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Idaho Senate Passes Discriminatory, First-of-its-Kind Anti-Transgender Bill

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:22

BOISE -- Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the news that the Idaho Senate has passed HB 500, a discriminatory anti-transgender bill that would bar transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. It will undergo a few procedural votes before heading to Governor Brad Little for his signature. 

HB 500 is the first bill of its kind to pass any state legislature in the country, giving Idaho the dubious distinction of leading the way in anti-transgender legislation and animus. Not only is it discriminatory, it invades the privacy of Idaho’s youth. HB 500 contains a provision that would require athletes to prove their gender via blood, genetic or DNA testing. 

“If HB 500 becomes law, Idaho will be the first state to have such a retrogressive, invasive and patently anti-transgender law on the books,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “In states across the country, extreme lawmakers are targeting transgender youth and seeking to discriminate against them through any legislative vehicle possible. These elected officials and the groups backing them are proposing a ‘solution’ in search of a problem -- and using transgender kids as pawns to stoke division at a time when our elected leaders should be finding ways to unite us. If HB 500 becomes law, it will send a strong message to trans youth that they are less than their peers and not deserving of community and acceptance. We implore Governor Little and other legislative leaders to stand up and reject this discriminatory measure.” 

HRC is grateful to the leadership of groups and activists on the ground that have been fighting against the spate of anti-LGBTQ legislation in Idaho, especially the coalition Moving Towards Freedom. The coalition is made up of the ACLU of Idaho, Add The Words, Beloved Bodies, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Legal Voice, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, and the Pride Foundation.


Five Ways HRC is Responding to Trump’s Latest Attacks on LGBTQ Immigrants, Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 14:18

Donald Trump’s administration keeps trying to shut our borders in order to block immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees from getting to the U.S. HRC has worked with our allies and partners to push back at every opportunity and try to restore America’s place as a beacon of hope for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Here are five of the Trump-Pence administration’s recent attacks, and how HRC has pushed back:

  1. Muslim ban: In February 2020, the Trump-Pence administration expanded its hateful Muslim Ban to include six additional countries. HRC has long worked with our partners to oppose the Muslim (and now African) Ban because it blocks LGBTQ people from those countries who may be traveling to the U.S., including refugees who are seeking resettlement here. 
    • HRC is working with our partners in supporting passage of the NO BAN Act in the House of Representatives, which would block the Muslim Ban now and in the future. 
  2. Public charge: While the U.S. has long blocked people from immigrating if they will be completely dependent on government services, this administration has expanded that to block anyone who uses almost any public service, even if they are mostly able to support themselves. 
    • HRC submitted comments opposing this cruel rule in 2018 and 2019 because it is especially harmful to the poor and particularly harms LGBTQ immigrants who may need government sponsored health care for transition-related health care or treating HIV. 
  3. Fees: Without providing justification, the administration raised fees for a variety of immigration and asylum processes. 
    • HRC submitted comments opposing this rule because LGBTQ people often seek asylum in the U.S. and often lack the means to pay for asylum services, because of the discrimination they are fleeing in their homes. 
  4. Employment authorization: Asylum seekers cannot legally work in the U.S. for six months after filing for asylum. HRC has long worked with partners to try to shorten that waiting period because it makes life even harder for people who are often already traumatized and vulnerable. But the Trump-Pence administration has extended it to a full year, which will make it even harder for asylum seekers to support themselves while they await a decision on their case. 
    • HRC submitted comments in January 2020 opposing this rule. 
  5. Third country agreements: LGBTQ people - and transgender women in particular - face enormous discrimination and violence in a number of Central American countries. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, known as the “Northern Triangle,” have seen dangerous spikes in violence in recent years, forcing thousands of people from those countries to seek safety in the U.S. Rather than take them in and allow them to apply for asylum, the administration has declared those countries to be “safe” for sending asylum seekers back. 
    • HRC has called out this awful policy and shared the powerful stories of some of the LGBTQ people fleeing violence in those countries, which demonstrate why we must take them in. 

Immigration has long been an LGBTQ issue, and HRC will continue to fight Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s hateful agenda. The best way to overturn these dangerous policies and so many others is to defeat them at the ballot box in November. 

Find out more about HRC and immigration, refugee and asylum issues here. And learn how you can get involved here.


HRC Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett for Reelection

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 11:00

HRC announced its endorsement of Mayor Tom Barrett in his bid for reelection as Mayor of Milwaukee.

Mayor Barrett has made Milwaukee one of the most LGBTQ inclusive cities nationwide. In 2018, for the first time, Milwaukee earned a top score on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index and earned that top score again in 2019. Over the coming weeks, HRC will be devoting significant resources to turning out the 675,000 Equality Voters across the state of Wisconsin to ensure pro-equality leaders like Mayor Barrett are elected to or remain in office. 

“Milwaukee and Mayor Barrett have been true regional leaders for equality,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “Through his dedicated leadership, Mayor Barrett has made Milwaukee one of the most inclusive cities in the Midwest and a model for how municipalities across the country can lead progress for equality while the U.S. Senate and President Trump impede our progress on the national level. HRC is proud to endorse Mayor Barrett and looks forward to continuing to work with him to continue the incredible progress Milwaukee has already made.”

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “We've worked hard, and we continue to work hard, in Milwaukee to ensure that all people in our city feel safe and supported in their homes, at work, and in all facets of their lives. Our friends and neighbors of Milwaukee's LGBTQ community have come so far in the fight for equality and we aren't done yet, because Milwaukee will always be a place of opportunity, hope and bright futures for all.”

Mayor Barrett has been an ardent advocate for the health, safety, and leadership of the LGBTQ community throughout his tenure in office. Barrett has prioritized the success of organizations/clinics/resources like Courage MKE, Diverse & Resilient, Brady East STD Clinic, and Cream City Foundation. Further, Barrett has made sure members of the LGBTQ community are in high level positions throughout his administration ensuring our community has a seat at the table and decision-making power. 

HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in Wisconsin since 2017, and had 17 staff on the ground in the state in the closing weeks of the 2018 election. In the midterm elections, HRC members and supporters completed over 1,480 volunteer shifts. In the final four days of GOTV alone, our staff and volunteers knocked on over 11,300 doors. Members and supporters also sent over 52,000 text messages to voters in the final weeks with voting resources. Since launching, we've helped over 1,500 Wisconsinites register to vote by mail, online, and at in-person events. HRC hosted 22 Equality Action Academy trainings to give HRC members and supporters the tools they need to take action locally in legislative advocacy and in support of pro-equality candidates.

In the 2018 midterms, HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates. HRC's unprecedented grassroots mobilization represented an investment of approximately $26 million to recruit volunteers, mobilize constituents, register voters and grow the organization's grassroots army in an all-out effort to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable.

 

 Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by FRIENDS OF TOM BARRETT 

HRC Endorses Assemblywoman JoCasta Zamarripa for Alderwoman

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 11:00

HRC announced its endorsement of JoCasta Zamarripa for Alderwoman for Milwaukee Common Council.

Assemblywoman Zamarripa is one of four openly LGBTQ members of the Wisconsin legislature, and the only person of color or female-identifying LGBTQ member. Elected in 2010, Zamarripa has been integral to the progress LGBTQ people have made in Wisconsin. If elected, Zamarripa will become the first openly LGBTQ member of the Milwaukee Common Council. Over the coming weeks, HRC will be devoting significant resources to turning out the 675,000 Equality Voters across the state of Wisconsin to ensure pro-equality leaders like JoCasta Zamarripa are elected to or remain in office. 

“Assemblywoman Zamarripa has been one of our community’s strongest advocates throughout her time in public service,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “Milwaukee has become a true regional leader for equality. By joining the Common Council, Zamarripa will only continue to move that pro-equality agenda forward. We are proud to endorse Assemblywoman Zamarripa’s bid for Common Council and look forward to working with her in her new role.”

“I am honored to receive HRC's endorsement in this race for Alderwoman,” said Assemblywoman JoCasta Zamarripa. “During my time in public service, we have worked for hand in hand to advance equality for everyone. If we are successful, I will be Milwaukee's first out LGBTQ Alder and a stalwart advocate for equality across the city of Milwaukee.”

HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in Wisconsin since 2017, and had 17 staff on the ground in the state in the closing weeks of the 2018 election. In the midterm elections, HRC members and supporters completed over 1,480 volunteer shifts. In the final four days of GOTV alone, our staff and volunteers knocked on over 11,300 doors. Members and supporters also sent over 52,000 text messages to voters in the final weeks with voting resources. Since launching, we've helped over 1,500 Wisconsinites register to vote by mail, online, and at in-person events. HRC hosted 22 Equality Action Academy trainings to give HRC members and supporters the tools they need to take action locally in legislative advocacy and in support of pro-equality candidates.

In the 2018 midterms, HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates. HRC's unprecedented grassroots mobilization represented an investment of approximately $26 million to recruit volunteers, mobilize constituents, register voters and grow the organization's grassroots army in an all-out effort to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable.

 

 Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by VOTE JOCASTA ZAMARRIPA 

HRC Endorses Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 11:00

HRC announced its endorsement of Judge Jill Karofsky in her bid for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Throughout her time in the judiciary, Judge Karofsky has proven herself to be a judge who focuses on fairness and equality. In an interview with WUWM, Karofsky described her judicial philosophy: 

"My judicial philosophy is that every single person in my courtroom should be treated with dignity and respect and fairness, that the rule of law has to be followed in every case, whether or not I personally agree with that. Anyone who comes into my courtroom can see that I look at the law, I apply it to the facts of the case and I apply it in a fair and equal way, no matter who is in my courtroom."

Over the coming weeks, HRC will be devoting significant resources to turning out the 675,000 Equality Voters across the state of Wisconsin to ensure pro-equality leaders like Judge Karofsky are elected to office. 

“Wisconsin is at a turning point. Leaders like Judge Karofsky are exactly what Wisconsin needs to create a more just and equal state,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout. “Her dedication to equality and fairness and commitment to uprooting corruption make her uniquely qualified to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Judge Karofsky.”

“This campaign is about upholding the law and defending the rights of all, not just the privileged few,” said Judge Jill Karofsky. “I’m honored to have the endorsement of one the nation’s largest civil rights organizations and appreciate the support of the Human Rights Campaign and its members.”

HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in Wisconsin since 2017, and had 17 staff on the ground in the state in the closing weeks of the 2018 election. In the midterm elections, HRC members and supporters completed over 1,480 volunteer shifts. In the final four days of GOTV alone, our staff and volunteers knocked on over 11,300 doors. Members and supporters also sent over 52,000 text messages to voters in the final weeks with voting resources. Since launching, we've helped over 1,500 Wisconsinites register to vote by mail, online, and at in-person events. HRC hosted 22 Equality Action Academy trainings to give HRC members and supporters the tools they need to take action locally in legislative advocacy and in support of pro-equality candidates.

In the 2018 midterms, HRC helped register more than 32,000 voters and recruited more than 4,200 volunteers, who worked over 8,500 shifts and clocked more than 30,000 volunteer hours. In the critical final four days of the campaign, HRC staff and volunteers in get-out-the-vote efforts alone knocked on more than 80,000 doors, and held 36,400 conversations with voters at their doors and by phone on behalf of our endorsed candidates. HRC's unprecedented grassroots mobilization represented an investment of approximately $26 million to recruit volunteers, mobilize constituents, register voters and grow the organization's grassroots army in an all-out effort to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable.

 

 Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org) and authorized by JILL FOR JUSTICE 

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 16, 2020

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 10:17

INSIDE THE ANTI-TRANSGENDER STATE LEGISLATION ACROSS THE COUNTRY: Across the country, there are dozens of anti-equality bills attacking the transgender and non-binary community -- especially youth. These bills range from those that seek to criminalize doctors who provide lifesaving care to trans youth to bills that block student-athletes from competing on teams consistent with their gender identity. More from The New York Times.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- “WE HAVE BEEN HERE THIS WHOLE TIME”: Non-binary actor Liv Hewson (@LivHewson) uses their personal experiences and platform to let LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ youth, know that they are not alone. More from HRC.

