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#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 9, 2020

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 10:07

HRC RELEASES MARCH VOTER SNAPSHOT GIVING INSIGHT TO THE POWER OF THE LGBTQ AND EQUALITY VOTER VOTE: “LGBTQ voters have shown up in record numbers in states across the country and cemented our status as a crucial constituency to court,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “LGBTQ people and our allies are among the most politically engaged voters in the country, and Democratic presidential candidates are taking notice. LGBTQ and Equality Voters are fired up and ready to send the Trump-Pence administration packing.” More here.

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS ISSUED IMPORTANT DECISION THAT HIV-RELATED STIGMA HAS NO PLACE IN GOVERNMENT OR EMPLOYMENT: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against the Air Force, which appealed a decision of a district court to continue allowing discharge of personnel simply because they are living with HIV. More from Scott A. Schoettes (@PozAdvocate) in The Advocate

IN THE STATES 

NEW VIRGINIA MEASURE EXPANDS SAFEGUARDS FOR TRANSGENDER SUDENTS: The recently signed legislation requires the Virginia Department of Education to develop and publish rules regulating treatment of transgender students. The guidelines would span topics to include bullying, dress codes, school record-keeping and the use of bathrooms. More from Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) at The Washington Post

ARIZONA HOUSE PASSES BILL BANNING TRANSGENDER STUDENT ATHLETES FROM PARTICIPATING IN GIRLS SPORTS: More from CBS.

Trans girls are girls.
Trans girls are girls.
Trans girls are girls.
Trans girls are girls.
Trans girls are girls.
Trans girls are girls.

Tell your Senator that #HB2706 has no place in Arizona → https://t.co/fb4xWxjRQ1https://t.co/yez0KrQLm2

— HRC in Arizona (@HRCaz) March 6, 2020

WASHINGTON STATE BANS USE OF “LGBTQ PANIC DEFENSE” TO JUSTIFY VIOLENCE AGAINST THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Washington is the 10th state to outlaw “LGBTQ panic defense.” More from The Spokesman-Review.

ALABAMA SENATE PASSES BILL BLOCKING ACCESS TO TREATMENT FOR TRANSGENDER MINORS: More from AL.com.

RHODE ISLAND OPENS FIRST LGBTQ HEALTH CLINIC: More from Associated Press.

HRC ON THE PASSING OF REP: AMO HOUGHTON: More from HRC

Sad to learn of the passing of Rep. Amo Houghton (R-NY).

He was a friend to the LGBTQ community who supported DC domestic partnerships & adoption in 1990s & voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. https://t.co/hANIpAlcih

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 6, 2020

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RILEY KNOXX BECOMES THE FIRST OPENLY TRANS WOMAN TO PERFORM AT AN NBA HALFTIME SHOW: Knoxx (@rileyknoxx) is best known for her Beyoncé-inspired look and performances. More from ABC News

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CANADA’S HOUSE OF COMMONS TO CONSIDER BILL TO BAN SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from News 1130

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HRC Releases March Voter Snapshot

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 08:24

Today, HRC released its March Voter Snapshot giving insight into the power of LGBTQ and Equality Voters in the remaining March primary and caucus states.

Click here for the March State Voter Snapshot

So far this primary season, LGBTQ voters have turned out in record numbers. In early states like New Hampshire, LGBTQ voters represented 7% of the electorate despite representing 4.7% of the population. On Super Tuesday those numbers swelled even more. Across the Super Tuesday states overall, 9% of the electorate identified as LGBTQ, double the LGBTQ population of 4.4% across these states. Click here for a state-by-state breakdown of Super Tuesday results.

“LGBTQ voters have shown up in record numbers in states across the country and cemented our status as a crucial constituency to court,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “LGBTQ people and our allies are among the most politically engaged voters in the country, and Democratic presidential candidates are taking notice. LGBTQ and Equality Voters are fired up and ready to send the Trump-Pence administration packing.”

HRC has prioritized investments and organizing in six key states (Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) since the launch of our HRC Rising Program in 2017. Since then, HRC has had multiple staff on the ground in each state. In 2018, HRC made the most significant electoral investments in our history, mobilizing these Equality Voters to victories across all six targeted states winning five of six U.S. Senate races, four of six gubernatorial races, and flipping seven U.S. House seats in the six states alone.

Nationwide, there are an estimated minimum of 11 million LGBTQ voters -- and millions more allies -- who will play a decisive role in the 2020 elections. Using decades of HRC polling, membership information and other proprietary data, HRC worked with data-analytics firm Catalist to identify 57 million “Equality Voters” nationwide who prioritize LGBTQ-inclusive policies when making decisions about which candidates to support. In 2018, HRC utilized this data to mobilize “Equality Voters” in key races across the country and we succeeded.  “Equality Voters” accounted for 29% of the 2018 electorate, making it one of the most substantial voting blocs in the election. Their turnout increased from 36% in the 2014 midterm elections to 56% in 2018, a dramatic increase that is expected to continue in 2020.  


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 6, 2020

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 09:38

SECRET MEMO REVEALS INHUMANE HEALTH CONDITIONS FOR TRANS PEOPLE AT THE CIBOLA COUNTY CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN NEW MEXICO: “This is yet another horrifying example of the way this administration has abused and neglected transgender people—this time again in ICE detention,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Donald Trump has shown repeatedly that he does not care about trans people’s health, safety or wellbeing.” The memo was first obtained by Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) of BuzzFeed. More from Muri Assunção (@MuriAssuncao) from the New York Daily News.

Asylum seekers-particularly those who are transgender- are among the world's most vulnerable people. Yet, the Trump administration is compounding their vulnerability by detaining nearly every one & detaining them in facilities that perpetuate stigma, violence & discrimination.

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) March 5, 2020

HRC TO HONOR ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST SELENIS LEYVA (@selenis_leyva) WITH THE ALLY FOR EQUALITY AWARD AT THE 23RD ANNUAL HRC HOUSTON DINNER: “Selenis Leyva is an incredibly talented actress who has used her platform to lift up the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “On the page, screen and beyond, Selenis is leaving an indelible mark on our arts and culture while proudly standing as a fierce ally for LGBTQ loved ones and our entire community.” More from HRC

FRIDAY FEATURE -- A Q&A WITH HRC’S MILAGROS CHIRINOS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: BUILDING A WELCOMING GLOBAL WORKPLACE: “A great start [to make workplaces more welcoming and inclusive to all employees] resides in the implementation of inclusive policies and practices,” shares Chirinos, who is the associate director for the global workplace equality program at HRC (@MChirinos84). “Established policies can help guide an organization determined to foster a culture where diversity is fully embraced -- and real change starts when leadership fully embraces these policies.” More from HRC

LGBTQ VOTERS TURNED OUT IN RECORD NUMBERS ON SUPER TUESDAY: “All of the data from this year’s presidential primary, the 2018 midterms, and the 2016 presidential election shows the LGBTQ voting bloc is growing and that LGBTQ voters are difference-makers and a constituency to court,” Geoff Wetrosky (@gwetrosky), a campaign director at the Human Rights Campaign told Vox. “We turn out at rates much higher than the general public, and we overwhelmingly support pro-equality candidates.” More from Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) at Vox

MAJOR IDAHO BUSINESSES COME OUT AGAINST STATE’S ANTI-TRANSGENDER BILLS: More from Idaho Press and Idaho Statesman

HIV PREVENTION EFFORTS WILL BE SUPPORTED FROM FRANCHISE OF PHARMACIES: A large number of independent pharmacies will provide HIV prevention drug donated by Gilead Sciences, Inc. at no cost to the federal government and will also provide patient counseling and take steps to help patients better adhere to their drug regimen. More from Shira Stein (@shiramstein) at Bloomberg Law.

