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#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 27, 2017

TRUMP LAUNCHES ALL OUT ASSAULT ON SERVICE MEMBERS; HRC AND ADVOCATES FIGHT BACK — #ProtectTransTroops: President Donald Trump has made the dangeorus and unpatriotic move to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His reprehensible action, announced yesterday in a series of tweets, could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country at this critical time. The move, a blatant political maneuver to appeal to the most radical in Trump’s base, will undermine military morale and readiness. More from HRC, Military.com, Fortune, Glamour, Roll Call, NPR, Time, Politico, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters and The Washington Post.

  • HRC joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-MA), NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling, and members of the LGBT Equality Caucus to condemn Trump’s actions. Watch a video of the Capitol Hill press conference here. More from The Washington Blade.

  • HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) issues a call to action to resist Trump’s discriminatory agenda, saying “Today Donald Trump has proven himself as unpatriotic as he is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief. He has put a target on the backs of the more than 15,000 transgender troops proudly serving in our military. This heinous and disgusting action endangers the lives of American service members, undermines military readiness and makes our country less safe. It is also the latest effort by Trump and Mike Pence to undo our progress and drag LGBTQ people back into the closet by using our lives as political pawns.”
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  • HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) appeared on CNN to discuss Trump’s despicable action.
  • Former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, the first openly gay man to lead a military service, took over HRC’s Twitter account to speak out against Trump’s reckless decision. Read here.
  • On both sides of the aisle, Members of Congress are taking a stand to remind Trump that his decision is dangerous and unpatriotic — and that they will fight back. See a roundup of responses here.
  • Military Leaders Speak Out: Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, former U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-AZ) and retired Rear Admiral  John Kirby and retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling.
  • Major Corporate Leaders Speak Out: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, Ben & Jerry’s, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have spoken out.
  • Morning Must Reads: Military Times, “Transgender airman: ‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military’”; TIME, “Why the Transgender Troop Ban May Backfire Politically”, Broadly, “’I Served. Trump Never Did’: Trans Veterans Respond to The President’s Ban”; The Atlantic, “The Cost of Banning Transgender Service Members”; Newsweek, “Transgender Military Ban: The Rise of Anti-LGBT Hate Groups in Trump’s White House”; The Washington Post, “Trump said transgender troops cause ‘disruption.’ These 18 militaries show otherwise.”; Jennifer Finney Boylan for The New York Times, “Trump’s Contempt for Transgender Heroes”; Andrew Rosenthal for The Washington Post, “Trump Punishes Transgender Patriots”; Steven Petrow for The Washington Post, “Trump’s military transgender ban? It’s an attack on the whole LGBT community.”; The New York Times, “How U.S. Military Policy on Transgender Personnel Changed Under Obama”; The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, “Trump’s transgender tweet wasn’t just the usual morning rant; it’s dangerously bad policy”
  • What can you do to help? Join the more than 20,000 HRC members and supporters who texted ‘Our Troops’ to 30644 to call the White House and join HRC in demanding that President Trump reverse this dangerous action. More ideas from Romper.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: On July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed an executive order to desegregate the military. On July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. History’s eyes are on you, Trump.

ROUNDING OUT ITS DAY OF BIGOTRY — TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION ASSERTS CIVIL RIGHTS LAW WON’T APPLY TO LGBTQ PEOPLE: Trump had his Department of Justice file an amicus brief late yesterady directly opposing decades of legal interpretation from federal courts, arguing that Title VII does not protect lesbian, gay, or bisexual people on the basis of sex. “Attacks against the LGBTQ community at all levels of the government continue to pour in from the Trump-Pence administration,” said Sarah Warbelow, HRC Legal Director. “In one fell swoop, Trump’s DOJ has provided a roadmap for dismantling years of federal protections and declared that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people may no longer be protected by landmark civil rights laws such as the Fair Housing Act, Title IX, or Title VII. For over a decade, courts have determined that discrimination on the basis of LGBTQ status is unlawful discrimination under federal law. Today’s filing is a shameful retrenchment of an outmoded interpretation that forfeits faithful interpretation of current law to achieve a politically-driven and legially specious result.” More from HRC and The Washington Blade.

