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...AS KEY BATTLES LOOM DIRECTLY AHEAD FIGHTING FOR A FEDERAL BILL ENSURING OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS GEARING UP FOR DELUGE OF ANTI-LGBT BILLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
1950 | Mattachine Society forms — one of the earliest organizations advocating for equal rights for gay people in the country.
1966 | Transgender patrons of Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco revolt against police officers who target them for their gender expression.
1955 | Daughters of Bilitis forms. It is the country’s first lesbian civil and political rights organization.
Patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City — gay men, transgender women and others — fight back against police harassment.
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1967 | Police raid Los Angeles’ Black Cat Tavern, beating several patrons, arresting 16 people. More than 200 people protest.
At long last, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the constitutionality of same-sex marriage — a decisive moment in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. This struggle has its roots in a long history — every setback and every victory bears heavily on our moment today. And as America celebrates these new freedoms, it’s important to remember how they were earned.
A MOMENT 65 YEARS IN THE MAKING
2008 | While many Americans celebrate the election of President Obama, others decry the passage of amendments in California, Florida and Arizona banning marriage for same-sex couples.
2012 | The American Psychological Association no longer classifies being transgender as a mental disorder.
Over 80 cases are filed in federal and state courts challenging state marriage bans across the country.
2013 - 2014 | The U.S. Supreme Court overturns Section 3 of DOMA in United States v. Windsor and reinstates marriage equality in California with Hollingsworth v. Perry. During oral arguments for these cases, HRC shares a red version of its equality logo on social media, which becomes the most virally shared image in Facebook history.
2009 | The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act — the first piece of federal legislation that is inclusive of the entire LGBT community — is signed into law.
February 2015 | Polls show 60% of Americans support marriage equality.
2014 - 2015 | State bans on same-sex marriage are struck down in: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin. Legal challenges continue, however.
2004 | The U.S. Congress defeats the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would have prohibited same-sex couples from marrying. The FMA is introduced 10 times. It never successfully passes.
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2003 | The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that laws criminalizing sodomy are unconstitutional, invalidating antiLGBT legislation in 14 states.
2012 | President Obama becomes the first sitting president to announce support for marriage equality.
2003 | Massachusetts Supreme Court’s ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health brings marriage equality to the state.
2012 | Voters go to the polls to pass marriage equality in three states — Maine, Maryland and Washington. Meanwhile, Minnesota voters defeat an amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.
2011 | Three major national polls show that, for the first time in history, a majority of Americans support marriage equality.
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2000 | Vermont becomes the first state to grant civil unions to same-sex couples.
1993 | The Hawaii Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality, prompting backlash across the country. Several states ban same-sex marriage.
1980 | The Human Rights Campaign Fund is established as a political action committee to raise money for gay-supportive congressional candidates.
In this landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a state constitutional amendment in Colorado that would have prevented the passage of a state law recognizing gay, lesbian and bisexual people as a protected class.
1998 | Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student, is beaten and left to die near Laramie, Wyo. His death brings national attention to state and federal hate crimes legislation.
1987 | The Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights is held, and is the first public display of Cleve Jones’ NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
1979 | The first-ever National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights is held.
1996 | The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passes the Defense of Marriage Act. President Clinton signs the act into law, preventing the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages until its partial repeal 17 years later.
1986 | In Bowers v. Hardwick, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of a Georgia law criminalizing sodomy.
1978 | Harvey Milk is sworn in as the first openly gay member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in January. Later that year, in November, he is assassinated by fellow city supervisor Dan White.
1982 | AIDS is first named and defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, replacing less accurate terms like “gay-related immune deficiency,” and bringing the condition into the public eye.
1996 ROMER V. EVANS
After the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the state was allowed to ban same-sex marriage, the plaintiff, Richard Baker, appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a one-sentence order, the case is dismissed because of its lack of a “substantial federal question.”
1972 BAKER V. NELSON
1973 | The American Psychological Association removes homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
IT’S A START
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BEYOND MARRIAGE LIE SOME OF OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES YET.
