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HRC mourns the tragic death of Chay Reed, a transgender woman of color, who was shot and killed on Friday in Miami. Reed was 28.

WPLG reported that Reed was shot in the stomach while running across the street. Her attacker fled the scene and is still at large. Media coverage had initially misreported her gender because police had misidentified Reed’s gender, according to WPLG.

Patina Peterson, Reed’s longtime friend, spoke to Mic about their longtime friendship -- describing her as someone who was full of life and beloved by many.

"She was a light, always trying to make everyone around her happy," said Peterson. "I don't even remember her getting into anything. I don't remember seeing her in an altercation out there with anybody in a bad way. I've never seen that."

Across the United States, Reed is at least the ninth transgender woman of color killed this year. Her death marks yet another dark moment for the transgender community, which is plagued with disportionately higher rates of violence.

HRC extends its sincere condolences to Ms. Reed’s family and friends.

To learn more about HRC’s transgender justice work and violence against transgender people, visit http://www.hrc.org/explore/topic/transgender.

To learn more about the victims of anti-transgender violence in 2017, click here.


Author: Brian McBride
Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:24 pm

NYT INTERVIEW WITH GAY CHECHENS EXPOSES TORTURE, STARVATION, ELECTROSHOCK TACTICS BY POLICE:  The New York Times has published a shocking report of first-hand accounts to the atrocities experienced by gay men in Chechnya, including starvation and electroshocks. The account comes in the wake of reports by a Russian newspaper and LGBTQ advocates in the country that Chechen police have been detaining, torturing and killing gay men. In advance of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent trip to Russia, HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) sent a letter to him, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and members of the White House National Security Council encouraging them, “to make clear to your Russian counterparts that such lawless detentions, arrests, torture and murders are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” HRC is working closely with the Russian LGBT Network, which asserts that as many as 20 men may have been killed in the attacks in the Russian republic. More from HRC, BuzzFeed and The New York Times.

  • The New York Times Editorial Board called out these atrocities in an oped this morning. They call out the administration of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and their claims that LGBTQ people “do not exist” in Russia. They write, “This abominable crime by a Russian republic and its reprehensible cover-up warrant a strong response from Moscow and the international community.” Read the full piece from NYT.

Reports of gay men being held in detention camps in #Chechnya is a crime against humanity. World leaders must act. https://t.co/EZ8f0VcDHH

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) April 23, 2017

HRC TO HONOR TRANS TRAILBLAZERS JAZZ JENNINGS AND RUBY CORADO: Jazz Jennings, star of TLC’s I Am Jazz, and Ruby Corado, founder of the renowned LGBTQ center Casa Ruby, will be honored with Upstander Awards at HRC’s annual Time to THRIVE Conference for their tireless efforts to advance the visibility, public understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ people and identities. “Jazz Jennings and Ruby Corado have set powerful examples for LGBTQ young people across this country,” said Vincent Pompei, chair of Time to THRIVE and director of the HRC Foundation’s Youth Well-Being Project. “Jazz’s visibility has helped shatter stereotypes, open hearts, and demonstrate the power of authenticity to youth and adults alike. Ruby’s tireless commitment to empowering LGBTQ youth has literally saved lives and allowed more young people to pursue their dreams.” HRC’s Time to THRIVE is the nation’s premier gathering for K-12 educators, professional counselors and other youth-serving professionals on LGBTQ youth safety, inclusion and well-being. It will be held April 28-30 in Washington, D.C. More from HRC.

MONDAY MUST WATCH: Google’s latest advertisement celebrates families with same-sex parents. It features two dads using Google Home to plan their days, decide who will take their two children to school, and to help them decipher the newly-learned French words their daughter uses. Google is a long-time supporter of equality, earning a perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. It has also spoken out strongly against anti-LGBTQ state bills.

HRC MOURNS LOSS OF CHAY REED -- TRANS WOMAN MURDERED IN MIAMI: HRC mourns the tragic death of Chay Reed, a 28-year-old transgender woman from Miami, who died Friday after being shot in the stomach. The Miami Herald spoke to her friends, who described her as “ sweet, full of life and hilarious” woman who loved dancing. WPLG reports that police are investigating whether she was the direct target of the crime. Chay Reed is at least the ninth transgender woman -- all women of color -- murdered this year in the U.S. More from Mic.

