- March 25, 2020
HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID IN THE HILL -- “THE SUPREME COURT MUST NOT LICENSE TAXPAYER-FUNDED DISCRIMINATION”: “The Supreme Court recently announced it will hear a case to decide whether a local government contractor can pick and choose which civil rights laws it follows,” writes David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The consequences of the Court’s decision could be profound and far-reaching. If the Court decides that organizations can pick and choose which non-discrimination laws they follow, it could open a floodgate of discrimination in child welfare services against not only LGBTQ people, but also people of different faiths, single women and people with disabilities. It’s crucial that the Supreme Court uphold the lower court ruling rejecting the argument that religious agencies performing public child welfare services have a special right to discriminate.” Read the full op-ed in The Hill.
More than 400,000 children in foster care across the U.S. deserve a loving home. @HRC President @AlphonsoDavid discusses how a #SCOTUS case will decide if government-funded child welfare agencies can discriminate against LGBTQ individuals. @thehill https://t.co/4HYmKUg41j— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 24, 2020
HRC IS TURNING TO VIRTUAL ORGANIZING IN THE AGE OF COVID-19: While there is much uncertainty about what lies ahead in the coming weeks and months for our country, one thing the COVID-19 crisis has made even more clear is that the stakes of the election this November could not be higher. Last week, HRC shifted its Equality Convention to a virtual volunteer convention featuring speeches by both Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren). Volunteers from across the country joined together to learn about HRC’s new tools and resources. Learn more about how you can get involved from HRC.
WELCOMING SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY -- HRC LAUNCHES WEEKLY PROGRAMMING WITH ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES FOR INCLUSIVE LEARNING AT HOME: Each week while most students are out of school due to COVID-19, HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools will offer a book and a related activity adapted from our teacher lesson plans for parents to use with children at home. Week One focuses on The Family Book by Todd Parr (@toddparr), which celebrates the many different ways to be a family. Read more from HRC.
HRC MOURNS THE LOSS OF PLAYWRIGHT TERRENCE MCNALLY: More from HRC.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of longtime HRC supporter Terrence McNally.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 24, 2020
Both on and off the stage, he was a voice for many in the LGBTQ community. We send our condolences to his husband, Tom Kirdahy, and those who loved him. https://t.co/Tu7IHmMLk6
LGBTQ HOMELESS PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT ACCESS TO HOMELESS CENTERS, SHELTERS DURING COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS: One in five LGBTQ people live in poverty, and 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. More from Reuters and HRC.
IN THE STATES
GREENVILLE COUNTY COUNCIL IN S.C. VOTES TO NULLIFY ANTI-LGBTQ RESOLUTION: More from Greenville News.
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10-TIME IRELAND NATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD TITLE WINNER DENIS FINNEGAN COMES OUT AS GAY: “I hope just telling my story might help one person notice there’s more acceptance out there,” said Finnegan (@denisfinnegan1). More from the Washington Blade.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
LGBTQ PRIDES AND OTHER EVENTS ARE BEING CANCELLED OR POSTPONED AROUND THE WORLD DUE TO COVID-19: Read more from Forbes.
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