- June 26, 2020
HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID DISCUSSES BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS, CENTERING RACIAL JUSTICE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS ON “INSIDE WITH THE ADVOCATE”: “Please volunteer; please get involved in our fight for social justice and equality,” said David (@AlphonsoDavid). “As a Black man, as a gay man, as an immigrant, I have to make sure that we all know how important it is to fight for this democracy that we claim to care for… We are fighting for our lives.” Read more and watch the full interview here.
NEW HRC REPORT SHOWS THAT LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE VICTIMS OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, ESPECIALLY DURING COVID-19: Yesterday, HRC released LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence and COVID-19, which demonstrates the disparities in rates of intimate partner violence between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ communities, shows how these rates are likely to increase during COVID-19 and offers solutions to address these rising rates of violence. “Our isolated environment, as well as the numerous financial and additional stressors brought by COVID-19, creates an increased risk of intimate partner violence -- a risk which is that much higher for LGBTQ people,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow). “Advocates, lawmakers and the general public must seriously consider the impact this pandemic has had on the rates of interpersonal violence and look to ways to address this issue from a legislative, data and cultural level.” Read more from HRC.
FIRED UP FRIDAY -- TOMORROW MORNING AT 10 A.M. E.T., JOIN HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID, REP. JENNIFER WEXTON (@RepWexton) AND DEL. DANICA ROEM (@pwcdanica) FOR A VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: The three will discuss the progress we’ve made and the fight still ahead. Register here.
NEW POLLING SHOWS THAT LARGE MAJORITIES BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN EMPOYMENT AND HEALTH CARE: This data from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the Trump-Pence administration is out-of-step with the American people. Read more from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
NEW STUDY FROM THE WILLIAMS INSTITUTE SHOWS LGB PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR CONSIDERING SUIDICE: Read more from Metro Weekly.
ZILLOW ANNOUNCES THAT ALL ONLINE LISTINGS WILL NOW SHOW INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: Read more from LGBTQ Nation.
THE BLACK TRANS TRAVEL FUND IS PROVIDING RESOURCES FOR BLACK TRANS WOMEN TO TRAVEL SAFELY: The Director of Client Services Morticia Godiva explains the reasons behind creating the Fund: “There has always been violence against Black queer people, and Black trans women specifically,” says Godiva. “So it was just a direct response to the violence, and also a call to action for any allies to make resources more readily available for people that need them.” Read more about the project from Forbes.
DONNA STEPHENS, AIMEE STEPHENS’ WIDOW, WRITES FOR THE DETROIT FREE PRESS ON CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR FULL LGBTQ EQUALITY: “The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Aimee’s case, and the combined cases of Don Zarda and Gerald Bostock, heard at the same time, constitute a landmark victory,” writes Stephens. “The ruling upholds the principle that all people should be treated fairly, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. But the court’s decision was a milestone, not the finishing line… If [Aimee] were here now, she would say that the fight is far from over.” Read the full op-ed from The Detroit Free Press.
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