WHY #SCIENCEMATTERS TO LGBTQ PEOPLE: This weekend, millions of people across the country participated in the March for Science. While science helps build support for and advance understanding of LGBTQ people, junk science remains a huge concern. Last week, the HRC Foundation launched McHugh Exposed, a website that pulls back the curtain on the anti-LGBTQ myths and junk science being peddled by Dr. Paul McHugh, the go-to ‘expert’ for anti-equality extremists. The resource details how McHugh’s hateful and damaging essays have been used to target and attack LGBTQ people, and features a new video with renowned LGBTQ health expert, Dr. Tonia Poteat. More from HRC.

TEXAS FOSTER CARE BACKLOG CAN BE HELPED BY WELCOMING AND REACHING OUT TO POTENTIAL LGBTQ FAMILIES: In a powerful oped in the Austin American-Statesman, a local professor broke down the need to allow LGBTQ couples to adopt, and how this benefits LGBTQ and other marginalized children looking for loving homes. This op-ed comes as the Texas legislature considers HB 3859, a bill that would allow sweeping discrimination by foster care and adoption agencies against potential parents based on the agencies’ religious beliefs. Read the full oped from the Austin American-Statesman.

PARIS POLICE OFFICER KILLED WAS LGBTQ EQUALITY ADVOCATE: Xavier Jugelé was one of the brave people who lost their lives last week when a gunman opened fire at police officers on the Champs-Élysées. According to the police force’s LGBTQ employee organization, Jugelé also advocated for equality, protesting during the 2014 Winter Olympic games in anti-LGBTQ Russia. More from New York Daily News.

TOP U.N. EXPERT ON LGBTQ ISSUES MEETS WITH AMERICAN LGBTQ ADVOCATES: Last week, Vitit Muntarbhorn, the United Nations’ newly-appointed Independent Expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, met with 30 leading LGBTQ advocates. He discussed the challenges and opportunities he faces monitoring the rights of LGBTQ people around the world. HRC co-hosted the meeting  with partners Outright Action International and Open Society Foundations. This was Muntarbhorn’s first visit to the U.S. since taking office in September. More from HRC.

READING RAINBOW

American alternative-rock band Portugal. The Man (@PortugalTheMan) has joined HRC’s Equality Rocks campaign; NewNowNext previews the L.A. Dodgers “LGBT Night”, celebrating LGBTQ athletes and featuring gay actor Matt Bomer (@MattBomer)

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Author: HRC staff
Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:20 pm

Today, millions of people across the country will participate in the March for Science.

Organizers characterize the gathering as a “celebration of science” that’s not only about scientists and politicians, but also “the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.”

While science helps build support for and advance understanding of LGBTQ people, junk science remains a huge concern.

For example, in August, Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Paul McHugh and biostatistician Lawrence Mayer published a 116-page “special report” on gender and sexual orientation in The New Atlantis, the magazine of a conservative think tank. The report made a number of claims that have long been rejected by gender and sexuality researchers. It falsely implies that children are “encouraged to become transgender” and that young transgender children undergo medical interventions as part of affirming their gender identities.

While the report’s falsehoods attack the entire LGBTQ community, McHugh’s history reflects particular animus toward transgender people. He’s collaborated with an organization designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center to attack trans kids, and penned opinion articles mocking people who transition as “caricatures,” “counterfeits,” “impersonators,” “confused” and “mad.”

Yesterday, HRC launched McHugh Exposed, a website that pulls back the curtain on the McHugh, the go-to ‘expert’ for anti-equality extremists. The resource includes a detailed timeline of how McHugh’s hateful and damaging essays have been used to target and attack LGBTQ people and a new video featuring renowned LGBTQ health expert, Dr. Tonia Poteat. It can be found at www.McHughExposed.org.

Science isn’t just about what you learned about in elementary or high school in chemistry, physics or biology classes. Scientific fields including psychology, sociology and epidemiology have helped us understand how people’s identities shape their lives. Importantly, they have exposed disparities that emerge when social inequality leads to increased risks for poor health outcomes, and other serious issues including violence and persistent poverty.

Science helps us understand how to reduce these troubling health disparities through positive laws and policies, as well as healthcare guidelines and community programs.

