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NEW NONPARTISAN POLL SHOWS LGBTQ EQUALITY IS A WINNING MESSAGE IN NOVEMBER: This morning, national survey results released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute underscored what Donald Trump, Mike Pence and NC Governor Pat McCrory are struggling to grasp: A clear majority of Americans support LGBTQ equality. The survey found that when it comes to laws like North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2, only 35 percent support such laws, while 64 percent of Americans oppose them. What’s more, only 30 percent support laws that allow businesses to discriminate and deny service to LGBTQ people because of who they are or whom they love. A majority -- 63 percent -- are opposed to such laws. “Targeting LGBTQ people for discrimination isn’t just wrong, it’s a recipe for electoral disaster,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “From Pat McCrory to Donald Trump, those who somehow still believe it’s acceptable to target LGBTQ people with discriminatory laws that deny us equal treatment under the law are in for a rude awakening in November.” U.S. News & World Report has the full story here.

  • Meanwhile, two new NC polls find McCrory losing. Less than an hour after McCrory’s team attacked a Monmouth University poll that found him trailing in his re-election race by nine points, CNN released a poll that also showed McCrory behind. Noted: Monmouth specifically cited HB2 as a reason for McCrory’s struggles. HRC has endorsed McCrory’s opponent, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper.

“PAYING KINDNESS FORWARD” AFTER PULSE TRAGEDY: The Orlando Health and Florida Hospital won’t bill survivors of the deadly Pulse nightclub tragedy -- about $5.5 million in care, The Orlando Sentinel reports. "The Pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community," Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong said. "During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward." Forty-nine LGBTQ people and allies were killed in the June shooting and more than 50 injured. Read more here, and check out efforts to #StopTheHate.

LABOR DEPT. SAYS FED CONTRACTORS MUST COMPLY WITH LGBTQ WORKER PROTECTIONS: The U.S. Department of Labor issued final regulations yesterday that will help to ensure companies contracting with the federal government comply with non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy said, “These regulations will level the playing field for companies that play by the rules and know that equal opportunity and non-discrimination protections are good for business. They will also help ensure taxpayer funds are not used to unlawfully discriminate against LGBTQ people.” More from HRC.

LAWYER SAYS VICIOUS ATTACK ON GAY COUPLE JUST “OLD-SCHOOL CULTURE”: In March, Anthony Gooden Jr. and Marquez Tolbert were severely burned when the boyfriend of Tolbert’s mother poured scalding water on the couple while they were sleeping. At Martin Blackwell’s trial yesterday on aggravated battery and assault charges, his lawyer appallingly defended the horrific attack, telling the jury: “It’s not about hate. It’s about old-school culture, old-school thinking.” The jury didn’t buy the grotesque argument. Blackwell was found guilty Wednesday on eight counts and sentenced to 40 years in prison. More from The Associated Press.

#TBT: If we could turn back time, we wish we could have gone to Hillary Clinton’s Provincetown, Mass., fundraiser last weekend to see Cher excoriate Donald Trump on his anti-LGBTQ agenda. When it comes to the LGBTQ community, @Cher is always singing “I’ve got you babe.” More from The New York Times; hear Cher on MSNBC’s The Last Word.

BELLA THORNE COMES OUT AS BISEXUAL: Disney star Bella Thorne came out this week on Twitter, simply replying “yes” when asked by a fan if she was bisexual. After receiving an outpouring of support, she tweeted, “Aww thank you for all the accepting tweets from everyone. I love you guys #pride” More from People.

WILTON MANORS TO BAN SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” FOR LGBTQ YOUTH: Wilton Manors, Fla., this week tentatively approved a ban on licensed professionals from using dangerous and debunked conversion therapy on minors that seeks to change their sexual or gender identities. Miami Beach has a similar ban, and Palm Beach County is considering one. More from Sun Sentinel.

RUSH LIMBAUGH’S NEWEST CONSPIRACY -- “MASS LESBIAN FARM INFILTRATION SCHEME”: You read that correctly. Limbaugh is bizarrely suggesting that the Obama Administration is conspiring to move lesbian farmers into conservative parts of the country to… take over? Rushbo’s theory: “They are trying to bust up one of the last geographically conservative regions in the country; that’s rural America.” More fun from New York Magazine.

