- July 9, 2020
HRC PRAISES BIDEN-SANDERS UNITY TASK FORCE PLATFORM RECOMMENDATIONS: Yesterday the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force submitted its platform recommendations to the DNC Platform Committee on issues related to climate change, criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care, and immigration. “These recommendations also clearly contrast with the virulently anti-LGBTQ Republican platform -- a poorly considered copy and paste job they didn’t even bother to update for our day and age,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Trump, Pence and their allies have made no secret of their years-long campaign to dehumanize LGBTQ people and strip away our rights.” More from HRC.
The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations to the DNC Platform Committee would help us turn the page and build a better, stronger future for all LGBTQ people. https://t.co/DuIwZSuoCA— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 8, 2020
HRC JOINS CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS TO CALL ON FACEBOOK TO REFORM ITS CIVIL RIGHTS INFRASTRUCTURE: “[The Facebook civil rights] audit has laid bare what we already know — Facebook is a platform plagued by civil rights shortcomings. Facebook has an enormous impact on our civil rights — by facilitating hate speech and violence, voter and census disinformation, and algorithmic bias, and by shortchanging diversity and inclusion,” reads the statement. “The civil rights community remains united in our commitment to pressing Facebook to address outstanding problems and to do so urgently given what is at stake. As long as the platform is being weaponized to spread hate and violence, harm vulnerable communities, and undermine our democracy, we will continue to hold the platform accountable.” Read the full statement here.
THURSDAY FEATURE -- NEW TOOL HELPS SENIOR LIVING AND LONG TERM CARE PROVIDERS TO SUPPORT LGBTQ RESIDENTS: A first-of-its-kind equality index is moving into phase two, providing senior living and other long-term care providers with a self-assessment tool to evaluate how well they are inclusive to LGBTQ residents. More from McKnight’s Senior Living.
- The LEI encourages and helps long-term care facilities to adopt policies and best practices when caring for LGBTQ older adults. Experts predict that as many as 4.7 million LGBTQ elders will be seeking care and services by 2030, and a recent AARP survey of LGBTQ older adults found that more than 60% were concerned about how they would be treated in a long-term care setting.
ADVOCATES SAY LAW ENFORCEMENT AREN’T DOING ENOUGH TO INVESTIGATE TRANS KILLINGS, STOP MISGENDERING TRANS PEOPLE: According to HRC, an estimated 78% of all tracked deaths of transgender people from 2013 to the present has included misgendering in media or by law enforcement. Since HRC began its tracking, the number of transgender and gender non-conforming people reported killed by this point of the year has never been this high. More from American Independent.
- For reporters covering the transgender community, HRC has a brief Guide to Getting Transgender Coverage Right. The LGBTQ community deserves competent reporting, and the report covers the top eight things reporters covering transgender people should know, including the importance of always avoiding deadnaming. Read the full guide here.
RESEARCHERS REPORT THAT A NEW INJECTABLE DRUG IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN TRUVADA, A DAILY PILL TO PREVENT HIV INFECTION: More from The New York Times.
- NBC reports a Brazilian man living with AIDS showed no sign of the virus for more than a year since he stopped taking HIV medicine after an experimental drug therapy. “These are exciting findings but they’re very preliminary,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi (@MonicaGandhi9), an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. More from NBC.
IN THE STATES
ILLINOIS CLASSROOMS TO INCLUDE LGBTQ HISTORY IN SCHOOL CURRICULUM: More from WCBU.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT CHALLENGING VIRGINIA’S NON-DISCRIMINATION LAW: The Virginia Values Act took effect on July 1. Virginia is the first Southern state to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its statewide non-discrimination law. More from the Washington Blade.
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TEAM USA SOFTBALL STAR HAYLEY MCCLENEY SHARES POWERFUL COMING OUT STORY, SENDS MESSAGE OF HOPE TO YOUNG LGBTQ ATHLETES: More from OutSports.
BISEXUAL ACTRESS JAVICIA LESLIE TO MAKE HISTORY AS FIRST-EVER BLACK WOMAN TO PLAY BATWOMAN: More from The Advocate.
We can't wait to see @JaviciaLeslie make history as the first ever Black actress to play Batwoman while also shining a light on the bisexual community! �� @CWBatwoman #Batwoman https://t.co/VjlqUNwGnA— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 9, 2020
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
RUSSIAN LGBTQ ACTIVIST YULIA TSVETKOVA FACES “GAY PROPAGANDA” CHARGES FOR THE THIRD TIME: More from Meduza.
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