HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE U.S. SENATE’S JUSTICE ACT -- “THE BILL… DOES NOT ADDRESS THE PROBLEM:” “The Senate bill does nothing on qualified immunity. It does nothing on racial profiling. It refuses to ban chokeholds and ‘no-knock’ warrants. It fails to address militarization of police,” said Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “We have to transform the system, not provide a system with more money and more power. Real, transformative change is vital to LGBTQ people all over this country. Real, transformative change in policing is vital to Black people. Transformational changes to policing are vital to the future of our country.” Read more from Metro Weekly

  • HRC and partner organizations signed onto a letter opposing the JUSTICE Act. HRC also participated in a press call opposing the bill. Read the letter here and more from HRC

HRC REPORT DETAILS HISTORIC PROGRESS AHEAD OF FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF LANDMARK MARRIAGE EQUALITY DECISION: “We celebrate the five-year anniversary of marriage equality on the heels of another significant victory in the United States Supreme Court. Looking back on the five years since Obergefell v. Hodges, the LGBTQ community has made some truly remarkable progress,” said David. “Same-sex couples can legally marry across our country, public support for equality continues to grow to unprecedented levels and LGBTQ workers are now undeniably protected from discrimination under federal law. But we also must acknowledge that LGBTQ people continue to face discriminatory attacks from anti-equality politicians, that there are no nationwide nondiscrimination protections in the public square and that we are living through an epidemic of violence that particularly targets Black transgender women. This is not a time to slow down -- this is a time to harness our momentum, finish the work at hand and ensure that our progress is truly felt by all, no matter who you are or where you live.” Read more from HRC, and read the full report here

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY -- NEW VIDEO EXPLORES WAYS TO BRING LGBTQ PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF FAITH TOGETHER: Read more about the project, created by Scott Keoni Shigeoka, from The Advocate, and watch here

HRC ENDORSES GOV. JAY INSLEE FOR REELECTION: “Gov. Jay Inslee has used every lever of his power to fight for equality for LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Under his leadership, Washington has become a true model for what a pro-equality government can achieve. From giving LGBTQ people a voice in government, to legislation banning anti-LGBTQ policies, Inslee has one of the strongest pro-equality records of any governor in America. I’m proud to announce our endorsement of Governor Inslee and look forward to continuing to work with him to achieve full equality for LGBTQ people nationwide.” Read more from HRC. 

HRC CONGRATULATES…

RITCHIE TORRES, WHO HAS A COMMANDING LEAD IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN NEW YORK’S FIFTEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: “Ritchie Torres has always been a change-maker, a rare elected official with both the vision and skill to move a community forward -- and that's exactly what he’s done again,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “While all the votes are yet to be counted, voters in New York clearly embraced an inclusive future and a leader with a vision to make positive change. Congress needs more voices like Ritchie -- diverse LGBTQ voices to show the true colors of our community -- who understand the wide range of experiences each one of us bring. Thanks to the work of Ritchie, and HRC’s progressive allies, we beat back the most virulently anti-LGBTQ viable Democratic candidate for Congress in decades.” Read more from HRC

MONDAIRE JONES, WHO HOLDS A COMMANDING LEAD IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN NEW YORK’S SEVENTEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: “Representation matters and it looks likely that, for the very first time, we will have a Black LGBTQ person in the halls of Congress,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “For too long, Black LGBTQ people have been pushed to the sidelines, even within our own community. But that dynamic has shifted, and Mondaire Jones ran his campaign unapologetically embracing his identity and his dedication to creating a more equal America. Today, Black LGBTQ children are seeing that they too can be in Congress.” Read more from HRC

ZANDER KEIG (@ZanderKeig), A LATINX TRANSGENDER MAN, HAS BEEN NAMED 2020’S SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS: Read more from The Advocate

IN THE STATES

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS ACTIVIST MARÍA R. SALAZAR IS WORKING FOR CHANGE IN HER COMMUNITY: Read more from San Antonio Current

GET CULTURED - Entertainment, arts and sports news!

NETFLIX TO HOST DIGITAL LGBTQ PRIDE EVENT ON JUNE 30: More from Bustle

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ORGANIZERS OF SINGAPORE’S LGBTQ PRIDE EVENT PLAN TO HOLD VIRTUAL CELEBRATION DESPITE ANTI-LGBTQ BACKLASH: More from Reuters

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