FIRST PUBLIC LGBTQ PRIDE EVENTS IN JAMAICA: Earlier this month, HRC Global partnered with this year’s successful Pride JA in Jamaica, a week of LGBTQ Pride. The Pride events were a successful outcome of the tremendous efforts of J-FLAG, the foremost human rights and social justice advocacy organization for LGBTQ people in Jamaica. Dane Lewis, Executive Director of J-FLAG, said, “PRIDE JA is a local product. Conceptualized, owned and driven by young activists who know why it is necessary to celebrate who we are.” More from HRC and The Guardian.

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NPR reports that the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star game out of NC because of HB2 isn’t the first time a major sports league has acted to support civil rights… Radio Milwaukee reviews a new book chronicling the city’s LGBTQ history… OkayAfrica explores Nigeria’s transgender community… Michigan Live profiles a new program to offer health care to LGBTQ youths at a Detroit-area shelter… and Recode reports on the White House’s LGBT Tech and Innovation Briefing.

 

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 25, 2016, 2:53 pm

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released the following statement after a new national poll shows Americans are strongly rejecting laws like North Carolina’s HB2, which targeted transgender people and wrote discrimination into state law.

The national survey released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found that only 35 percent support such laws, while 64 percent of Americans oppose them. What’s more, only 30 percent support laws that allow businesses to discriminate and deny service to LGBTQ people because of who they are or whom they love. A majority -- 63 percent -- are opposed to such laws.

“Targeting LGBTQ people for discrimination isn’t just wrong, it’s a recipe for electoral disaster,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “From Pat McCrory to Donald Trump, those who somehow still believe it’s acceptable to target LGBTQ people with discriminatory laws that deny us equal treatment under the law are in for a rude awakening in November.”

In key states around the country like North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio and Florida, HRC has found that the number of LGBTQ eligible voters alone exceeds the average margin of victory over the last three presidential elections.

Meanwhile, with support for marriage equality at record highs, HRC’s own polling has also found that a 55 percent majority of voters are less likely to support an anti-equality candidate for president. This includes key swing groups like independents, married women and white millennial voters, all of which reported voting Republican in 2014 exit polling.

The poll from PRRI comes one day after a new poll in North Carolina shows that HB2 is hurting incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory, who trails his Democratic challenger by 9 points -- the worst margin of any statewide Republican tested in the poll. Monmouth University reported, “7-in-10 voters (70%) feel the passage of HB2 has been bad for North Carolina’s reputation nationally.  Only 9% say it has been good for the state’s image and just 14% say it has had no impact.”

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign joined Equality North Carolina in endorsing Roy Cooper for Governor of North Carolina, citing McCrory’s refusal to fully repeal #HB2.


Author: Brandon Lorenz
Posted: August 25, 2016, 1:30 pm

Psychiatrist Paul McHugh has described transgender people as caricatures, counterfeits, impersonators, confused and mad. Doctor and statistician Lawrence Mayer served as a $400-per-hour expert witness for North Carolina governor Pat McRory’s defense of HB2. Now, the pair have teamed up to promote their anti-LGBTQ views in The New Atlantis, a publication its editor says is a platform for a “conservative way of thinking about...modern science and technology.”

McHugh and Mayer take different tones in their efforts to marginalize the LGBTQ community. McHugh openly mocks transgender people, while Mayer couches his opinions in concern for “suffering” LGBTQ youth and adults. But the pair have the same strategy: using scientific credentials to feign expertise on gender and sexual orientation.

Neither McHugh nor Mayer has conducted original research on LGBTQ people. Neither has ever written about sexual orientation or gender identity in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Other than a Wall Street Journal op-ed, McHugh’s writings on trans people are limited to religious and political media: First Things, a journal of “religion and public life,” and Public Discourse, a social-conservative outlet. McHugh sometimes says “we” when describing a colleague’s research on trans women. But, in reality, he shut that program down soon after taking control of the department—nearly four decades ago.