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DEAR FRIEND, There has been much to celebrate in recent days. At long last, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that loving same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide. These couples and their children have never been less than, and the nation’s highest court has agreed. This is a victory that has been a long time coming. But it’s important to remember, amid all the celebrations, that our work is far from over. HRC won’t be closing up shop. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates aren’t going to take their ball and go home. Beyond marriage lie some of our biggest challenges yet. Even securing marriage equality doesn’t guarantee that our families will be treated equally under the law. And that’s because of this simple fact: There is still no federal LGBT non-discrimination law on the books in this country. We’ve made progress fighting discrimination from courtrooms to state legislatures. Despite that progress, a crucial measure has never, ever been passed. It is a federal law to guarantee that we are fully equal under the law, covering housing, public accommodations, employment, credit and education. That means that, even after a 50-state marriage victory at the Supreme Court, in most states in this country, a couple who gets married at 10 a.m. can be fired from their jobs by noon and evicted from their home by 2 p.m. simply for posting their wedding photos on Facebook. 4
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And that’s why, starting in this session of the U.S. Congress, HRC will lead the fight for a comprehensive federal non-discrimination bill. This will be the biggest legislative battle in the history of this movement. No matter what it takes, this is a battle we must win. Because I know a majority of Americans agree that the time has come in this country for full federal equality, nothing more, nothing less. The question the Supreme Court justices were presented with dealt with marriage, but the issues at hand in this case were far broader. This was a case that, at its heart, was about making those words etched into the marble above the high court — “Equal Justice Under Law” — apply fairly to everyone. It was a case about equality and justice for all, and the devastating and irreparable harm caused by discrimination. There’s still much to do to achieve full equality for LGBT people in this country and around the globe. But as our most recent victories show us, progress can’t be halted. And together, we will win. Yours,
Marilyn Abalos NY, John Affuso MA, Tal Anderson MN, Debra Bacchi NY, Jennifer Bajorek TX, Greg Battaglia NY, Kevin Baucom TX, Andrew Beaudoin FL, Jay Biles NC, Brittany Binler PA, Doris Bobadilla LA, Chris Boone LA, Brian Bourquin MA, Kathy Bowman OH, Blake Brockway TN, Linda Brown OR, K Jason Bryan MN, Brian Buzby TX, Rory Cahn OH, Nancy Caldwell TX, Jeremy Carter NC, Steven Cayton GA, Conan Cleveland LA, Angie Cottrell MO, Dolores Covrigaru NY, Thomas Cowley CA, June Crenshaw DC, Lynn Currie TX, Dani Daley CA, Lance Demaline OH, Brad DiFiore GA, Jaime Duggan TX, Cordy Elkins MA, Alex Ernst VA, Chris Fasser NY, Maria Fasulo NY, Gabe Fischer CO, Taylor Fiscus IL, Jenny Ford TN, Heather Freyer CA, Sarah Garber MO, Matt Garrett GA, Ben Gibbs GA, Melinda Greene GA, Jon Groppe OH, Annie Groth AZ, Lisa Guillory LA, Randall Hance TX, Matt Hendry CA, S. Kelly Herrick CA, Gary Hilbert NJ, Latoya Holman NV, Ann Hooper NC, Lon Hurst TN, Bob Jacobson AZ, Tim Jenkins IL, Alyssa Jones MA, Dean Keppler WA, John Kim WA, Champ Knecht NY, Kevin Knoblock MA, Kristine Kuzemka NV, Keith Laepple WA, David Lahti CA, Andrew Land GA, Jason Laney DC, Duane Lefevre MA, Christine Lehtonen CA, Char Ligo OH, Alex Lindquist CO, Chris Lindsey TX, Anna Lineback NC, Michael Long OR, Thomas Macias CA, Lisa Marchbanks CA, Jeffrey Marsocci NC, David Martinez, III AZ, Paul Mataras MA, Dan Mauney NC, Sean MéHew UT, Rich Meyers CA, Earnest Morgan MN, Karen Morgan OH, Missy Morgan NV, DyShaun Muhammad MN, Chris New GA, Robert Newhart IL, Khoa Nguyen DC, Roger Nyhus WA, Derek Osterman MA, Tonya Pachetti-Perkins TX, Brandon Patterson GA, Devin Payne CA, Byron Pelt MO, Angela Pisecco TX, Densil Porteous OH, Kaitlin Porter GA, Steve Pospisil MN, Robert Puckett TX, Ron Quinn NV, Victor Ravago CA, Chad Reumann TX, Geri Rochino CA, Mario Rodas MA, Liz Rodriguez TX, Paul Schiminsky NV, Elizabeth Schlesinger MO, Shelly Schoenfeld NC, Dustin Schrecengost UT, Alicia Schwarz MN, Thearon Scurlock FL, Candice Shapiro MA, Camron Shelton CA, Kristin Shrimplin OH, Dan Slater CA, Ashley Smith DC, Matt Smith TX, Neil Smith NC, Michael Smithson OH, Amy Speers CO, Katherine Sprissler-Klein PA, Kevin Stone CA, Rick Straits OH, Jeff Strater TX, Paul Thompson CA, Tiffany Tosh TX, Julian Tovar TX, Bonnie Uphold CA, Sean VanGorder NV, Lauren Verrusio NY, Melissa Vivanco TX, Ed Wagner IL, Lou Weaver TX, Jamaul Webster IL, Aaron Weiner OH, Stef-Anie Wells Koty OR, Amy White WA, Andrew Winters MD, Sharon Wong MD, Philip Wright TX
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HRC SENIOR STAFF Chad Griffin President Jay Brown Director, Research & Public Education Ann Crowley Membership & Online Strategy Director Robert Falk General Counsel Andrea Green Finance Director Ellen Kahn Director, Programmatic Development & Training Initiatives Anastasia Khoo Marketing Director Don Kiser Creative Director Ana Ma Chief of Staff & Chief Operating Officer
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Jim Rinefierd Vice President for Finance & Operations Marty Rouse National Field Director
Christopher Speron Development Director David Stacy Governmental Affairs Director
1 MARRIAGE EQUALITY: A TIMELINE
Fred Sainz Vice President of Communications & Marketing Susanne Salkind Vice President of Human Resources & Leadership Development
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10 THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION
15 ON CAPITOL HILL: A CRUCIAL FEDERAL BILL
Sarah Warbelow Legal Director
17 IN THE STATES: MORE ANTI-LGBT MEASURES
JoDee Winterhof Vice President, Policy and Political Affairs
19 U.S. REP. MIKE HONDA’S TWEET FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY
HRC EQUALITY STAFF Janice Hughes Publications Director Robert Villaflor Design Director Sarah Streyle Associate Director of Design Jessie Sheffield Marketing Coordinator