"We have been here the whole time."

Non-binary actor @LivHewson uses their personal experiences and platform to let LGBTQ people, especially LGBTQ youth, know that they are not alone. pic.twitter.com/kjfuWEGWDI

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 13, 2020

PLEDGE TO BE COUNTED IN THE 2020 CENSUS: Critical funding for programs that support our communities, and LGBTQ people specifically, are determined by the Census -- a nationwide population count by the federal government that occurs once every ten years. Moreover, this count ensures our elected leaders at all levels of government are representing roughly the same number of people. Sign the pledge via HRC.

LA PRIDE PARADE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19: The celebration, this year in its 50th year, will now happen on September 4-6. More from The Advocate.

  • All around the world, LGBTQ events are being cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. More from Reuters.
  • LGBTQ groups announce event cancellations, office closings due to COVID-19: HRC announced it has postponed all of its public events through the weekend of April 4; including its dinners in Los Angeles on March 28 and Houston on April 4. More from Washington Blade and HRC.

HARVARD’S FALL 2019 MED SCHOOL CLASS WAS 15% LGBTQ: Other medical schools are seeing similar increases of students who identify as LGBTQ. More from Daily Herald.

LGBTQ CENTER IN RALEIGH VANDALIZED WITH ANTI-LGBTQ STICKERS: The Center has filed a police report for the stickers, which Lindsey Lughes, Executive Director of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, calls “a message of hatred.” More from ABC 11.

IN THE STATES 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH USES TAXPAYER MONEY TO HIRE AN ANTI-LGBTQ, CONVERSION THERAPY “ADVOCATE” TO DEFEND TRANSPHOBIC GENDER MARKER LAW: More from Ohio Capital Journal.

Ohio is 1 of 2 states that doesn’t allow corrections on birth certificates to reflect gender identity.

The state should fix this rather than waste taxpayers’ money to fund their effort to deny trans Ohioans the ability to correct their birth certificate. https://t.co/gZsEeSKMM9

— HRC in Ohio (@HRC_OH) March 10, 2020

GET CULTURED - Entertainment, arts and sports news!

NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF IN WALES UNVEILS LGBTQ STORIES: More from BBC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

RUSSIAN LGBTQ ADVOCATE FACES TRIAL FOR SHARING IMAGES OF VULVAS: Yulia Tsvetkova used the photos to demystify and reduce the taboo of people’s bodies. More from France24.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

South China Morning Post takes a look at royal families who are supportive of LGBTQ communities.

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


The Fight to Ensure Full Equality at the Ballot Box: An Interview with Dr. Megan Gall

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 09:07

A century ago, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Now, 100 years later, women-identified leaders like Dr. Megan Gall, Sherrilyn Ifill, Kristen Clarke and Stacey Abrams are carrying forward the legacy of early suffrage leaders by fighting to ensure that all of our votes are counted and that all people have access to the ballot box -- including LGBTQ people. 

For Dr. Gall, voting rights work is very much intersectional, particularly in terms of LGBTQ equality. “One of the things that has always struck me about the queer community is that as a group of minorities, we’re the only group of minorities where members of our community belong to every other community on earth. Because of that intersectionality, when we work on voting rights for other large marginalized communities, [LGBTQ people] are swept into what we’re doing because we are in all other groups.” 

Gall began her work in this field right after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County vs. Holder, which invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

“When we lost that protection, it meant that jurisdictions didn’t have to out themselves as making changes to election plans,” Gall said. As a result, “states just started making all kinds of changes.” Many of these changes are, in effect, modern-day voter suppression, with the rights of marginalized communities being targeted. 

Gall, the data director at All Voting is Local, is working to stop votes from being lost. All Voting is Local is a collaborative campaign housed at the Leadership Conference Education Fund in conjunction with the ACLU, American Constitution Society, Campaign Legal Center and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Gall said, “We came onto the scene so we could fight disenfranchisement before the last resort — litigation. We have a lot of litigation partners and it’s great work, but if it’s gotten to litigation, that means the damage is done.” 

For Gall, looking at the history of voting rights, the 19th Amendment was critical for enfranchisement as well as critically incomplete. “It was critical in that it enfranchised 26 million women before the 1920 election. And it was the result of decades and decades of work.”

“But women of color were really left behind by that scenario. The majority of Black women, even after the amendment passed, couldn’t vote because of state issues, particularly in the South. And women of color were particularly susceptible to intimidation, violence and poll taxes in a way that white women were not. Native American women had to fight for citizenship and then for the right to vote.” 

“It wasn’t until the 1964 Voting Rights Act that we as a nation really did the hard work of fixing the things that were left out of the 19th Amendment. And it certainly wasn’t a total fix,” Gall said. 

Groups like All Voting is Local and Abrams’ Fair Fight 2020 are hard at work to fix these ongoing issues of disenfranchisement and discrimination. Thanks to advocates like Gall, Abrams and civil rights leaders across movements, 100 years after the 19th Amendment, our journey towards full equality at the ballot box marches onward. 

This article first appeared in HRC’s Equality Magazine, and has been condensed. For the full article, click here.


Thinking of You - Now More Than Ever.

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:58

I want to thank you for all the extraordinary work you do to advance the movement for true equality for the LGBTQ community through your support of the Human Rights Campaign. 

You are the reason we succeed. We are a family here, made up of over 3.1 million members and supporters, volunteers and staff. So, as family does, I wanted to personally reach out as news continues to break around COVID-19. 

This is a global health crisis, and the Human Rights Campaign’s number one priority is to look out for everyone’s health and safety. Our work is too important and, as we’re seeing in the government’s lagging response, more necessary than ever. 