This insight science and research provides is particularly crucial to LGBTQ people. There are hundred of scientific studies each year examining the lives of LGBTQ people, giving us a deeper look into how to support LGBTQ youth, for example, and the effects of anti-LGBTQ laws and so much more.

In the past two years alone, scientific research has found:

  • There’s a huge deficit in LGBTQ-inclusive sex education begin offered in schools  across America. (CDC)
  • U.S. adults are more likely than ever to identify as bisexual. (CDC)
  • It is virtually impossible for a person living with HIV and an undetectable viral load to pass the virus onto someone else. (New England Journal of Medicine).
  • Many LGBTQ youth aren’t getting the health information they need. (Journal of Adolescent Health)
  • Transgender kids who transition with their families’ support have similar mental health to their non-transgender peers. (Pediatrics)
  • A 10-minute conversation with a transgender person can lead to a lasting increase in support for transgender people. (Science)
  • One in three transgender adults has avoided eating or drinking for fear of problems accessing a restroom consistent with their gender identity. (National Center for Transgender Equality)
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), the once-daily pill regimen to prevent HIV, is as safe to take as aspirin. (Open Forum Infectious Diseases)
  • PrEP can work for the communities that need it most, including young, Black gay and bisexual men. (HIV Prevention Trials Network)
  • LGB teens are far more likely to experience violence and bullying, and attempt suicide, than their non-LGB peers. (CDC)
  • LGB adults are more likely than others to experience mental illness or a substance use disorder, but also somewhat more likely to get the treatment they need. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • Gender-affirming medical care appears to broadly and markedly improve mental health for transgender people. (Transgender Health)
  • Teen suicide attempts dropped in states that approved marriage equality before nationwide marriage equality became the law of the land. (JAMA Pediatrics)

Given the significant role science plays in protecting the well-being of LGBTQ people and advancing LGBTQ equality, today’s March for Science is not only a march to celebrate science; it’s a march for social justice, equality and progress.

As such, HRC will continue to support scientists, academics, researchers, and clinicians in their efforts to promote and protect the value of fact-based science. And we will continue to call out those who pedal junk science to undermine our health, dignity and rights.


Author: Ashland Johnson
Posted: April 22, 2017, 1:00 pm

American alternative-rock band Portugal. The Man has joined HRC’s Equality Rocks campaign.

The group originally formed in Alaska in 2004 and released their first studio album “Waiter: You Vultures!” in 2006. They have since released six more studio albums, and their eighth album “Woodstock” will be released in June 2017.

In their most recent single “Feel it Still”, the band sends a message of resistance to its followers, giving them tools to fight oppression. The interactive video includes 30 “Easter eggs” with tips on how to resist during our current political climate. HRC was featured in one of the eggs, encouraging followers to “stand up for equality”. Other tips include knowing your protest rights and contacting representatives in Washington, D.C.

“[The band is] trying to write music that would help people feel they’re not alone, even if they’re angry or feeling lost,” singer John Gourley said of the new song. “This video is our way of saying that we’re all in this together.” This unique video not only points out flaws in society, but also urges people to do something about it.

The Equality Rocks campaign is sparking a conversation about love, fairness and equality around the globe. To join, visit www.hrc.org/EqualityRocks.

To tune into the artists who rock for equality, including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Florence and the Machine, Phoenix, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, Sleater-Kinney, and Animal Collective, follow HRC on Spotify now.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: April 22, 2017, 1:00 am

Post Submitted by HRC Global Deputy Director Jean Freedberg

On Monday, Vitit Muntarbhorn, the United Nations’ (U.N.) newly appointed Independent Expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, met with 30 leading LGBTQ advocates. He discussed the challenges and opportunities he faces in monitoring the rights of LGBTQ people around the world today. HRC was proud to co-host this event with its partners Outright Action International and Open Society Foundations.

This was Muntarbhorn’s first visit to the U.S. since he took office in September and it was his first chance to meet many of the advocates in the room. Later in the day, he delivered the keynote address at the HRC’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) Awards, which honors the more than 500 leading employers that earned 100 percent on HRC’s 2017 CEI.*

The position of Independent Expert was created by the U.N. Human Rights Council last June, and then survived a succession of efforts to undo it at the U.N. in New York.  Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training paid tribute to all those, including Outright and others in the room, who had fought so hard to secure the position, one of the most hotly debated at the U.N. to date.