While the New Atlantis article mostly describes legitimate research, the claims it makes based on that research are not backed by experts in the field. The authors make much of elevated depression and suicide rates among LGBTQ people—a key issue for LGBTQ advocates—and acknowledge the substantial research showing that anti-LGBTQ stigma plays a crucial role. While these admissions may make the article seem neutral, readers should not overlook the lack of evidence backing key claims—like the notion that ending stigma “is unlikely to eliminate all of the disparities in mental health status” or the insinuation that “children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior” are “encouraged to become transgender.” In reality, experts who support gender-affirming care are adamant that “gender-atypical thoughts and behavior” don’t mean a child is trans—and that any decisions should follow the child’s lead, without pressure from adults.

Despite their efforts to appear neutral, McHugh and Mayer are far outside the medical and scientific mainstream. Earlier this month, the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics—which represents 64,000 pediatricians across the United States—penned a heartfelt letter on the importance of supporting transgender children. Citing a recent study in the flagship journal Pediatrics, Dr. Benard Dreyer wrote that “there appears to be no harm — and possible benefit — from...parent-supported early social transitions.”

As experts have come to consensus on points like the fact that therapy can’t change sexual orientation and that gender transition is a crucial step towards well-being for many trans people, anti-LGBTQ advocates have increasingly resorted to dishonest spins of valid studies. The authors they cite often tell a very different story. In 2006, the recognized hate group with which McHugh is affiliated sent an anti-LGBTQ letter to school superintendents across the country. A journalist who interviewed several researchers cited was told that the letter’s descriptions were “misleading and incorrect.” One physician was certain the group “didn’t even read” his research.

Publishing in a peer-reviewed journal is an absolute baseline for scientific credibility. But The New Atlantis is a conservative ethics and policy magazine, not a peer-reviewed scientific journal. McHugh and Meyer knew that peer reviewers would have challenged their biased interpretations and forced them to clarify their misleading statements.

In his Pediatrics piece, Dr. Dreyer urged his colleagues that “as physicians, especially pediatricians, we not be our patients’ first bully.” Evidently, neither Dr. McHugh nor Dr. Meyer got the memo.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 24, 2016, 8:00 pm

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations implementing President Obama’s executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. Among its provisions, the regulations will help to ensure companies contracting with the federal government comply with non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

HRC released the following statement:

“With these regulations, the Department of Labor is implementing President Obama’s executive order that helps provide crucial non-discrimination protections to employees of companies contracting with the federal government,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “All workers, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve to be able to go to work and make a living free from unfair and unjust discrimination. These regulations will level the playing field for companies that play by the rules and know that equal opportunity and non-discrimination protections are good for business. They will also help ensure taxpayer funds are not used to unlawfully discriminate against LGBTQ people.”

In July 2014, President Obama signed the executive order providing additional protections for workers employed by companies doing business with the federal government. By including new evaluation and enforcement mechanisms for reporting and remedying violations of existing labor requirements, that executive order bolstered the impact of the President’s previous landmark executive order that banned discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Companies bidding for federal contracts in excess of $500,000 will be required to publicly report any violations of existing labor laws over the previous three years. Once a company enters into a contract with the federal government, it will also be required to update this public report regarding potential labor law violations every six months for all contracted and subcontracted work. If violations have occurred, the executive order and DOL regulations provide a process for remedial and corrective action.

The regulations also provide additional protections for employees of companies contracting with the federal government. Among these protections, workers can no longer be required to sign arbitration agreements that allow an arbitrator -- rather than a judge -- to make binding decisions on sexual assault and civil rights complaints.  This requirement preserves the rights of some of the most vulnerable workers and ensures that they will have a right to take formal civil steps to hold companies accountable when they experience these grievances.

While these regulations will help protect employees of companies contracting with the federal government, the existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBTQ people in the United States as a whole leaves millions subject to uncertainty and at risk of discrimination. There is no federal law explicitly protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, and 31 states still lack fully-inclusive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. That’s why HRC is working with advocates and lawmakers to pass the Equality Act in Congress, as well as strong non-discrimination protections at the state and local levels. The Equality Act would finally guarantee explicit protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s existing civil rights laws. It would provide clear, permanent, and equal protections under federal law for all Americans in vital areas of life, including employment, access to public spaces, housing, credit, education, jury service, and federally funded programs.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: August 24, 2016, 3:28 pm