23 HIV & AIDS IN THE HARD-HIT SOUTH 25 BREAKING NEW GROUND ON BROADWAY
29 LABELS & LOVE: ACTOR MARIA BELLO
Erika Kehrer, Drew Kiser, Helen Parshall, Jennifer Pike Bailey
40 SCOTT, MARCO, JEB & BOBBY: DISCRIMINATORY STANCES?
OTHER CONTRIBUTORS Tim Bahr, Kerry Brodie, Nöel Gordon, Zach Hasychak, Kristian Hoysradt, Mitch Johnson, Christal JonesHarrod, Erika Kehrer, Rose Matias, Mollie Levin, Jeremy Pittman, Jason Lott, Mike Mings, Marty Rouse, Karin Quimby, Justin Snow, David Stacy Equality is a publication of the Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Equality (ISSN 10925791) is published quarterly by HRC, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Subscription rates: Free to members. Printed in the USA. The Human Rights Campaign and HRC Foundation names and Equality logos are trademarks of HRC and the HRC Foundation. To join HRC, call 800-727-4723, visit www.hrc.org or TTY at 202-216-1572. Are you an HRC member? Have a question? HRC’s Member Services team works every day to provide HRC’s more than 1.5 million members and supporters with the best membership experience possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-727-4723. All advertisers in Equality magazine are HRC National Corporate Partners. Because of HRC’s commitment to improving the lives of LGBT Americans in the workplace, all of our National Corporate Partners must demonstrate their own dedication by achieving a score of 85 percent or greater on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. Companies such as these have advanced the cause of LGBT equality in the workplace. See www.hrc.org/CEI.
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Six-time Tony-award-winning singer/actor Audra McDonald was slated to perform two shows in Indiana just as Hoosier Gov. Mike Pence decided to step over to the wrong side of history, signing a bill that could allow individuals and businesses to discriminate under the guise of religion. McDonald, a staunch HRC member, took aim at Pence on Twitter, threatening to cancel her shows and deciding, instead, to donate proceeds to HRC and other opponents of the bill. The legislature ultimately amended the bill to be less damaging, but it still leaves municipal protections for LGBT people in education and healthcare vulnerable. HRC, a founding member of Freedom Indiana, a statewide coalition created to fight the bill, is also mobilizing in other states where “religious freedom” measures emerge. MCDONALD TO PENCE:
“@GovPenceIN Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?” (6:15 p.m.)
“@GovPenceIN Or could you maybe send us a list of where its okay for us to go? Might the law apply to me? (I’m black.)” (6:16 p.m.)
“@GovPenceIN Or maybe I should fire my gay band members just to be on the safe side.” (6:17 p.m.)
HEADED OVER TO TRADER JOE’S THIS SUMMER? Between the Hawaiian shirts and Tiki motif, Trader Joe’s seems like the friendliest option on the block. But looking friendly is one thing and actually investing in LGBT-friendly policies, benefits and practices for workers and their families takes more effort. HRC’s Workplace Equality Program has, for years, held companies accountable for full LGBT inclusion. Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s has never responded to the HRC Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index survey while most of the Fortune 500, Am Law 200 and hundreds of other major employers have. Trader Joe’s shows some promise of inclusion in its non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — critical for sure — but merely the first building blocks to full LGBT workplace equality. Urge Trader Joe’s to take the CEI — www.traderjoes.com/contact-us.
“@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE...we need to stick to singing in states that don’t legislate hate?” (6:18 p.m.)
of LGBT Americans reported experiencing discrimination in their personal lives. See p. 15 on why HRC is leading the fight for a critical federal comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill.