In his remarks, Muntarbhorn stressed the independent nature of his position, and committed himself to being an objective voice, grounded in international law, on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He reiterated the pillars that his work would rest on, including decriminalization and non-discrimination, destigmatization, status recognition, especially on the basis of gender identity, and socio-economic and cultural inclusion.

Most importantly, Muntarbhorn emphasized the role that advocates and allies can play in supporting his work. He addressed the business community specifically, and said they had a special role to play in leading on inclusion.

All the participants in the conversation were encouraged by Muntharbhorn’s vision, enthusiasm and commitment. They were also inspired by the ever-increasing global recognition of the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people and what this position signifies.

*The CEI evaluates corporate policies and practices regarding their LGBTQ employees.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: April 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

A transgender woman who served in the military for more than three decades in silence is now speaking out against President Trump’s pick to lead the very department she served in.

In a powerful oped for The Washington Post, retired Army Col. Sheri Swokowski lays bare the impact the extreme anti-LGBTQ views of Mark Green - Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Army - could have on LGBTQ service members, who risk their lives everyday to protect our country.

“Leading the Army requires an appreciation for every individual, without exception, and Green wouldn’t have the confidence of the thousands of LGBT soldiers proudly and openly serving today,” Swokowski writes in her oped. “Every soldier needs to know that those at the top, uniformed and civilian, have their back. But based on the way he has used anti-LGBT politics to advance his career, that’s not him.”

Green has an expansive history of sponsoring anti-LGBTQ bills and spewing hateful rhetoric as a Tennessee legislator. He’s called being transgender a “disease” and, just yesterday, The Huffington Post reported Green said his transphobia will help him “crush evil”.

It’s those types of comments Swokowski says only further demonstrate the president and his administration’s “true colors” towards the LGBTQ community. She added that if the senate votes to confirm his nomination, they would be just as culpable in approving bigotry and hate at one of the military’s top posts.   

Swokowski ends her message with a direct message to Green:

“Oh, and Sen. Green, I’m not diseased.”


Author: Brian McBride
Posted: April 21, 2017, 5:14 pm

“TRUMP’S ANTI-LGBT ARMY SECRETARY NOMINEE THINKS VETERANS LIKE ME HAVE ‘A DISEASE’”: This morning in The Washington Post, retired Army Col. Sheri Swokowski, a transgender woman who served her country for more than three decades, lays bare the extreme anti-LGBTQ animus of Mark Green, Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Army, and the terrible message the president is sending to LGBTQ service members. “Leading the Army requires an appreciation for every individual, without exception, and Green wouldn’t have the confidence of the thousands of LGBT soldiers proudly and openly serving today,” Swokowski writes in a powerful oped. “Every soldier needs to know that those at the top, uniformed and civilian, have their back. But based on the way he has used anti-LGBT politics to advance his career, that’s not him.” Trump’s nomination of Green, she says, shows the president’s “true colors on LGBT issues.” She also notes that if Senators vote to confirm, they will be doing the same. Swokowski ends with a direct message to Green, a former Tennessee legislator: “Oh, and Sen. Green, I’m not diseased.” Read about Green’s record of anti-LGBTQ extremism at HRC, and Swokowski’s full piece here.

  • In radio interview, Army Sec nominee Green says his transphobia will help him “crush evil.”  In a bizarre interview, uncovered by Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel (@ATerkel), Green claims that his anti-transgender views are intended “to create an environment where people who do right are rewarded and the people who do wrong are crushed. Evil is crushed.” More from The Huffington Post.
  • Hillary Clinton warns of LGBTQ rights rollback under Trump, cites Green nomination:  During a speech in New York at The Center, an LGBTQ community organization, she called Green an “outspoken opponent” of LGBTQ rights, and also said her “heart broke” when Trump rescinded protections for transgender students. Read more at CNN.

