Black History Month: During Black History Month, CenterLink and Center Action Network are proud to honor and recognize the many amazing center leaders making a difference in their communities. Our first honorees are Andre C. Wade, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, and Curtis Lipscomb, Executive Director of LGBT Detroit. Read Andre's story here and read Curtis's story here.
Immigration: The path to citizenship for Dreamers- the young people who came to the United States as children and are now living, working, and studying in the country as well as serving in the U.S. armed forces - is still not clear. There are nearly 8000,00 Dreamers in the United States, including 75,000 LGBTQ Dreamers and close to 40,000 LGBTQ DACA recipients. Over the next four weeks, an average of 122 DACA recipients will lose protection every day. Beginning in March that figure could increase ten-fold. Here are five things the Administration could do right now to protect Dreamers and show good faith. What can YOU do? Volunteering from home is an option, thanks to the National Equality Action Team (NEAT)! Volunteers who sign up to phone from home will be calling likely supporters of this issue in key Congressional districts around the country and transferring those supporters to leave messages with their Representative in support of this issue.
HHS License To Discriminate: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a regulation that would promote discrimination by health care providers. The proposal allows sweeping, dangerous exemptions to patient protections that would encourage health care providers to deny health care to anyone who doesn't share their moral or religious beliefs. We need you to tell HHS just how bad this new regulation would be. HHS is now accepting public comments on this proposed rule. CAN is working with the National Center for Transgender Equality to make this process simple for our members. We strongly encourage you to use your own words and share personal stories of how discrimination or the fear of discrimination in health care or related services has affected you or someone you love, or why you oppose this rule as a person of faith. Please note that all comments will be submitted to HHS, be posted openly online, and may be used by CAN or NCTE in our advocacy for equality. You may choose to comment anonymously or with a pseudonym. Submit your comments here.
Anti-LGBT Judicial Nominations Continue: The most dangerous threat to civil rights is the least discussed: filling federal courts with judges who have demonstrated hostility toward the LGBT community among other marginalized populations. Nominee Kyle Duncan could be confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as soon as the end of this week. Duncan has built his career on undermining fairness and equality. His record includes: defending Louisiana against a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, defending the state of Alabama against a challenge from a lesbian mother whose parental rights were stripped away by the state, and representing the state of Louisiana when it refused to issue a birth certificate to a same-sex couple after they adopted a child. Duncan also has an anti-transgender record. He chose to represent North Carolina legislators Phil Berger and Tim Moore (the architects of the House Bill 2 which restricted transgender people’s ability to access public restrooms) in a lawsuit against the Department of Justice. Use this form to tell your Senator to vote NO on his confirmation.
Transgender Military Ban: Last week, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution supporting President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on open service by transgender people in the U.S. military. The resolution calls being transgender a “disqualifying psychological and physical condition," although thousands of transgender troops currently serve in all branches of the armed forces. The President’s claim that open service by transgender troops would entail “tremendous medical costs and disruption” directly contradicts the results of a study commissioned by the Department of Defense, and the Administration’s claim that being transgender is a “disqualifying condition” runs counter to statements by the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and American Psychiatric Association. Check out Maurice's story. Maurice is a CAN member and a transgender soldier currently serving in the military.