Below are several measures we are taking to ensure our collective well-being. Take a look:

  • Our physical offices will be closed through the end of the month to minimize the risk of exposure. Rest assured, we have the necessary infrastructure to support remote work for the majority of our team and the organization’s critical work will continue, including our robust election plans.
  • We have decided to suspend or cancel all of our public events through the weekend of April 4, including several large-scale fundraising dinners in Nashville, Los Angeles and Houston. If you were planning to attend any of these events over the next few weeks, a message with more details will be heading your way soon.
  • We are committed to providing you with the latest news as it pertains to our community and will be in touch throughout with updates as we have them. This week, we joined an open letter with more than 100 organizations urging the media and health officials to consider the unique risks faced by the LGBTQ community.

Public health is on everyone’s minds. The Human Rights Campaign has always held elected officials accountable for failures in public health policy — and we will continue to do so

I know this is a stressful time but please take care of yourself. Remember: As long as you are a part of the Human Rights Campaign family, you are never alone. 

If you or your loved ones have been diagnosed, exposed or are feeling sick, please reach out to your medical provider for more information otherwise, be vigilant and monitor your health. To all those who may know someone who is battling COVID-19, I am sorry and I will keep them and you in my thoughts.

The LGBTQ community has long been forged in the fires of resilience and resistance. From pioneering activists at Compton Cafeteria, the Stonewall Inn and other places who fought back against oppression to leaders at the height of the early HIV and AIDS epidemic who demanded better treatment, fighting tirelessly in times of great need is just a part of who we are. The same is true today. 

We cannot lose sight of our focuses: advancing the rights of LGBTQ people here and around the world and defeating Donald Trump and Mike Pence in November. Especially in uncertain times like these, it may feel more difficult, but I am hoping we can count on you to support our work as we join together to advance equality … now and well into the future. 

Thank you again for all you do. Please stay safe and healthy in the weeks ahead. 


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 13, 2020

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 09:27

HRC WILL POSTPONE ALL PUBLIC EVENTS THROUGH THE WEEKEND OF APRIL 4: “We are facing a global health crisis, and the Human Rights Campaign’s number one priority is to look out for the health and safety of our members, supporters, staff, the LGBTQ community and the community at large,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “For that reason, we have decided to cancel or postpone all of our public events through the weekend of April 4, including our large-scale fundraising dinners in Nashville on March 14, Los Angeles on March 28 and Houston on April 4.” More from Out & About NashvilleThe Hollywood Reporter and HRC.

Our focus remains on advancing the rights of LGBTQ people around the world & defeating Trump-Pence in November. We will continue to work toward this goal, & weather this crisis as we have weathered crises before — by remaining united as a community.

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) March 12, 2020

FAME MONSTER FRIDAY -- NEW SPECIES OF INSECT NAMED AFTER LADY GAGA: The Kaikaia gaga, a Nicaraguan insect, is known for its bright colors and the sing-song sounds it makes to communicate with others of its species. More from LGBTQ Nation.

So thrilled that "my" newest baby is making headlines, she deserves all the attention! Not to shamelessly self-promote, but I really love this graphic! #Kaikaiagaga #treehoppers #bugpop https://t.co/J1eWbIhUzF

— Brendan Morris �� (@BiophileB) March 10, 2020

NEW YORK TRANS WOMAN AWARDED $50K AFTER FILING COMPLAINT FOR HOUSING DISCRIMINATION: Giana Desir endured multiple experiences of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment from a real estate broker and being told she could not live “around children.” More from LGBTQ Nation.

NEW STUDY FINDS THAT LGB TEENS ARE MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE SEXUAL ASSAULT COMPARED TO THEIR STRAIGHT PEERS: The study used data from the CDC which did not ask respondents about their gender identity. More from LGBTQ Nation.

NEW STUDY FINDS LGBTQ PEOPLE SEE HEALTH BENEFITS FROM HAVING OTHER LGBTQ FRIENDS: More from U.S. News and World Report.

IN THE STATES 

SOUTH CAROLINA DISTRICT COURT STRIKES DOWN ANTI-LGBTQ CURRICULUM LAW: The law, which prohibited discussion of LGBTQ identities unless in the context of STDs, was declared unconstitutional. More from The State.

NEW YORK TO ALLOW TRANS MINORS TO UPDATE BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH PARENT PERMISSION: According to Lambda Legal, the change also does away with a previous requirement for people to have medical affidavits before updating their documents. More from NewNowNext.

GET CULTURED - Entertainment, arts and sports news!

DISNEY CEO TO PERSON AT SHAREHOLDER MEETING ASKING FOR LESS LGBTQ CONTENT: “At Disney we strongly believe that we should reflect in our creative content the diversity that we find in our fan base and with our audience,” said Disney CEO Bob Chapek. “And I believe that will continue with an increased commitment as we move forward. ... We believe we want to tell stories that our audience wants to hear and that reflects their lives.” More from Yahoo.

EVERYTHING’S QUEERER IN TEXAS -- QUEER EYE RETURNS FOR A 6TH SEASON: More from The Advocate.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT BANS LGBTQ GATHERING, WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN FIRST OF ITS KIND IN WEST AFRICA: The ban was in response to anti-LGBTQ religious groups. More from Openly.

NATASHA MAXIMOVA BELIEVED TO BE FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER COVER STAR FOR RUSSIAN MAGAZINE: More from Pink News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

ArtNet reports that Gonzalo Casals (@GonzaloCasals) will be New York City’s new Cultural Affairs Commissioner

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.orgClick here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


HRC to Postpone All Public Events Through the Weekend of April 4

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 13:32

Today, HRC issued the following statement from its president, Alphonso David:

“We are facing a global health crisis, and the Human Rights Campaign’s number one priority is to look out for the health and safety of our members, supporters, staff, the LGBTQ community and the community at large.

For that reason, we have decided to cancel or postpone all of our public events through the weekend of April 4, including our large-scale fundraising dinners in Nashville on March 14, Los Angeles on March 28 and Houston on April 4. 