WHAT PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW CORONAVIRUS: “For an HIV patient who is on stable antiretroviral therapy and has a normal CD4 count, their risk may be slightly increased,” said Steve Pergam of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (@PergamIC). “People often lump HIV patients with other immunosuppressed patients, but HIV is a different disease than it was years ago. For people who have a reconstituted immune system because of treatment, I think the risk is not going to be tremendously different.” More from Liz Highleyman (@LizHIVHep) from POZ.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE ALLYSHIP, ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP OF ELIZABETH WARREN: More from HRC

.@ewarren is a fierce advocate for justice who has put LGBTQ equality front & center in her campaign. Forever grateful for her allyship, her advocacy, and her leadership. https://t.co/IeVBcHex46

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) March 5, 2020

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HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINS THE NEW YORK RANGERS FOR A CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP: More from HRC and NHL.

Fantastic Pride night with the @NYRangers at @TheGarden, & my first ceremonial puck drop!

Grateful to all who joined us & to all who are working to ensure that LGBTQ people feel welcome on & off the ice. #HockeyIsForEveryone pic.twitter.com/ExaHZ6MSJQ

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) March 6, 2020

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TOKYO HIGH COURT SUPPORTS LEGAL BENEFITS FOR SAME-SEX PARNTERSHIPS: More from Nippon

WASHINGTON BLADE CONTRIBUTOR WHO WON ASYLUM IN U.S. RELEASED FROM ICE CUSTODY: More from Michael K. Lavers (@mklavers81) at Washington Blade.

LITHUANIAN PRESIDENT HOPEFUL THAT A CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING ON LGBTQ NON-DISCRIMINATION WILL HELP PROMOTE LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE: More from The Baltic Times.

CHILEAN TRANS STUDENT LEADER LENDS VOICE TO ACTIVISM: More from Reuters.

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Honoring Women’s History Month, TIME shares an inspiring list of 100 women of the year since 1920s; The Washington Post announces that writer and “Cape Up” podcast host Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) will receive Randy Shilts Award for LGBTQ coverage

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Q&A with HRC’s Milagros Chirinos on International Women’s Day: Building a Welcoming Global Workplace

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 07:00

This year, HRC is marking International Women’s Day by celebrating women advocating for LGBTQ equality around the world. HRC spoke with Milagros Chirinos, associate director of HRC Foundation’s Global Workplace Equality Program.

How does the Global Workplace Equality Program work to advance global equality?

We work with local businesses, corporations and civil society leaders and organizations to grow equitable workplaces for LGBTQ employees around the world. 

Through two in-country programs, HRC Equidad MX and HRC Equidad CL, the HRC Foundation works to expand LGBTQ workplace inclusion by assessing practices and policies among major employers in Mexico and Chile. 

As the associate director of Global Workplace Equality, what do you see as the main parts of your role? 

Global leaders cannot implement what they don’t understand. My role is to help educate business executives and allies on the value of inclusive workplaces. Welcoming workplaces help companies retain the best talent and boost the potential and productivity of employees while generating a space for different perspectives and creativity. 

How can workplaces be more welcoming and inclusive of all their employees?

A great start resides in the implementation of inclusive policies and practices. Most inclusive employers embed best practices across their organization using tools like the Corporate Equality Index or HRC Equidad MX and CL surveys. Established policies can help guide an organization determined to foster a culture where diversity is fully embraced -- and real change starts when leadership fully embraces these policies. 

How does intersectionality inform your work?

Intersectionality plays a critical role in how I see people and the world in general. As an immigrant, LGBTQ ally and Latina woman, my understanding of diversity encompasses more than the traditionally established dimensions. 

I like to think of workplace diversity and inclusion as an effort that serves as a connecting bridge among people with completely different backgrounds —and even beliefs— who are able to work together efficiently and most importantly, in a welcoming environment that fosters mutual respect.

What does being an ally mean to you?

Part of my journey as an ally is to continue to learn and be informed about the ever-changing realities of the LGBTQ community across the globe. What is legal and embraced in certain parts of the world are penalized and discouraged in others; the disparities, however, should never prevent us from fighting for the full equality and safety of the global LGBTQ community. 

What makes allyship an exciting learning curve are the many ways in which we can help one another — from calling someone by their preferred pronouns to learning how language barriers can affect others. We all have something new to learn every day. And the more we know, the better prepared we are to help others. 

Who are some women-identified and non-binary leaders who inspire you? 

My mother is at the top of my list. As a widow and mother of four, she taught me everything I needed to know to be where I am — the world could use some of her kindness and compassion. Global leaders like Claudia Romo-Edelman, a Mexican-Swiss diplomat and advocate fighting for diversity and global causes; Michelle de la Isla, the first Latina running for Congress in Topeka, Kansas; Sarah McBride, a proud Delawarean and transgender woman running for the Senate; and truly, every woman and non-binary person out there trying to get ahead defying stigma, poverty, disabilities, immigration status and any other hurdles to live a fulfilled and purposeful life. 

This International Women’s Day, we are grateful for the contributions of women leaders like Chirinos and advocates around the world fighting for equality for all.


HRC to Honor Actress and Activist Selenis Leyva with the Ally for Equality Award

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 14:30

HRC announced that actress and activist Selenis Leyva will be honored with the HRC Ally for Equality Award at the 23rd Annual HRC Houston Dinner on Saturday, April 4 at the Marriott Marquis Downtown Houston.

“Selenis Leyva is an incredibly talented actress who has used her platform to lift up the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “On the page, screen and beyond, Selenis is leaving an indelible mark on our arts and culture while proudly standing as a fierce ally for LGBTQ loved ones and our entire community. We are incredibly excited to honor Selenis Leyva with the HRC Ally for Equality Award at the 2020 HRC Houston Dinner.”