AND IN ALABAMA, DISGRACED JUDGE ROY MOORE STANDS BY TRUMP’S BIGOTRY: Yesterday, Moore commended Trump’s heinous actions to bolster his Senate run, saying “As U.S. Senator, I will not stand by while the left uses the military for social experimentation.” HRC Alabama State Director Eva Kendrick responded: “Once again, Roy Moore is attacking the LGBTQ people, but this time, he’s going after Americans who simply want to serve their country. History has already put Roy Moore on the side of those who support bigotry over acceptance and true American values. This is just another example.” More from AL.com.

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Advocate shares 18 talk show moments that made LGBTQ history; Reuters interviews Karun “Priewpak” Kaemla, a Thai transgender boxer fighting for equality; NPR breaks down the fight for equality in South Korea;

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HRC to Host LGBTQ Competency Webinar for Foster and Adoptive Parents

Post submitted by Darryn Green, child welfare consultant and expert training for HRC’s All Children – All Families program

HRC’s All Children – All Families (ACAF) project recently launched a new webinar series for the adoption and foster care field, consisting of five webinars covering promising practices in serving LGBTQ children, youth, and families. These webinars will be offered free of charge throughout 2017.

I have the pleasure of co-presenting the next webinar in the series, “Caring for LGBTQ Youth: An Introduction for Foster & Adoptive Parents,” which will be held today, July 27 from 5 – 6 p.m. EST. Designed for foster and adoptive parents, it’s perfect for building LGBTQ vocabulary and reviewing the latest research on LGBTQ youth. My co-presenter, Adam McCormick, a professor of Social Work at St. Edward’s University, and I will also provide information on how to create supportive home environments.

As a former foster youth, I know first hand how empowering it is when LGBTQ youth are placed with affirming and supportive foster families. Since 2005, I have served as a child welfare training consultant and focused on improving practices of adults that work with emerging adults from marginilized communities, including LGBTQ youth.

LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system and they report higher rates of discrimination and rejection while in care. Foster parents support and care for children and youth during some of the hardest times in those young people’s lives. It is incredibly important that foster parents understand the experiences of LGBTQ youth and are prepared to meet their needs. This upcoming webinar is a great start for caregivers looking to learn more about LGBTQ youth in foster care. Are you a foster parent? Or do you know foster parents or other caregivers who would benefit from this webinar? Please share it today! To check out the full the webinar series and register today, click here.

Learn more about All Children–All Families’ work to promote LGBTQ cultural competency in adoption and foster care through our project at hrc.org/acaf. Want to stay up-to-date on All Children – All Families resources and activities? Subscribe to “Field Forward,” the program’s monthly e-newsletter at hrc.im/field-forward.

ALERT: Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Today, the Trump-Pence Administration launched an all-out public assault on our community — announcing that the United States will no longer allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the military. We must stand up, mobilize and fight back immediately. Let’s flood the White House’s phone lines all day long – text “OUR TROOPS” to 30644 and demand Trump immediately support transgender service members.

I served as a Marine, and was discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As you can imagine, I’m outraged that Trump would seek to implement this kind of discriminatory, unpatriotic policy.

More than 15,000 transgender military personnel are actively defending our country at home and abroad. They wear the same uniform, take the same oath, and are heroes who put their lives on the line to protect our country and promote security around the globe. Our brave troops are counting on us to have their back no matter their gender identity or sex.

First, it was dismantling critical protections for transgender kids. Then, it was pushing a license to discriminate order. Now, it’s this shameful attack on transgender military personnel serving the country they love.

This is all hands on deck. Please join me in getting the White House on the phone today. Text “OUR TROOPS” to 30644 and demand Trump reverse his action on transgender service members immediately.

Today, Trump showed he is as unpatriotic as he is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief when he attacked transgender service members proudly serving our country. Let’s make sure he hears about it – text “OUR TROOPS” to 30644.

BREAKING: Trump Launches All Out Assault on Service Members

Today, HRC blasted President Donald Trump’s dangerous and unpatriotic move to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His reprehensible action could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country at this critical time.

“Today Donald Trump has proven himself as unpatriotic as he is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief. He has put a target on the backs of the more than 15,000 transgender troops proudly serving in our military,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This heinous and disgusting action endangers the lives of American service members, undermines military readiness and makes our country less safe. It is also the latest effort by Trump and Mike Pence to undo our progress and drag LGBTQ people back into the closet by using our lives as political pawns.”