Perhaps we will simply … capitulate to Jihadism just as we have to LGBTIQism.” — Janice Shaw Crouse, executive director, World Congress of Families IX Conference One of the world’s most notoriously anti-LGBT organizations, the World Congress of Families, is gearing up to host its international conference for the first time in the United States, drawing thousands of anti-LGBT and anti-choice activists to Salt Lake City in October. HRC, local activists and allies are holding their own family gathering — same time, same city. The second annual Inclusive Families Conference, a celebration of diversity, will also call attention to the damage done by WCF and other such groups. HRC has released an update of Exposed: The World Congress of Families, a groundbreaking report documenting WCF’s work across five continents, including its anti-LGBT conferences in Nigeria, efforts to silence LGBT people in Russia and more. WWW.HRC.ORG
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SUPREME COURT RULES F HRC URGES STATES TO SWI
n a historic 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court found bans on marriage equality to be unconstitutional — and that the right to marriage is a fundamental right for all. The high court’s sweeping ruling is also a clear mandate for governors, state attorneys general and officials in all 50 states to halt their attempts to uphold any discriminatory statutes, said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin minutes after the court’s June 26 decision. “Today’s ruling makes perfectly clear that there is no legal or moral justification for standing in the path of marriage equality,” said Griffin. “Couples from Mississippi to North Dakota to Texas shouldn’t have to wait even a moment longer to be treated equally under the law.” Griffin called on state officials countrywide to act swiftly to ensure that every
obstacle to obtaining a marriage license is removed — or else continue to be “on the wrong side of history.” He also called for the passage of a comprehensive federal bill — to ensure LGBT Americans are not fired, evicted or denied services because of a marriage license. (See p.15.) Meanwhile, supporters of equality celebrated. HRC staff and volunteers gathered at the steps of the high court and across the country. Griffin and others spoke to domestic and international news outlets. Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati, Ohio, the named plaintiff in one of the four cases before the high court, also spoke to the press, praising the ruling. “Today, I could not be prouder of my country, more grateful for the memory of my late husband John, and more indebted to the incredible lawyers, advocates and fellow plaintiffs who made this landmark day possible,”
said the longtime HRC member. “The fact that the state I have long called home will finally recognize my marriage to the man I honored and cherished for more than 20 years is a profound vindication — a victory I’m proud to share with countless more couples across the country,” he said. In April, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case originating in Ohio, along with the other cases from Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. The arguments were consolidated under the name Obergefell, and the questions posed by the court dealt with the constitutionality of marriage bans more broadly. Before the ruling, marriage equality had come to 37 states as well as the District of Columbia — representing more than 70 percent of the U.S. population. Before the oral arguments, HRC had organized and delivered to the high court
Today’s ruling makes perfectly clear that there is no legal or moral justification for standing in the path of marriage equality.”
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FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IFTLY CARRY OUT DECISION The People’s Brief, signed by 200,000-plus Americans in support of full nationwide marriage equality. Griffin stressed that, along with fighting for a federal non-discrimination bill, HRC will redouble its efforts through campaigns like Project One America and the work of the HRC Foundation to guarantee that LGBT people countrywide are treated equally in all aspects of their lives at the federal and the state level. “We don’t believe for one second that this fight is over,” said Griffin, citing recent battles for LGBT equality in Arkansas and Indiana. “The opponents of equality will stop at nothing to enshrine discrimination into law.” The morning of the court’s decision, several opponents spoke out, including a few Republican presidential candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to “reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.” Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called the decision an “outof-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny.” However, HRC released new polling the day of ruling that showed that those White House candidates who continue to oppose marriage equality face the risk of backlash. A 55 percent majority of voters are less likely to support a candidate for president who opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry, including 40 percent who strongly oppose, according to the polling, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for HRC. This majority includes Independents, married women and white millennials. All of these groups voted Republican in the last congressional election.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY! Does This Affect Healthcare? Adoption? The Workplace? Will marriage equality change my medical decision-making rights? How about my health insurance options? Will the court’s decision clear the path for same-sex couples to adopt? What kind of questions will adoption agencies ask about our marriage? Will companies continue to offer domestic partner benefits? My state now has marriage equality but has no LGBT non-discrimination protections. HRC Foundation experts have created guides that answer these questions and others. See www.hrc.org/ PostDecisionResources.
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HRC SPEARHEADS FIGHT FOR CRUCIAL FEDERAL BILL By Jennifer Pike Bailey
historic federal comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination bill is expected to be introduced in July by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., at Equality presstime. If passed, it would go down in history alongside other landmark legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Even with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, a lack of fundamental federal protections will continue to leave LGBT people vulnerable across the country. Currently, dozens of states provide few, if any, protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, public places, housing, education and more. Despite the high court’s decision, LGBT people will still face discrimination in their day-to-day lives. An employee can still be fired after he is outed by a co-worker. Transgender women can still be refused service in public stores. Landlords can still reject housing applications from same-sex couples. LGBT youth will still fear harassment from students and faculty alike. “Building solid bipartisan support for the bill will be key,” according to JoDee Winterhof, the Human Rights Campaign’s
vice president for policy and political affairs. HRC — which is leading the charge to pass the federal bill — has already begun to build a diverse coalition of legislators, civil rights groups, businesses and faith leaders. In addition to leading the charge on Capitol Hill, HRC will be working to galvanize its members countrywide to press their representatives to pass the comprehensive bill, which also covers the areas of credit, federally funded programs and jury service. “It won’t be an easy path to success,” cautions David Stacy, HRC’s government affairs director, particularly because anti-equality leaders control both chambers of Congress.