NYT EDITORIAL: TX AG KEN PAXTON’S LAWSUIT “BASED ON BIGOTRY”: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a new lawsuit yesterday aimed at denying healthcare to transgender patients. The lawsuit has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who earlier this week ruled against the Departments of Justice and Education’s guidance on schools’ obligations to transgender students. Today, The New York Times editorial board slams Paxton’s calculated “legal assaults on equal protection” as “based on bigotry” -- plain and simple.  Paxton specifically sought to bring a lawsuit in the Harrold Independent School District because the case would be assigned to Judge O’Connor, who, in an egregious anti-LGBTQ ruling in 2015, sought to block Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights for legally married same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor.

  • EDUCATION OFFICIALS FIGHT BACK FOR TRANS KIDS: The Wall Street Journal’s Tawnell D. Hobbs and Ian Lovett report that school districts are grappling with uncertainty in the wake of Judge O’Connor’s ruling. His decision compromises the safety and well-being of thousands of schoolchildren, but hats off to compassionate leaders like Superintendent Damaris Lau in Lancaster, Penn., for committing to protecting transgender students. “We really want to ensure that all of our kids feel safe,” she said. The ruling does not prohibit schools from voluntarily implementing the guidance. More from The Wall Street Journal.

  • WILL HE OR WON’T HE: PAXTON PROMISES TO MEET TRANSGENDER CHILD: After Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, two of the Lone Star State’s most notorious anti-LGBTQ officials, admitted they’d never met a transgender person, one remarkable Texas mom took matters into her own hands. Amber Briggle invited both to dinner with her family, including her 8-year-old transgender son. When asked by a reporter at NBCDFW.com about the invite, Paxton said that he’d be “happy to do that.” More in the Dallas Morning News.

Amber and her son, MG

NO NORTH CAROLINA WEDDING BELLS FOR CIARA AND NFL’s RUSSELL WILSON: Sports Illustrated reports that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and singer/actress Ciara moved their wedding from North Carolina to London because of HB2. They’re not alone in taking their special event out of state. In addition to the risks HB2 poses to the safety and wellbeing of countless LGBTQ participants, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area reports an estimated $1.2 million in losses from event planners going elsewhere. More from The Daily Tar Heel and The News and Observer.

NEW COMPREHENSIVE TRANSGENDER SEXUAL HEALTH GUIDE: Check out this first-of-its-kind resource from HRC and Whitman-Walker Health: Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender expansive people and their partners. The guide fills a significant gap in inclusive, publicly-available sexual health resources for transgender and gender expansive people. The resource was made in consultation with Casa Ruby, Trans United Fund, and TransLatin@ Coalition. It was made possible with support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. More from HRC.

  • Today: Experts from the HRC Foundation and Whitman-Walker Health will participate in a 1:15 p.m. Facebook live conversation about the new guide and more. Tune in at hrc.im/fblive.

A.M. MUST READ: In this The Huffington Post piece, HRC’s Mary Beth Maxwell writes about the struggles of LGBTQ students on their way back to school.

LAWSUIT PROCEEDS AGAINST NJ CATHOLIC SCHOOL FOR FIRING EMPLOYEE IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: A New Jersey Superior Court judge has denied a motion by Paramus Catholic High School to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit brought by an employee fired for being in a same-sex marriage. Attorneys for Kate Drumgoole, the school’s former dean of guidance and basketball coach, say her job did not include religious instruction, arguing that the firing over marital status violated the state’s anti-discrimination law. More than 3,000 alumni and others have signed a letter protesting the firing. Read more about the case at NJ.com.

UNJUST: HOW THE BROKEN JUVENILE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS  FAIL LGBTQ YOUTH: A comprehensive new report explores how the U.S. juvenile and criminal justice systems endanger the lives and life chances of LGBTQ young people. Among the report’s most alarming findings: the percentage of LGBTQ youth in juvenile detention is double that of LGBTQ youth in the general population -- 20 percent of youth in juvenile justice facilities identify as LGBTQ or gender nonconforming, compared with 7 to 9 percent of youth in the general population. The report comes from a coalition of partners including HRC. More from the Center for American Progress.

