- June 15, 2020
LANDMARK VICTORY FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY -- U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION IS PROHIBITED UNDER TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT: More from HRC.
HRC ANNOUNCES PLANS TO SUE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR ELIMINATING ANTI-DISCRIMINATION HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS: On Friday, HRC announced that it will file a lawsuit challenging the Trump-Pence administration’s decision to roll back critical civil rights protections in the rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more from The New York Times, NBC and HRC.
“We cannot and will not allow Donald Trump to continue attacking us. Today, the Human Rights Campaign is announcing plans to sue the Trump administration for exceeding their legal authority and attempting to remove basic health care protections from vulnerable communities including LGBTQ people. And, to add insult to injury, the administration finalized this rule on the anniversary of the Pulse shooting, where a gunman killed 49 people in an LGBTQ nightclub,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “[W]e will not let this attack on our basic right to be free from discrimination in health care go unchallenged. We will see them in court, and continue to challenge all of our elected officials to rise up against this blatant attempt to erode critical protections people need and sanction discrimination.”
HRC MOURNS DOMINIQUE “REM’MIE” FELLS, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN PHILADELPHIA: Local police have already ruled her tragic death a murder and are investigating. Friends of Fells are mourning her death online. One personal friend posted online, “Dom was a unique and beautiful soul who I am lucky to have known personally. I am beside myself right now.” “Black Trans Lives Matter,” said Tori Cooper, HRC director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative (@MsToriCooper1). “In the same week countless people across the globe stand up for racial injustice, in the same week we honor the 49 victims of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, in the same week a billionaire author spouts transphobic rhetoric to millions -- in this same week, we have lost two more Black transgender women to the same fate most of us worry about every day.” Read more from HRC.
HRC MOURNS RIAH MILTON, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN OHIO: According to her Facebook, Milton worked as a home health aide and studied at the University of Cincinnati. She was a loving sister and aunt, often posting photos of her family.“This week, two Black transgender women were killed. This horrifying news comes the same week that we remember the 49 people gunned down at Pulse in Orlando, as millions continue to take to the streets to declare ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and as a billionaire author with a gigantic megaphone continues to spout off transphobic propaganda to her millions of followers,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Tragedy does not happen in a vacuum, and each of these events show how much work we still must do to ensure dignity and justice for all. These two women -- Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Milton -- deserve to have their names known.” Read more from HRC.
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NEW VIDEO SHOWS TRANS WOMAN LAYLEEN POLANCO FACED HORRIFYING NEGLECT IN JAIL: More from NBC.
New footage shows the horrifying neglect & dangerous situation Layleen Polanco faced in jail. In addition to transforming policing we need structural changes in jails & prisons. We mourn with Layleen’s family & promise to fight for justice. https://t.co/4KUZuCniJZ— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) June 13, 2020
ON WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY YESTERDAY, HRC CALLS FOR INCLUSIVE DONATION POLICIES: “As the global pandemic wears on, the integrity and safety of the blood supply in this country must be preserved, strengthened and maintained,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Continuing to enforce the de facto prohibition on blood donation by sexually active gay and bisexual men does not reflect the best science available.” More from HRC.
TRANS LIFELINE HAS SEEN AN INCREASE IN CALLS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Oliver Stabbe (@OliverStabbe), a volunteer for Trans Lifeline said: “COVID-19 isn’t creating new barriers for our community, but exacerbating already existing structural barriers to health. Our data tells us that when the pandemic is declared over, the public health emergency of transphobia will still remain.” Read more from Medium.
HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID RESPONDS TO STARBUCKS BLACK LIVES MATTER POLICY: On Friday, David responded to Starbucks’ announcement regarding Black Lives Matter: “HRC supports Starbucks employees showing support for Black Lives Matter, as we do for people across the country. We are pleased to see that Starbucks has listened to the voices of their Black employees and their allies and have changed their position to allow baristas to show their support for the righteous protesters who are demanding justice for centuries of racial violence.” Read more from HRC.
LGBTQ people are Black and Black people are LGBTQ. We join together as intersecting communities seeking justice. HRC supports @Starbucks employees showing support for Black Lives Matter, as we do for people across the country.https://t.co/OWBb1OsOT3— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) June 12, 2020
HRC SHARES THE REAL LIST OF TRUMP’S “UNPRECEDENTED STEPS” FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Said HRC President Alphonso David, “The RNC is hallucinating and advancing misleading and disingenuous rhetoric. Yes, Trump has taken many ‘unprecedented’ steps, but those steps have been to undermine and eliminate rights protecting LGBTQ people, not empower us. Appointing a small handful of gay people out of thousands of nominations and making a very few -- and unfullfilled -- pledges can hardly qualify as accomplishments. Don’t gaslight us. The Trump-Pence administration is the most virulently anti-LGBTQ administration in decades.” See the real list here.
- For the full list of Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ people, visit HRC.org/Trump.
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GABRIELLE UNION’S (@itsgabrielleu) PRODUCTION COMPANY OPTIONS TV RIGHTS FOR ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE BY JOURNALIST & ACTIVIST GEORGE M. JOHNSON (@IamGMJohnson): The book, a series of personal essays by Johnson, focuses on “center[ing] Black stories from the Black perspective.” More from People.