- July 23, 2020
HRC RELEASES REPORT RECOGNIZING MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN CHILE COMMITTED TO LGBT INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE: “This report highlights those major employers in Chile who have shown a substantial commitment to establishing LGBT-inclusive policies and practices in their workplace,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees have as much to offer as any of their colleagues and deserve to be welcomed, valued and supported as their authentic selves to ensure that they succeed.” More from HRC.
FAITH LEADERS CONDEMN DRAFT REPORT FROM COMMISSION ON UNALIENABLE RIGHTS: More than 30 faith leaders, including HRC’s Religion and Faith Director Michael Vazquez (@mvsebastian), signed a statement expressing grave concerns and warning that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s effort to elevate religious freedom and property rights above other human rights will weaken religious freedom itself and undermine the protections for the universal values of human dignity. More from Center for American Progress.
COVID-19 IS QUIETLY RAVAGING THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: “LGBTQ Americans -- especially Black, Brown and older LGBTQ/SGL [same gender loving] people -- have endured strenuous economic and health hurdles for far too long. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded these issues. It is imperative to collect data on how COVID-19 is impacting these communities. And we must ensure that LGBTQ/SGL people are counted for years to come,” writes David J. Johns (@MrDavidJohns), executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (@NBJContheMove), and Earl Fowlkes, Jr., President/CEO of the Center For Black Equity, Inc (@Ctr4BlackEquity). In this powerful op-ed, these leaders make clear the terrible -- and disproportionate impact -- on our communities, as underscored by recent HRC reports. More in The Hill.
TY (WESLEY COBB) THURSDAY: HRC’s Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives & Research Ty Wesley Cobb (@tywesleycobb) joined Yahoo Finance to discuss HRC’s research on the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on LGBTQ people -- especially LGBTQ people of color. More from Yahoo Finance.
HOUSE PASSES NO BAN ACT: More from HRC.
An important and historic civil rights victory! We congratulate @MuslimAdvocates and all who worked tirelessly to advance this legislation. Now the Senate must take action to end this disgraceful, discriminatory ban. #NOBANAct https://t.co/KCiZ0e0MLt— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) July 23, 2020
IN THE STATES
HRC ANNOUNCES SLATE OF PRO-EQUALITY CHAMPIONS FOR PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: “Right now, over 400,000 LGBTQ Pennsylvanians live in a patchwork of protections,” said HRC Pennsylvania State Director Ryan Matthews. “That must change, and while the Bostock ruling has provided some workplace protections, LGBTQ people still are at risk of discrimination in housing, education, public accommodations or businesses. It’s time we elect a pro-equality General Assembly to join Governor Wolf in passing real reform to improve the lives of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians.” More from HRC.
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“POSE” CREATOR LINES UP NEW LGBTQ-FOCUSED SHOW FOR FX: Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) is developing “81 Words,” a limited series exploring the historic effort by a group of medical professionals to change the definition of homosexuality so that it would no longer be classified as a mental illness. More from The Hollywood Reporter.