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HRC responded to claims from anti-equality activists that they have submitted 8,500 signatures in an attempt to qualify for a ballot measure in Anchorage, Alaska, aimed at gutting protections for transgender residents and visitors in the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. The city clerk must verify that at least 5,753 signatures are from registered Anchorage voters in order for the discriminatory initiative to be placed on the April 3, 2018, mayoral ballot.

“Anti-equality activists are hell-bent on reversing the progress made for LGBTQ equality in Anchorage and across the country,” said HRC Senior Regional Field Director Hope Wisneski. “This shameful ballot measure would damage Anchorage’s reputation, undermine civil rights, and enshrine discrimination against transgender people into law. HRC is committed to working closely with the Fair Anchorage coalition in fighting tooth and nail to stop this assault on fairness and equality and ensuring Anchorage remains a safe and welcoming place for everyone.”

The ballot measure aims to bar the Municipality of Anchorage from recognizing the existence of transgender people by defining sex for all municipal purposes as an “immutable biological condition” as determined at birth. It would also repeal the city’s existing protections ensuring that transgender people have equal access to facilities consistent with their gender identity in their workplace and public spaces.

As part of the Fair Anchorage coalition, HRC is working with the ACLU of Alaska, Alaskans Together for Equality, Freedom for All Americans, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Christians for Equality, The Pride Foundation, and Identity Inc. in working to defeat the ballot measure.

Earlier this month, a similar attempt in the state of Washington was defeated, where, for the second year in a row, an anti-LGBTQ campaign to rollback non-discrimination protections for transgender people failed to turn in enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: July 20, 2017, 10:30 pm

Delaware Governor John Carney has issued a directive for the education department to draft anti-discrimination policies to protect LGBTQ students in the state’s public and charter schools.

The memo was sent to Delaware’s Education Secretary Susan Bunting, calling for stronger protections statewide that would “prohibit discrimination based on gender, race and/or ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.

State agencies now follow a consistent anti-discrimination policy. This will help schools move in same direction: https://t.co/0lQnEEzdRR pic.twitter.com/SM2HGyczL7

— Governor John Carney (@JohnCarneyDE) July 19, 2017

If enacted, these guidelines would help ensure districts and charter schools create an inclusive environment for all LGBTQ students.

“From Laurel to Wilmington, all Delaware students, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve access to a safe and quality education free from bullying or discrimination,” said HRC National Press Secretary and Delaware native Sarah McBride. “This directive builds on the First State’s significant progress on LGBTQ equality over the last eight years. HRC thanks Governor Carney, Secretary Bunting, Senator McDowell, Representative Heffernan and Equality Delaware for their work and leadership on this critical issue.”

The directive called for the new regulations to be made public by November 1.

Delaware is no stranger in leading the efforts for full LGBTQ equality. In 2013, former Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 97 into law, which added gender identity and expression to Delaware’s existing anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws.

The First State also became the 11th state to legalize marriage equality -- two years before the landmark ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges that established the right for same-sex couples to marry nationwide. 


Author: Brian McBride
Posted: July 20, 2017, 9:14 pm

For more than a decade, HRC Foundation has worked closely with foster care and adoption agencies across the country through the All Children - All Families (ACAF) project. ACAF helps agencies improve policies and practice in order to best welcome and support LGBTQ youth and families. Once agencies  successfully “roll out the welcome mat” for LGBTQ folks, they often host LGBTQ-specific parent recruitment events.

RaiseAChild, a non-profit organization in California, assists foster care and adoption agencies with just that through its annual “Let Love Define Family®” tour of free recruitment events. Each year, RaiseAChild works with agencies engaged in ACAF to offer the LGBTQ community the opportunity to learn about building families through foster parenting and adoption.

Just before National LGBTQ Pride Month, eight ACAF agencies partnered with RaiseAChild for the most recent recruitment tour: ExtraordinaryFamilies, Five Acres Foster/Adoptive Family Agency, Kidsave International, LA County Department of Children & Family Services, Penny Lane Centers, The Village Family Services, Vista Del Mar Adoption Program, and Walden Family.

These events turned out RaiseAChild’s highest number of LGBTQ prospective parents yet.

“They also turned out RaiseAChild’s largest and most diverse attendance of non-LGBTQ ally prospective foster and adoptive parents too,” said Rich Valenza, Founder and CEO of RaiseAChild. “It is evident that our ‘Let Love Define Family®’ motto is working across all communities.”