But the tide is changing, he says, even in a gridlocked Congress that consistently lags behind public opinion. There is overwhelming support for a federal non-discrimination law, according to polling data released by HRC. Voters across party lines approve it. Republicans support it 51 to 43 percent; Independents, 72 to 23 percent; Democrats, 80 to 18 percent, the polling found. The national survey was of 1,000 likely voters in 2015 in early spring, and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for HRC. Additionally, voters are prepared to hold opponents of the bill accountable. Nearly 65% of likely voters said they would be less likely to support their member of Congress if he or she opposed the bill. Further, intensity of supporters was high as well; more than 40 percent said they would be “much less likely” to support their member of Congress if he or she opposed the bill. The incredible progress made on marriage equality over the last few years has overshadowed the fact that a huge percentage of LGBT Americans — nearly two-thirds — have experienced continued on p. 16
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discrimination, according to a separate survey of 1,000 LGBT Americans by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for HRC. Sixty-three percent of the respondents reported experiencing discrimination in their personal lives. And 47 percent of that number reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace while 19 percent reported discrimination in housing. And 8 percent reported discrimination while in the education system. Of these LGBT Americans, 74 percent believed a federal non-discrimination bill should be the “top priority” or “top two or three” priorities for the country’s LGBT community. Only marriage scored higher. “Mobilizing all of HRC’s forces to pass a federal bill is crucial,” stressed HRC President Chad Griffin, noting such protections already exist on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability and sex. “It’s time that the LGBT community is fully protected as well,” Griffin says. “This is a battle we must win.”
of LGBT Americans reported experiencing discrimination in their personal lives.
47% 19% 8% 47 percent of that number reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace.
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BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN TEXAS The Human Rights Campaign and some key partners in the Lone Star State teamed up this year to fend off more than 20 anti-LGBT bills at the state level. Tens of thousands of HRC members in Texas sent more than 53,000 e-mails and made 5,000 phone calls to state lawmakers in Austin, and worked closely with Equality Texas, Texas Freedom Network and the ACLU of Texas to keep the pressure on. If passed, the bills could have unleashed extensive damage by undermining local non-discrimination protections, unfairly targeting transgender people, hindering the progress of marriage equality and allowing individuals and corporations to discriminate against LGBT people. One bill would have criminalized HIV. Passage of the anti-LGBT bills also would have hurt the state economy, said HRC and its business partners. The Texas Association of Business cautioned that potential investors could relocate to a more accepting state. Over the last few years, HRC has worked closely with municipal, business and other community leaders and advocates to pass protections in Houston and San Antonio. HRC has had dedicated volunteer communities in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio for decades. When Texas state lawmakers reconvene again, HRC and its partners will be ready, says Marty Rouse, HRC’s national field director. “Our message to anti-LGBT legislators is this: ‘Don’t Mess with Texas.’”
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GEARING UP FOR A DELUGE OF ANTI-LGBT BILLS
he Human Rights Campaign is gearing up to battle another wave of antiLGBT bills next year in statehouses countrywide as many opponents will use the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision as an excuse to push anti-LGBT measures. HRC and its allies worked to stave off more than 100 anti-LGBT measures in 29 states — including several “religious freedom” bills — in the 2015 legislative sessions. Anti-LGBT legislators were able to pass a number of negative bills (and came close to passing several more), thanks to the large numbers of conservative lawmakers at the state level. Several anti-LGBT bills targeted adoption by same-sex couples and safe schools for youth. Other bills sought to criminalize HIV and further stigmatize transgender people. And, of course, there were the “religious freedom” bills. Known as “Religious Freedom
Restoration Acts,” or RFRAs, these bills were originally intended to balance the government’s interests and burdens placed on religious practice. But the bills are often vague, and could empower any individual to sue the government to attempt to end enforcement of a non-discrimination law. Thus, deeply religious owners of businesses providing a secular service could sue, claiming that their personal faith empowers them to refuse to serve LGBT people, Jews or interfaith couples. Similarly, a landlord could claim the right to refuse to rent an apartment to a transgender person or a divorced person. Some of the “religious freedom” bills focus on marriage-related services. One bill in Arkansas would have explicitly given for-profit business owners the ability to discriminate in selling wedding-related services and supplies. Draft legislation in Oklahoma and South Carolina sought to bar state WWW.HRC.ORG
employees from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, and would have prevented those employees from collecting their salaries or pensions if they did so. To defeat these anti-LGBT bills, HRC is working closely with state-based LGBT advocacy groups — like Equality Texas and Freedom Indiana — as well as local groups, businesses and faith leaders, says HRC Deputy Field Director Jeremy Pittman, who is leading HRC’s campaign on the ground. As in the past, HRC will provide financial and staff resources to state campaigns. Pittman underlines that there are supporters of equality on both sides of the aisle. For instance, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., promptly criticized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign the state’s RFRA into law. “We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. It’s not just bad practice — it’s un-American,” said Kirk in a statement. LATE SPRING / EARLY SUMMER 2015
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OF PRIDE & PREJUDICE By Janice Hughes
ike Honda is many things — a former science teacher and school principal, a survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp and a longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Honda is also a grandfather of Malisa, 8, who is transgender. Not long ago, he famously tweeted how proud he was of her, with a photo of the two, prompting coverage by NBC and CNN, and drawing 30,000 interactions on the Twittersphere. Equality sat down with the California Democrat, one of the Human Rights Campaign’s staunchest allies, in his office on the Hill and talked about a range of issues — including his childhood, self-esteem, the Constitution and who his heroes are. Some excerpts follow.
