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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: September 20, 2016

THANK YOU, MAYOR ROBERTS AND CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL, FOR STANDING ON THE SIDE OF EQUALITY: As Governor McCrory and Republican legislative leaders continue to face intense public backlash over the damaging consequences of HB2, Charlotte city leaders rejected pressure to to repeal citywide LGBTQ protections. HRC and ENC were joined by Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Council member John Autry and other allies yesterday morning to denounce the scheme and called on the North Carolina General Assembly to convene and repeal HB2 once and for all. Dozens of supporters of the LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance attended last night’s City Council meeting, holding signs thanking leaders for standing firm. More than 135 million Americans — or 42 percent of the country — live in cities with similar protections, including Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas, Orlando and Jackson, Mississippi. Notably, the so-called “reset” proposed by Governor McCrory and state lawmakers wouldn’t even fix the problem caused by the vile HB2. Earlier this year, the NCAA renewed its commitment to ensuring that all fans and players, including LGBTQ people, are able to enjoy NCAA events without fear of discrimination. Without Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance in place, North Carolina will not win back games. More from HRC

  • The News and Observer hailed Mayor Roberts and the City Council’s decision to not take the tainted bait laid out by Governor McCrory, saying “Good for her. Good for Charlotte. And good for the cause of civil rights.”
  • Pull out your notebooks, Gov. McCrory and the NC GOP: The Huffington Post’s Jen Bendery (@JBendery) called out the absurdity of the illogical so-called “reset,” taking us back to our middle school civics class to explain how government works, writing “…t is entirely within McCrory’s control to call the legislature into session, if he wants to, and it is entirely within GOP leaders’ control to introduce a bill that repeals HB2. They don’t need Charlotte to take any action.”
  • Charlotte Magazine’s Greg Lacour (@GregLacour) applauded the City Council for standing firm, highlighting several important points. Among them: “City officials have never tried to disguise why they wanted to adopt the non-discrimination ordinance. It wasn’t just a matter of doing the right thing. It was an effort to keep pace with the roster of major American cities.” Speaking of…

HEY DONNY JR — PEOPLE ARE NOT SKITTLES: Last night, Donald Trump Jr. posted a horrifying image comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles. A representative from the candy company condemned the disgusting meme, saying ‘Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy.” Over the last several years the world has witnessed ISIL systematically torture, maim and execute LGBTQ people across Syria. For hundreds of thousands of civilians fleeing ISIL’s terror, including persecuted LGBTQ people, America is a beacon of hope. HRC has signed onto letters, along with other human rights and civil society organizations, opposing efforts to hinder the U.S.’s refugee resettlement program. It is in the DNA of this nation to welcome those escaping war-torn lands and persecution, and we can never allow fear to change our values.

FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPEAL OF DON’T ASK DON’T TELL: Today marks the five-year anniversary of the official end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) — the archaic and deeply discriminatory law that barred gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans from serving openly in the military. Read HRC National Press Secretary Stephen Peters’ (@StephenPeters2) op-ed on in The Huffington Post on his personal experience with the discriminatory law, and the stakes for LGBTQ service members in this year’s election. 

TUESDAY TWEET: Executive Director of Equality North Carolina Chris Sgro (@cristoferosgro) blasted the North Carolina GOP for their ridiculous claim that anyone OTHER than North Carolina Pat McCrory and his merry band of anti-LGBTQ friends in the North Carolina General Assembly are to blame for the disastrous HB2. TUESDAY TWEET: Executive Director of Equality North Carolina Chris Sgro (@cristoferosgro) blasted the North Carolina GOP for their ridiculous claim that anyone OTHER than North Carolina Pat McCrory and his merry band of anti-LGBTQ friends in the North Carolina General Assembly are to blame for the disastrous HB2.

HRC MOURNS THE PASSING OF CRYSTAL EDMONDS: On Friday, Baltimore police announced that 32-year old Crystal Edmonds, a transgender woman, died after being fatally shot early Friday morning. At the time of writing, no arrests have been made and authorities are requesting that anyone with information regarding Crystal’s death call the Baltimore police. Crystal is at least the 19th transgender person — nearly all transgender women of color — to be killed in 2016. More from HRC.

BAN ON LGBTQ CREDIT DISCRIMINATION: Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) established critical credit nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. CFPB’s new guidance prohibits financial institutions like banks, credit card companies, credit unions, and finance companies from engaging in discrimination on the basis of gender‑identity and sexual orientation. More from HRC.

BISEXUAL AWARENESS WEEK: Yesterday marked the start of Bisexual Awareness Week, also known as #BiWeek. The week will culminate on Friday with Bisexuality Day. Stay tuned to HRC’s blog to learn more about Bisexual Awareness Week and check out hrc.org/bisexual for more information about the community and the issues it currently faces.

  • Just in time for #BiWeek, Lord Ivar Mountbatten became the first out member of the British Royal Family when he came out as bisexual this weekend. Congratulations, Lord Ivar!

SAFE PLACE TO LEARN: Yesterday, the Department of Education released Safe Place to Learn, an online resource addressing sexual harassment in schools, including complying with Title IX sex discrimination rules, which include discrimination based on gender identity.

ROMANIAN COURT TO RULE IN MARRIAGE EQUALITY CASE: Romania’s Constitutional Court may rule on a case today regarding a same-sex couple who has asked for marriage equality. While a positive ruling is unlikely in the largely Orthodox country, the case marks a historic step toward LGBTQ equality. More from Fox News

READING RAINBOW

HRC shares four back-to-school tips for LGBTQ parents and guardians… Gay Star News reports that Sweden is the first country to hit the UNAIDS/World Health Organization’s 90-90-90 goal with regards to HIV… “Genderfluid” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary… Check out these 5 must-watch LGBTQ moments from the Emmys… Mic reviews ‘Strut,’ a new reality show about transgender models… 

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