Events like this clearly show LGBTQ parents that agencies are welcoming and supportive of their efforts to foster or adopt.

“I felt so welcomed at the event and loved the diversity of people that attended,” said Sandra B., future foster parent. “The panel was very informative as well as the agencies I met with my partner. We are excited about taking the first step to becoming foster parents.”

HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families project is thankful to our participating agencies and organizations like RaiseAChild for their commitment to removing barriers for LGBTQ folks interested in foster parenting or adoption.

To learn more, take a look at HRC’s information on foster parenting and adoption. 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.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:47 pm

Today, HRC and Equality Pennsylvania, the statewide organization working to advance LGBTQ equality, praised the Allentown, Pennsylvania City Council for unanimously passing and Mayor Ed Pawlowski for signing a measure protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of “conversion therapy.” The ordinance prohibits licensed mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with minors within the city and imposes potential business license revocation for violations.. Allentown is the third Pennsylvania city to pass such a measure, following Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

“Cities and states are stepping up in the face of a federal government that has made attacking the LGBTQ community one of its top priorities,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Conversion therapy is child abuse and we commend the Allentown City Council for putting the well-being and safety of our youth first, and remain committed to working with our partners nationwide to ensure that this quackery is banned in every city in every state.”

"Today, Allentown joins Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, becoming the third safest place for LGBTQ youth to live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," added Equality Pennsylvania spokesperson John Dawe. "Along with the elected officials that passed this ordinance, we commend and thank the team at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center and Executive Director Adrian Shanker, a former Equality PA board chair, for their work to make this a reality.  Equality Pennsylvania continues to push for statewide protections against the dangerous practice of conversion therapy."

“Conversion therapy,” sometimes referred to as “sexual orientation change efforts” or “reparative therapy,” encompasses a range of dangerous practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. These practices are based on the false premise that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that needs to be cured — a theory that has been rejected for decades by every major medical and mental health organization.

There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. To the contrary, research has clearly shown that these practices pose devastating health risks for LGBTQ young people such as depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and even suicidal behavior. The dangerous practice is condemned by every major medical and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and American Medical Association.

In addition to cities in Pennsylvania, a growing number of municipalities across the country, including cities in Ohio and Florida, have enacted similar crucial protections. Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico and Rhode Island all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice.

HRC has partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and state equality groups across the nation to pass state legislation ending conversion therapy. More information on the lies and dangers of efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity can be found here.

Earlier this month, HRC launched HRC Rising, the largest grassroots expansion in its history that will include significant investments in Pennsylvania ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Follow hrc.org/resist for more information.


Author: Ianthe Metzger
Posted: July 20, 2017, 7:51 pm

Today, HRC denounced the Senate’s confirmation of John K. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bush’s confirmation is in line with an alarming trend of the Trump-Pence Administration appointing anti-LGBTQ nominees at all levels of government.

“Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell should never have advanced this nominee who is clearly unfit to serve as a federal judge and we are disappointed that Senate Republicans voted to confirm him,” said David Stacy, HRC Director of Government Affairs. “John Bush does not have the judgment or temperament to serve on U.S. Court of Appeals and has publicly demonstrated his contempt for LGBTQ people and their families.”

In a letter to Senators, HRC reviewed Bush’s long public track record of speaking out against the equality of LGBTQ people and their families and called on the Senate to reject his nomination.  Last month, Bush appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he failed to distance himself from offensive blog posts disparaging LGBTQ people and failed to show that he could produce impartial judgements based upon fact rather than ideology.

Writing under the pseudonym “G. Morris” on a public blog, Bush has criticized rulings striking down sodomy laws targeting LGBTQ people, has complained about updating passport forms to be inclusive of same-sex parents, and compared abortion access to slavery.

A sampling of John Bush’s most appalling blog posts and writings include:


Author: Aaron Rodriguez
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:51 pm

HRC called on the Texas legislature to reject two anti-transgender bills, SB3 and SB91, introduced overnight by Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. After more than thirty anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in the regular session, Governor Abbott called a special session with the stated purpose of passing a measure intended to discriminate.

This most recent attack on the LGBTQ community doubles down on the discrimination Sen. Kolkhorst and Lt. Gov. Patrick championed during the regular session. SB3 and SB91 mandate HB2-style anti-transgender discrimination in any multiple-occupancy restroom or locker room in any property owned by a city, county, school district, state agency, or other political subdivision.  Further, it would overturn LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances protecting millions of people across Texas in cities such as 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 jab at transgender athletes in particular.