According to a Trump Administration official, this policy reversal is a blatant political maneuver designed to appeal to the most radical of Trump’s base, without consideration of how it will undermine military morale and readiness. The administration official confirmed, “This forces Democrats in Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, to take complete ownership of this issue. How will the blue collar voters in these states response when senators up for re-election in 2018 like Debbie Stabenow are forced to make their opposition to this a key plank of their campaigns?”

Today, the Trump Administration is also expected to attack the LGBTQ community on another front. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is said to be preparing to file a legal brief seeking to undermine a growing legal consensus that LGBTQ  people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It would reverse former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s assertion that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is prohibited under Title VII. As a result, DOJ would no longer enforce civil rights laws on behalf of LGBTQ people, a move that could have dangerous influence on federal court cases across the country.

According to the Williams Institute, there are an estimated 15,500 actively serving transgender members of the U.S. military. Thousands of transgender people have served with honor and distinction in our military, including the more than 134,000 transgender veterans who are alive today.  Transgender service members have risked their lives around the world, and the previous transgender military ban made them unable to be their authentic selves or seek the medical care they needed.  This had negative implications for our nation’s military readiness.  A service member who is able to be open and honest about their gender identity and receive appropriate care is more productive and focused on the mission.

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 26, 2017

BREAKING — TRUMP LAUNCHES ALL OUT ASSAULT ON SERVICE MEMBERS: Today, HRC blasted President Donald Trump’s dangerous and unpatriotic move to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His reprehensible action could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country at this critical time. “Today Donald Trump has proven himself as unpatriotic as he is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief. He has put a target on the backs of the more than 15,000 transgender troops proudly serving in our military,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “This heinous and disgusting action endangers the lives of American service members, undermines military readiness and makes our country less safe. It is also the latest effort by Trump and Mike Pence to undo our progress and drag LGBTQ people back into the closet by using our lives as political pawns.” According to a Trump Administration official, this policy reversal is a blatant political maneuver designed to appeal to the most radical of Trump’s base, without consideration of how it will undermine military morale and readiness. The administration official confirmed, “This forces Democrats in Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, to take complete ownership of this issue. How will the blue collar voters in these states response when senators up for re-election in 2018 like Debbie Stabenow are forced to make their opposition to this a key plank of their campaigns?” More from Washington Blade, Variety, Cleveland.com, NBC and USA Today.

SENATE REPUBLICANS ADVANCE PLAN TO RIP HEALTH CARE FROM MILLIONS: Yesterday, HRC condemned a procedural vote by Senate Republicans to pave the way for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “We are deeply disappointed in the continued reckless attacks on millions of Americans and their acceses to critical health care,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “It is unconscionable that any Senator would vote in favor of the Motion to Proceed without knowing what the underlying bill to repeal the ACA actually includse, without any public committee hearings, or even a score from the Congressional Budget Office. The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would result in millions of Americans losing their health care and billions of dollars in tax breaks for the wealthiest in our country — this is unacceptable. This dangerous proposal would be especially harmful to the millions of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. We urge the Senate to reject this disastrous proposal and work to improve our health care system through an open and democratic process.” More from HRC and The Washington Blade.

  • HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy laid out the stakes for LGBTQ people in an NBC oped, writing, “Hatched in secret and with no public hearings or committee debate, their plans to repeal the ACA would strip key patient protections, slash Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars, and defund Planned Parenthood — one of the country’s largest providers of transgender-inclusive health care and a primary site for HIV testing.” More from NBC.
  • Keeping the pressure on, HRC supporters have logged more than 44,000 calls and emails to their senators — including 29,000 yesterday alone — urging them to protect the ACA from attacks by Trump-Pence-McConnell.

TEXAS SENATE ADVANCES ANTI-LGBTQ SB3: Yesterday, radical members of the Texas Senate advanced the patently anti-LGBTQ SB3, introducted by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst with support from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The measure mandates HB2-style discrimination in any multiple-occupany restroom or locker room in any property owned by a city, county, school distrit or other political subdivision. It especially attacks transgender Texans. Additionally, it would overturn LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances protecting millions of people across Texas in cities including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth insofar as those ordinances protect people from discrimination in bathrooms. It also prohibits these entities from forbidding discrimination in athletics on the basis of any characteristic not currently reflected in state law — an obvious attack on transgender athletes. More from HRC, The Washington Blade, Leicester Post and KBTX-TV.

