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ICYMI -- HRC RESEARCH BRIEF ON THE UNIQUE VULNERABILITIES OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS: The research brief outlined health and economic risks facing the LGBTQ community. “We are facing a global public health crisis, and as in all emergencies, the most marginalized are at increased risk,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “It is important to know and understand the unique impact of the virus on the LGBTQ community so that we can prepare to weather this crisis as we have weathered crises before -- by uniting as a community and helping those in greatest need.” More from HRC and Blavity.

  • Meet the trans woman running Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 response: Dr. Rachel Levine (@SecretaryLevine) is the commonwealth’s Secretary of Health. More from Dawn Ennis (@lifeafterdawn) at Forbes.

NEW HRC VIDEO -- SNL’S  BOWEN YANG ACCEPTS HRC VISIBILITY AWARD:  Yang shares a great message on encouraging LGBTQ people to embrace their authentic selves during his acceptance speech. Watch here.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- DESPITE SOCIAL DISTANCING, LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE CREATING COMMUNITY AND COMING TOGETHER DIGITALLY: “The LGBTQ community, in particular, has an experience of needing to connect using the internet, when there oftentimes aren’t other options,” said Michael Vazquez (@mvsebastian), HRC’s religion and faith program director. “We are also uniquely positioned in a way to engage in digital work because the LGBTQ community has such a long experience having to mobilize this way.” More from NBC.

  • Check out how the Wisconsin LGBTQ community is turning online during these times from Shepherd Express.
  • On TikTok, users are hosting drag shows from their homes -- highlighting their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent through social media. More from BuzzFeed.

INCLUSION IN CHILD WELFARE DURING COVID-19: Social distancing requires new strategies for client engagement and creates new opportunities to ensure clients access services without encountering challenges related to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Learn more from HRC’s All Children-All Families team here. More from Wisconsin Gazette.

TOMORROW -- HRC TEXAS STATE DIRECTOR JOINS MOVE TEXAS FOR A DISCUSSION ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY:

CELEBRATING THE BI+ TRANS COMMUNITY: About half of transgender people describe their sexual orientation as bi+. More from HRC.

TRANSGENDER MAN NAMED SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR: Zander Keig of Jacksonville, Florida, has been named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. More from Dallas Voice.

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER RELEASES REPORT DOCUMENTING U.S. BASED HATE GROUPS IN 2019: While the report details a slight decline in overall groups, there is an increase in white nationalist, anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant hate groups. Read the full report here.

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS TRANS COMMUNITY AT HIGHER RISK FOR MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES; AFFIRMING CARE AND COMMUNITY LOWERS RISKS: More from The Endocrine Society.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GAY MAN FROM GHANA GRANTED ASYLUM TO THE U.S. AFTER APPEAL: The man, who was attacked by a group after he was outed as gay, was initially denied asylum because the judge claimed he could “avoid further prosecution back home if he kept his sexuality a secret.” More from U.S. News and World Report.

HRC GLOBAL ALUMNI SHARE HOW THEIR WORK IS CHANGING DURING COVID-19: More from HRC.

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

Pride highlights five transmasculine figures throughout history; Los Angeles Times looks at a photo series celebrating the Black trans community

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