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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: October 31, 2016

COUNTDOWN and #turnOUT: Eight days until Election Day and polling continues to show Hillary Clinton leading in battleground states, including North Carolina where HRC is tirelessly advocating for Clinton, Deborah Ross, Roy Cooper, Linda Coleman, Josh Stein and more than a dozen other candidates who want to repeal the discriminatory HB2 and protect LGBTQ people.

HRC FOR HRC — #turnOUT IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Heading into the final days of the campaign, Hillary Clinton was enthusiastically joined yesterday by HRC staff and volunteers, including President Chad Griffin, as she fired up voters at an LGBTQ club in Wilton Manors, Florida. Hillary Clinton, running on the most pro-LGBTQ platform ever for a major party candidate, continues to highlight equality in her historic drive to the White House. In her remarks yesterday, she emphasized the need for the passage of the Equality Act, rejected the dangerous, debunked practice of “conversion therapy,” and highlighted the plight of LGBTQ people outside the United States living under hostile regimes. More from ABC 10. Watch her speech here. And check out the power of the LGBTQ vote in key battleground states here.

#turnOUT IN THE TAR HEEL STATE: This weekend, HRC and Equality NC’s army of grassroots volunteers worked to #turnOUT the vote in North Carolina, along with gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper in Asheville and attorney general candidate Josh Stein in Raleigh. The stakes couldn’t be higher in North Carolina, where Pat McCrory’s discriminatory HB2 law continues to harm people and damage the state’s economy and reputation. The equality vote has the power to decide this election — in key states like North Carolina, HRC has found that the number of LGBTQ eligible voters alone exceeds the average margin of victory over the last three presidential elections. With so much at stake for the LGBTQ community this election, mobilizing the equality vote is crucial.

  • Watch HRC, along with Roy Cooper in Asheville, at work in North Carolina this weekend:
  • In new ad, HRC and Equality NC slam McCrory for putting discrimination ahead of economy: HRC and Equality NC launched a digital campaign ad highlighting the economic damage caused by Governor Pat McCrory’s refusal to fix the mess he created by signing the discriminatory HB2 into law. “Pat McCrory has utterly failed to put the people, reputation and economy of North Carolina first,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). Said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro (@cristoferosgro): “Pat McCrory has shown time and time again that he’s willing to discriminate at any cost.” Watch the new ad here.
  • We see what you did there:  Huffington Post’s Jen Bendery (@JBendery) reports that McCrory has scored at least one endorsement — from a Virginia newspaper thanking the hapless governor for driving out jobs and events, helping the Old Dominion’s economy. More here.
  • Roy Cooper leads Pat McCrory by six points in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Sunday. Read more here.

SCOTUS WILL DECIDE TRANSGENDER STUDENT’S CASE: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm, a case involving discrimination against a transgender student. Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy, filed suit against the school board alleging the district violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by denying him use of the boy’s restroom. The Supreme Court’s decision in this case will have far-reaching consequences for tens of thousands of transgender students across the nation. “The Supreme Court’s ultimate decision in this case will have a profound impact on transgender youth across the country,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “While hundreds of school districts nationwide are already respecting the civil rights of their transgender students, some are unconscionably discriminating against students like Gavin. Every day that discrimination is allowed to continue, transgender students are put at even greater risk of harm. No young person should wake up in the morning fearful of bullying or discrimination during the school day ahead.” More from HRC.

  • MORE BACKGROUND: In June, a federal court ordered the Gloucester County School Board to allow Grimm full access to the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity, consistent with a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In August, SCOTUS halted the lower court’s order, allowing the school board’s discriminatory policy to remain in place while the court awaited an application by the school board to have its full appeal heard. The Fourth Circuit ruling gave appropriate deference to the Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX as allowing transgender students to use school restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

WHEN TRUMP ATTACKS ONE OF US, HE’S ATTACKING ALL OF US: In a piece by NPR’s Sam Sanders (@samsanders), HRC President Chad Griffin lays out the threats Donald Trump and Mike Pence pose to LGBTQ equality. “Perhaps what Donald Trump doesn’t actually understand is the LGBTQ community is as diverse as the fabric of this nation,” Griffin says. “We are black. We are Asian. We are Muslim. We are immigrants. We are people with disabilities. So, when he attacks any one of us, he’s attacking our entire community.” Read, and listen, here.

HRC BACKS TAMMY DUCKWORTH FOR U.S. SENATE AFTER REVOKING MARK KIRK ENDORSEMENT: For the first time in its 36-year history, HRC has revoked an endorsement, withdrawing support for Mark Kirk of Illinois after he directed a racist comment at his U.S. Senate opponent, Tammy Duckworth, during a Thursday debate. Read the open letter by HRC President Chad Griffin on Medium.

  • ARS also pulls Kirk endorsement: Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), an organization promoting common sense gun safety measures founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, said Kirk’s racist attack “is unacceptable and represents a low point, even in this election season.”

MONDAY MUST WATCH: This week Procter & Gamble debuted a new video for Secret deodorant as part of its “Stress Test” ad campaign. The ad entitled “Ladies Room” depicts Dana, a transgender woman, steeling herself to leave the anonymity of the bathroom stall and join the other women at the sinks and mirrors of a public restroom. More from HRC.

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