“Texas had the most anti-LGBTQ legislative session in the United States, and now, Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick are pushing their extreme agenda with this unnecessary, costly special session,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs for the Human Rights Campaign. “SB3 and SB91 are a blatant attack on transgender Texans, and these bills would harm the state’s reputation, its people and its economy. This unconscionable legislation revives the most troubling parts of the anti-transgender legislation that already failed to become law during the regular session and doubles down on the governor and lieutenant governor’s desire to play political football with transgender Texans’ lives. We will be fighting against these harmful bills and any attempt to single out LGBTQ Texans.”

During the 2017 regular session, the Texas Legislature has pursued a slate of unconscionable anti-LGBTQ bills as part of a systematic effort to roll back the rights of LGBTQ Texans, piece by piece. This session, the Texas legislature introduced at least 30 anti-LGBTQ bills, and 11 passed at least one chamber. By comparison, in 2017 all other states combined passed only 13 bills through at least one house. Now, Gov. Abbott has decided that is not enough. We have to ask: how much discrimination will be enough?

HRC has more than a dozen staff on the ground in Austin -- alongside dozens of volunteer organizers -- been leading field organizing efforts around the state to defeat these anti-LGBTQ bills. HRC continues to work alongside Equality Texas, ACLU of Texas, Texas Freedom Network, the Transgender Education Network of Texas and others on the ground to battle against dangerous or harmful bills that attack the dignity of LGBTQ Texans. As a coalition, we will stand together; we will support and comfort one another; and we will continue to work together until we defeat every bill this session that discriminates against LGBTQ Texans.


Author: Nick Morrow
Posted: July 20, 2017, 2:29 pm

The HRC Foundation hosted its first ever HBCU Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Briefing for university presidents and senior executive. The summit is a day-long meeting of high profile HBCU leadership to discuss LGBTQ inclusive practices and policies and share best practices for expanding equality on their campuses.

Presidents and senior officials from sixteen HBCUs joined HRC representatives, as well as Michael Lomax, CEO and President of the United Negro College Fund and former president of Dillard University, for the event. The strong showing from HBCU administrators underscores the enhanced need for leadership on LGBTQ inclusion from university officials amidst the ongoing attacks on LGBTQ rights within both K-12 and higher educational institutions by the Trump Administration.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities continue to be at the forefront of social change for our community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Facing unprecedented attacks by the Trump-Pence regime on marginalized Americans of every background, the HBCU Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Briefing is one of the vital ways we continue to connect in new and unique ways to stand as a united front against those who oppose equality and justice for all. HRC is honored to host senior leadership from these sixteen esteemed institutions.”

“From Texas to DC, Georgia to Delaware, HBCU presidents and senior leadership are standing up for LGBTQ students,” said Leslie Hall, Manager of the HBCU Project. “The commitment and dedication demonstrated by HBCU leaders in attendance demonstrates that LGBTQ inclusion on HBCU campuses will continue moving forward regardless of the political environment. HRC’s HBCU Project looks forward to continuing to work with the administrators and others to ensure that every LGBTQ HBCU student is welcomed, affirmed and protected in who they are.”

The briefing is part of a multi-prong strategy to create high-level policy changes that will support and protect LGBTQ students and staff on college campuses around the country. 

Over the course of the daylong briefing, attendees heard from experts in the fields of higher education, business, and government on the importance of making investments in LGBTQ diversity and inclusion. HBCU Presidents and other senior administrators shared best practices and learned about HRC’s National HBCU Recognition Program, a new benchmark program measuring LGBTQ inclusion within historically Black colleges and universities. Representative Henry “Hank” Johnson (D-GA), a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, delivered the briefing’s keynote address.

“As a proud graduate of two HBCUs, Clark Atlanta University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, I believe that we should be doing all we can to help everyone feel welcomed and included,” said Representative Johnson. “We must hold the moral high ground to promote diversity and acceptance of all students at a time when equal rights are under attack. It is incumbent upon us to continue the legacy of community and inclusion I felt as a student and reject fearful silence and intolerance at every turn.”

The sixteen HBCUs represented at the briefing included Fayetteville State University, Dillard University, North Carolina A&T University, Virginia State University, University of the District of Columbia, Morehouse College, Norfolk State University, Howard University, Delaware State University, Savannah State University, University of Alabama, Johnson C. Smith University, Prairie View A&M University, Tennessee State University, and Texas Southern University.