MOMENT OF AWW! After someone swiped a same-sex couple’s rainbow flag and egged their house, their Natick, Mass., neighbors responded by festooning the home with rainbow flags to show their support. More from The Boston Globe.

JAPANESE PARENTS OVERWHELMINGLY ACCEPTING OF LGBTQ CHILDREN: A new survey of parents in Japan found that nearly 90 percent of respondents would accept their children if they came out as LGBTQ. More from Japan Times.

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New Republic details Donald Trump’s pathetic pitch to minority groups… The Beijinger takes a look at China’s Rainbow Hotline, a program the LGBTQ community in China can use to obtain legal help… San Diego LGBT Weekly reports that the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation has raised $30,000 for local LGBTQ seniors… AllAfrica looks at a Zambian campaign to give prisoners better access to HIV services… NPR explores the gender clinic at Duke University’s Hospital, the only one of its kind in the South for teens… The Concord Monitor releases the first of it’s five-part series on trans lives

 

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 24, 2016, 2:22 pm

HRC Global was honored to partner with this year’s successful Pride JA in Jamaica, a week of LGBTQ Pride events from August 1-7, 2016. The Pride events were a successful outcome of the tremendous efforts of J-FLAG, the foremost human rights and social justice advocacy organization for LGBTQ people in Jamaica.

Dane Lewis, Executive Director of J-FLAG, stated, “PRIDE JA is a local product. Conceptualized, owned and driven by young activists who know why it is necessary to celebrate who we are.”

HRC applauds the successful efforts of activists in Jamaica. LGBTQ people and supporters gathered for inclusive sporting events, live entertainment, a symposium, a family picnic and a black tie gala.

In March, Jaevion Nelson, Director of Projects and Strategy at J-FLAG, attended HRC’s inaugural Global Innovative Advocacy Summit. Jaevion reflected on this year’s Pride Ja activities in an article in The Jamaica Gleaner, “#PRiDEJA is a whole lot about breaking the rules of oppression which demand that you be silent and invisible. It's about giving people hope, creating safe spaces, and validating and letting people feel belonged. #PRiDEJA is about making Jamaica more hospitable for all of us so we can live, work, raise families and do business.”

The organizers managed to pull off the second annual Pride events without violence or harassment in a country which only 10 years ago was deemed the most homophobic place on earth by TIME magazine. Jamaica’s Offences Against the Person Act of 1864 criminalizes all forms of intimacy between men, even in private. Though the law is rarely enforced, its existence perpetuates the stigma and marginalization of LGBTQ people. Jamaica is one of 72 countries around the world that criminalize consensual same-sex relations.

Despite the uphill battle to secure the rights of LGBTQ people in Jamaica, J-FLAG and LGBTQ people and supporters reinforced their rights to visibility and assembly through the events of Pride JA. This year’s efforts at community building and public education are essential to strengthening the movement for LGBTQ rights in Jamaica.

Learn more about HRC's work to strengthen the global LGBTQ equality movement through public education, advocacy, fellowships, partnerships and research by visiting www.hrc.org/global.

Pride JA; Jamaica LGBTQ Pride


Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 24, 2016, 2:00 pm

Today, HRC blasted a federal lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the extremist Becket Fund for Religious Liberty that seeks to overturn a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulation implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which bars discrimination in health insurance and by health providers accepting federal funds.

In the lawsuit, Texas -- joined by Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska and Wisconsin -- asks the federal government to block enforcement of the rule, which clarifies that federal protections barring discrimination based on sex include an individual’s gender identity and covers reproductive health. This lawsuit marks the latest attempt by Paxton to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans because of who they are. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who earlier this week ruled against the Departments of Justice and Education’s guidance on schools’ obligations to transgender students. In March of 2015, Judge O’Connor also sought to block Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights for legally married same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court of the United States' decision in United States v. Windsor (2013).

“Ken Paxton’s continued attacks on transgender Americans are politically motivated, designed to intimidate and simply beyond the pale,” said Jay Brown, HRC communications director. “After months of demonizing and targeting transgender students, it seems he has decided that all transgender people must be the target of his machination. We strongly oppose Paxton’s harmful lawsuit, and the courts should see it for what it is -- a shameful, cheap political attack.”

