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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: September 12, 2016

IN TODAY’S EDITION: Tim Kaine celebrates LGBTQ progress at HRC National Dinner… Congressman John Lewis Delivers Stirring Call to Action… HRC President Chad Griffin shares what is at stake this election… Trans man appeals GA judge’s decision to not allow legal name change… Eat, Pray, (in) Love with her best friend… Marriage equality advocates march in Mexico… Anti-LGBTQ preacher sued for discrimination abroad…

AT HRC NATIONAL DINNER, DEMOCRATIC VEEP NOMINEE TIM KAINE RALLIES FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY, BLASTS TRUMP’S PANDERING: Addressing more than 3,600 LGBTQ advocates and allies at Saturday night’s HRC National Dinner, Vice Presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine shared his devotion to LGBTQ equality and expressed optimism about future shifts from the Catholic Church. He also rebuked Donald Trump’s attempts to pander to the LGBTQ community and highlighted the stark contrasts between a Trump-Pence and Clinton-Kaine administration, pledging to prioritize the Equality Act,  expand access to crucial HIV and AIDS medications, and protect LGBTQ children from bullying and stigma. Watch Senator Kaine’s full speech here. More from ABC and NBC.

CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS CALLS FOR ‘GOOD TROUBLE’ ON ROAD TO EQUALITY: In a powerful speech, civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.), spoke to the audience as brothers and sisters in the fight for equality. Congressman Lewis called on the audience to do everything in its power to elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in November. “We must get out there in this election and vote like we’ve never voted before,” said Congressman Lewis, noting he has met President Kennedy and every president since and never before has there been a more dire threat to the country than that posed by Donald Trump. Watch his speech here.

THE PROMISE OF TOMORROW — HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN AT HRC’S NATIONAL DINNER: At HRC’s sold-out National Dinner, HRC President Chad Griffin discussed the power of the LGBTQ electorate and the historic need to protect and expand the gains made by the LGBTQ community in the next election: “[T]his fight is about more than just passing a law or electing a president. It is about ensuring a brighter tomorrow for future generations. From Stonewall to Laramie to Orlando, in the face of tragedy and persecution, our community has shown time and again that we are stronger than fear. Ours is a story of perseverance, of progress, and pride, and we are living proof of that distinctly American creed, that out of many, we are one.” Read the full speech here and watch here.

MONDAY MUST WATCH: This weekend’s 20th Annual HRC National Dinner was one for the history books, with speeches and performances from civil rights icons, loving parents of LGBTQ children, top models, star actresses, and Tony-award winning musicians. Relive the night by checking out HRC’s YouTube channel.

GROUNDBREAKING MAP SHOWS WHERE SAME-SEX COUPLES LIVE IN US: The New York Times reports this morning that a new research paper by the U.S. Treasury Department provides the most accurate information yet on where same-sex couples live – by using tax records of same-sex couples who filed jointly in 2014. Read more here.

GEORGIA TRANS ADVOCATES APPEAL FOR RIGHT TO CHANGE NAME: Andrew Baumert is the second trans man to have his request to legally change his name denied by Superior Court Judge David Roper — and is appealing the decision. The appeal details how the judge claimed he would have approved a “gender neutral” name, then rejected the names ‘Andrew’ or ‘Rowan.’ More from WRDW.

VIRGINIA  SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSIDERS POLICY TO BAR GENDER IDENTITY DISCRIMINATION: Prince William County is considering a policy that would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. If passed, The Washington Post reports, the policy would forbid any discrimination against LGBTQ students and staff. Read more here.  

HRC MOURNS DEATH OF ALEXIS ARQUETTE: Transgender performer and sibling of Patricia and David Arquette died at 47. Read more about Arquette, who appeared in the film “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” here.

EAT, PRAY, & IN LOVE WITH HER BEST FRIEND: After author Elizabeth Gilbert announced that she’s in love with Rayya Elias, Chicago Tribune writer Heidi Stevens expresses her admiration for Gilbert and hope that her coming out helps others live out their truths as well.

MEXICANS MARCH TO SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Hundreds of supporters of LGBTQ rights march to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral. Read more here.

ANTI-LGBTQ PREACHER SUED FOR PROMOTING DISCRIMINATION IN UGANDA: The Ugandan LGBTQ civil rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda is suing anti-LGBTQ preacher Scott Lively  for crimes against humanity, including his efforts to criminalize  homosexuality in Uganda. His lawyer in the case is none other than extremist Mat Staver, head of the anti-LGBTQ Liberty Counsel. More from Pink News.

  • South Africa may ban Steven L. Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church (a known anti-LGBTQ group) from entering the country. More from Newsweek.

TANZANIA THREATENS TO BAN LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS: Tanzania has threatened to ban groups supporting LGBTQ equality — claiming that the country wanted to “protect traditional values.” Same-sex sexual relationships are punishable by up to 30 years in prison under  Tanzanian law. More from Reuters.

READING RAINBOW

TimeOut New York profiles the openly-LGBTQ designers participating in New York Fashion Week… OutSports celebrates the rise in openly LGBTQ college athletes this school year…

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