AMID ATTACKS FROM TRUMP-PENCE, HRC RELEASES ANNUAL HEALTHCARE EQUALITY INDEX: A record 680 health care facilities actively participated in this year’s survey, and, even as Trump-Pence continue their assault on LGBTQ-inclusive health care, 406 of them earned a top score of 100. “As the Trump-Pence administration continues to attack the most fundamental rights of LGBTQ people, including rolling back non-discrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act and promoting a license to discriminate in health care, it is more important than ever that health care institutions stand with the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The health care facilities that participate in HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index are making clear that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients.” More from HRC.
ICYMI — HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ANNOUNCES HISTORIC ENDORSEMENTS & INVESTMENT IN VIRGINIA ELECTIONS: In one of his first moves since taking the helm at the organization, HRC President Alphonso David at an event Thursday in Richmond made clear his commitment to electing new leadership to the House of Delegates and establishing pro-equality majorities in the Virginia legislature. HRC’s six-figure, 27-candidate investment marks the most endorsements and money invested in Virginia’s state legislative elections in HRC’s history. HRC’s endorsements also underscore our commitment to diversity — seven of nine Senate endorsements and 11 of 18 House endorsements are women; and three of nine Senate endorsements and seven of 18 House endorsements are people of color. More from The Associated Press.
Working with our partners at @EqualityVA & across the state, @HRC field organizers will be deployed to mobilize 1.2 million Equality Voters to elect new leadership in Richmond that will put the needs of Virginians ahead of the needs of special interests. https://t.co/Qx6mD443eN
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) August 15, 2019
FEEL GOOD FRIDAY — CHECK OUT THIS BEAUTIFUL BEACHSIDE PROPOSAL THAT’S GONE VIRAL: X Factor Australia contestant Andrew Price proposed to his partner Naisa Lasalosi at a surprise seaside picnic. More from Advocate.
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— Naisa Lasalosi (@OyNAISA) August 12, 2019
HRC DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR TRACY SINGLE, A BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN HOUSTON: According to multiple reports, Single was killed in Houston, becoming the 15th trans woman of color and 16th transgender person that we know of to die by violent means this year. Though Single, 22, was found dead at a gas station on July 30, it took nearly two weeks for law enforcement, with the help of local LGBTQ activists, to identify her. To honor Single, the city lit up City Hall and bridges in colors of the transgender flag. More from HRC.
WHO RELEASES NEW GUIDANCE ON ED-PrEP: The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its guidelines for PrEP for men who have sex with men to include “event-driven PrEP” (ED-PrEP) in addition to daily PrEP. More from Avert.
TAMPA MAYOR JANE CASTOR ISSUES EO TO RECOGNIZE LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES: More from Watermark.
LGBTQ ADVOCATES IN LANCASTER, PA., SPEAK OUT AGAINST ANTI-TRANS SCHOOL POLICY: The policy bars students from using sex-segregated facilities that align with their gender. More from Lancaster Online.
NEW REPORT FROM ANTI-VIOLENCE PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE DURING PRIDE: The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) report, Pride and Pain: A Snapshot of Anti-LGBTQ Hate and Violence During Pride Season 2019, outlines the incidents and trends of violence documented nationally in the two-month period from May 15 to July 15, 2019. Read the full report here.
TENNESSEE LAWYER CALLS OUT DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR ANTI-LGBTQ VIEWS: More from News Channel 5.
ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE FEATURES TRANS STORYLINE: “It is critical for young people to see art that reflects the full diversity of humanity, including in the television characters they watch,” said Sarah McBride, HRC National Press Secretary. “Affirming portrayals of transgender characters help to remove stigma and counter the negative messages that too often permeate our politics and culture.” More from MTV News.
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CALGARY RAINBOW AND TRANS FLAG SIDEWALKS VANDALIZED BEFORE PRIDE FESTIVAL: More from Narcity.
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South Florida Gay News reports that HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) will speak at the Southern Comfort conference; Miami NPR interviews University of Miami’s new law school dean, who is gay; Tampa Bay Times reports the city will host the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce International Business & Leadership Conference; Page Six interviews Billy Porter (@theebillyporter); Sacramento Bee sits down with a trans Vietnamese immigrant and their mom to discuss the coming out process.