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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: September 14, 2016

IN TODAY’S EDITION: Memo to McCrory: Repeal HB2 and apologize…. HB2 fallout continues to rain down on McCrory… Duke’s Coach K supports NCAA decision… Raleigh Observer says McCrory responsible for HB2 fallout… NC women respond today to ludicrous, offensive claims about sexual assault…

MEMO TO MCCRORY — REPEAL HB2 AND APOLOGIZE FOR VILE ATTACKS: HRC hailed the NCAA’s decision to stand up for LGBTQ equality and slammed Gov. Pat McCrory for sanctioning a series of attacks on the organization rather than working to repeal HB2. “Governor McCrory is so blinded by his own prejudice that he would rather sanction attacks on the NCAA while it stands up for fairness and equality than fix the problem and repeal HB2,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “The NCAA sent a direct message that dangerous laws targeting student athletes, fans and employees won’t be tolerated. Governor McCrory showed the nation yesterday his misplaced priorities. Instead of attacking the NCAA for doing the right thing, he should immediately apologize for his over the top attacks and repeal HB2.” More from HRC.

  • The News & Observer and Reuters report on HB2’s ongoing damage to McCrory’s political future, while legendary Duke basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski says he’s in “full agreement” with the NCAA’s decision.
  • The first North Carolina Republican lawmaker has called for the repeal of HB2. More must follow her lead. More from WRAL.
  • “A BLOW TO OUR WAY OF LIFE… AND IT’S MCCRORY’S FAULT”: The front of the Greensboro, N.C., News & Record’s sports page yesterday:

HAPPENING TODAY: NC WOMEN RESPOND TO LUDICROUS, OFFENSIVE STATEMENTS BY NC GOP LEADERSHIP: Today at 11 a.m. in Raleigh, a group of advocates for women in North Carolina will hold a press conference in response to the ludicrous and deeply offensive statements by Governor Pat McCrory, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and the state Republican Party leadership on the NCAA’s decision to move all championship games out of the state. The advocates will make clear their opposition to the state’s deeply discriminatory HB2 law and call out the harms of the measure to women and children. The press conference will take place at Halifax Mall, 300 N. Salisbury St.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY: New York Times Magazine’s Emily Bobrow (@EmilyBobrow) takes a deep dive into the lives of a transgender couple, Zackary Drucker (@ZacharyDrucker) and Rhys Ernst (@RhysErnst), both producers on the hit show “Transparent.” Touching photographs documenting their relationship are featured in the piece. Read the article and see the stunning photographs here.

ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DIOCESE ISSUES HARMFUL ANTI-LGBTQ POLICY: The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, Ark., has issued an offensive new policy designed to discourage LGBTQ young people from attending Catholic schools in the state. The harmful measure calls for expulsion of LGBTQ students. Students also may not “advocate, celebrate, or express same-sex attraction,” the policy says, and must behave “in a manner consistent with their biological sex.”

WEEKS BEFORE TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, TRANS WOMAN FOUND MURDERED IN CHICAGO: Monday, Windy City Times reported that a transgender woman named T.T. was found murdered in Chicago’s Garfield Park this past weekend. Her close friend said of T.T., “[s]he was laughing all the time. You could be going through a bad day but once you saw [T.T.], she was such a happy cheerful person all that changed.” Including T.T., at least 18 transgender people are known to have been murdered in the U.S. this year. More from HRC.

GAY MAN SHOT IN THIRD ANTI-LGBTQ ASSAULT IN DETROIT SINCE JULY: Kaleel Williams, 19, is in police custody after convincing a gay man to meet him and then shooting him twice while yelling homophobic slurs. The victim is recovering, WXYZ reports. More at The Daily Dot.

HATE-MONGERING PASTOR BANNED FROM ENTERING SOUTH AFRICA: Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced yesterday that American pastor Steven Anderson has been banned from entering the country. Anderson is a pastor for the Arizona-based Faithful Word Baptist Church, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group. More from HRC.

OPENLY GAY CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN RUSSIA: Two openly gay men are making history by running for office in Russia, despite its horrifying anti-LGBTQ laws. More from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

READING RAINBOW

The Guardian reports that Australia’s Cabinet has approved $15 million in public funding for a vote on marriage equality… The Huffington Post shares a Minnesota restaurant’s awesome response to a customer who thought there were “too many gay people” there… South Florida Gay News tells the history of the Bea Arthur Residence for homeless LGBTQ youth (to open in early 2017)… Mischa Haider reflects on being a transgender mother for The AdvocateGlamour shares nine stories of LGBTQ women dealing with discrimination…

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