Paxton has led a sustained, targeted attack on LGBTQ Texans, most recently with his filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of Texas and 10 other states challenging the Departments of Justice and Education’s guidance regarding schools’ obligations to transgender students. Paxton, who currently faces three felony fraud indictments for violating state securities laws and civil fraud charges, has continually attacked his LGBTQ constituents, all in an attempt to cater to his most extreme, anti-equality supporters.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represented Hobby Lobby in the 2014 Supreme Court of the United States case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, in which the Court determined that select for profit businesses could cite religious religious beliefs as a reason to deny contraception coverage. The case filed by Paxton challenging the Affordable Care Act regulation prohibiting discrimination against transgender people and discrimination in reproductive care makes claims under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and invokes the Hobby Lobby decision.


Author: Nick Morrow
Posted: August 23, 2016, 10:43 pm

Today, the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center with special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV-related care, released Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender expansive people and their partners. The guide fills a significant gap in inclusive, publicly-available sexual health resources for transgender and gender expansive people.

“Transgender people are too often denied crucial and relevant guidance around sexual health that everyone needs to live healthy, safe and whole lives” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “Transgender health issues, especially those related to sexual health, are all too often stigmatized or completely ignored. Safer Sex for Trans Bodies provides essential information that will help minimize health risks that can develop because of a lack of knowledge.”

This first-of-its kind resource was drafted by HRC and Whitman-Walker Health in consultation with Casa Ruby, Trans United Fund, and TransLatin@ Coalition. It was made possible with support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with HRC in creating this important resource for the community,” said Josh Riley, Director of Community Commitment at Whitman-Walker Health. “Too often in healthcare settings, if there is a focus on sexual health at all, it is only explored through the lens of pathology or dysfunction. Sexual health for trans bodies is even less recognized, rendered invisible because of ignorance or stigma.  This new guide emphasizes sexual health, wellness, and exploration, in addition to risk reduction, and will be a valuable tool for trans-identified individuals across the spectrum, as well as their healthcare providers and other allies.”

The guide is written by and for members of the transgender community and offers them a long-overdue resource on potentially life-saving and affirming practices, from respectful terminology and definitions to helpful practices for sexual health following transition-related care. It will be available online and at Whitman-Walker Health's locations in Washington, D.C. A Spanish-language will be released in the coming months. HRC and Whitman-Walker Health will also host a Facebook Live conversation about transgender health on Wednesday, August 23rd at 1 PM Eastern on the HRC Facebook page.

Ruby Corado of Casa Ruby, a bilingual, multicultural organization providing life-saving services and programs to LGBT people in the DC-area, offered her support of the guide. “This publication is critical to support informed decision-making in trans communities that lack access to many resources. Through this guide, providers will have ready access to culturally competent guidance,” Corado said.

Transgender people frequently experience significant barriers to inclusive and competent care.  Last year, the HRC Foundation released a guide for transgender people navigating insurance plans, which often exclude coverage for medically necessary transition-related care. The annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), the HRC Foundation’s national benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities’ LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices, measures services and treatment of transgender patients.  

To learn more about how HRC’s work on transgender equality, visit http://www.hrc.org/transgender.


Author: Sarah McBride
Posted: August 23, 2016, 7:11 pm

On August 16, Ingalls Shipbuilding hosted the first annual Gulf Coast Diversity Conference. Participants included representatives from Ingalls, Chevron Refinery, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Mississippi Power and many others. For its first ever event, Ingalls invited the Human Rights Campaign to participate in this important gathering.

During the day-long meeting, I was honored to present HRC’s the Cost of the Closet and the Rewards of Inclusion. This presentation includes recent data regarding the workplace experiences of LGBTQ people while also offering tools and best practices for creating an inclusive atmosphere for LGBTQ employees.

“We want to make sure that our employees bring their authentic selves to work each day,” remarked one representative present from Chevron.

This was especially important to hear since survey data indicates that despite recent gains in acceptance, more than half of LGBTQ employees nationwide hide who they are at work.

It’s clear from our research that the workplace environment matters.  Creating inclusive work spaces is not only good for LGBTQ employees, but it’s good for employers as productivity is higher among employees who are able to be themselves.  It also helps when recruiting top talent and retaining top talent.

