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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: November 4, 2016

COUNTDOWN and #turnOUT: Four days until Election Day and a growing number of  highly engaged LGBTQ voters in Nevada will play a pivotal role in the presidential, senatorial and other down-ballot races. Today, there are an estimated 81,300 LGBTQ voters living in Nevada — a victory-delivering population given the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average of 69,731 votes. Read on for more about HRC’s work on the ground in Nevada.

REP. JOHN LEWIS RALLIES HRC AND EQUALITY NC VOLUNTEERS IN NORTH CAROLINA: Civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis joined HRC and Equality NC volunteers yesterday to make calls for Hillary Clinton and pro-equality candidates in North Carolina. He reminded volunteers of all that’s at stake this election and how important it is to #turnOUT the vote during early voting and on Election Day. He said, “We can lay down the burden of hate and embrace love. So be not afraid. Be bold. Be courageous and just go for it. I believe we’re gonna win. And win in the state of North Carolina. I can feel it in my bones.” Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield (@LaWanaMayfield) also joined volunteers.

  • NC Rep. Cecil Brockman comes out as bisexual in his hometown newspaper, doubling down on his efforts to protect and uplift the LGBTQ community in the Tar Heel State. In the article, he describes being called homophobic slurs at a restaurant and how that became the driving factor for him to be out publicly. More from Greensboro News & Record.
  • News Pat McCrory doesn’t want you to see: Forbes reporter Corinne Jurney (@CorinneJurney) takes a clear-eyed look at the terrible economic damage the disastrous anti-LGBTQ HB2 is inflicting on the state, tallying up “cross-industry carnage” at $600 million. HRC’s memo details nearly $700 million in economic losses in North Carolina due to HB2.

#turnOUT IN NEVADA: Yesterday, HRC President Chad Griffin hit the campaign trail in Nevada, rallying support for Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto in Las Vegas. For more on Nevada’s LGBTQ voting power, visit HRC. And check this out to see how Clinton and Cortez Masto will continue the historic progress the LGBTQ community has made under President Obama.

WEEKLY WARM FUZZIES — LGBTQ LEADER RAYMOND BRAUN REFLECTS ON WHY HE CAME OUT TO MAGGIE HASSAN: HRC has released a new digital ad featuring media entrepreneur and equality advocate Raymond Braun, recently named Financial Times’ #1 young LGBTQ leader, speaking in deeply personal terms about why Maggie Hassan should be New Hampshire’s next U.S. Senator. “I’ve known Maggie Hassan for more than 10 years,” Braun said, “and I’ve seen firsthand what a great champion she is for equality. Maggie was one of the first people I came out to, and I am honored to be able to share my experiences with the great people of New Hampshire.” Watch the powerful video here.

SPEAK UP, TURN OUT AND VOTE: Yesterday, HRC released a new national digital ad,  “Clinton: Clear Choice for LGBTQ Equality” aimed at mobilizing the LGBTQ vote in support of Hillary Clinton and pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot nationwide. The message: “Hillary Clinton has put LGBTQ equality at the center of her campaign. She has promised to support marriage equality and work to end the hate, discrimination, and violence we face every day. Donald Trump’s campaign is built on fear, hate, and division. If he wins, he threatens to undo all the progress we’ve made the past 8 years.” Watch here: “Clinton: Clear Choice for LGBTQ Equality

  • Meanwhile, Politifact rates as TRUE what we already know: Donald Trump wants to undo marriage equality. Read all about it here.

SITTING DOWN WITH KATE BROWN, THE NATION’S FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL GOVERNOR: Kate Brown’s path to Oregon’s Governor’s mansion was not typical — she assumed office last year when Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned — but, then again, neither is she. The nation’s first openly bisexual governor has taken the state by storm —  increasing the minimum wage, signing commonsense gun legislation and banning the dangerous practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” She’s set to make history again on Election Day as the first LGBTQ person in U.S. history elected governor. HRC is proud to have endorsed Brown. Read more from Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) of The Huffington Post.

HILLARY CLINTON’S EXCLUSIVE WITH THE WASHINGTON BLADE: With just four days until Election Day, Hillary Clinton continues to show her commitment to the LGBTQ community by sitting down with The Washington Blade for an exclusive interview. During her conversation with reporter Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82), she doubles down on her commitment to making the Equality Act a top legislative priority, protecting LGBTQ children from being targeted for bullying, and addressing their heartbreaking rates of homelessness. Read the full interview here.

  • American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten weighs in today on why LGBTQ youth need Hillary Clinton’s anti-bullying plan “more than ever.” The toxic “Trump effect” Weingarten writes in the Advocate, has made combatting bullying a more urgent issue than ever. Read more here.

PELOSI VOWS EARLY PUSH FOR EQUALITY ACT: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office told BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden (@DominicHolden) that the Equality Act would “absolutely” be a priority in the first 100 days of the next Congress if Democrats win majorities in the House and Senate. The measure would establish explicit, permanent nationwide protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. HRC  Legal Director Sarah Warbelow and Government Affairs Director David Stacy echo that goal, calling for a hearing on the bill in the first 100 days of the new session, and a bill on the president’s desk within a year. More from BuzzFeed. And more on the Equality Act here.

LGBTQ TV CHARACTERS REACH RECORD HIGH: There are a record number of LGBTQ television characters, GLAAD reported yesterday in its annual assessment of how well LGBTQ people are represented on the tube. However, the report also served up a troubling downside: a disproportionate number of LGBTQ characters, especially LGBTQ female characters, face violent deaths on the screen. More from GLAAD.

MORMON CHURCH UNVEILS WEBSITE WELCOMING LGB PEOPLE: Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) unveiled the website, “Mormon and Gay,” which affirms the Church’s “love” for LGB people as long as LGB people remain celibate. More from HRC.

READING RAINBOW

Jason Collins talks to Sports Illustrated about campaigning for Hillary Clinton… US News highlights 20 retirement communities for LGBTQ seniors… CBS News reports on Rufus Gifford, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, who, with his husband, has become an “accidental” reality star on Danish TV…

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