PRESIDENT TRUMP SWORN IN; HRC VOWS TO HOLD HIM TO HIS WORD TO BE A SERVANT FOR ALL AMERICANS: On Friday, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. During his inaugural address, he made the claim that there was “no room for prejudice” in a patriotic nation, despite running on a campaign of hate and division, and making countless nominations post-election of people who have run their careers similarly. “When Donald Trump took the oath of office today, he vowed to be a servant for all Americans. We will hold him to that oath,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “It is more important now than ever before for us to organize, mobilize, and fight in solidarity against hate and any attempts to roll back the rights of LGBTQ people. No matter who sits in the Oval Office, HRC won’t back down an inch in the fight for full equality and the equal dignity of each and every American. Forward.”
●Bookmark this for the next four years: During the inauguration, HRC shared messages of love, equality and encouragement from its members around the world. Check them out on HRC’s Facebook.
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 20, 2017
“NO ROOM FOR PREJUDICE” EXCEPT APPARENTLY ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITES: Within moments his swearing in, the Tump Administration removed all mentions of LGBTQ people and issues from the White House website, and removed the Department of Labor’s (DOL) report on Advancing LGBTQ Workplace Rights from the DOL website as well. “Moments ago, President Trump pledged to serve all Americans, while simultaneously scrubbing every mention of LGBTQ people from the White House website. The Department of Labor’s crucial report on worker rights has also disappeared,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “If President Trump truly believes in uniting the country, now is the time to make clear whether he will be an ally to the LGBTQ community in our struggle for full equality. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our community and our progress.” As of Saturday morning, the DOL report had reappeared online. More from HRC and The Washington Post.
HRC JOINS WOMEN’S MARCH — ONE OF THE LARGEST EVER PROTESTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY: On Saturday, in all 50 states and in over 70 countries, more than one million advocates marched for equality and justice just one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. HRC joined these marches, from the flagship march in Washington, DC to Austin, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas and beyond.
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 21, 2017
MUST WATCH MONDAY (and get your tissues ready!): On President Obama’s final day in office, Ellen DeGeneres sent him a star-studded “thank you” on behalf of the LGBTQ community. The video included Nathan Lane, Evan Rachel Wood, Colton Haynes, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Sia, Alan Cumming, Macklemore, Debra Messing, Lily Tomlin, George Takei, Kristen Bell, Neil Patrick Harris, Lance Bass, Laverne Cox, Guillermo Diaz, Dan Bucatinsky, Tom Daley, Sarah Silverman, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tig Notaro, Portia de Rossi, Chris Colfer and Drew Barrymore. Watch the full video here.
TOMORROW — ANOTHER HEARING FOR TOM PRICE: Tomorrow, the Senate Finance committee will hold a hearing for President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-SC). Last week, HRC sent a letter of opposition to Congressional offices regarding Rep. Price’s decades-long career of opposition to LGBTQ equality and the stakes for the LGBTQ community if he is confirmed. Partnering with anti-LGBTQ organizations, Representative Price has vocally opposed legislation that would protect our community not only from discrimination, but also from acts of violence. He has also dedicated the past seven years to systematically undermining the Affordable Care Act — one of the most significant tools this country has ever had to combat health disparities in our community. It also includes his belief that LGBTQ people, equality, and same-sex relationships have negative public health and economic implications for the nation. More from TIME.
TRUMP APPOINTS LAWYER WHO DEFENDED ANTI-LGBTQ HB2 TO KEY CIVIL RIGHTS POSITION: President Donald Trump has selected John Gore for a key role in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Gore is the lawyer who defended the University of North Carolina in a suit challenging the school’s enforcement of the discriminatory HB2. Abovethelaw.com first broke the story, citing an internal memo from Gore’s law firm, Jones Day. Talking Points Memo also filed a more detailed story on Gore. More from HRC.
NORTH CAROLINA MAYOR WARNS TEXAS LEG ABOUT ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS: Last week, Greensboro, NC Mayor Nancy Vaughan visited the Texas Legislature to warn about the negative impact of anti-LGBTQ bills, after witnessing firsthand the damage caused by HB2 in North Carolina. Vaughan warned Texas lawmakers against pursuing any anti-LGBTQ legislation, such as the recently introduced, anti-transgender bill SB 6. Vaughan spoke about the “man-made recession” caused in her state after HB2, and about how even though her city received the highest score on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index of any city in both Carolinas, businesses and events would still not come to Greensboro due to the shadow of HB2 statewide. Along with Vaughan, the panel consisted of a local business owner, a local HRC volunteer and transgender advocate, a mother of a transgender child, and representatives from Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network and the Transgender Education Network of Texas. More from WFMY.
HOW HUD IMPACTS THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Everyday the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) supports millions of individuals and families nationwide through lifeline programs providing assisted and public housing, emergency shelter and supportive housing, and mortgage and loan assistance. Throughout his public life, Ben Carson, Donald Trump’s choice for HUD Secretary, has made clear he opposes equality for LGBTQ people — and his confirmation hearing last week was no exception. When asked by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) whether he would enforce LGBTQ housing protections, Carson said, “… I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights’.”As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson would be in charge of:
●Addressing the epidemic of homeless youth, up to 40 percent of whom identify as LGBTQ.
●Ensuring LGBTQ Americans receive access to the protections of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) by reiterating and promoting guidance encouraging an interpretation of the statute that prohibits discrimination based on both sex stereotyping and gender nonconformity as unlawful sex discrimination.
●Ensuring access to HUD-funded housing units to LGBTQ people without discrimination.
●Ensuring equal access to emergency shelters, FHA loans, and assisted housing, and enforcing federal regulations that require entities that provide such services to treat recipients in accordance with their gender identity.
NUMBER OF LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES TRIPLE IN FIVE YEARS: The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce reports that 900 businesses are certified as LGBTQ owned, up from 300 in 2012. More from Bloomberg.
SUFFOLK, VA POLICE DEPARTMENT BRINGS ON TWO LGBTQ COMMUNITY LIAISONS: Detectives Sean Rowan and Tiffany Whitten will serve as the department’s first liaisons to the LGBTQ community. More from The Virginian-Pilot.
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