- June 18, 2020
HRC APPLAUDS U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING ON THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) PROGRAM: “This is a critical step in the right direction for young people across the country,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The DACA program provides an opportunity for young people, including LGBTQ Dreamers, to live productive, safe and happy lives in the United States. Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court keeps the DACA program in place, but there is still work left to be done. Now, we must elect pro-equality leaders to Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act -- that is how we permanently protect the nearly two million Dreamers, for whom today’s ruling is only a temporary solution.” More from HRC.
THE SCOTUS TITLE VII DECISION IS A HUGE VICTORY FOR LGBTQ EMPLOYEES BUT THE EQUALITY ACT IS STILL NEEDED: “[E]ven with today’s decision, there is still a need to address significant gaps in civil rights laws,” Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign, said on a conference call with reporters Monday. "We will continue to advocate for the Equality Act for the election of Joe Biden as president and pro-equality majorities to both houses of Congress.” More from The Advocate.
- In response to this historic decision, more than 40 U.S. Senators are calling on Senate leadership to hold a vote on the Equality Act, which would codify protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, credit, education and jury service as well as add much-needed protections for sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in public spaces and services, as well as federally-funded programs.
BREAKING: Over 40 U.S. Senators — including @tammybaldwin @JeffMerkley @SenSusanCollins @CoryBooker @BernieSanders @ewarren and @KamalaHarris — are calling on Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on the Equality Act in the Senate following the Supreme Court's historic ruling. pic.twitter.com/js2wu95ODx— Kmart Ronan Farrow (@Nico_Lang) June 17, 2020
HRC ENDORSES MONDAIRE JONES FOR CONGRESS: “Mondaire Jones has used his life to make our nation a more equal and just place. Today, we’re proud to endorse him to bring his voice to the halls of Congress,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “While this week marked a historic Supreme Court win for LGBTQ people and our rights, we must pass the Equality Act to ensure that LGBTQ people have full, federal equality. Jones will be a crucial member of the pro-equality majority to help ensure that every LGBTQ worker, child, parent and person has an equal opportunity to succeed and live their lives to the fullest.” More from HRC.
HRC DESIGNATES JUNETEENTH AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL HOLIDAY: “Juneteenth is the culmination of countless seen and unseen efforts by enslaved peoples and abolitionists. It is a clarion call that we still hear today, a call that we have been pressed to answer thanks to the millions of people who are advocating for racial justice at Black Lives Matter protests and in less visible ways,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Every Juneteenth from this year moving forward, employees at the Human Rights Campaign will have the opportunity to reflect on our shared journey and how we can further racial equity, individually, organizationally and globally. None of us are free unless all of us are free, a truth made clear by the very fact that it took more than two years for news of emancipation to reach enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. With this designation, we proudly and publicly recommit to continue working on behalf of all marginalized people for full equality.” More from HRC.
THURSDAY FEATURE -- HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID JOINS THE DAILY SHOW’S TREVOR NOAH TO DISCUSS THIS WEEK’S LANDMARK SCOTUS RULING AND THE MOVEMENT AHEAD: Watch the full interview here.
"My quest for liberation as a Black man is intricately tied with my quest for liberation as a gay man."- @AlphonsoDavid joined @TheDailyShow to talk about this week's landmark Supreme Court ruling and what comes next. pic.twitter.com/sMWG4FTyVR— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 18, 2020
HRC CALLS ON THE U.S. SENATE TO REJECT D.C. CIRCUIT COURT NOMINEE JUSTIN WALKER: “Justin Walker is another extreme, divisive and partisan judge being forced through by the Trump-Pence administration,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Walker has devoted his brief legal career to promoting discriminatory and outrageous rhetoric and attacking the Affordable Care Act, which has been crucial to providing life-saving treatment and care. As our country continues to fight one of the most deadly public health crises in history, one that disproportionately impacts LGBTQ people and communities of color, Walker’s nomination is a tangible threat to the health of millions of Americans. Walker is unfit to rule on many cases that address some of the most critical questions regarding equality, fundamental rights and access to health care. The Senate should reject the nomination of Justin Walker.” More from HRC.
HRC CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF PUERTO RICO TV SHOW “LA COMAY”: The show, featuring a puppet called La Comay played by Kobbo Santarrosa, has a long history of spreading racist, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic propaganda. “La Comay’s long reign as the queen of trash television in Puerto Rico must end,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Kobbo Santarossa, hiding behind the puppet La Comay, has a long history of spreading racist, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic propaganda. Given the backdrop of global protests calling for inclusive racial justice, Santarossa’s recent racist portrayal of a prominent Black, Puerto Rican woman is careless, dangerous and unacceptable.” More from HRC and Latino Rebels.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TRANS AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE FACE BARRIERS TO VOTING IN NOVEMBER: “Having to have photo identification to show up at the polls disproportionately affects our transgender populations,” says Arli Christensen, from the American Civil Liberties Union. “For transgender folks, it is often very difficult to get an ID that accurately reflects who they are, has a legal name that corresponds with who they are, and has a gender marker that matches who they are.” More from The Guardian.
TODAY AT 2 P.M. ET -- HRC WEBINAR ON NEEDS OF LGBTQ YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS:
��Join us this Thursday at 2:00 PM (ET) for an important webinar on the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 17, 2020
Register → https://t.co/YNV8T5l5Bg
LGBTQ YOUTH FACE UNIQUE HEALTH CHALLENGES AMIDST THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Many LGBTQ youth already are at higher risk of considering suicide compared to heterosexual and/or cisgender youth, and amidst the pandemic, many LGBTQ teens will also find themselves trapped in homes that are not supportive or even hostile to them. More from MedicineNet.
LGBTQ YOUTH REPORT SHOWS THAT 9 OUT OF 10 LGBTQ ADOLESCENTS REPORT AT LEAST ONE EXPERIENCE OF BIAS-BASED BULLYING: More from UConn Today.
NEW HRC RESOURCE FOR SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS ON SUPPORTING LGBTQ YOUTH DURING COVID-19: More from HRC.
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