Selenis Leyva is a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community, often speaking out in support of her transgender sister Marizol. Written alongside Marizol, Selenis’ upcoming memoir My Sister: How One Sibling’s Transition Changed Us Both details a powerful story of growing up in the Bronx, navigating together through Marizol’s transition and reaching toward self-realization. In the past, Levya has been the recipient of the Anti-Violence Project’s 2016 Courage Award and the Stonewall Community Foundation’s 2016 Vision Award for inspiring visibility, advocacy and outspoken support for the transgender community. She also has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, TIME magazine’s Motto, People magazine’s Latina Love Project Series and Splinter

Leyva is best known for her roles as Gloria Mendoza in the Netflix hit series Orange Is The New Black and as Gabi Cañero in the Disney+ original Diary of a Future President. Alongside the Orange Is the New Black cast, she received three Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She also received the ALMA Award for Outstanding Special Achievement in Television. 

Set to take place at Marriott Marquis Downtown Houston, the 2020 HRC Houston Gala brings together HRC’s most active members and supporters in the Houston area to raise crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Tickets and further information are available at https://www.hrchouston.org/2020-gala.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 5, 2020

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 09:59

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ENDORSES MIKE ESPY FOR U.S. SENATE: “Mike Espy is a true ally to LGBTQ people and will be a strong advocate for Mississippi in the U.S. Senate,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “[Sen. Cindy] Hyde-Smith’s indifference towards people of color and LGBTQ people is disqualifying and HRC will work hard to mobilize the almost 100,000 Equality Voters throughout the state to send Mike Espy to the U.S. Senate.” More from HRC

Secretary Mike Espy has been a strong ally for the LGBTQ community and has committed to co-sponsoring and voting for the Equality Act if elected. @HRC is proud to endorse @MikeEspyMS in his bid for U.S. Senate. https://t.co/elpivUacrK

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 4, 2020

ACTOR LACHLAN WATSON TO BE HONORED WITH VISIBILITY AWARD, MARK KELLY TO SPEAK AT 16TH ANNUAL HRC ARIZONA GALA DINNER: Watson is an American actor is best known for their role as Theo Putnam, a transgender kid in the Netflix original series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Kelly (@CaptMarkKelly), a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, and NASA astronaut, is a current candidate for the U.S. Senate. The 16th annual HRC Arizona Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 7. More from HRC.

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THANKFUL THURSDAY -- VIRGINIA CONTINUES TO MAKE HISTORY BY PASSING PRO-EQUALITY BILLS THROUGH ITS LEGISLATURE: More from HRC.

Virginia is making history again, and again and again. Because we worked to elect a pro-equality majority in the state legislature, elected officials can now act on passing bills that will make a difference. #VALeg

Check out the pro-equality bills being signed into law. ⤵️

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 5, 2020

MISSISSIPPI SENATE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES HATE CRIME BILLS TO INCLUDE LGBTQ PEOPLE: “Mississippi doesn’t have disability, sexual orientation, gender identity as a part of our state hate crimes laws now; they’re limited in how they can investigate a crime,” said HRC Mississippi State Director Rob Hill (@RCH74). More from MPB.

CINCINATTI NEIGHBORHOOD TO PROVIDE HOUSING FOR LGBTQ SENIORS: More from WVXU

NEW YORK FAMILY INTERVIEWS HRC FOUNDATION CHAIR, ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR JODIE PATERSON (@jodie_GeorgiaNY): More from New York Family.

LESBIAN PRIESTS TO LEAD CHURCH SERVICE ON EVE OF ANGLICAN SUMMIT: More from Harriett Sherwood (@harrietsherwood) at The Guardian

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FORMER UNI. OF MIAMI FOOTBALL PLAYER TJ CALLAN SPEAKS ON HISTORY OF GAY BLACK MEN COMING OUT IN SPORTS: “For young people like me, it can be very inspiring and could give strength and encouragement to others who share similar identities,” said Callan (@TjGotLamps). “To know that there are out pro athletes is important.” More from Jim Buzinski (@JimBuzinski) at Outsports

”A person of color has to deal with not only being gay, but being black, and then being black and gay," TJ Callan said. “I feel like they are all three completely different challenges.” https://t.co/cxLlwe3LQR

— Outsports (@outsports) March 3, 2020

 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HRC PROMOTES LGBTQ WORKPLACE INCLUSION IN MAJOR MEXICAN CITIES: During the week-long visit to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, HRC met with corporate leaders to discuss strategies to advance best practices and policies for LGBT employees and to promote the participation of local businesses in the HRC Equidad MX program — Mexico’s leading survey evaluating LGBT workplace inclusion within major Mexican businesses and multinationals. More from HRC

This week, @HRC is in Mexico to meet with corporate leaders in #CDMX, Guadalajara and Monterrey to promote LGBT workplace inclusion among Mexican companies. #HRCEquidadMX #HRCinLatAm pic.twitter.com/O0Z4dOe4ST

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 4, 2020

HONG KONG HIGH COURT RULED THAT SAME-SEX COUPLES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO APPLY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING: More from Hong Kong Free Press.

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NewNowNext shares 12 LGBTQ women who have made history in American politics; Rent’s and Star Trek’s Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) shares breathtaking proposal from his fiancé Ken.

So this happened. Yes, we are already engaged, but I had proposed to Ken. This time, in the most incredible setting imaginable — Boynton Canyon in Sedona — he proposed to me. I was blown away and of course I said yes. I feel so lucky. pic.twitter.com/vAjrAeSbZ9

— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) March 4, 2020

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Lachlan Watson to be Honored with Visibility Award, Mark Kelly to Speak at HRC Arizona Gala Dinner

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 16:23

HRC announced that actor Lachlan Watson will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award and Mark Kelly, a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, NASA astronaut and current U.S. Senate candidate will be a guest speaker at the 2020 HRC Arizona Gala Dinner on Saturday, March 7 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.

Lachlan Watson is an American actor is best known for their role as Theo Putnam, a transgender kid in the Netflix original series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Early in their career, Lachlan received many acting roles, including on an episode of Drop Dead Diva in which they played a transgender boy fighting for the use of the school’s bathroom. As one of the youngest self-identified non-binary actor, Lachlan is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality. In 2018, they were featured on a Netflix produced segment titled What I Wish You Knew: About Being Non-Binary.

Mark Kelly has been a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community throughout his life and service to our country. Kelly has committed that should he be elected to the U.S. Senate, he would co-sponsor and vote in support of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. In January 2020, HRC announced its endorsement of Mark Kelly in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Additional special guests include Evangelina Siler, the recipient of Sheila Kloefkorn Individual Equality Award and Ada Vox, a San Antonio-based drag queen and American Idol semi-finalist. Tickets and further information are available at https://www.hrc.org/events/arizona-gala


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 4, 2020

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 10:14

VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE BANS SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH: Virginia is the 20th state and the first Southern state to ban the discredited and dangerous practice. More from NewNowNext and Out.