Tell us a little about your granddaughter. It’s a constant learning process. The constant asking of yourself the question, “Is there someone in our family that needs to be cared about?” So when my daughter, Michelle, told me about Malisa, that she said at 18 months, “I’m a girl,” that became a journey, my daughter’s journey. For seven years, my daughter was watching, waiting, providing the environment for Malisa. At three, she said, “I’m a girl. My name is Malisa, and this is how you spell it.” There’s no coercion, there’s no coaching. Some people say, “Oh, they’re too young to make that kind of decision.” But these children
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know. There’s a sense of who they are inside, so you just have to respect that. The important thing is how parents respond to it the first time. Because on a child’s insistence if they are met with resistance, that’s the first planting of the door, the proverbial closet that starts to close. So if parents don’t accept it … Well, they’re the powerful people in the child’s life. You’re a founder of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus — and called for more federal funding to train school employees about the problem. When I was a teacher and a principal, we had certain ways to create a safe environment, not only at school but in the neighborhood, too. … Bullying is about power, about fear and other things. It’s also about trying to infuse in kids a sense of self and respect for other people. As educators and leaders of the system, you have to deal with it first — by understanding your own internalized oppressions or impressions, before you tell youngsters to be empowering or accepting of what they’re believing. Because if you can’t do it, don’t be asking youngsters to do it. It cuts across everything, including orientation — kids who
are perceived as, or are, LGBT — and ethnicity and religion. I remember clearly, after the war when I was in kindergarten, being called “Jap-this” and “Jap,” parents were encouraging their kids to chase me around the schoolyard. I was fighting all the time, until I got a little older and figured out that fighting is not the best way to win this. When you were a year old, your family was forced to leave your home in California and live in an internment camp in Colorado for 2 1/2 years. Can you talk about that? People still don’t know that those camps existed or that Japanese Americans were incarcerated because of World War II — because of war hysteria, because of racial prejudice, because of greed and lack of leadership in the political system. On the whole, it was mass incarceration, mass evacuation — the denial and the setting aside of due process and more. As I grew up, what I learned in school — like studying history — affected my self-esteem because nothing was ever said that we were important or that I was important, that I was unique. My uniqueness came about being the “only one,” but it wasn’t pointed out as being desirable. Asian Americans and people of
color, in general, in this country during the ’40s, ’50s, and even the ’60s, were not reflected in our media or anywhere. For years, you’ve represented much of Silicon Valley where many companies have led the way in adopting LGBT-inclusive policies and practices. The firms are also speaking out in legislative battles across the states. The more we create an open and accepting workplace, the more we as a society benefit from it. We’ve seen this for decades in Silicon Valley — one reason why I’ve advocated for domestic benefits for same-sex couples since I was a county supervisor in Santa Clara County in the 1990s. In September, I testified before the House Rules Committee about the need for the House to extend these protections to congressional staff. Let’s go back to Malisa. What prompted you to tweet about your support for her? A common thread that you and I are having in our conversation today is basically about making sure that people have their constitutional rights, and the expectation is understood that it includes being protected. … It didn’t start with Malisa. I used to tell homophobic jokes, but at one point I thought, “Wait
a minute, if ethnic and sexist jokes create pain, how are these jokes that I’m telling cute or funny? How does that affect people?” I found out a friend of mine had died. His auntie, who was one of my teachers, told me that and confided in me that he was gay. I began thinking, “Did I ever say anything, and if I did, did it drive him away? Did what I say hurt him?” When I started thinking about that kind of behavior, I just said, “It has got to stop.” How has it been since you sent out the tweet? A lot of folks have thanked me for doing so and are sharing with me their experiences. I feel this occurs more than we realize. A number of folks have been dealing with it on their own, but silently. My daughter has been doing a lot of research, talking, trying to understand, and reaching out to others who have been publicly talking about it. Some people would call you a hero, really… and your daughter and your granddaughter, too. They’re the heroes, not me. I’m just learning still. For resources on supporting transgender youth, visit www. hrc.org/trans-youth.
As I grew up, what I learned in school — like studying history — affected my selfesteem because nothing was ever said that we were important or that I was important, that I was unique. Honda tweeted about being the “proud grandpa” of Malisa and his concerns for her safety.