Our focus remains on the goal of advancing the rights of LGBTQ people around the world and on the  defeat of Donald Trump and Mike Pence in November. We will continue to work toward this goal, and weather this crisis as we have weathered crises before — by uniting as a community.”


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 12, 2020

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 09:50

MORE THAN 40 MAJOR EMPLOYERS OPPOSE STATE-BASED LEGISLATION TARGETING TRANS YOUTH, LGBTQ COMMUNITY: The employers released an open letter calling for lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of bills that target LGBTQ people, and transgender children in particular. The signers -- which include AT&T, Capital One, Dow Inc., Google, Hilton, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others -- note: “We are deeply concerned by the bills being introduced in state houses across the country that single out LGBTQ individuals - many specifically targeting transgender youth - for exclusion or differential treatment.” More from HRC, 9to5 Mac and Metro Weekly.

“Business growth and innovation rely on states being open and welcoming to everyone including the LGBTQ community,” said Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) President of the Human Rights Campaign. “Harmful legislation such as the torrent of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced across the country deeply affect businesses’ ability to recruit and provide opportunities to their customers and employees. The letter underscores the widespread corporate and public opposition to anti-LGBTQ legislation and clearly warns states that LGBTQ discrimination will harm states’ economic competitiveness.”

MORE THAN 100 ORGANIZATIONS SIGN LETTER HIGHLIGHTING IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LGBTQ COMMUNITIES: The letter reads: “As LGBTQ+ community and health leadership, the undersigned organizations offer to stand shoulder to shoulder with the mainstream health leadership to make sure we learn from history and do not allow any population to be disproportionately impacted or further stigmatized by a virus.” Read the full letter here.

LGBTQ VOTERS CONTINUE HIGH TURNOUT RATES ON MINI TUESDAY: NBC yesterday released new exit polling highlighting historic, high turnout for LGBTQ voters in the Democratic primary. Across the Super Tuesday states overall, 9% of the electorate identified as LGBTQ, double the LGBTQ population of 4.4% across these states. For more information LGBTQ and Equality Voters in March States, go to HRC’s March State Voter Snapshot. More from Metro Weekly.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- HRC HONORS ACTOR CAITLIN KINNUNEEN WITH HRC VISIBILITY AWARD:

ADVOCACY GROUPS SUE STATE DEPARTMENT OVER COMMISSION ON UNALIENABLE RIGHTS: The commission, chaired by notoriously anti-LGBTQ Mary Ann Glendon, stresses “natural law and natural rights” often used as a code for opposing advancements in LGBTQ human rights. More from Washington Blade.

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION UPDATES POLICIES TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE OF TRANS AND NON-BINARY COMMUNITY: More from The Advocate.

IN THE STATES 

NEW POLLING OUT OF ARIZONA ON LGBTQ EQUALITY: The polling results show Arizonians’ broad opposition to anti-LGBTQ legislation. More from HRC

  • Less than 1% of all voters, including less than 1% of Republicans, say that “regulating transgender rights” is among the most important issues for Arizona’s state government to address. 
  • 79% of voters support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and a more inclusive view on society.
  • 55% of voters, including 58% of independents, believe bills like HB2706 “further stigmatiz[e] already vulnerable children to push their political agenda and further divide us.”
  • 55% of voters, including a majority of independents, disapprove of the job Republicans in the legislature are doing on LGBTQ issues. Only 34% believe that these lawmakers are performing well at respecting the rights of LGBT people.

INSIGHT INTO THE WORK TO PASS LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS IN OHIO: More from LGBTQ Nation.

LGBTQ Ohioans continue to live under a patchwork of protections that leaves them vulnerable to discrimination. #OHFairnessAct is the next step in ensuring Ohio's laws are reflective of our fundamental values of fairness and equality. https://t.co/G2i38PrF5O

— HRC in Ohio (@HRC_OH) March 11, 2020

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JANELLE MONÁE (@JanelleMonae) TO HEADLINE 2020 NYC PRIDE ISLAND FESTIVAL: More from BET.

SWISS WRESTLER CURDIN ORLIK COMES OUT AS GAY in an interview with The Magazine. More from Pink News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA OPENS FIRST LGBTQ WELLNESS CENTER: More from Openly.

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New Polling, Business Letter Highlight Opposition to Anti-LGBTQ Legislation in Arizona

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 16:27

Today, HRC released an open letter from 40 major employers calling for lawmakers in states across the country to oppose bills that target LGBTQ people as well as polling results showing Arizonians’ broad opposition to anti-LGBTQ legislation.

Last week, on a party line vote, the Arizona House advanced HB 2706, a bill that would restrict transgender students from participating in sports teams that correspond with their gender identity. If the bill becomes law, any student at Arizona’s public and private schools, including K-12 schools, community colleges and universities, would be able to dispute an athlete’s gender. This bill discriminates and further stigmatizes trans students, and it threatens the privacy of all Arizonans by forcing people to take genetic tests.

“Anti-equality lawmakers have utilized every tool at their disposal, including misinformation and vicious, harmful rhetoric, to demonize LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “However, our polling shows that Arizonans have no interest in pursuing divisiveness for the sake of divisiveness. In reality, Arizonans want lawmakers to focus on improving their lives and uniting us, not stoke racial, cultural and political divisions, or use transgender kids as pawns to further divide us. Arizonans want their state to be known for more than extremist legislation like the infamously anti-immigrant SB1070 and anti-LGBTQ SB 1062, which both drew national attention to the state, and now HB 2706. The state senate should scrap HB 2706.”

