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#AM_Equality Tip Sheet: September 22, 2016

#CHARLOTTE PROTEST: Following the killing of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot Tuesday by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, Charlotte saw its second night of unrest. Protesters are responding to distrust and uncertainties that remain around Scott’s death, as well as the fatal shooting Friday night in Tulsa of unarmed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher by a police officer, and an epidemic of Black men and women dying at the hands of law enforcement. While some protests have been peaceful, others have turned violent and a number of individuals have been wounded over the last two nights.

WHY CHARLOTTE MUST STAY THE COURSE ON ITS NDO: HRC President Chad Griffin and Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro penned an op-ed in The News & Observer yesterday to discuss the many disastrous effects HB2 has had on North Carolinians, the North Carolina economy, and Governor Pat McCrory’s approval ratings. They write, “If McCrory wants to win back voters and show real leadership, it’s clear he must stop weak attempts to misdirect attention, work with legislative leadership and call a special session to repeal HB2. Only then can he begin to repair the damage he has caused to the state he was elected to lead.”

  • After planting his own staff in the audience at a Rotary Club event on Tuesday to ask questions, McCrory went out of his way to lie to his constituents about a meeting between himself, Chad Griffin, Chris Sgro and community advocate Candis Cox. Watch here.

AND WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES THINKING IT: Publications from across North Carolina and nationally are fed up with Pat McCrory’s lies. Here’s a roundup of  this week’s editorials and opinion pieces on HB2:

  • “Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina has some nerve.” — The New York Times editorial board, “North Carolina pays a price for bigotry
  • “That’s why the guilty were trying so hard to induce the victim to confess to the crime. The victim wasn’t having it, and its response was the right one: There’s a clear way out of this mess, and the job of getting us out belongs to the people who got us stuck there in the first place.” — Charlotte Magazine’s Greg Lacour (@GregLacour), “On ordinance repeal, Charlotte passes
  • “By any objective measure, North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, HB2, has been a complete disaster for the state.” — The Huffington Post’s Jen Bendery (@JBendery), “Pat McCrory’s utterly absurd excuse for not repealing HB2
  • “Yes, a ‘reset’ has an appealing ring to it. But it would be a step backward, both symbolically and practically. Would Charlotte be any closer to the protections it wants to offer? No. Would it get a football and basketball event back? Maybe. Are those events worth selling out the LGBT community? We believe the answer is no.” — The Charlotte Observer’s editorial board, “City Council shouldn’t sell out Charlotte’s LGBT community
  • “Good for her. Good for Charlotte. And good for the cause of civil rights.” — The News and Observer editorial board, “Charlotte Mayor Roberts is right on HB2
  • “Gov. Pat McCrory and state leaders tell us HB2 has not hurt the North Carolina economy. Did they ask the dozens of communities, hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers in North Carolina that have lost work and tens of millions at the hands of the LGBT bashing legislation what they think? Obviously not.” — WRAL’s editorial board, “NO DEALS: Legislature and McCrory should repeal HB2 – period

NORTH CAROLINIANS ARE FED UP TOO: Public Policy Polling released data yesterday showing that, by an 11 point margin, voters say McCrory’s handling of HB2 makes them less likely to support him. And The Washington Post shares that 30 percent of those polled think Governor McCrory will be re-elected on November 8.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Check out this infographic from 2011 on President Obama’s accomplishments for the LGBTQ community — highlighting just the first few of a long list of major milestones over the past eight years. Of those mentioned include “signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law,” “banned discrimination in federal workplaces based on gender identity,” “led a United Nations measure to restore ‘sexual orientation’ to the definition of human rights” and “addressed the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner for a second time.” #ThanksObama

FED JUDGE RULES IN TRANS STUDENT DISCRIMINATION CASE: A judge has granted a preliminary injunction in a court case, legally requiring the Kenosha Unified School District to halt its discriminatory practices against a transgender student. The student, Ash Whitaker filed a federal lawsuit against the Kenosha Unified School District for denying Ash access to the facilities consistent with his gender identity, using Ash’s birth name and female pronouns, isolating Ash from his peers on overnight school trips and a proposed policy to require transgender students to wear green wristbands or stickers. More from FOX 6 News.

HRC ANNOUNCES HBCU ADVISORY COUNCIL: Yesterday, HRC announced the inaugural members of a National Advisory Council that will work with HRC’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Project. In conjunction with the announcement, HRC’s HBCU Project is also launching a new partnership with The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania to establish national benchmarks and best practices for HBCUs on LGBTQ inclusion. More from HRC.

WEDDING BELLS IN GUERNSEY: The States of Guernsey voted yesterday to bring marriage equality to the Channel Island. North Ireland is now the only part of the British Isles that does not have marriage equality. More from BuzzFeed.

  • Meanwhile, about 1,700 miles (or about 2,700 km) to the west… Romania’s Constitutional Court again postponed a ruling on a petition to recognize same-sex marriage. More from The Washington Post.

READING RAINBOW
Indy Week takes a look at North Carolina’s transgender Latina community… DC Comics is releasing a comic book to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting, proceeds to benefit Equality Florida… 

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