Virginia joins...

California
Colorado
Connecticut
D.C.
Delaware
Hawaii
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Jersey
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
Nevada
Oregon
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
Utah
Vermont
Washington

...in protecting LGBTQ youth from "conversion therapy." pic.twitter.com/10OMhDI4zz

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 3, 2020

LGBTQ VOTERS TURN OUT IN HISTORIC NUMBERS ON SUPER TUESDAY: In Super Tuesday states alone, 4,339,000 LGBTQ Voters & 21,153,000 Equality Voters cast their ballots. Last night, LGBTQ people nearly doubled their representation in the electorate according to NBC exit polling. “LGBTQ people showed up in record numbers and cemented our status as a crucial constituency to court,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The 11 million LGBTQ voters and 57 million Equality Voters — LGBTQ people and our allies — are ready to oust the Trump-Pence administration and elect a true ally in the White House.” More from NBC and HRC

From an NBC News exit poll, LGBTQ voters represented 10% of the #SuperTuesday electorate, more than double our population in these states. LGBTQ voters are difference makers and a constituency to court. ������️‍�� https://t.co/f2BotGhJpb pic.twitter.com/bphyRiKFiF

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 4, 2020

HRC ON CHRISTY SMITH’S STRONG PERFORMANCE IN HER BID FOR CA’S 25TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: “Tonight’s results show that voters in California’s twenty-fifth want a strong, pro-equality ally in Congress,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Smith’s message of fairness and equality and her track record championing LGBTQ equality resonated with voters and brings us one step closer to ensuring we maintain our pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.” More from HRC

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR AVI NEWLYN PACHECO ON EMPOWERING LGBTQ YOUTH TO EMBRACE THEIR AUTHENTIC SELVES: Pacheco shares that he wants to send a message of self-acceptance of “being able to own who you are and embrace all those things that make you different.” Read more from Julie Wotton-Greener (@julieswooton) at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

HRC’S STATE EQUALITY INDEX REPORT HIGHLIGHTS LATEST PROTECTIONS FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from WCPO.

LGBTQ YOUTH FIGHT FOR EQUALITY IN SEX ED IN SOUTH CAROLINA CLASSROOMS: “[It’s] frustrating to be in a classroom with my friends, with my peers and to feel that me and my fellow LGBTQ classmates are not being given equal treatment and equal education in regards to health and sex ed,” said Eli Bundy, a 15-year-old sophomore at Charleston County School of the Arts. “So not only is there the primary effect of not be[ing] given sex education, but then also the secondary effect of feeling rejected and not accepted in your school environment.” More from Hannah Hageman (@hannah_hagemann) at NPR.

MARYLAND HOUSE PASSES BILL EASING REQUIREMENTS FOR LEGAL NAME CHANGES: Members of the transgender community said the previous requirements prevented them from changing their names out of fear or lack of privacy. The bill now heads to the Senate committee. More from 47 ABC.

2020 CENSUS TO INCLUDE SAME-SEX COUPLES, THOUGH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO FULLY INCLUDE LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from Elvia Malagón (@ElviaMalagon) at the Chicago Tribune.

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PUERTO RICAN ARTIST BAD BUNNY (@sanbenito) OPENS UP ABOUT LABELING HIS SEXUALITY: “It does not define me,” he says of his sexuality. “At the end of the day, I don’t know if in 20 years I will like a man. One never knows in life.” More from Los Angeles Times and Queerty.

MISS UTAH, RACHEL SLAWSON (@salty_rachel), WILL MAKE HISTORY AS FIRST LGBTQ WOMAN TO COMPETE AT MISS USA: Slawson is a proud bisexual woman. Erin O’Flaherty (@ErinROFlaherty), who is a lesbian, competed in the 2017 Miss America pagent. More from ABC4

PRIDE SOURCE INTERVIEWS ACTOR WILSON CRUZ (@wcruz73) ON NEW LGBTQ DOCUMENTARY, VISIBILITY ON AND OFF THE SCREEN: Wilson was the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay series regular in a leading role on television. More from Chris Azzopardi (@chrisazzopardi) at Pride Source.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ ACTIVISTS FROM KOSOVO AND SERBIA ARE USING DRAG TO UNITE THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES: More from BBC

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Them. spotlights Monica Roberts (@TransGriot), one of America’s most respected Black trans journalists; LGBTQ Nation shares that Dallas will soon have the most rainbow crosswalks in the country; Cosmopolitan spotlights 17 LGBTQ books everyone should read

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HRC Endorses Mike Espy for U.S. Senate

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 09:13

Today, HRC announced its endorsement of former Secretary Mike Espy in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

Secretary Mike Espy has been a strong ally for the LGBTQ community. Espy has committed to co-sponsoring and voting for the Equality Act if elected, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. HRC previously endorsed Espy in his previous bid for this seat.

"Mike Espy is a true ally to LGBTQ people and will be a strong advocate for Mississippi in the U.S. Senate," said HRC President Alphonso David. "Espy’s record of delivering for Mississippi stands in stark contrast to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith who has failed Mississippi at every opportunity. Hyde-Smith’s indifference towards people of color and LGBTQ people is disqualifying and HRC will work hard to mobilize the almost 100,000 Equality Voters throughout the state to send Mike Espy to the U.S. Senate." 

"I am proud to have the support of the Human Rights Campaign," said Former Secretary Mike Espy. "The work they have done to advance equality in the LGBTQ community across the country is remarkable, and I am humbled by their support for my campaign for US Senate in Mississippi. I believe in the worth of every Mississippian regardless of age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or varying levels of disability. God made us all in his image. My role as a public official is not to judge, but to assist every person to reach his or her God given potential."

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.

 

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HRC on Christy Smith’s Strong Performance

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 08:51

Today, HRC reacted to Assemblywoman Christy Smith’s strong performance in her bid for California’s twenty-fifth congressional district.

“Tonight’s results show that voters in California’s twenty-fifth want a strong, pro-equality ally in Congress, said HRC President Alphonso David. “Smith’s message of fairness and equality and her track record championing LGBTQ equality resonated with voters and brings us one step closer to ensuring we maintain our pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. HRC was proud to endorse Assemblywoman Smith and will continue our work to mobilize the thousands of Equality Voters in her district in her special election on May 12.”

The Human Rights Campaign proudly endorsed Christy Smith earlier this year. Smith has been an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality while in the California State Assembly. While serving in the Assembly and as a member of the Newhall School District Board, Smith has advocated on behalf of LGBTQ students, working towards creating a more fair and welcoming education system in California. If elected, Smith has committed co-sponsoring and supporting the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws.

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.