Full survey results here and key takeaways below

More details on the business letter included here

On behalf of HRC, Change Research surveyed 614 likely voters in Arizona from March 9 - March 10 in order to understand their reaction to the anti-LGBTQ legislative agenda being pushed by state legislators. A majority of voters oppose these anti-LGBTQ bills and support policies that protect the rights of LGBTQ Arizonians.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Less than 1% of all voters, including less than 1% of Republicans, say that “regulating transgender rights” is among the most important issues for Arizona’s state government to address.
  • 79% of voters support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and a more inclusive view on society.
  • 55% of voters, including 58% of independents, believe bills like HB2706 “further stigmatiz[e] already vulnerable children to push their political agenda and further divide us."
  • 55% of voters, including a majority of independents, disapprove of the job Republicans in the legislature are doing on LGBTQ issues. Only 34% believe that these lawmakers are performing well at respecting the rights of LGBT people.

The polling was announced on a press call with Freedom for All Americans discussing the anti-transgender bill HB2706 and the impact it could have on the economy. Earlier this morning, HRC and FFAA released a national business letter signed by some of the nation’s leading employers calling for lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of bills that target LGBTQ people, and transgender children in particular. These business leaders stressed the importance of fairness and opportunity for their customers, their employees and their employees’ families.


40 Major Businesses Oppose State-Based Legislation Targeting Trans Youth, LGBTQ Community

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 11:21

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Today, more than 40 major employers released an open letter calling for lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of bills that target LGBTQ people, and transgender children in particular. These business leaders stressed the importance of fairness and opportunity for their customers, their employees, and their employees’ families. 

The signers -- which include AT&T, Capital One, Dow Inc., Google, Hilton, Microsoft, Salesforce, and others --  note: “We are deeply concerned by the bills being introduced in state houses across the country that single out LGBTQ individuals - many specifically targeting transgender youth - for exclusion or differential treatment.”

The business signers highlight both values and economic drivers for their opposition to these policies: “These bills would harm our team members and their families, stripping them of opportunities and making them feel unwelcome and at risk in their own communities. As such, it can be exceedingly difficult for us to recruit the most qualified candidates for jobs in states that pursue such laws, and these measures would place a substantial burden on the families of our employees who already reside in these states. Legislation promoting discrimination directly affects our businesses, whether or not it occurs in the workplace.”

“Business growth and innovation rely on states being open and welcoming to everyone including the LGBTQ community,” said Alphonso David President of the Human Rights Campaign. “Harmful legislation such as the torrent of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced across the country deeply affect businesses’ ability to recruit and provide opportunities to their customers and employees. The letter released today underscores the widespread corporate and public opposition to anti-LGBTQ legislation and clearly warns states that LGBTQ discrimination will harm states’ economic competitiveness. I applaud the signatories of this letter for their dedication to empowering LGBTQ people across the country.”

“America’s business community has consistently taken a strong stand opposing legislation that discriminates against LGBTQ workers and customers,” said Freedom for All Americans CEO and National Campaign Director Kasey Suffredini. “Business leaders understand that discrimination is bad for business, and their economic competitiveness relies on fair and inclusive work and community environments for their employees and their families. When states threaten to pass laws that discriminate, they’re jeopardizing future state economic development and risking driving business away. We’re proud of the business leaders who signed this letter. They know how important it is for them to speak up when their team members and their families are threatened by misguided policies.” 


HRC lamenta la muerte de Yampi Méndez Arocho, un hombre transgénero en Puerto Rico

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:41

HRC lamenta profundamente la muerte de Yampi Méndez Arocho, un joven transgénero de 19 años asesinado en Moca, Puerto rico el 5 de marzo. Se cree que el fallecimiento de Arocho corresponde a la tercera muerte violenta de una persona transgénero o de género no conforme en lo que va de 2020 y la segunda en la isla. Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, también conocida como Alexa, fue asesinada en Toa Baja, Puerto Rico el mes pasado. 

Arocho compartía su amor por el baloncesto y la NBA a través de las redes sociales -- luciendo prendas del equipo Miami Heat. La leyenda biográfica de su cuenta de Facebook decía: “la humildad prevalece”.

Según los medios, Arocho fue agredido 5 horas antes de ser asesinado -- su madre había contactado a la policía debido al incidente. Hay muy poca información sobre lo ocurrido en el intervalo de tiempo entre la investigación y su muerte. Defensores LGBTQ locales están exigiendo a la autoridades una investigación exhaustiva del crimen que pueda determinar si se trata de un delito motivado por odio. 

Un detalle innecesario e injusto respecto a esta tragedia es que muchos medios han reportado la noticia utilizando el género incorrecto de Arocho. El estigma antitransgénero se exacerba a través del trato irrespetuoso y despiadado por parte de algunos medios, autoridades y representantes electos. Con el fin de cubrir la nota con precisión y respeto, HRC ofrece directrices en inglés para periodistas y personas que trabajan con historias de la comunidad transgénero.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 11, 2020

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:11

HRC IS HOSTING TWO PRESS CALLS TO REVEAL THE BUSINESS IMPACT OF ANTI-LGBTQ STATE BILLS: A national business letter is calling for lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of bills that target LGBTQ people, and transgender children in particular. In this letter, which was organized by America Competes and HRC,  business leaders stressed the importance of fairness and opportunity for their customers, their employees and their employees’ families.

  • In Alabama, HB303/SB219 will intensify the many challenges already facing Alabama’s transgender youth. HRC is hosting a call at 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET). Contact press@hrc.org for more details, including call-in information.
  • In Arizona, the legislature is considering a bill that will require transgender students at public schools to participate on sports teams according to their sex assigned at birth, and not according to the gender they identify as now. HRC will also release polling about Arizonans’ opinions of the bill and their legislators. The call will take place at 11:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET). Contact press@hrc.org for more details, including call-in information.