HRC’s HBCU Project was founded to support LGBTQ students at HBCUs by providing resources and trainings to advance affirming and supportive college campuses.  For the last 12 years, the HBCU Project has hosted an annual HBCU Leadership Summit to train and prepare student leaders and administrators to advocate for LGBTQ inclusion and safety.  

To learn more about the HRC’s HBCU Project, visit http://www.hrc.org/blog/topic/hbcu


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: July 20, 2017, 1:00 pm

ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION INTRODUCED DURING TX SPECIAL SESSION: Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick introduced the explicitly anti-transgender bills SB3 and SB91. This attack on the LGBTQ community doubles down on the discrimination Sen. Kolkhorst and Lt. Gov Patrick championed during the regular session. SB3 and SB91 mandate HB2-style anti-transgender discrimination in any multiple-occupancy restroom or locker room in any property owned by a city, county, school district, state agency, or other political subdivision. Further, it would overturn LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances protecting millions of people across Texas in cities such as 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 jab at transgender athletes in particular.

“SB3 and SB91 are a blatant attack on transgender Texans, and these bills would harm the state’s reputation, its people and its economy,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC senior vice president of policy and political affairs. “Texas had the most anti-LGBTQ legislative session in the United States, and now, Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick are pushing their extreme agenda with this unnecessary, costly special session. This unconscionable bill revives the most troubling parts of the anti-transgender legislation that already failed to become law during the regular session and doubles down on the governor and lieutenant governor’s desire to play political football with transgender Texans’ lives. We will be fighting against this harmful bill and any attempt to single out LGBTQ Texans.”

  • Million Dollar Discrimination: Texas lawmakers are spending an estimated one million dollars on the 30-day special session. More from The Texas Tribune.

RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL PROTECTING YOUTH FROM ‘CONVERSION THERAPY’: Yesterday, HRC hailed Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo for signing into law HB 5277 -- a measure protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the harmful and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” “No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and discredited practice not only doesn’t work, but can also have life-threatening consequences. It is nothing short of child abuse. We thank Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Legislature for protecting the state’s LGBTQ youth.” Rhode Island is now the eleventh jurisdiction -- and the fourth state so far this year -- to enact these crucially important protections. More from HRC, Pink News, Gay Star News, Washington Blade, Providence Journal and The Associated Press.

HRC HOSTS HBCU PRESIDENTS FOR FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SUMMIT ON LGBTQ INCLUSION: Yesterday, HRC hosted its first ever HBCU Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Briefing for University Presidents and Senior Executives. The summit is a day-long meeting of high profile HBCU leadership to discuss LGBTQ inclusive practices and policies and share best practices for expanding equality on their campuses. “Historically Black Colleges and Universities continue to be at the forefront of social change for our community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “Facing unprecedented attacks by the Trump-Pence regime on marginalized Americans of every background, the HBCU Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Briefing is one of the vital ways we continue to connect in new and unique ways to stand as a united front against those who oppose equality and justice for all. HRC is honored to host senior leadership from these sixteen esteemed institutions.” More from HRC, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and The Washington Post.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Remember when Donald Trump asked “who is really a friend to the LGBT community?” We haven’t forgotten -- and in a powerful new video from HRC, we asked transgender children what the word ‘friend’ means to them. With answers like “A friend loves you, accepts you and cares for you” and “A friend will protect me from bullies,” it’s time to ask… is Donald Trump keeping his promise to the LGBTQ community? More from Refinery29 and Upworthy.

LGBTQ ADVOCATES REMAIN VIGILANT ON HEALTH CARE: Despite news that support for Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have crumbled, HRC and other LGBTQ advocates remain vigilant. “While we’re glad to see the Trump/McConnell plan to strip health care from millions of Americans has failed up until this point, by no means are we claiming complete victory,” HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy told Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson82). “... HRC will continue to engage our millions of members across the country and keep the pressure on Congress to reject any proposals to dismantle our health care system.” More from Washington Blade.

  • The Congressional Budget Office estimates that, under Trumpcare, 17 million people could lose insurance in the next year, and 32 million could lose insurance by 2026. More from CNBC.

ANTI-EQUALITY JUDGE PASSES CLOTURE VOTE, COULD BE CONFIRMED TODAY: Yesterday, anti-LGBTQ judicial nominee John K. Bush passed through a cloture vote. Bush has made deeply alarming comments against significant LGBTQ-affirming court decisions. Bush, who was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, has criticized court rulings striking down laws that criminalize same-sex intimate relationships. Yesterday, HRC sent a letter to senators calling on them to oppose Bush. His final confirmation vote is likely happening TODAY.