HRC President on Historic LGBTQ Turnout on Super Tuesday

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 20:08

Today, LGBTQ people turned out in droves and nearly doubled their representation in the electorate according to NBC exit polling. In response, HRC President Alphonso David issued the following statement:

“Tonight, LGBTQ people showed up in record numbers and cemented our status as a crucial constituency to court. LGBTQ people and our rights have been on the ballot for decades, compelling us to register to vote and participate in politics rather than let others decide our rights for us.

“2020 marks the most pro-equality field of Democratic Presidential candidates in U.S. history. Our power has continued to grow and candidates are seeing us increasingly for the critical voting bloc we are and have pursued us vigorously, releasing policy after policy providing more details about their LGBTQ platforms than any other Democratic primary field in history.

“Over the last three years, the Trump-Pence Administration has repeatedly sought to allow discrimination against LGBTQ people in healthcare, housing, public spaces, services and other aspects of life, rescinded protections for transgender students, and banned transgender troops from serving openly in the military.

“The 11 million LGBTQ voters and 57 million Equality Voters — LGBTQ people and our allies — are ready to oust the Trump-Pence administration and elect a true ally in the White House. Tonight is only the beginning.”


HRC promueve centros laborales incluyentes en las principales ciudades de México

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 17:21

Esta semana, la Fundación HRC visitó tres de las ciudades más importantes de México para realizar una serie de talleres comerciales con el fin de promover la inclusión LGBT en centros laborales de empresas nacionales. Durante la visita a Ciudad de México, Guadalajara y Monterrey respectivamente, HRC se reunió con líderes corporativos para discutir estrategias, mejores prácticas y políticas de inclusión LGBT y fomentar la participación de empresas locales en el programa HRC Equidad MX; la encuesta líder de inclusión LGBT en las principales empresas y multinacionales de México.

Esta semana, @HRC está en México acompañando a líderes corporativos en #CDMX, Guadalajara y Monterrey para promover la inclusión LGBT en empresas mexicanas. #HRCEquidadMX #HRCinLatAm

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 4, 2020

El cambio sin precedentes impulsado por HRC Equidad MX se manifiesta en el elevado número de empresas y corporaciones que cuentan con políticas y prácticas incluyentes para atraer y retener al mejor talento. En la encuesta inaugural, 32 compañías obtuvieron las mejores calificaciones, incluyendo PEMEX, una de las más grandes del país y América Latina; en 2019, la cifra aumentó a 69 empresas.

El año pasado, la Fundación HRC lanzó su tercera encuesta anual y reconoció a 120 empresas con el sello de “Mejores Lugares para Trabajar LGBT” de la Fundación HRC por haber obtenido las mejores calificaciones: 36 de ellas son mexicanas. Con el apoyo corporativo y la orientación brindada por el Consejo Consultivo Empresarial de HRC Equidad MX, el programa está desarrollando estrategias para lograr un impacto a largo plazo en todo el país.

Este año, el programa pionero se centrará en expandir su alcance a través de los mercados regionales para llegar a más empresas mexicanas y aumentar el número de empresas participantes. Desde el inicio del programa en 2016, la respuesta entusiasta de cientos de líderes empresariales afirma su compromiso genuino a la igualdad LGBT, colocando a México como uno de los países líderes para la inclusión LGBT de centros laborales en América Latina.

En asociación con ADIL, Pride Connection Guadalajara y socios corporativos como IBM México, Wizeline, Intel, Softtek, Volteo y Experts Environmental Consultants, los talleres de negocios convocaron a más de 20 empresas y cientos de asistentes para discutir estrategias para lograr centros laborales incluyentes para el colectivo LGBT .


HRC Promotes LGBT Workplace Inclusion in Major Mexican Cities

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 16:01

This week, the HRC Foundation visited three major Mexican cities to conduct a series of business workshops to promote workplace inclusion among Mexican employers. During the week-long visit to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, HRC met with corporate leaders to discuss strategies to advance best practices and policies for LGBT employees and to promote the participation of local businesses in the HRC Equidad MX program — Mexico’s leading survey evaluating LGBT workplace inclusion within major Mexican businesses and multinationals.

The unprecedented positive change driven by HRC Equidad MX has resulted in a growing number of businesses and corporations adopting vital LGBT-inclusive policies and practices to attract and retain the best talent. In the inaugural survey, 32 companies earned top ratings —including PEMEX, one of the largest in the country and Latin America; in 2019, that number jumped to 69.

Last year, the HRC Foundation launched its third annual survey and recognized 120 employers with the HRC Foundation’s designation of “Mejores Lugares para Trabajar LGBT” for earning top ratings — 36 of these employers are based in Mexico. With corporate support and guidance provided by the HRC Equidad MX Business Council, the program is developing strategies to achieve long-lasting impact throughout Mexico.

This year, the pioneering program will focus on expanding its outreach throughout regional markets to engage more Mexican-owned businesses and grow the number of participating companies. Since Equidad MX’s inception in 2016, the enthusiastic response of hundreds of business leaders affirms their genuine commitment to LGBT equality, placing Mexico as one of the leading countries for LGBT workplace inclusion in Latin America.

In partnership with ADIL, Pride Connection Guadalajara and corporate partners including IBM Mexico, Wizeline, Intel, Softtek, Volteo and Experts Environmental Consultants, the business workshops convened more than 20 companies and hundreds of attendees to discuss strategies and pathways to become LGBT-inclusive workplaces.

For more information on HRC’s Workplace Equality Program in Mexico, please visit hrc.im/equidadMX and subscribe to our YouTube channel or to learn more about HRC’s Global Workplace Programs, click here.


#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 3, 2020

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 09:50

HHS REMOVED HIV/AIDS EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS THAT FEATURED CONDOMS FROM ITS WEBSITE: “PrEP alone isn’t enough. We have to use all of the tools in our prevention toolbox to prevent the epidemic of both HIV and STIs,” said J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall, HRC Director of HIV and Health Equity (@McCantsPearsall) on HHS’ decision to erase the need for condoms in the fight against HIV and STIs. “According to the NIH, condoms have a 98% effective rate, if used consistently and correctly. More importantly, we must talk about these tools with our partners.” More from Kaiser Health News.

WAPO’S EUGENE SCOTT (@EUGENE_SCOTT) ON PETE BUTTIGIEG’S HISTORIC CANDIDACY, WHAT’S NEXT FOR LGBTQ VOTERS: “There are 11 million self-identified LGBTQ voters and 57 million ‘pro-equality’ voters who are focusing on LGBTQ issues and vote consistently with pro-equality positions,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) to The Fix. “We need to make sure that the candidates—and I believe they do—continue to highlight these issues and ensure that they will be fair and equitable and that they advance the principles of equality.” More from The Washington Post.

