HRC RELEASES ANNUAL STATE EQUALITY INDEX RATINGS: Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., earned top honors, setting the standard for state LGBTQ-inclusive laws and policies. “As LGBTQ people continue to face an onslaught of attacks from the federal administration in Washington, the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 State Equality Index (SEI) documents how states were instrumental in advancing equality through pro-LGBTQ legislation, policies and proposals,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “In the absence of federal non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community, states must put policies in place to ensure equality for their residents, workers and visitors. In 2020 and beyond, HRC will continue to work with our partners to defeat anti-LGBTQ legislation in the states and secure new protections for our community, both at the state and federal level.” More at HRC.
.@HRC Foundation and @EqualityFed released our 2019 State Equality Index — a comprehensive report that assess how well states protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. #StateOfEquality https://t.co/KOGfraJfJ8
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 30, 2020
VIRGINIA SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES “VIRGINIA VALUES ACT”: The bill would modernize Virginia’s existing human rights laws and provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in public employment and housing, as well as create new nondiscrimination protections in private employment and public accommodations for all Virginians. More from HRC.
�� UPDATE: The Virginia Values Act just passed Senate committee. Next stop: Senate floor!
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 29, 2020
LEGISLATURES ACROSS THE U.S. ARE INTRODUCING LEGISLATION TO DENY CARE FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE UNDER AGE 18: “The anti-trans fight has moved from bathroom access to legislating over children’s bodies. With so many bills in process, LGBTQ advocates worry that the passage of one could trigger passage of the rest, casting the progress of trans children back at least half a century,” writes Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) for Vox. Read the full piece here.
- The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) & its U.S. chapter have issued a statement opposing this and similar bills filed in at least 11 states. Read their statement here.
- Last night, the South Dakota House passed its version of this discriminatory anti-transgender legislation. The bill would bar transgender youth and their parents from making decisions about their medical care, and allow the state to arrest and imprison doctors providing care for trans and gender non-conforming youth. More from HRC.
These anti-trans politicians want to discriminate against transgender & gender non-conforming South Dakotans, full stop. If HB1057 becomes law it will send a devastating message to trans youth. We implore the Senate to reject this harmful legislation. https://t.co/14dizt2zc0
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) January 29, 2020
THANKFUL THURSDAY — COMING OUT GUIDE FOR ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HAS BEEN TRANSLATED TO VIETNAMESE, SIMPLIFIED CHINESE, KOREAN & JAPANESE: There is no universal coming out experience that all LGBTQ API Americans share, but many report similar challenges during the process. Read more from HRC and NBC Out.
As a queer Asian immigrant, I came out in 2008 in English & then again in 2018 in Vietnamese.
— Viet Tran (@viethoaitran) January 27, 2020
NYC POLICE MAKE ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH THE ASSAULT OF A TRANSGENDER WOMAN, SERENA DANIARI, ON A SUBWAY TRAIN: Read more from NBC Out (warning — upsetting descriptions and video at link).
GREENVILLE, S.C., PASSES LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE HATE CRIMES ORDINANCE: More from Greenville Journal.
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CHRIS MOSIER CONTINUES TO BREAK BARRIERS FOR TRANSGENDER ATHELES: Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) has become the first openly transgender athlete to “qualify for and participate in an Olympic trials in the gender with which he identifies,” writes Talya Minsberg (@tminsberg). Says Mosier: “For me, it’s all about making a pathway for all the trans athletes that come after me.” Read the full interview from The New York Times.
— The Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier) January 25, 2020
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