Quick Hits 07.29.16

Beyond the Carolinas

Keshet, a Jewish advocacy organization, has called for nominations for its Landres Couage for Dignity Award. Due date for submissions is Aug. 15.
info: keshetonline.org.

The Equality Forum has stated that the selection of Gov. Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running partner “completes a trifecta of hate on LGBT rights.” The trifecta consists of the Republican Party’s anti-LGBT platform, the selection of anti-gay Pence and Trump’s silence on the Equality Act.
info: equalityforum.org.

Reaching Out MBA will hold its LGBT admissions summit and expo from Oct. 6-8 in Dallas, Texas. The organization is also engaged in the Friendfactor Challenge between LGBT MBA Clubs. Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler School of Business were 2015-16 participants from 21 schools.
info: reachingoutmba.org.

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Reps. Mark Pocan and Richard Hanna led a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama urging him to direct all federal agencies to prohibit discrimination in federal government contracting and subcontracting based on the sexual orientation or gender identity of the business owner.
info: david.kolovson@mail.house.org.

Logo has given the go ahead for a new reality dating competition series, “Finding Prince Charming.” This first-of-its-kind dating show, featuring a cast of all gay men, is currently in production and will debut on the network this fall. Lance Bass will host.
info: logotv.com.

Bend the Arc Jewish Action denounced a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing today on H.R. 2802, the so-called First Amendment Defense Act. The legislation would allow businesses, not-for-profits and even government entities to discriminate against LGBT Americans.
info: bendthearc.us.

Proposals are being accepted for the $15,000 Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant for graduate students conducting LGBT family psychology and therapy research. Due date is Nov. 1 for applications.
info: apa.org/apf/funding/scrivner.aspx.

The California State Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt a new History-Social Science Framework. The Framework sets out guidelines for K-12 schools to implement content standards for history and social science instruction. Among the many changes made to the Framework, LGBT people and their contributions to California and U.S. history are accurately represented for the first time.
info: eqca.org.

Equality Forum’s LGBT Champion Awards were bestowed on July 28 in Philadelphia, Pa. Recipients were: House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi, 21 International Role Model Award, presented by marriage equality hero Jim Oberefell; and 2016 Democratic National Convention Philadelphia Host Committee Chair Ed Rendell, Frank Kameny Award, presented by Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin.
info: equalityforum.com.

The World Out Games, to; be held in Miami, Fla., in 2017, has launched early registration. This marks the first time that the sports event has been slated for the U.S.
info: outgames.org.

The Centers for Disease Control released the first-ever nationally representative look at HIV-related risk behaviors among gay, bisexual and straight male high school students.
info: cdc.gov.

The Williams Institute has introduced its LGBTStat interactive tool. It provides detailed data about the LGBT community using maps and graphs, nationally and for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and each county.
info: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu.

Safeguarding American Values for Everyone will honor five South Florida young professionals on Aug. 18 for its 2016 Luminaries of Equality.
info: save.lgbt. luminaryawards.org.

TomboyX has gifted 50 pairs of their signature underwear to Volunteers for America Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, for homeless youth. Statistics show that 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT. The majority of the TomboyX team identifies as LGBTQ+.
info: tomboyx.com.

The Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted for the first time online national data exploring differences in 15 health characteristics between adults 65 years of age or older who self-identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (sexual minority), and older adults who identify as straight (sexual majority).
info: cms.gov.

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The Elton John AIDS Foundation and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief announced the first two recipients of The LGBT Fund. The inaugural recipients are the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV.
info: ejaf.org. pepfar.gov.

Witeck Communications reported that the combined buying power of the U.S. LGBT adult population for 2015 is estimated at $917 billion, according to a new analysis.
info: witeck.com.

Union Theological Seminary gathered leaders of the Orlando, Fla. and New York LGBT faith communities for a public discussion about ways to build lasting bridges among faith groups and marginalized communities across the nation. They also hosted faith leaders and human rights activists at the Democratic National Convention.
info: uts.columbia.edu.

An LGBT civil rights summit convened by the Equality Forum was held during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.
info: equalityforum.com.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation announced that tennis stars Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Andy Roddick will headline World TeamTennis Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King on Oct. 10.
info: ejaf.org.

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV and its international steering committee and board of directors released their new strategic plan for 2016-2021, “Community Action, Sexual Health & Rights.”
info: msmgf.org.

A study found that LGBT adults experience food insecurity and participate in SNAP at higher levels than non-LGBT adults.
info: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu.

A residence historical marker dedication for Barbara Gittings was held in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 26. Gittings, considered the mother of the LGBT civil rights movement, lived in Philadelphia with her partner Kay Lahusen in the 1960s. Gittings was the editor of the first lesbian magazine, co-organized the Annual Reminders each July 4 at Independence Hall (1965-69) and helped lead seismic changes in both the American Library Association and the American Psychiatric Association. In addition to the Gittings’ marker, Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black dedicated the Philadelphia Conference Historic Marker on July 27. It designates where 300 activists from around the country met in February 1979 to organize the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
info: equalityforum.org.

Sami Grisafe has unveiled her “All-Un-American” video which serves as an answer to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great” slogan. It was written as a response to the Orlando shootings, as well as for Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas, Texas. “I feel that what we need most in America is unity. And, to me Trump represents division, not unity. I wrote the song to beg the question about who we want to be as Americans.”
info: youtube.com/watch?v=NyLKSwSWOWs.

The Point Foundation brought the bulk of its 84 current scholarship recipients to Washington, D.C. for a national leadership conference. Additionally, the foundation’s scholars and alumni attended, totaling 225 attendees.
info: pointfoundation.org.

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