- December 2, 2019
MUST WATCH MONDAY -- HRC MARKED WORLD AIDS DAY YESTERDAY: “This epidemic affects people across genders, ages, income and borders. In the US, 1 in 4 Latinx gay and bi+ men and 1 in 2 Black gay and bi+ men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Almost half of Black trans women in the U.S. are living with HIV,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “We have the power to end this epidemic worldwide, but it will take courage, hard work and commitment from all of us. We must unite to end stigma and improve access to care.” More here.
- Once again, Donald Trump’s World AIDS Day proclamation failed to even acknowledge the communities most impacted by the HIV and AIDS epidemic, including LGBTQ people. Read more from the Washington Blade and The Advocate.
- The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to protect LGBTQ youth from so-called “conversion therapy”: The ordinance was co-authored by Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins (@annapoetic) and Council Member Phillipe Cunningham (@CunninghamMPLS), the first openly Black trans woman and first openly trans man of color elected to public office. More from The Advocate.
- The New Jersey State Assembly advances a bill banning LGBTQ panic defense: The measure must clear the Senate before heading to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk. More from Politico and WHYY.
- Indiana to make it more difficult to change gender markers on personal identification documents: The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle proposal “will make it more difficult and more dangerous for our clients to get an accurate identification and that’s going to put them at risk,” said Megan Stuart, director of the LGBT Project at Indiana Legal Services (@inlegalsvc). More from The Advocate.
HRC FOUNDATION URGES SUPPORT THROUGH “SNAP FOR GOOD REWARDS” CAMPAIGN THIS GIVING TUESDAY: As part of the campaign, General Mills and Honey Nut Cheerios will donate a portion of $100,000 to HRC and two other participating organizations. “Over the past two months, we’ve seen people across the country creatively use Snapchat around their breakfast tables to connect with their friends and support the ongoing fight for LGBTQ equality,” said Chris Speron, Senior Vice President for Development and Membership at the Human Rights Campaign. More from HRC.
GROWING NUMBER OF CITIES MOVE TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE: “Despite state and federal motions to stymie pro-equality measures, cities across the U.S. are continuing to increase equality standards and protections for all their citizens,” writes Katelyn Newman (@knewfornews) of U.S. News & World Report. HRC’s 2019 MEI report found 88 cities across the U.S. achieved top scores -- up from 11 in 2012. Read more from U.S News & World Report.
NEVADA’S FIRST LGBTQ MAYORS SHOW THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND REPRESENTATION: “Rural Nevada’s gay mayors could represent a sign of change in the cultural attitudes of small-town America,” writes John M. Glionna (@jglionna). More from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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FORMER NYC HOMES OF ARTIST GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AND AUTHOR PATRICIA HIGHSMITH ADDED TO LGBTQ HISTORIC REGISTRY: More from AM New York.
CYNDI LAUPER TO BE AWARDED INAUGURAL UNITED NATIONS AWARD FOR WORK SUPPORTING LGBTQ YOUTH: Lauper (@cyndilauper) will receive the High Note Global Prize from the U.N.’s Human Rights and the High Note Global Initiative for her efforts to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. More from The Advocate and Rolling Stone.
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LGBTQ PEOPLE SEEKING ASYLUM IN GERMANY FACE SOCIAL ISOLATION AND SAFETY CONCERNS: More from Open Democracy.
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GROWING GLOBAL ACCEPTANCE OF LGBTQ PEOPLE: The 2019 Legatum Prosperity Index notes that the number of those surveyed expressing acceptance of LGBTQ people rose from one in four people a decade ago to almost a third in the latest report. More from Sonia Elks (@SoniaElks) at Openly.
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Forbes talks with social worker Caitlin Ryan about her research on LGBTQ acceptance within families