SCOTUS TO TAKE UP ACA CASE, COULD LEAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITHOUT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE: “This case—encouraged and supported by the Trump administration—could gut the ACA and leave millions of Americans without access to affordable health care,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). “Health care is a basic human right, and in 2020 we must elect a president who will prioritize access to affordable health care rather than reduce it.” More from HRC and The New York Times.

The Affordable Care Act has been crucial to providing health care coverage for LGBTQ Americans.

This case⁠, which the Trump administration encouraged & supported, could gut the ACA & leave millions of Americans without access to affordable health care. https://t.co/zFrCbNUaWY

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 2, 2020

TUESDAY TWEET—BISEXUAL ACTIVIST ROBYN OCHS MARKS #BIHEALTHMONTH, SHARES RESOURCES:

March is #BiHealthMonth, y'all. Please use this month to check out this hashtag to learn about bisexual health. What specific challenges to bi+ folks face? What does the research show? What resources are available to support us? https://t.co/pDnyjuKCfk

— Robyn Ochs (@robynochs) March 2, 2020

HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR NHANDI CRAIG NAMED AS KNX HERO OF THE WEEK: Craig recently spoke at the seventh annual Time to THRIVE Conference, where she addressed and raised awareness around the most pressing issues facing LGBTQ young people. More from KNX

Lots of negativity in the news today - so here's some positivity! ☀️☀️☀️

My #KNXHero of the Week is a ROCKSTAR 17 y/o who is courageously inspiring LGBTQ youth to live confidently, & soar!

Get motivated with Nhandi's story by clicking --> https://t.co/HbWeuFzCRn@KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/Hvp5UwpwVR

— Heather Jordan⁷ №¹ (Heather J. Martinez) (@HeatherOnAir) February 28, 2020

NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT A MAJORITY OF CISGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS SUPPORT FULL INCLUSION OF TRANS TROOPS: More from LGBTQ Nation

HRC STARTS ELECTION SEASON WITH FAITH TOUR FOCUSED ON FINDING COMMON GROUND: “LGBTQ people are in every faith tradition, and LGBTQ people and people of faith have more similarities than they do differences,” said HRC President Alphonso David. The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia was the first stop on the tour. More from Adelle M. Banks (@AMBankstw) at Religion News Service

HRC PRESIDENT ON THE ALLYSHIP AND LEADERSHIP OF AMY KLOBUCHAR: More from HRC.

.@amyklobuchar has been a steadfast and outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community throughout her campaign and her career. We are grateful for her leadership and advocacy in Minnesota and across the country in the fight to move equality forward. https://t.co/cj4BixB0nF

— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) March 2, 2020

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LGBTQ AND FASHION ICON BILLY PORTER (@THEEBILLYPORTER) SENDS MESSAGE OF KINDNESS AND INCLUSIVITY ON SESAME STREET SET: More from LGBTQ Nation.

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One of the highlights of my life has been the opportunity to sing on the set of @sesamestreet with my new pal, Penelope the penguin. Together, we sang about the possibilities of new friendships with those who may not be exactly like us. I know people are all up in arms about me wearing the gorgeous custom @csiriano tuxedo dress that I wore at @theacademy awards in 2019 for the upcoming season. If you follow me, however, you know the impact it had. The emails, DMs, and messages of good will I received that day (and continue to receive) from parents and their children who have been bullied all over the world and desperately need to see someone like me, being their authentic selves on mainstream media, is far more important than anything #onemillionmoms could ever say. Friendship, kindness and inclusivity shall triumph. And often, it simply starts by saying hi. #sesamestreet #season51 �� ����@pbs . . Wearing custom @csiriano Styling by @sammyratelle

A post shared by Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) on Feb 27, 2020 at 6:12pm PST

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL STAR FRANKIE A. RODRIGUEZ SPEAKS OUT ON LGBTQ REPRESENTATION ON AND OFF THE SCREEN: “I think it is very important that kids can see themselves represented on screen,” said Rodriguez (@MrFrankieAR). “It makes a difference.” More from Scott D. Pierce (@ScottDPierce) from The Salt Lake Tribune.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

PUTIN SUBMITS AMENDMENT TO RUSSIA’S CONSTITUTION TO ENSHRINE MARRIAGE AS BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN: More from The Guardian

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

Insider shares 25 wedding photos of the first LGBTQ couples to marry in their countries; Gay Times reports that Animal Crossing’s latest version to offer genderless character options

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#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 2, 2020

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 10:12

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID KICKS OFF NATIONAL FAITH TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA, PA.: The cross-country interfaith religion and faith tour, “Coming Home to Faith: A Search for Common Ground,” will explore and strengthen the relationship between LGBTQ and faith communities across the United States. “The cornerstones of religion and faith and the LGBTQ movement are the same: inclusion and justice. LGBTQ people are in every faith tradition, and LGBTQ people and people of faith have more similarities than they do differences,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Yesterday’s visit to the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, the first African Episcopal church in the United States with a strong legacy of humanitarianism and community outreach, was the perfect way to begin this series of conversations to advance dialogue and initiatives around LGBTQ equality.” More from HRC

  • David spoke during the service at the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas yesterday -- view video of his remarks here

There is a persistent myth that a person cannot be LGBTQ and also a person of faith.

But if LGBTQ people and people of faith can speak together, our voices and impact will carry our message that much farther. #ComingHomeToFaith pic.twitter.com/mT9WFw7AnU

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 1, 2020

HRC PRESIDENT ON PETE BUTTIGIEG’S HISTORIC CANDIDACY: “Mayor Buttigieg ran an incredible campaign that broke glass ceilings and inspired countless LGBTQ people to run for office and enter public service,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “He championed his support for LGBTQ equality and effectively articulated how issues of discrimination and inequality personally affected him and his family, undoubtedly moving our country towards a more equal society.” More from HRC and NPR.

  • On Saturday, David also thanked Tom Steyer for his unabashed and unequivocal support for LGBTQ equality and progress. Steyer announced his departure from the 2020 presidential race following the South Carolina primary. More from HRC

 HRC HONORS THE RESILIENCE OF THE BI+ COMMUNITY THIS BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: Bisexual, pansexual, fluid and queer people comprise the largest group in the LGBTQ community, but experience greater health disparities. This year’s theme is “resilience,” and focuses on the hardships that bi+ people experience, the impact those hardships have on our well-being and how we grow stronger in working against them together. More from HRC

HRC CELEBRATES LGBTQ WOMEN AND ALLIES IN THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY THIS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Women’s leadership is more important than ever in our fight to move equality forward and achieve gender justice for marginalized communities across the U.S. and around the world. Read more from HRC

MUST-WATCH MONDAY -- HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR MOLLY PINTA TALKS TIME TO THRIVE AND HER FELLOW AMBASSADORS: Watch here

.@HRC Youth Ambassador Molly Pinta is an inspiration to her community and a leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality. We are proud to have her as a part of the HRC family. ��️‍�� pic.twitter.com/g0YrP8P9gV

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 28, 2020

HRC ENDORSES SEN. JEFF MERKLEY FOR RE-ELECTION: “Senator Jeff Merkley has been one of our community’s strongest advocates in the United States Senate, and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC.