HRC MOURNS YAMPI MÉNDEZ AROCHO, TRANS MAN KILLED IN PUERTO RICO: Yampi Méndez Arocho, a 19-year-old transgender man killed in Moca, Puerto Rico, on March 5. On social media, Arocho shared his love for basketball and the NBA -- donning Miami Heat apparel. The biography line on his Facebook reads simply, “Humility Prevails.” Local LGBTQ advocates are calling for authorities to thoroughly investigate this crime, including an investigation into whether or not this was a bias-motivated crime. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- PREVENTION STARTS WITH US, A SPOTLIGHT ON YESTERDAY’S NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV & AIDS AWARENESS DAY: Women and Girls HIV & AIDS Awareness Day falls during Women’s History Month. Annually on March 10, we commemorate this day and bring awareness to the HIV epidemic and how it affects women and girls around the world. More from HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Intiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1) at HRC

1 out of every 9 women living with #HIV in the U.S. is unaware of her status. This National Women and Girls HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, learn how we can #StopHIVTogether. #NWGHAAD https://t.co/AP61Hg8axG

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 10, 2020

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: President Obama highlighted the benefits of this act in a new video. More from CNN.

IN THE STATES 

HRC ALABAMA ELEVATE FELLOWS ATTEND 23RD ANNUAL HIV AWARENESS DAY AT THE MONTGOMERY STATE HOUSE: More from HRC

HRC Alabama Elevate Fellows attended the 23rd Annual #HIV Awareness Day at the Montgomery State House. They spoke on the importance of including all voices - especially trans women of color - within conversations on the HIV epidemic and economic stability. pic.twitter.com/ZsSuft2Vic

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 10, 2020

ICYMI -- HRC ANNOUNCES HONOREES FOR 25TH ANNUAL NASHVILLE DINNER: More from HRC and All Access.

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ASIAN LGBTQ ATHLETE AND ACTIVIST AMAZIN LÊTHỊ (@AMAZINLETHI) HONORED AT BROOKLYN NETS PRIDE NIGHT: More from Gay Times.

THE DIGITAL TRANSGENDER ARCHIVE IS WORKING TO PRESERVE TRANS HISTORY AROUND THE WORLD: The archive was founded and directed by K.J. Rawson, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross. More from them. 

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TWO LESBIANS FROM PAKISTAN DENIED ASYLUM IN U.K., MAY BE DEPORTED: Samina Iqbal, 52, and Nazia Iqbal, 48, have been living in Stockport in Manchester for the past decade. More from Pink News.

ON BEING LGBTQ IN POLAND’S “LGBTQ-FREE” ZONES: More from Channel 4.

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Washington Blade sits down with Yariel Valdés González, a reporter who was recently released from ICE custody; NewNowNext spotlights podcast guide to LGBTQ women in history; Today shares how Nancy Dawson launched Transform Cincy, a nonprofit for trans teens to find a new wardrobe for free

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HRC Mourns Yampi Méndez Arocho, Trans Man Killed in Puerto Rico

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 08:55

HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Yampi Méndez Arocho, a 19-year-old transgender man killed in Moca, Puerto Rico, on March 5. Arocho’s death is believed to be the third violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2020 and the second in Puerto Rico. Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, also known as Alexa, was killed in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico last month.

On social media, Arocho shared his love for basketball and the NBA -- donning Miami Heat apparel. The biography line on his Facebook reads simply, “Humility Prevails.”

According to reports, Arocho was allegedly assaulted five hours prior to his death -- and his mother contacted the police in response to that assault. There is little information about what happened between this investigation and his eventual death. Local LGBTQ advocates are calling for authorities to thoroughly investigate this crime, including an investigation into whether or not this was a bias-motivated crime. 

In an injustice compounding this tragedy, Arocho was misgendered in some media reports. Anti-transgender stigma is exacerbated by callous or disrespectful treatment too often seen from media, law enforcement and our highest elected officials. In the pursuit of greater accuracy and respect, HRC offers guidelines for journalists and others who report on transgender people.

In November 2019, ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance, HRC Foundation released “A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2019,” a heartbreaking report honoring the trans people killed and detailing the contributing and motivating factors that lead to this tragic violence. Sadly, 2019 saw at least 26 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say at least because too often these stories go unreported -- or misreported.

There are currently very few explicit federal legal protections for transgender or gender-expansive people. However, transgender and gender non-conforming people in Puerto Rico are explicitly protected in employment, and they are covered under the state’s hate crimes legislation. Nationally, despite some marginal gains in state and local policies that support and affirm transgender people, recent years have been marked by anti-LGBTQ attacks at all levels of government. 

We must demand better from our elected officials and reject harmful anti-transgender legislation appearing at the local, state and federal levels because it is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color. The intersections of racism, transphobia, sexism, biphobia and homophobia conspire to deprive them of necessities to live and thrive.

HRC will continue to hold the Trump-Pence administration and all elected officials who fuel the flames of hate accountable at the ballot box. 

This epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets transgender people of color -- particularly Black transgender women -- must cease.

For more information about HRC’s transgender justice work, visit hrc.org/Transgender.


HRC to Honor Cody Alan and Stephanie White at the 25th Annual HRC Nashville Dinner

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 09:40

HRC announced that TV and radio host Cody Alan and Vanderbilt University Women’s Basketball head coach Stephanie will both be honored with the HRC Visibility Awards at the 25th annual HRC Nashville Dinner on March 14 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

Cody Alan is a media personality best known for being on CMT’s top rated Hot 20 and heard by 8 million listeners on iHeartRadio’s After MidNite and CMT Radio Live. After coming out in 2017, Cody has become a trailblazer in the industry for LGBTQ voices. Alan has been named one of “Nashville’s Most Beautiful People” and honored with the National Personality of the Year Award in 2019 from the Country Radio Broadcasters. 

Stephanie White has been head coach of the Vanderbilt University women’s basketball head coach for four seasons. Prior to Vanderbilt, White spent two seasons as head coach of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, where she took the Fever to the playoffs in each of her two seasons, including a trip to the WNBA finals in 2015. She was the first rookie coach in league history to lead a team to the finals. Before the WNBA, she coached in the college ranks, serving as an assistant at Toledo, Kansas State and Ball State. 

