ organizations. It is unclear if Betsy DeVos has an official role at foundation. So-called “conversion therapy” involves a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. In 2012, DeVos and her husband donated $200,000 to Michigan’s ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage. Two years later, however, she called for a Republican leader in Michigan to step down after he made anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments on social media. HRC President Chad Griffin told Politico: “If Betsy DeVos is to serve as our nation’s Secretary of Education, she must clarify whether she shares her family’s support for this abusive practice, or if she’ll pledge to work to ban it.”

TUESDAY TWEET: According to The News and Observer, North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper’s lead over Gov. Pat McCrory continues to grow — it’s now up to 9,558 votes, nearly double Cooper’s winning margin on Election Day. The state requires a 10,000-vote margin of victory to deny recount requests. McCrory, who signed the disastrous, anti-LGBTQ HB2 into law, has yet to concede.

  • Last night, the North Carolina State Board of Elections, controlled by Republicans appointed by the McCrory campaign, issued an order requiring that the county boards dismiss election protests filed by the McCrory campaign in 52 counties. Read the order here.

TRUMP-PENCE COULD ROLL BACK HISTORIC GAINS ON GLOBAL LGBTQ RIGHTS: In an alarming piece in The Washington Post, Samar Habib (@SamarHabib80) reports on how the incoming Trump-Pence administration could undermine historic global progress on LGBTQ rights achieved during the Obama Administration. He notes that Trump’s proposed “ideology test” would create an additional obstacle for refugees — including LGBTQ people fleeing countries where they can be put to death simply because of who they are. Habib’s most chilling analysis: Vice President-Elect Mike Pence’s stance on LGBT rights “is similar to those of antigay countries such as Russia and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s member states.” In a sections titled, Here’s how Pence’s ideas are like Putin’s, and Here’s how Pence’s positions are like those of the Islamic states, The Post details Pence’s troubling history of anti-LGBTQ animus, predicting there’s a danger that the international LGBTQ rights movement will slow, if not halt, when President Obama leaves office. Read about Pence’s history of anti-LGBTQ actions here. And HRC’s report documenting the tragic and deadly backlash against LGBTQ people in Russia under Vladimir Putin’s leadership can be found here. More from The Washington Post.

FLORENCE HENDERSON, CHAMPION FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY, DIES AT 82: Actress and LGBTQ ally Florence Henderson passed away Friday. Beloved for her role as Carol Brady in the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch, Henderson was a strong advocate for LGBTQ equality, devoting her time and talents to support LGBTQ causes including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS STATE DEPARTMENT TO RECONSIDER DECISION DENYING INTERSEX VETERAN A PASSPORT: The defendant, Dana Zzyym, was denied a passport because of the required gender marker on the form — which does not offer an option for individuals who identify outside of the gender binary. Reuters reports that U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson “concluded in a 12-­page ruling that the State Department’s ‘binary ­only gender passport policy’ did not follow a rational decision­making process and ordered officials to reconsider it.” Read more here.

HRC CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALL CHILDREN ALL — FAMILIES PROJECT: This November marks both National Adoption Month and the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the HRC Foundation’s All Children — All Families (ACAF) project. Since 2006, ACAF has worked with child welfare agencies to ensure all children in foster care have access to all families that offer safety, permanency and well-being. More from HRC.

HRC SUPPORTER STANDS UP FOR EQUALITY OVER THANKSGIVING: An HRC supporter and LGBTQ ally, Rachel, was preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday when she received a message from her father informing her that she had two options for transportation to their home: remove the HRC sticker from her vehicle and drive to the property, or leave the sticker and have travel provided by a family member. Read her brave response at HRC.

Madonna and Lady Gaga visit homeless LGBTQ youth over Thanksgiving holiday: They both dropped in at the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn in separate visits. Read more in The Washington Blade.

LARGEST SURVEY OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO BE RELEASED DEC. 8: The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has announced that it will release the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey, the largest survey of transgender people ever conducted, with more than 27,000 respondents, on December 8. More from NCTE.

HRC MOURNS TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN TBILISI: Zizi Shekeladze, a transgender woman from Tbilisi, Georgia, has died from injuries sustained in an anti-transgender attack. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the crime. More from Pink News.

READING RAINBOW

HRC shares 10 ways to stand up against hate… The Associated Press reports on LGBTQ advocacy at New Delhi’s annual LGBTQ Pride parade…

 

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