Hey @DrMarkGreen4TN, the only thing that's "evil" is the disease of hate & harm you are causing to #LGBTQ people. https://t.co/t4h709eIHR

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) April 20, 2017

THE WORLD CANNOT IGNORE GAY MEN BEING DETAINED AND MURDERED IN CHECHNYA: In the weeks since a Russian newspaper and LGBTQ advocates in the country have reported that Chechen police have been detaining, torturing and killing gay men, HRC has been vigilant in drawing the attention of world leaders to these horrors. In advance of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent trip to Russia, HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) sent a letter to him, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and members of the White House National Security Council encouraging them, “to make clear to your Russian counterparts that such lawless detentions, arrests, torture and murders are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” Despite a message of condemnation from the State Department, Secretary Tillerson made no public remarks on the matter. HRC is working closely with the Russian LGBT Network, which asserts that as many as 20 men may have been killed in the attacks in the Russian republic.  The Network -- the primary organization leading efforts to evacuate people in danger in Chechnya -- has set up a hotline to provide assistance to LGBTQ Chechens. More from HRC.

We must not ignore these human rights violations happening to gay men in #Chechnya - global leaders must act. https://t.co/EZ8f0UV2Q9

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) April 20, 2017

#McHUGHEXPOSED -- HRC LAUNCHES SITE DEBUNKING JUNK SCIENCE OF ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMISTS’ FAVORITE FAKE ‘EXPERT’: Today, HRC launched #McHughExposed, a website that pulls back the curtain on the anti-LGBTQ myths and junk science being peddled by Dr. Paul McHugh. The site includes a timeline of how McHugh’s damaging essays have been used to target and attack LGBTQ people, and a new video featuring renowned LGBTQ health expert, Dr. Tonia Poteat. McHugh’s false, non-scientific assertions have been used by anti-equality activists in state legislatures and courtrooms to defend discrimination against LGBTQ people, including in an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States opposing the rights of transgender student Gavin Grimm. “Paul McHugh’s writings continue to dangerously undermine the safety, security and wellbeing of LGBTQ people, and particularly transgender youth, across the country,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC Vice President for Research, Training, and Programs. Read more about how McHugh and other anti-LGBTQ activists are leveraging junk science to advance their agenda at www.McHughExposed.org

(NOT SO) FUNNY FRIDAY: Presented without comment from Charlotte Observer cartoonist Kevin Siers (@KevinSiers)... but if you need some background, find it here at HRC.

TODAY -- DAY OF SILENCE TO HIGHLIGHT ANTI-LGBTQ BULLYING: Today, HRC honors Day of Silence, an annual event led by GLSEN that highlights the bullying and harassment LGBTQ youth face. LGBTQ youth experience bullying at school more frequently than their non-LGBTQ peers. In January, HRC Foundation released the results of a groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the U.S. Learn more about Day of Silence here. More from HRC.

BUZZFEED CELEBRATES LGBTQ FAMILIES: The LGBTQ community is as diverse as the fabric of this nation, and BuzzFeed showed this in a recent article featuring beautiful LGBTQ families. The family stories encompass raising children as a same-sex couple, the legal battles of adoption, protecting transgender and gender nonconforming children and more. Celebrate these families (and maybe shed a few “Feel Good Friday” tears) from BuzzFeed.

GEORGIA COUNTY VOTES TO PROTECT ITS LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: The ordinance, which passed Tuesday night by a 6-3 vote, adds sexual orientation and gender identity to existing nondiscrimination protections for county employees. More from WMAZ.

CO-CHAIRS NAMED FOR LGBTQ MARCH ON WASHINGTON: The Equality March for Unity and Pride, scheduled for June 11, will be co chaired by 13 people, including HRC Foundation Board Member Ashley Smith; LGBTQ immigrants rights advocate and Casa Ruby’s Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications Catalina Velasquez; and Latino GLBT History Project President Jose L. Plaza. More from The Washington Blade.

TODAY -- NATIONAL KINDERGARTEN DAY: Today marks National Kindergarten Day. Although the day recognizes Johann Friedrich Oberlin, the founder of kindergarten, it also honors our youngest explorers, scientists, artists and curious learners. To celebrate, HRC shares some ideas for teachers in engaging young children in conversations about diversity with Welcoming Schools books and lessons. More from HRC.