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“I am doing this for the next generation,” says Marvell Terry II. And Terry knows a thing or two about the next generation. For more than a decade, he has been organizing and educating young black men in the South to eliminate the stigma around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities. The Memphis, Tenn., native founded The Red Door Foundation in his hometown, organizing public symposiums, support groups and more, bringing together healthcare experts and LGBT leaders to promote unity and empowerment. His main goal: preventing HIV and ending stigma around it. “This work is personal for me,” says Terry, 29, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s first HIV and AIDS Project Fellow. “I don’t only work hard for those gay black men living with HIV, like myself, who feel we have no voice, but I also work for the millions of young people born into a world where we still have to aggressively fight HIV.” In the United States, the South has been hit especially hard. Southern states represent 50 percent of new HIV infections in this country, according to the Birmingham, Ala.-based Southern AIDS Coalition. One in five gay African-American men in the South is living with HIV. The South has lower levels of income, education and insurance coverage and higher levels of HIV stigma and racism than many other areas of the country. Transmission rates also are still on the rise in the LGBT community, and HIV poses a particular threat to young black and Latino gay or bisexual men, and transgender women. What can be done to fight such a daunting situation? HRC and Terry are working to try to answer the question, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, awarded to HRC to increase HIV
awareness, prevention, treatment and care among LGBT people. The first step is awareness. And reliable medical information is especially critical in the South, where HIV is largely ignored. Most Southern states are mandated to stress abstinence-only education in high schools, and Alabama, Texas and South Carolina are legally required to portray same-sex relationships in a negative light. HRC and AIDS United have created a new guide, What Do I Do? A Handbook to Understanding Health and HIV. HRC is distributing it at pride events, focusing on regions where LGBT people are most at risk. HRC also prioritizes prevention. PreExposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, offers an unprecedented opportunity for safety. Also known by the brand name Truvada, it prevents the HIV virus from taking root within an individual’s body and can reduce the risk of transmission by up to 92 percent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Through public education campaigns, HRC is working to provide up-to-date information to the public on research and costs about PrEP. “PrEP can literally save lives in the South,” says Terry, who just returned from a statewide conference spearheaded by HRC Arkansas. “I met a Little Rock clinician with 40 years of service to patients — she had never heard of PrEP. She wasn’t alone.” HRC’s online HIV-awareness campaign, “BeInTheKnow,” also boosts awareness among the LGBT community and allies, featuring blog posts and online ads, lifting up their stories. Terry lauded HRC’s collaborative efforts in pushing forward. “HRC is committed, through a collective effort, to ending the HIV/ AIDS epidemic and helping secure the health and well-being of people living with HIV,” he says. “I’m looking forward to what we will do in the time ahead.”
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whole political side of it — what gay marriage has done — that allows these audiences to apprehend this in a way they would have been unable to, even two or three years ago.
n June, playwright Lisa Kron took home two Tony Awards, including one for best book and another for best original score, with composer Jeanine Tesori, for the Broadway show Fun Home. It snagged five Tonys in all, including one for best new musical — a big deal in a brutal business where some 75 percent of shows fail every year. Fun Home is based on graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s searing memoir about self-discovery, her family and her father, who was secretly attracted to men. It’s the first Broadway show to feature a lesbian protagonist, and the first musical Kron has ever written. And it’s a box office success. Kron, who spent six years writing Fun Home, started out in New York theater in the 1980s, writing and performing with the madcap, anything-goes Five Lesbian Brothers in a small upstairs space on the Lower East Side. She now teaches at Yale and New York University. This summer, HRC members in the New York City area attended a performance of Fun Home. Excerpts from an interview with Equality with Kron follow.
ON THE AUDIENCE IT IS DRAWING
Theater is about being in a room with people who are different from you — both in terms of what’s on the stage and who’s in the audience. The audience makes the narrative themselves, based on watching these characters do things, and so they end up identifying with people who are unlike them. … And there’s certainly no theatrical art form that is more humanizing than a protagonist in a musical. And to have that be a butch lesbian? One of the previously most invisible creatures in the cultural world? Something else really satisfying is that young, genderqueer performance kids have come from other cities, have flown in to see the show. And there are kids who never would go to the musical theater, who never felt like there was anything there for them, saying “Yes, this feels authentically queer.” They’re sitting next to the woman from Westchester who’s weeping her way through Judy Kuhn’s song [the wife of Alison’s closeted father], and they feel a connection to that person. And that’s what theater is meant to do.
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ON FUN HOME’S SUCCESS
It’s very exciting. I think it feels very lucky. There have been many, many lesbians who have been creating lesbian comedy, fiction and graphic novels for a long time. Little by little, that has been seeping into the “mainstream” culture, creating a framework of images in the minds of that audience so that Fun Home can arrive there. Then there’s the
ON WRITING THE SONGS
I kept thinking, particularly early on, we were making the right choice, one with integrity, but that we’re going to pay for it — to do this thing that felt authentically queer.
The song “Changing My Major” [when Alison falls into bed with a woman for the first time, giddily proclaiming that her new love is now her college “major”] is about the transformative power of sex. I was very adamant that I didn’t want to fade down on a kind of gauzy, romantic image of them. I wanted it to be goofy, to be awkward and to be clear that she is exploding with physical desire. She has never dated. She’s never made out with anybody. It needs to be funny. ON NOT BEING A “COMMERCIAL BLOCKBUSTER”
It’s about filling seats, and seats are expensive, and it’s a question now of who goes to Broadway and what Broadway is right now. One question is, “Can a piece that’s not a commercial blockbuster survive on Broadway at all?” Another question, which has abated somewhat, is “Are people interested in this material?” I have no patience for that anymore. Because we see that they are. We were teetering on the brink of this echo chamber of people who say, “I’m not scared of this work, but I worry that other people will be scared of it.” [Critic] Mark Harris had a really wonderful tweet, saying essentially, “Fun Home is a show for a niche audience. You should only go see it if you are a mother or a father or a son or a daughter. Otherwise, stay away.”
