- February 4, 2020
VIRGINIA HOUSE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The bill has bipartisan support, and could lead to Virginia becoming the 20th state, alongside DC and Puerto Rico, to enact laws or regulations protecting youth from this harmful practice. More from WAVY.
HRC SVP AND (MORE IMPORTANTLY) IOWA NATIVE JODEE WINTERHOF WAS ON THE GROUND IN HER HOME STATE TALKING TO VOTERS, HANDING OUT COOKIES FOR EQUALITY: Winterhof (@JoDeelive), senior VP for policy and political affairs, hit the streets of Des Moines to encourage caucus-goers to support equality. More here.
- Read more about how HRC is working to harness the power of LGBTQ and equality voters in Iowa and other early primary and caucus voting states in this John Riley (@JohnAndresRiley) piece for Metro Weekly.
“This is how we will change things in this country.” - @RepCindyAxne— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 3, 2020
Iowans, make your voices heard today. And pro-equality voters everywhere, find what you need to vote in your primary or caucus at https://t.co/TlHI8DjGud. #IowaCaucuses #IACaucus pic.twitter.com/hPgXRI1bnC
ICYMI -- MEET HRC FOUNDATION’S 2020 CLASS OF YOUTH AMBASSADORS: The new class includes Nicole Talbot, 18, a musical theater actress with Broadway aspirations who is a passionate advocate for transgender youth and for the rights of transgender people in her home state of Massachusetts and nationally, and Gia Parr, 15, a high school student in Connecticut who is shifting the conversation around gender by being a model of positivity and achievement. Read more about them at Wicked Local Beverly and Hamlet Hub.
NEW HOUSING IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, TO OPEN FOR LGBTQ YOUTH: Five community groups are joining together to open the Union House to support LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness. More from Brian McVicar (@GRMcVicar) at MLive.
HRC MOURNS JUDGE DEBORAH BATTS, FIRST OPENLY GAY FEDERAL JUDGE: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Deborah Batts, a giant of the legal community who blazed new trails for justice and equality,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “This is a major loss for our judiciary and our movement. Sending my deepest condolences to Judge Batts’ loved ones.” More from The Associated Press and The New York Times.
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LOS ANGELES FEATURES AWESOME NEW BILLBOARD OF SCHITT’S CREEK CHARACTERS DAVID ROSE AND PATRICK BREWER: Dan Levy (@danjlevy), who stars as David Rose, will be honored next month with the HRC Visibility Award alongside Janelle Monáe (@JanelleMonae) at the 2020 HRC Los Angeles Dinner. More from Brandon Voss (@BrandonVoss) at NewNowNext.
LA! �� 7677 Sunset Boulevard, if you want to grab a selfie (and send it our way!) https://t.co/AoOgGf0jHV— Schitt's Creek (@SchittsCreek) December 18, 2019
THE ADVOCATE SITS DOWN WITH OPENLY BISEXUAL NFL ATHLETE RYAN RUSSELL: In the interview with Diane Anderson Minshal (@DeliciousDiane), Russell (@RKRelentless) reflects on his NFL career, coming out and what’s next. Read more here.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I’m rooting for inclusivity! Thank you to @TheAdvocateMag for this fantastic exclusive being released at such a crucial time in football and on Black History Month. Sports, at its root, is about family and working together to reach a common goal. pic.twitter.com/O3MUFlbZBf— R.K. Russell (@RKRelentless) February 2, 2020
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH RELEASES REPORT DETAILING TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT’S CRACKDOWN ON THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Read the full report here.
SAME-SEX COUPLE ATTACKED AT TRAIN STATION IN KILDARE, IRELAND: The attack is currently being treated as a hate crime. More from The Irish Post (warning -- disturbing descriptions of attack at link.)