“The Texas Senate just approved a blatantly discriminatory bill, demonstrating yet again that these lawmakers care more about pursuing cheap political points than protecting the lives of transgender Texans,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC senior vice president of policy and political affairs. “It is appalling that after hearing more than 10 hours of testimony, overwhelmingly from Texans who oppose this legislation, the Texas Senate still voted to move SB3 forward. Despite this broad opposition — including from businesses, sports leagues, parents, and faith leaders — the Texas Senate and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appear to be fine with establishing Texas as the next North Carolina. HRC will continue to fight this harmful bill as it moves to the House.”

  • Texas law enforcement and school officials condemn anti-transgender bill. “This bathroom bill is a non-issue, it’s a solution looking for a problem,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. Read Ryan Poppe’s (@RyanPoppe1) report at KSTX.

SOURCES SAY SESSIONS POISED TO UNDERMIND CRUCIAL LGBTQ WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS TODAY: The Washington Blade‘s Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson82) reports that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing to file a brief today that will seek to undermine a growing legal consensus that LGBTQ  people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sources told Johnson that the Justice Department will file a friend of the court brief in the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, asserting that Title VII doesn’t prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It would reverse former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s assertion that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is prohibited under Title VII. Read more at The Washington Blade.

  • Reports Johnson: “The brief would be inconsistent with significant case law affirming discrimination based on transgender status is prohibited under Title VII. Four federal appellate courts — the First, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh circuit courts of appeals — have determined employment discrimination against transgender people is barred under the law.”

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY: A new series from the sports apparel company PUMA features openly LGBTQ actor Cara Delevingne encouraging people — and especially women — to share their stories. A recent installment features Daniella, a transgender woman using her passion for martial arts as a tool for empowerment and defense against violence. Watch here.

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HRC TO SENATORS — MAINTAIN “BLUE SLIP” PROCESS FOR COURT NOMINEES: President Trump currently has 21 United States Court of Appeals and 107 United States District Court vacancies on his “to fill” list. And some Republican senators are looking to grease the skids for Trump nominees by changing the traditional “blue slip” process, an essential part of nomination and confirmation since at least 1917 that allows home-state senators to put a hold on nominees. HRC urges the Senate Judiciary Committee to respect the blue slip process and for senators to withhold blue slips for nominated judges until they receive adequate information regarding their judicial records. More from HRC.

MICHIGAN LGBTQ GROUPS ASK STATE TO CLARIFY LAW: Thirty-eight civil rights organizations have asked the state’s Civil Rights Commission to clarify that Michigan’s Civil Rights Act includes sexual orientation and gender identity under its ‘gender’ clause. More from Michigan Chronicle.

NEW REPORT SHOWS HARMS OF MEDICALLY UNNECESSARY SURGERY ON INTERSEX CHILDREN: The report from Human Rights Watch and interACT says such surgeries can cause permanent harm to intersex people. Read the report here. More from NBC.

  • The American Medical Association is considering a proposal to ban genital surgery on intersex children. More from The Associated Press.
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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, EQUALITY FEDERATION!: The organization, which partners with the HRC on its Municipal Equality Index and State Equality Index, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. More from The Huffington Post.

MTV ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS FOR VMAs — GENDER NEUTRAL CATEGORIES: Among the nominees are Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, openly lesbian rapper Young M.A and Fifth Harmony, whose member Lauren Jauregui is bisexual. This VMAs will also mark the first to have gender neutral award categories. More from Entertainment Weekly.

LGBTQ VOLUNTEERS CREATE MILITARY UNIT TO FIGHT ISIS: The group, called The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, is part of a collection of foreign fighters in northern Syria fighting alongside the Kurdish military. More from Newsweek.

INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS CLIMATE FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE IN POLAND: When the Law and Justice Party came into power in Poland, it has been attacking LGBTQ rights, including limiting legal protections and failing to take action against bias-motivated crimes. More from World Politics Review.

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The New York Times shares how the Australian Football League is fighting for LGBTQ equality in sports; WLNS reports on a gubernatorial race primary forum on LGBTQ issues; NPR interviews LGBTQ advocates in South Korea

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