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MARIA BELLO By Helen Parshall
ince drawing considerable attention in her New York Times essay, “Coming Out as a Modern Family,” Maria Bello has become an outspoken advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In her essay, Bello — a film and TV actor — spoke about coming out to Jack, her 12-year-old, about her romantic relationship with a woman. His reply: “Mom, love is love, whatever you are.” Bello has released her first book, “Whatever… Love Is Love,” expanding on the ideas she raised. She encourages readers to ask questions about who they love and what they believe in. She also talks about her partner, Clare, and how Jack’s father, Dan, is still very much part of the family, For Bello, it’s not who you love. It’s how you celebrate that love that matters most. In her book, the Philadelphia native — who has spoken at several Human Rights Campaign gala dinners — talks about how her volunteer work in Haiti after the devastating earthquake there has also helped her find herself and lead a better life. A portion of the sales of “Whatever… Love Is Love” goes to HRC.
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Many folks connected with your Times piece because they also feel most comfortable being “whatever.” For others, however, taking on an identity like “lesbian,” “gay,” “bisexual” and “transgender” feels right — as a powerful political act, bringing visibility to underrepresented communities. You’ve hit on something important. Labels should be empowering. We need to change labels that make people feel afraid or judged. Let’s continue to ask questions about who we want to be, who we love and who we want to share our lives with. Labels are useless and meaningless unless they are the labels you
want for yourself and make you feel part of a community to which you are proud to belong. Gay, straight or “whatever,” I am proud to be part of the LGBT community.
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Has your relationship with Clare affected your relationship with Jack and his father?
I am proud to be a Catholic. I am so encouraged by Pope Francis’ vision of an inclusive church. And I am not surprised at all that many Catholics support equality. One of my most important mentors was Father Ray Jackson, an Augustinian priest at Villanova University. He inspired me to learn how to live a worthy life. I was also inspired by his ideas about teaching peace and justice through understanding other cultures and religions. Catholicism is part of my heritage, my upbringing and my experience in life. It’s the framework through which I extend my relationship with God.
As my son gets older, we both are learning to adapt and accept change. Because I have been mostly happy in my relationship with Clare, this of course has made my son happy, and Dan too. I have also grown tremendously over the past few years. Perhaps because of my age and/or perhaps because I’ve not been full of angst, I’ve had the space to ask myself these questions and sink higher into my preferred self. This has helped my relationship with Jack become deeper. …
How did you become so involved in Haiti? I’ve been so fortunate to have traveled around the world. I’ve seen the most beautiful and the most awful places. Before I went to Haiti, I thought I’d seen it all. But the moment, I stepped foot on her soil, I fell in love. …When the earthquake happened, I jumped in to help without hesitation. I and a motley crew of professional aid workers, doctors, Hollywood folks, a tugboat captain, a yoga instructor and a woman with her espresso machine and a suitcase full of makeup were on the next plane out. Our work in Haiti is done through our foundation, www. weadvance.org — an online center, providing critical information to Haitian communities who are empowering themselves to develop community businesses and better WWW.HRC.ORG
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WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND
ON DISCRIMINATION? By Erika Kehrer
Scott Walker, who has come out in favor of a constitutional amendment to reverse a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, said of the controversy,
“I just think this is people who are chronically looking for ways to be upset about things instead of really looking at what it is.” The Wisconsin governor expressed support for the “principle” of the RFRA bills.
measures introduced in statehouses across the country — known as Religious Freedom Restoration Act bills, or RFRAs — designed to undermine progress for LGBT equality. Meanwhile, none of the major candidates for the Republican presidential nom-
Marco Rubio may be willing to attend a same-sex wedding, but unsurprisingly has not been invited to one. The U.S. senator from Florida thinks that any legal consequence for someone who discriminates against LGBT people by withholding professional services
“violates their faith. You’re violating that religious liberty that they have.”
ination spoke out against the Indiana bill or other such bills in other states. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went so far as to sign an executive order — over the objections of his own legislature — allowing for the use of religion to discriminate. Here’s what some of the candidates have been saying:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush apparently defines tolerance differently than the rest of us. He thinks businesses should “absolutely” have the right to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people, and that
“a tolerant country ought to be able to figure [this] out. …This should not be that complicated, but gosh, it is.”
Bobby Jindal allowed an existing executive order protecting LGBT Louisianans from discrimination to expire because he didn’t think it was
“necessary to create additional special categories or special rights.” The governor apparently believes in making a special exception for the right of people to use their religion to discriminate against LGBT people.
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arlier this year, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill allowing individuals and businesses, under the guise of religious liberty, to discriminate against LGBT people, prompting immediate outrage nationwide. The bill was just one of a wave of
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