HISTORIC — LAST NIGHT’S DEM DEBATE FEATURED QUESTION FOCUSED ON EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANS PEOPLE: “[T]he epidemic of violence against transgender people — especially trans women of color — was for the first time meaningfully discussed on the main stage of the Democratic presidential debate. We are in a moment of crisis: our trans siblings are facing disproportionate levels of violence and are being targeted simply because of who they are. Now, more than ever, it is vital that our voices are heard and that the candidates are able to address our community directly. Thank you to Politico, PBS and the Democratic National Committee for creating space for this crucial conversation.” More from The Hill and Advocate.
J.K. ROWLING TWEETS SUPPORT OF TERF — BETRAYS LESSONS OF LOVE IN HER OWN WRITING: Rowling broke my heart and the hearts of countless LGBTQ fans by tweeting out her support of a known Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) Maya Forstater. Forstater lost her contract to work at the Centre for Global Development after she tweeted out transphobic rhetoric, and then lost her legal case when she sued the Centre. More from Variety, The Daily Beast, NBC and The New York Times.
.@jk_rowling says she’s opposed to fundamentalism in any form, but she’s promoting a harmful fundamentalism that endangers the LGBTQ community — particularly transgender youth. She should apologize. https://t.co/2Acq4S77SW
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 19, 2019
VIRGINIA VALUES COALITION ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO FIGHT FOR LGBTQ VIRGINIANS: Virginia is home to 185,000 LGBTQ adults. Under current Virginia law – as in 29 other U.S. states – LGBTQ people are not explicitly protected from discrimination, which means they can be fired, evicted or denied service in restaurants or stores. The Virginia Values Coalition is calling on state lawmakers to pass a bipartisan, common sense law to protect LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination in their daily lives. More from HRC and Metro Weekly.
FEEL GOOD FRIDAY — THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, WE REFLECT ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN LGBTQ PERSON OF FAITH: “This season is both sobering and joyful for me — a gay, Afro-Boricua man who is also a faithful Catholic. The convergence of my intersecting identities provokes profound questions as I meditate on… the season’s themes of reflection,” writes HRC Religion and Faith Director Michael Vazquez (@mvsebastian). “This is not the first time that I’ve considered these things. Only a few years ago, I was still questioning whether I could be both a person of faith and live authentically as an openly gay man.” More from USA Today.
- HRC shares six things to remember this holiday season if you are LGBTQ: More from HRC.
- HRC also reflects on the biggest LGBTQ moments of the decade here.
U.S. APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN ACA MANDATE THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE: While this ruling is disappointing, it does not impact coverage for 2020. More from The New York Times.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF DALLAS TO HOST MASS CEREMONY CELEBRATING MARRIAGE, INCLUDING FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES: The event comes mere days before a new United Methodist Church policy goes into place to reinforce the prohibition of marriage equality. More from Pink News.
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SIMPLY THE BEST — SCHITT’S CREEK UNVEILS BILLBOARD IN L.A.: The groundbreaking show features LGBTQ characters. More from Washington Blade.
OPENLY TRANS RUNNER CHRIS MOSIER TO COMPETE IN OLYMPIC TRIALS: More from Outsports.
- Decorated Canadian olympian Marnie McBean has encouraged spoke out in support of LGBTQ athletes at an event. More from The Japan Times.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
SARK BECOMES FINAL PLACE IN BRITISH ISLES TO PASS MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The law will come into effect in February 2020. More from Gay Times.
INSIDE EFFORTS IN THAILAND TO PASS MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from Bangkok Post.
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Washington Blade reflects on the 2010s through photos
Today’s tipsheet will be the final edition of 2019. From all of us at HRC to you and yours — happy holidays and we look forward to bringing you the news in 2020.