On May 4th, the president signed a largely symbolic executive order (EO) on “religious liberty.” The main function of the EO* was to relax the restrictions on how religious institutions can practice political involvement. It is widely seen as a way for 45 to mobilize his white evangelical base. The executive order also allows for companies to refuse health care to their employees if they have “conscious based objections" to certain types of care. For example, your job may object to paying for your birth control.
So pick up your phones and call your reps. Also your state attorney general, who will be on the front lines where it most affects you and those around you. As per usual, 5 Calls has a great script to help you sound super smart.
You might also consider taking at look at Our State's interactive tools, or their 6 point guide (page 6) for how to work at the state level to push back on 45's agenda, including defense of LGBTQ and reproductive rights.
*Fortunately, disturbing anti-LGBTQ aspects of an earlier draft of the EO, leaked in February, was not a part of the signed order, angering hardcore conservative evangelicals who were looking to the president to back up their belief that it should be their right to discriminate against people in the LGBTQ community because of their religious beliefs. Bullet dodged. For now.
Support LGBTQ Businesses
In opposition to 45's messaging that LGBTQ folks don't matter. show your support of our queer comrades by making a few purchases from LGBTQ owned businesses. This list of 72 Lesbian-Owned Businesses and Queer Shops from December 2016 is a great place to start.
Stockpile your Pills?
If you're feeling stressed that you might soon lose your free or low cost birth control, consider taking precautions to cover your reproductive bases. Since 45 won the election, many people are exploring more long term birth control options, like IUDs, or are stocking up on hormonal birth control like the pill.
From Issue 12 | May 8, 2017