- May 18, 2020
HRC ENDORSES 40 HOUSE, 5 SENATE PRO-EQUALITY LEADERS ON ANNIVERSARY OF HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE EQUALITY ACT: "In 2018, HRC stood with many of these pro-equality leaders to build a pro-equality majority in the U.S. House and pass the Equality Act. Within months of taking office, they did just that," said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). "Now HRC and these champions for equality must work together to ensure we maintain a pro-equality majority in the U.S. House and establish one in the U.S. Senate. Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow consideration of the Equality Act leaves LGBTQ people across America at risk of being fired from jobs, refused essential services like health care, and more vulnerable to violence. HRC will work to mobilize 57 million Equality Voters nationwide to turn out this November and ensure these endorsed candidates win because lives are on the line." Read more from HRC and The Hill.
ON SUNDAY, HRC COMMEMORATED INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA AND BIPHOBIA (IDAHOTB): “The Human Rights Campaign is proud to celebrate and stand with the global leaders fighting to end human rights abuses against the LGBTQ community as we reaffirm that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia have no place in our societies,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Every day, we see heartbreaking incidents of oppression, discrimination, and terrible violence against LGBTQ people around the world. Human rights abuses against LGBTQ people anywhere are human rights abuses against LGBTQ people everywhere. The global leaders who are leading the charge to end human rights abuses against our community and all communities give us the hope that we all need to continue the fight at home and abroad.” Read more from HRC.
ON SUNDAY EVENING, ALPHONSO DAVID SPOKE AT A VIGIL REMEMBERING LIVES LOST IN RECENT SURGE OF LGBTQ KILLINGS IN PUERTO RICO: The televised virtual vigil honored the lives of ten LGBTQ people who have been killed in the past 15 months in Puerto Rico. Other speakers included Ricky Martin, Olga Tañón and Circo. The vigil was organized by the Broad Committee For the Search of Equity (CABE) and aired on Telemundo, Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 p.m. in commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Read and watch here.
MUST-LISTEN MONDAY -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINED “SIGNAL BOOST” ON SIRIUS XM RADIO TO DISCUSS HRC’S ORGANIZING EFFORTS AROUND THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS: Listen here.
HRC PRESIDENT ON NEWS THAT JENNA ELLIS WILL SERVE AS A TOP ADVISER AND LAWYER FOR TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN: “It is no surprise that Trump is filling out his re-election campaign with anti-LGBTQ extremists such as Jenna Ellis,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Time after time, the Trump-Pence administration has worked to undermine the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people. This election is the most important one of our lifetimes and we cannot continue to live under an administration that has worked to erase LGBTQ people and treat us like second-class citizens. We must elect Joe Biden and pro-equality leaders across the country, reject the politics of division and build a country that works for all of us.” Read more from CNN.
HRC ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR THE HEROES ACT: The Heroes Act is legislation in the U.S. Congress investing $3 trillion towards essential needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including $3.6 billion for voting assistance and a sexual orientation and gender identity inclusive non-discrimination provision. “Our nation is in crisis, and Speaker Pelosi has stepped up to lead,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “This package ensures that our nation has the tools and resources it needs to respond to the epidemic, boost the economy, protect LGBTQ people from discrimination and ensure everyone has the opportunity to safely exercise their constitutional right to vote. Provisions in the Heroes Act not only expand safe voting options but also aim to reduce voter suppression, which disproportionately impacts voters of color and transgender voters.” Read more from HRC.
NEW SURVEY FINDS THAT STUDENTS’ ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION HAVE INCREASED DURING COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURES: Read more from EdSource.
- HRC has released guidance for school counselors on how to support LGBTQ students during the pandemic. Read the tipsheet here.
HRC RELEASES NEW RESOURCE COVERING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AROUND TELEMEDICINE AND COVID-19: Read more from HRC.
HRC JOINED THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR A TWITTER CHAT TO MARK MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: See the full chat here.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD. TO INTRODUCE PILOT LGBTQ STUDIES COURSE IN HIGH SCHOOLS: More from Washington Blade.
ON FRIDAY, HRC JOINED COALITION PARTNERS TO OPPOSE RUBÉN DÍAZ, SR. AS A CANDIDATE TO REPRESENT THE 15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN NEW YORK: Read more from Curve Magazine.
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