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posted Friday, September 21, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 38
HRC: We believe women. So must the Senate.
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HRC: We believe women. So must the Senate.

WASHINGTON - [On September 16], the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the Supreme Court confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh and investigate the sexual allegation against him brought forward by Professor Christine Glaser Ford.

'Christine Glaser Ford is brave to come forward with her story, and she must be treated with respect and dignity. Brett Kavanaugh's nomination process has been anything but transparent, and now, with this grave charge of sexual assault, this process must be halted immediately,' said HRC President Chad Griffin. 'Moving forward with this confirmation process without conducting a thorough investigation would be deeply troubling and offensive to the American people, but more importantly to survivors of sex crimes across the country. It would communicate their trauma isn't worthy of justice if a person sitting on the nation's highest court can be confirmed without being investigated for alleged sexual violence.'

Last month, the Human Rights Campaign joined coalition partners in calling for the release of hundreds of thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh's career in a bid for transparency on a lifetime appointment that would affect all Americans, especially LGBTQ people. This concern was exacerbated by Brett Kavanaugh's refusal to answer basic questions about LGBTQ rights and reproductive health care during his confirmation hearings.

The HRC released a comprehensive report [https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/KavaughReport-080318.pdf] on the threats Brett Kavanaugh poses to LGBTQ people. This was followed by the release of videos featuring Lillian, a young transgender woman in Alaska, and Laura, a resident of Maine and mother of a transgender son, Jack; both videos focus on the threats to the safety and dignity of LGBTQ people by this nomination. The HRC has also mobilized more than 20,000 calls to the Senate demanding Kavanaugh be held accountable on views regarding LGBTQ people.

From nondiscrimination protections to health care to LGBTQ military service, Kavanaugh is a nominee clearly hand-picked by anti-LGBTQ organizations to undermine the progress for equality.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Courtesy of the HRC

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