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Vogue interviews transgender model Stav Strashko about her story and the importance of trans visibility in the fashion industry; Quartz looks at the history of laws affecting Iran’s transgender community;

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Author: HRC staff
Posted: April 21, 2017, 1:52 pm

Today, the HRC Foundation launched McHugh Exposed, a website that pulls back the curtain on the anti-LGBTQ myths and junk science being peddled by Dr. Paul McHugh, the go-to ‘expert’ for anti-equality extremists. The resource includes a detailed timeline of how McHugh’s hateful and damaging essays have been used to target and attack LGBTQ people and a new video featuring renowned LGBTQ health expert, Dr. Tonia Poteat. It can be found at www.McHughExposed.org.

McHugh’s false, non-scientific assertions have been used by anti-equality activists in state legislatures and courtrooms to defend discrimination against LGBTQ people. Recently, McHugh’s opinions were featured in an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States opposing the rights of transgender students like Gavin Grimm, a Virginia teenager who filed suit against his school board alleging it violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by denying him use of the boy’s restroom. The case was recently sent back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for a new hearing.

Additionally, anti-equality activists continue to reference McHugh’s specious claims in Congressional hearings and legislative debates -- even making their way into the media.

“Paul McHugh’s writings continue to dangerously undermine the safety, security and wellbeing of LGBTQ people, and particularly transgender youth, across the country,” said Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC Vice President for Research, Training, and Programs. “McHugh’s junk science is still being referenced in legislative and legal battles despite the fact that Paul McHugh has no academic expertise in either gender or sexual orientation, and actively avoids publishing any of his anti-LGBTQ pieces in peer-reviewed journals. Policy makers, informed citizens and parents deserve to know that this is junk science and personal opinion - not at all in the mainstream of current medical and academic research and not endorsed by Johns Hopkins regardless of how McHugh uses his title to suggest credibility or expertise.”

The extensive new website includes a video that features acclaimed LGBTQ health expert Dr. Tonia Poteat, who debunks key myths about gender identity and sexual orientation, explains the central role of peer review in the scientific process, and outlines McHugh’s failure to engage in this vital aspect of rigorous scientific research. McHugh’s writings have been published by religious magazines and political think tanks, not credible scientific journals, allowing him to circumvent the vital review and evaluation of the broader scientific community. McHughExposed.org highlights how LGBTQ health experts and other scientists have pushed back against these tactics, making clear that McHugh ignores broad scientific consensus on a range of issues.

In August of 2016, McHugh and biostatistician Lawrence Mayer published a 116-page “special report” on gender and sexual orientation in The New Atlantis, a conservative bioethics magazine. The report made a number of claims that have long been rejected by gender and sexuality researchers. While the report’s falsehoods attack the entire LGBTQ community, McHugh’s history reflects particular animus toward transgender people, including collaborating with an organization designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center and penning opinion articles mocking people who transition as “caricatures,” “counterfeits,” “impersonators,” “confused” and “mad.”

The personal ideology McHugh is pushing runs contrary to the overwhelming medical consensus endorsed by leading medical organizations including the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association. In March, researchers at Vanderbilt University released a joint letter with nearly 600 LGBTQ health experts, scholars, and medical providers denouncing McHugh’s positions. HRC recently deducted 25 points from Johns Hopkins Hospital, the healthcare facility associated with McHugh’s home institution, Johns Hopkins University, for its failure to make clear that the hospital disagrees with McHugh’s hateful work and to explicitly affirm Hopkin’s commitment to abide by the medical consensus and established standards of care when it comes to the treatment of transgender patients.

To learn about Paul McHugh and anti-LGBTQ junk science, visit www.McHughExposed.org.


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: April 21, 2017, 1:38 pm

Post submitted by Kimmie Fink, Welcoming Schools Consultant

Friday, April 21, marks National Kindergarten Day. Although the day recognizes Johann Friedrich Oberlin, the founder of kindergarten, it also honors our youngest explorers, scientists, artists and curious learners. As we celebrate kindergarteners today, we’d like to take the opportunity to share some ideas for teachers in engaging young children in conversations about diversity with Welcoming Schools books and lessons.

The lesson “Words That Hurt, Words That Heal” helps youngsters see themselves as allies in a caring community. Using the book One, the teacher facilitates a discussion about the importance of words and actions. Budding readers can role play as hothead color red, quiet color blue, and upstanders yellow, orange, green and purple.