 LGBTQ, EQUALITY VOTERS WILL DECIDE SUPER TUESDAY TOMORROW: In 2018, LGBTQ voters punched above our weight and represented 6% of the national electorate, despite only representing 4.5% of the adult population. In the Super Tuesday states, 4,339,000 LGBTQ Voters and 21,153,000 Equality Voters will have the chance to cast their ballots. Learn more from HRC

LEVI STRAUSS & CO. HAS INTRODUCED PAID FAMILY LEAVE FOR ALL WORKERS, INCLUDING LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: America’s LGBTQ workers and families often face additional barriers to accessing paid leave, making policies like this one essential for the well-being of the LGBTQ community. Read more from Fortune, and learn more about paid leave from HRC

BAD BUNNY (@sanbenito) PAID TRIBUTE LAST WEEK TO NEULISA LUCIANO RUIZ, ALSO KNOWN AS ALEXA, A TRANSGENDER WOMAN WHO WAS KILLED IN PUERTO RICO: More from Gay Times and HRC in English and Español

On @FallonTonight, Bad Bunny paid tribute to Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, also known as Alexa, a transgender woman who was killed in Puerto Rico.

Thank you, @sanbenito, for highlighting this epidemic of violence.https://t.co/Ip9EnAk0QJ

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 28, 2020

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ON SATURDAY, MEGAN YOUNGREN BECAME THE FIRST OPENLY TRANS ATHLETE TO COMPETE IN THE U.S. MARATHON OLYMPIC TRIALS: More from ESPN

Congrats to Megan Youngren on making history today by competing in #MarathonTrials20. ����⚪���� https://t.co/VDXB1bm346

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 29, 2020

MADISON L’INSALATA, MISS STATEN ISLAND 2020, WAS BANNED FROM LOCAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AFTER COMING OUT AS BISEXUAL: L’Insalata had to watch from the sidelines on Sunday instead of participating in the parade as planned. More from CBS. 

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ISRAEL HIGH COURT STRIKES DOWN LAW THAT DID NOT ALLOW SAME-SEX COUPLES OR SINGLE MEN TO HAVE A CHILD THROUGH SURROGACY: More from The Times of Israel

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

Washington Blade reports on the D.C. Independent Film Festival 

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HRC Endorses Sen. Jeff Merkley for Reelection

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 08:57

Today, HRC announced its endorsement of  Sen. Jeff Merkley in his bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Merkley has been a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community throughout his time in public service and his tenure in the U.S. Senate. Merkley is the lead Senate sponsor of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws. Senator Merkley has joined Senate and House colleagues in sending amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality in both the DeBoer v. Snyder and Obergefell v. Hodges cases. In July 2019, he served as lead Senate amici on an amicus brief opposing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the cases of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G.& G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“Senator Jeff Merkley has been one of our community's strongest advocates in the United States Senate, and we’re proud to stand by his side as he runs for reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As a lead sponsor of the Equality Act, his work for our community has been indispensable. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to mobilizing the more than 1.1 million Equality Voters across Oregon to send Jeff Merkley back to the U.S. Senate to continue moving equality forward for all Americans.”

“It is outrageous that the doors of opportunity are still slammed shut for LGBTQ Americans in states all across our nation,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley. “I am determined to work with HRC to throw those doors wide open. I was honored to lead the successful fight for the Oregon 2007 Equality Act and equally pleased to do the same for the 2013 Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the U.S. Senate. After working with HRC to craft the Equality Act, I was thrilled to see the House pass it last year. But we can’t rest until it is also passed by the Senate and signed in the Oval Office. I’m looking forward to working with HRC to win the fight for equality and opportunity in every aspect of American life. Such opportunity is the very definition of justice and freedom. Let’s never let up until we can ring the bells of freedom long and loud for all Americans!“

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.

 

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HRC President on Pete Buttigieg’s Historic Candidacy

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 20:45

After an inspiring campaign, earning praise and support across the country, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- the first openly LGBTQ candidate to earn delegates and the first openly LGBTQ Presidential candidate to participate in the Democratic Presidential Primary -- withdrew. In response, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:

“This year, for the first time in presidential politics, a member of our community was seriously considered as a front runner. 

"Mayor Buttigieg ran an incredible campaign that broke glass ceilings and inspired countless LGBTQ people to run for office and enter public service. His history-making, open and honest campaign gave representation to a community that has been for far too long pushed out of the spotlight. He gave a voice to millions across the country, to issues often ignored. He championed his support for LGBTQ equality and effectively articulated how issues of discrimination and inequality personally affected him and his family, undoubtedly moving our country towards a more equal society.

“People from all walks of life saw a viable candidate for president and evaluated him based on his ideas, not his sexual orientation. History will remember him for never backing down from a fight and never settling for less.”

“We wish Mayor Buttigieg and Chasten all the best. His story is far from over and we look forward to continuing to work with him to push for equality.”


Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David Kicks Off National Faith Tour in Philadelphia, Pa.

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 13:00

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HRC Foundation announced that HRC President Alphonso David will kick off a cross-country interfaith religion and faith tour, “Coming Home to Faith: A Search for Common Ground,” to explore and strengthen the relationship between LGBTQ and faith communities across the United States. The tour officially launched today with a visit to the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, Pa. 

“The cornerstones of religion and faith and the LGBTQ movement are the same: inclusion and justice. LGBTQ people are in every faith tradition, and LGBTQ people and people of faith have more similarities than they do differences,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “I am excited to visit diverse houses of worship to strengthen HRC’s relationships with faith communities. Today’s visit to the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, the first African Episcopal church in the United States with a strong legacy of humanitarianism and community outreach, is the perfect way to begin this series of conversations to advance dialogue and initiatives around LGBTQ equality.” 

David joined the Very Reverend Canon Martini Shaw at the pulpit for St. Thomas’s Sunday morning service this morning, March 1. View video of his remarks here. The visit to St. Thomas comes after David attended services at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on February 23 and met with the Senior Pastor of Mother Emanuel, Rev. Eric Manning. 

“We were thrilled to welcome Alphonso David and representatives from HRC at the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas this morning,” said the Very Reverend Canon Martini Shaw. “St. Thomas has a history of engaging in outreach to the community around us and ensuring that the welcoming love we see in the Gospels is felt by everyone we serve -- including LGBTQ people. As we begin the season of Lent, we encourage everyone to reflect on the ways in which people of faith can begin finding common ground with LGBTQ people in their communities.” 