I’m grateful to Ingalls Shipbuilding and their commitment to providing a safe work environment for all of their workers, and I’m grateful to each company present who share that same commitment. 


Author: Rob Hill
Posted: August 23, 2016, 6:00 pm

MAT STAVER & NC GOV. PAT MCCRORY PRAISE DANGEROUS DECISION PUTTING 1000s OF SCHOOL CHILDREN AT RISK: Yesterday, a federal judge issued an injunction against guidance provided to school districts by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice regarding the civil rights of transgender students. In his latest harmful remarks, notoriously anti-LGBTQ Liberty Counsel Founder Mat Staver praised the decision while once again peddling the myth that transgender people are somehow a threat to public safety. NC Governor Pat McCrory also released a statement pronouncing himself “pleased” with the decision. Unsurprisingly Staver and McCrory -- who signed into law the state’s discriminatory HB2 that targets transgender people -- are aligning themselves with the same judge who also sought to block Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights for legally married same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court of the United States' decision in United States v. Windsor (2013). The company you keep. More from Towleroad.

NO SURPRISE -- MORE HATEFUL RHETORIC OUT OF A HATEFUL CAMPAIGN: Last week, reports emerged that Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway had ties to the National Organization for Marriage, while new Trump CEO Steve Bannon has a history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, including smearing transgender people. Now The AP reports more troubling rhetoric from rank and file Trump staff: “Donald Trump's paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, ridiculed Mexican accents, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review by The Associated Press of their postings.” More on the ugly rhetoric from Team Trump here.

GO JUNEAU! LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED: Late last night, the Juneau Assembly voted 8 to 1 to pass a non-discrimination ordinance covering employment, housing, and public accommodations. The measure prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, as well as race, color, age, religion, sex, familial status, disability or national origin. Juneau joins Anchorage and more than 100 cities nationwide and 19 states with similar protections. HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse said, “All Alaskans, including LGBTQ people, deserve to be able to live their lives and raise their families free from unjust and unfair discrimination. We are incredibly proud to have worked side-by-side with local advocates in Juneau to pass these crucially important non-discrimination protections into law.”  More from HRC.

LESBIAN METHODIST MINISTER FORCED TO RESIGN: After bravely coming out to her congregation earlier this year, openly lesbian Methodist Minister Cynthia Meyer is resigning to avoid a church trial. The Methodist Church officially condemns homosexuality. Read more at The Huffington Post and get faith positions on LGBTQ issues here.

ALMOST HALF OF OUT OLYMPIANS MEDAL AT OLYMPICS: The Washington Blade reports that, of the 53 out Olympians competing in Rio, nearly half took home a medal in their event. More from OutSports.

  • Out Olympian Tom Daley got a magical shout out on Twitter when “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling called out a homophobic tweet by a so-called “Christian” group targeting the British diver.

THE FIFTEEN MOST LGBTQ-FRIENDLY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: Just in time for college application season, Campus Pride has published its annual index of the most LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. Cornell, Rutgers, UCLA and Tufts lead the list. See them all here.

  • Back to school tips: BuzzFeed polled members of the LGBTQ community about tips for LGBTQ high schoolers (get out your tissues). More here.

 

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Towleroad profiles Ellen Page’s LGBTQ advocacy on and off screen… The Times of Northwest Indiana reports on a new coalition in Indiana devoted to LGBTQ rights and reducing gun violence… Erasing 76 Crimes shares a podcast featuring three musicians fighting for LGBTQ rights in Africa… Houstonia Magazine interviews the first openly transgender candidate to win a primary in Texas… and The Advocate gives a brief LGBTQ history of Saturday Night Live…

 

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Author: HRC staff
Posted: August 23, 2016, 2:01 pm

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Fighting The LGBT Community’s Invisibility | In many ways, the history of the LGBT community is a history of battling invisibility. Since the dawn of time, society has tried to make us invisible. We gained strength as a community only by shedding that invisibility, coming out, and proudly saying who we are. Source: Fighting The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: July 8, 2016, 3:10 am
Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children Source: Mama Dragons Try To Prevent Suicides Among Mormon-LGBT Children : NPR
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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Posted: July 26, 2015, 11:16 pm