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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: September 16, 2016

IN TODAY’S EDITION: HRC and EqualityNC endorse candidates for the NC General Assembly… Hillary Clinton stands up for LGBT teens and blasts McCrory on the campaign trail… First openly transgender service member promoted… Two confess in hate-fueled anti-gay murder case… Iowa football teams under investigation for using racist, anti-LGBTQ slurs…  

HRC AND ENC ENDORSE CANDIDATES FOR THE NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Yesterday, HRC and Equality NC (ENC) announced key state legislative endorsements for the fall election. HRC and ENC also committed to supporting the endorsements by launching TurnOut NC, a project to mobilize pro-equality voters and elect pro-equality leaders in Raleigh. The LGBTQ vote has the power to impact elections up and down the ticket in North Carolina. An estimated 331,000 LGBTQ adults of voting age live in the state — a substantial population given that the state was won in the last three presidential elections by an average margin of 180,500 votes. More on the endorsements from The News & Observer.

  • This November, a growing and highly engaged LGBTQ voting bloc in North Carolina will play a pivotal role in the presidential, gubernatorial and other down ballot races. More from HRC on the power of NC’s pro-equality vote here.

HILLARY CLINTON STANDS UP FOR LGBT TEENS & BLASTS MCCRORY ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: At a rally in Greensboro, N.C., Hillary Clinton told the crowd “I’m running for the LGBT teenager here in North Carolina who sees [Governor Pat McCrory] sign a bill legalizing discrimination and suddenly feels like a second-class citizen. And if anyone wonders what the costs of discrimination are, just ask the people and businesses of North Carolina. Look at what’s happening with the NCAA and the ACC. This is where bigotry leads and we cannot afford it. Not here. Not anywhere else in America.” Watch here.

  • Food for thought, Gov. McCrory: McCrory’s discriminatory HB2 law has already hammered NC with an estimated combined cost of  $448 million in lost commerce and money spent to bring businesses back and to fight HB2. More here.

LOL OF THE WEEK: Check out The Civilist, a new podcast from The Washington Post’s Steven Petrow (@StevenPetrow) on LGBTQ rights and more. In yesterday’s episode, Mr. Manners himself took on Pat McCrory’s ridiculous assertion that anti-trans discrimination was “proper etiquette,” by laying out the history of bathroom etiquette. Listen here.

FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBER PROMOTED: In a historic first, Navy Lt. Cdr. Blake Dremann became the first openly transgender service member to be promoted. He was officially promoted by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Amanda Simpson (@AmandaRSimpson), who is the first transgender presidential appointee, and the highest ranking transgender person in the Department of Defense. Dremann’s proud parents, David and Diane, traveled from St. Louis for the ceremony. More from NBC.

ACT NOW: END AIDS COALITION LAUNCHES: A significant coalition of more than 20 HIV and AIDS advocacy organizations was announced Thursday at the US Conference on AIDS with the goal of ending AIDS in the United States.  ACT NOW: END AIDS will seek to ensure access to treatment for those living with HIV and expand access to preventative measures like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). It will also collaborate with other organizations to combat drivers of HIV like stigma, prejudice, and homelessness. “We look forward to working with ACT NOW in the crucial fight to achieve an AIDS-free generation in America,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. More from HRC.

TWO CONFESS IN HATE-FUELED ANTI-GAY MURDER CASE: This week, two more members of a gang confessed to fatally beating 18-year-old Anthony Collao in Woodhaven, N.Y., in 2011.  Jonathan Echevarria and Nolis Ogando were sentenced to 18 and eight years in prison, respectively. Four other gang members already confessed to the crime, and are in prison. More from New York Daily News.

IOWA FOOTBALL TEAMS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR USING RACIST AND ANTI-LGBTQ SLURS: Two Iowa high school football teams are being investigated for allegedly using racist and anti-LGBTQ slurs. One incident involves a player using racist slurs against an opposing player; the other involves team members using anti-gay slurs against a classmate who was named to the school’s homecoming court, including texting that the student should “kill himself, or go die.” More from USA Today.

READING RAINBOW

Fred Karger (@FredKarger) writes for The Huffington Post about the need for LGBTQ acceptance in the Mormon Church… Media Matters shares two new reports on poverty rates among the LGBTQ population… BuzzFeed shares the beautiful story of two gay Syrian refugees who reunited…

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