OUT ‘POWER 50’ HONORS LGBTQ ADVOCATES, CHANGEMAKERS: The list features HRC President Chad Griffin among its 50 journalists, entertainers, elected officials, advocates, business leaders, musicians, producers, designers, writers and influencers. More from USA Today and OUT Magazine.

SINGER GREYSON CHANCE COMES OUT AS GAY: In a moving Instagram post, Greyson shared that he was able to come out after receiving an inspiring message that gave him the courage. More from Towleroad.

Greyson Chance performing at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in 2011

INDIA NAMES FIRST EVER OPENLY TRANSGENDER JUDGE: Joyita Mondal Mahi has become India’s first-ever openly transgender judge. More from Gay Star News.

SCOTLAND MAY CREATE GENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOMS IN SCHOOLS: The proposal would update a 1960 law and help to ensure restrooms are safe and inclusive of all young people. More from Gay Times.

READING RAINBOW

Shape shares six people’s experience with nonbinary identities; NBC interviews photographer Tarik Carroll on his new series challenging gender norms; BuzzFeed highlights LGBTQ media and resources for those thinking of coming out; Pink News shares a British Church’s project to bring awareness to global LGBTQ issues; Rolling Stone profiles Gavin Grimm (@GavinGrimmVA)

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: July 20, 2017, 12:32 pm

Today, HRC hailed Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo for signing into law House Bill (HB) 5277 — a measure protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the harmful and discredited practice of so-called “conversion therapy.”

“No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and discredited practice not only doesn’t work, but can also have life-threatening consequences. It is nothing short of child abuse. We thank Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Legislature for protecting the state’s LGBTQ youth.”

Rhode Island is now the eleventh jurisdiction — and the fourth state so far this year — to enact these crucially important protections. Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, and New Mexico all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice. A growing number of municipalities have also enacted similar protections, including cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

“Conversion therapy,” sometimes referred to as “sexual orientation change efforts” or “reparative therapy,” encompasses a range of dangerous practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. These practices are based on the false premise that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that needs to be cured — a theory that has been rejected for decades by every major medical and mental health organization.

There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. To the contrary, research has clearly shown that these practices pose devastating health risks for LGBTQ young people such as depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness, and even suicidal behavior. The dangerous practice is condemned by every major medical and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and American Medical Association.

HRC has partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and state equality groups across the nation to pass state legislation ending conversion therapy.

More information on the lies and dangers of efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity can be found here.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: July 19, 2017, 5:57 pm

Anxiety. Fear. Loneliness. Feelings that too many transgender youth are experiencing across the country in the Trump era.

During the 2016 election, Donald Trump claimed to be a friend to the LGBTQ community. But in his short time in office, President Trump’s harmful policies have taken direct aim at transgender students -- who already face significantly higher rates of discrimination, bullying and violence.

Earlier this year, under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education revoked the Obama administration’s guidance detailing school protections for transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

"Donald Trump's claim that he is a friend to the LGBTQ community was just one more 'alternative fact' in a long list of falsehoods," said Sarah McBride, HRC National Press Secretary. "These transgender kids know what it means to be a friend - a friend accepts them, cares for them, and protects them from bullies. From rescinding lifesaving guidance protecting transgender students to appointing anti-transgender officials and judges, Donald Trump has proven time and time again that he is no friend to our community. Quite the opposite."

Trump’s actions have emboldened state legislatures across the country to enact discriminatory laws attacking transgender youth. Despite the national outcry following North Carolina’s adoption of the infamous HB2, legislation that codified discrimination against transgender people including in public schools, several states, including Texas, are currently considering similar discriminatory bills.

These bills have a created an atmosphere in which discrimination isn’t only condoned, but encouraged against this vulnerable group. In fact, 75 percent of transgender students reported feeling unsafe in school and tragically, more than 50 percent of transgender youth report attempting suicide at least once in their lifetime.

Now is the time for every single person to stand up for transgender kids under attack by the Trump administration. Trans youth must know that they are not alone and we are with them in this fight. They matter and they are loved -- just the way they are.

Check out HRC’s latest video on how Trump is no friend to the LGBTQ community.


Author: Brian McBride
Posted: July 19, 2017, 5:20 pm

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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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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
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:17 pm
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