At St. Thomas this morning, as part of HRC’s Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts, HRC volunteers were on hand to help members of the congregation update their voter registration information, and asked members to pledge to increase participation in upcoming elections by bringing their friends and family with them to exercise their right to vote. 

There is a persistent myth that a person cannot be LGBTQ and also a person of faith, or vice versa -- whether because there is a perception that being religious is in conflict with being LGBTQ, or because the loudest narratives in media are those of anti-LGBTQ religious people. In fact, LGBTQ people of faith live in every state and country around the world, and many people of faith support the LGBTQ community. 

Data released last year by PRRI show that solid majorities in all major religious groups support laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination.

“We were honored to kick off the HRC Foundation’s ‘Coming Home to Faith: A Search for Common Ground’ tour at the Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas this morning,” said HRC Foundation Religion & Faith Program Director Michael Vazquez. “In the course of the tour, HRC President Alphonso David will visit houses of worship across the country, including Historic Black Churches, evangelical churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious and faithful spaces. As the tour progresses, we will work towards the goal of finding common ground between the LGBTQ community, LGBTQ people of faith and communities of faith, while we work to advance justice and equity for the whole LGBTQ community.”

The purpose of “Coming Home to Faith: A Search for Common Ground” is to work to establish common ground with prominent houses of worship and faith traditions across the country. Ensuring equity and justice for all people, while giving all individuals the space and freedom to be fully themselves, is a message inherent in all major religions and faith traditions and is the cornerstone of the LGBTQ movement. If LGBTQ people and people of faith can speak together, our voices and impact will carry that message that much farther. Making sure that that message is heard loud and clear in the 2020 elections has never been more important.


Honoring the Resilience of the Bisexual Community This Bisexual Health Awareness Month

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 06:00

Bisexual, pansexual, fluid and queer people comprise the largest group in the LGBTQ community. However, bi+ people also experience greater health disparities and a lack of research on those disparities, as well as biphobia in medical settings. 

As we continue to bring attention to these barriers, HRC Foundation is proud to support the Bisexual Resource Center, which founded Bi Health Month, and organizations across the country to observe the seventh annual Bisexual Health Awareness Month this March. 

Bisexual Health Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness about the startling social, economic and health disparities facing the bi+ community. These disparities include facing higher rates of mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, cancers and more. 

This year’s theme is “resilience” and focuses on the hardships that bi+ people experience, the impact those hardships have on our well-being and how we grow stronger in working against them together. 

“The bi+ community is indeed resilient in spite of bi+ erasure and biphobia,” said Madeleine Roberts, one of two co-chairs of HRC’s Bi+ Employee Resource Group. “Our community is often mislabeled as lesbian, gay or straight despite our coming out as bi+. This erasure can be especially problematic in a doctor’s office. Bisexual Health Awareness Month is about channeling our resilience to overcome these obstacles to care. As a community, we’re using our voices to raise awareness and advocate for ourselves in medical settings and beyond.”

Studies consistently show that bi+ people are far less likely to disclose their sexual orientation to medical professionals. That’s why HRC Foundation’s “Coming Out to Your Doctor as Bisexual” guide aims to be a resource to help those who are bi+ navigate complicated conversations in a medical setting. 

Health care professionals can make their practices more welcoming and inclusive of their bisexual patients in various ways, including displaying signage in waiting rooms that supports LGBTQ people, avoiding assumptions about gender and sexuality and being well-educated on bi+ health concerns. 

This Bi Health Month, HRC reaffirms our commitment to creating inclusive, welcoming spaces for bi+ people and celebrates their resilience. 

To read more resources and information on HRC’s work with the bisexual community, please visit hrc.org/Bisexual


This Women’s History Month, We’re Celebrating LGBTQ Women and Allies in the Fight for Equality

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 13:11

March is Women’s History Month, and this year, HRC is honoring LGBTQ women and allies leading the fight for equality in city halls, state capitols and the U.S. Congress, on the campaign trail, on the road to the ballot box, and in every aspect of our democracy. Women’s leadership is more important than ever in our fight to move equality forward and achieve gender justice for marginalized communities across the U.S. and around the world. 

Thanks to LGBTQ women and allies in office, our community has seen historic progress in recent years. Last fall, after our largest-ever field, digital and direct mail program in Virginia, HRC helped re-elect committed public servant and champion of equality Del. Danica Roem, and we helped elect pro-equality majorities to both chambers of legislature for the first time in the commonwealth’s history. 

And under the leadership of Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, both chambers have advanced landmark LGBTQ rights legislation. The Virginia Values Act will grant non-discrimination protections to Virginians on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and several other characteristics. Virginia also took a step — over 50 years in the making — by ratifying the ERA and affirming the importance of equality under the law.  

The leadership of women in office has also driven critical progress on the national stage. Last year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear that passing the Equality Act was one of her priorities as leader of a pro-equality U.S. House, and under her leadership, our community achieved a major milestone for equality. This victory would not have been possible without the outspoken advocacy and allyship of congressional champions of equality like Sharice Davids, Pramila Jayapal, Stephanie Murphy and others. 

And in the pivotal election ahead, we have trailblazers and history-makers running who are ready to lead their constituents and communities forward. Already in this cycle, we have endorsed HRC’s own Sarah McBride who, if elected, will become the first openly transgender person to serve in a state senate, as well as Congress’ first openly lesbian parent Angie Craig. Other incredible candidates endorsed this cycle so far include Lucy McBath, Marcia Fudge, Marcy Kaptur and Joyce Beatty.

And while women leaders are using the power of the vote to build critical change, activists and advocates across the country are making sure that all voters are able to access the ballot box, and that all of our votes are counted. Ahead of the pivotal upcoming 2020 election, HRC and Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight are partnering to help combat voter suppression.

100 years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, a critical but critically incomplete victory for equality at the ballot box, we know that there remains much work to be done to ensure that all of our votes and voices are being counted. 

And with all the progress we have seen, there remains a great deal of work ahead to achieve full gender equality -- including one that does not tie identity solely to the male-female binary. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we honor the contributions of non-binary and gender-expansive leaders like Pauli Murray and Jacob Tobia who have been and continue to be at the heart of our struggle for gender equity and justice.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we also must acknowledge that sexism and misogyny are still far too pervasive in our institutions of daily life. We also pause to remember the victims of fatal anti-transgender violence, the majority of whom are Black transgender women. The epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets transgender women of color must cease, and we must as an organization, a movement and a country do more to protect and empower transgender and non-binary people. That includes uplifting and supporting the work of transgender and non-binary advocates who have been at the forefront of this fight for decades.

This Women’s History Month, we celebrate women’s leadership in the LGBTQ movement and across movements, while also recognizing the great distance we have to go to achieve full equality for women, non-binary folks and all marginalized communities.


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