“A Welcoming Classroom” is a lesson designed to look at what makes students feel welcome or not, an ideal activity for kindergarteners who are new to school themselves. After reading the book The New Girl...And Me, students respond to the prompts “I feel unwelcome when…” and “I feel welcome when,” and the teacher records their answers on chart paper.

For a simple activity to address gender stereotypes with young ones, try “We Are All Human Beings.” It’s important for children to identify all the things we have in common rather than the things that separate us. The book Whoever You Are serves as a springboard for student ideas about commonalities. Each child then has the opportunity to illustrate one of these human truths.

These are just a few examples of the many lessons and books at your disposal as a teacher of young students. Don’t underestimate the value of conversations about diversity at an early age. After all, everything we need to know, we really do learn in kindergarten.

HRC's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools in embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, creating gender-expansive schools, and supporting transgender and non-binary students.


Author: Guest contributor
Posted: April 21, 2017, 12:00 pm

Today, HRC honors Day of Silence, an annual event led by GLSEN to highlight the bullying and harassment LGBTQ youth face.

“GLSEN's Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools,” according to GLSEN.org. “Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.”

LGBTQ youth experience bullying at school more frequently than their non-LGBTQ peers. In January, HRC Foundation released the results of a groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the U.S.

The online survey, believed to be the largest ever of its kind, found that 70 percent of youth reported witnessing bullying or harassment since the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign. Of these, 63 percent reported having witnessed harassment based on sexual orientation and 54 percent based on gender expression.

More than a quarter of LGBTQ youth had been personally bullied or harassed since the beginning of the 2016 campaign season, compared to 14 percent of non-LGBTQ youth. Among transgender youth, 37 percent reported being personally bullied or harassed.

HRC commends GLSEN and student leaders around the country for leading this vital day of action.  Learn more about Day of Silence here.

Now more than ever, LGBTQ youth need to know they have support.  You can become a better advocate by attending HRC’s Time to THRIVE conference, the nation’s premier convening for K-12 educators, professional counselors and other youth-serving professionals on LGBTQ youth safety, inclusion and well-being. The 2017 conference will be held April 28-30 in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association.  

HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools by embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying and supporting transgender and non-binary students. For more information, visit www.welcomingschools.org.


Author: Hayley Miller
Posted: April 21, 2017, 11:00 am

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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 2:45 am
Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s culture surrounding LGBT? BY HEIDI HATCH WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH 2016   Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s religious culture surrounding LGBT? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 8 photos 201 shares tweet now! (KUTV) The number one killer of Utah’s kids is suicide according to new numbers from […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:32 am
 Is The Recent Rise In Utah Youth Suicides Really Such A Mystery? 07/05/2016 02:08 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago 390 Benjamin Knoll John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics, Centre College The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that “Utah health officials are grappling with a rising youth suicide rate that’s nearly tripled since […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 7, 2016, 2:28 am
LGBT Pride Month Highlights Deepening Divide Between Mormon Leadership and Members Mitch Mayne | Posted 06.11.2016 | Queer Voices Read More: LGBT Mormons, LGBT Mormon Children, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormons, Gay Mormons, Mitch Mayne Gay Mormon, LGBT Pride Month, LGBT Pride, Lgbt Pride Parade, Mexico Marriage Equality, Proposition 8, Queer […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:42 am
Diversity: Pride in science The sciences can be a sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, but biases may still discourage many from coming out. Source: Diversity: Pride in science : Nature News & Comment
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:14 am
Silence Is Killing Your LGBT Relatives 06/21/2016 06:32 pm ET | Updated 4 hours ago Mark O’Connell, L.C.S.W. Psychotherapist in private practice, author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms LGBT Pride Month 2016 will always be remembered for the worst mass shooting in American history to date, one which took 49 lives at an Orlando, […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
The Orlando Massacre: A Reminder of the Dangers LGBT People Live With Every Day There have been scores of attacks on LGBT spaces, some of which received more attention than others. 06/12/2016 10:46 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Michelangelo Signorile, Editor-at-Large, HuffPost Queer Voices Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post STEVE NESIUS / […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:17 pm
Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub “We are investigating this from all points of perspective as an act of terrorism.” 06/12/2016 09:28 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Nina Golgowski Trends reporter, The Huffington Post Sebastian Murdock Reporter, The Huffington Post Andy Campbell Reporter, The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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