Tickets and further information are available at https://www.hrc.org/events/nashville-gala.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 10, 2020

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 09:38

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID (@ALPHONSODAVID) AND FATHER MARTINI SHAW ON BRINGING LGBTQ BLACK PEOPLE OF FAITH OUT OF THE SHADOWS: “As Black people of faith, we have seen and experienced that sometimes, LGBTQ people are searching for a God that they have been told does not love them back,” write David and Father Shaw. “But we, and our community, know that in reality, God is love, God is acceptance and God is inclusion. If we are going to spread that message of radical love, and continue to win hearts and minds to advance LGBTQ equality, we must bring the struggles of Black LGBTQ people of faith out of the shadows and into the light.” Read more from The Grio.

HRC ANNOUNCES HONOREES FOR 25TH ANNUAL NASHVILLE DINNER: TV and radio host Cody Alan (@CodyAlan) and Vanderbilt University Women’s Basketball head coach Stephanie White (@StephanieWhite) will both be honored with the HRC Visibility Awards at the 25th annual HRC Nashville Dinner on March 14 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. More from HRC. 

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TUESDAY TWEET -- ZAYA WADE AND HER PARENTS COORDINATE OUTFITS IN GENDERQUEER PRIDE COLORS FOR TRUTH AWARDS: More from Essence.

All Zaya! WoW! Not bad for a 12 year old huh �� https://t.co/GxTEIbUqpE

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 9, 2020

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID NAMED TO CITY & STATE NEW YORK’S LAW POWER 100 LIST: More from City & State New York.

IN THE STATES 

NEW HRC VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS DOCTORS WHO SUPPORT TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY YOUTH: In states like Tennessee, doctors are being targeted by anti-equality lawmakers for providing necessary medical care to youth. Watch here.

Doctors should not be targeted for providing medical care to trans youth. If you live in Tennessee, text TN to 472472 to tell your elected officials to vote NO on bills harming transgender youth. pic.twitter.com/73t4RgcWyi

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 9, 2020

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CAST OF POSE SHARE PHOTOS FROM FIRST DAY ON SET OF SEASON 3: More from NewNowNext.

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HRC MOURNS OPENLY GAY TONY AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT MART CROWLEY: More from PinkNews.

IDITAROD DOG SLEDDING COMPETITION TO FEATURE FIRST OPENLY  TRANSGENDER COMPETITOR: Read more about Quince Mountain from NBC.

IN UPCOMING SUPERGIRL EPISODE, GOOD WILL TRIUMPH OVER TRANSPHOBIC VILLAINRY: One of the heroes of the CW show is Dreamer, a trans superhero played by trans actress Nicole Maines (@NicoleAMaines). More from Pink News

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

IN HISTORIC CASE, KILLING OF TRANS WOMAN IN EL SALVADOR TRIED AS HATE CRIME: Camila Díaz Córdova died in February 2019, and her case could be the first homicide conviction classified as a hate crime. More from Foreign Policy.

 READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Boston Globe interviews the executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute about the state’s first LGBTQ health clinic; The Guardian reports openly pansexual MP Layla Moran to run for her party’s leadership 

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Prevention Starts with Us - National Women and Girls HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 07:15

By 2016, nearly a quarter of all people living with HIV were women. The following year, Black women were reported to represent almost 60% of all women living with HIV. To make things worse, according to amfAR, 1 out of every 9 women living with HIV in the U.S. is unaware of her status. We can expect these numbers to continue to rise until we all come together to take action — first by acknowledging the disparities faced by women and girls, and then by changing the many inequities faced by them in the fight against HIV. 

When we look at race, social class, economic status and a host of other intersectional societal issues, we see why women are fighting against many systems and fighting to be seen and heard in the fight against HIV. Let us honor the women and girl warriors who continue to fight the good fight to end the epidemic.

Women and Girls HIV & AIDS Awareness Day falls during Women’s History Month. Annually on March 10, we commemorate this day and bring awareness to the HIV epidemic and how it affects women and girls around the world. Even in this new decade, America often treats women as less valuable, professional and loyal, and more sexualized, vilified and easily replaced. 

Women are making huge strides in every part of our lives. We are champions in athletics with the Williams sisters. We are breaking through the ivory towers of ballet with Misty Copeland, and dominating the recording industry with Lizzo. And, we are becoming business billionaires like Oprah Winfrey. Women living well with HIV like activist Linda Scruggs are blazing trails for all women and girls to follow. There is no limit to what women and girls can do, and we are continuing to break rules and break down barriers every day. Yet, women and girls are still disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic and not represented equitably in research and funding.

This year’s theme of “Prevention Starts with Me” is a message to women and girls that we must take the lead in advocating for our own health and health care. Prevention for women without HIV means taking control of our sexual and reproductive health. It means testing for HIV and other STDs regularly, even when we aren’t considered at high risk. Prevention for women means building strong villages of support and leaving relationships that are not healthy. 

For all women and girls, we must acknowledge our own mental, emotional, physical and sexual health needs. For women and girls living with HIV, prevention means living healthily, with our eyes on the prize of ending the HIV epidemic. For women with HIV, prevention means medical adherence that will help most achieve viral suppression making it impossible to pass along HIV to sexual partners. Prevention for all women and girls means using our voices to uplift others.

HIV is not a death sentence, but is not entirely avoidable. If you have an HIV diagnosis, do what’s best for yourself first, and for your family and friends — and that means taking charge of your own health and health care. Know that there is an entire community of other women and girls who support you on this day and others. And most importantly, know that you are not alone.


Alabama Senate Passes Anti-Trans Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 14:18

“This legislation targets some of the most vulnerable people in Alabama and offers a ‘solution’ in search of a problem,” said Carmarion D. Anderson, Human Rights Campaign Alabama State Director. “Decisions about medical care should be left to doctors, patients and their families, consistent with best practices. This legislation takes that decision away from Alabamians solely so lawmakers can discriminate against transgender people. It is wrong, and the House must reject this.”

Health organizations across the country support gender-affirming care for transgender children. Here is a full list of health organizations that support gender-affirming care:

American Academy of Pediatrics,

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,

American Psychological Association,

American Psychiatric Association,

Pediatric Endocrinology Society,

American Medical Association.


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