- June 20, 2019
HRC RESPONDS TO SENATE CONFIRMATION OF ANTI-LGBTQ MATTHEW KACSMARYK TO BE U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE IN TEXAS: “Kacsmaryk has a long history of virulently anti-LGBTQ opinions and positions -- including his deeply disturbing opposition to same-sex marriage, his vocal hostility towards legal protections for gender identity and sexual orientation, and his shocking refusal to recognize the basic humanity of transgender people.” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow). Read more from HRC and Dallas News.
HRC HONORS LGBTQ REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY: “On World Refugee Day, we are in solidarity with LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence and conflict from some of the most dangerous places in the world,” said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb (@tywesleycobb). More from HRC.
- Advocates call for release of LGBTQ asylum seekers, as report from the Center for American Progress finds that LGBTQ individuals are 97 times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse at border detention centers. More from NewNowNext.
THANKFUL THURSDAY -- “THE POWER OF PRIDE”: Variety interviews LGBTQ creatives in Hollywood about progress in LGBTQ representation and changes that are still needed. Check out the interviews from Variety.
Variety’s first ever Power of Pride issue is here. Read interviews with Billy Eichner, MJ Rodriguez, Hannah Gadsby, Don Lemon, Asia Kate Dillon, Jim Parsons, Janet Mock and more LGBT voices https://t.co/ceLtaAe7NF pic.twitter.com/tbLybYVOX3— Variety (@Variety) June 19, 2019
NEW GALLUP SURVEY -- 71% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT OPENLY TRANSGENDER PEOPLE SERVING IN THE MILITARY: The overwhelming support comes as “President Donald Trump's ban on most transgender military servicemembers continues to face legal challenges,” reports Gallup’s Justin McCarthy (@JustinKMcCarthy). Read the full results at Gallup.
HAPPENING TODAY -- TRANSGENDER EDUCATION NETWORK OF TEXAS AND BLACK TRANSWOMEN, INC. TO HOLD DAY OF ACTION IN TEXAS: Following a deadly rash of anti-transgender violence in Texas, groups to hold rallies calling for action from elected officials. Events will take place in Houston and Austin.
- And in D.C., LGBTQ community groups are planning a vigil Friday in Dupont Circle after recent violent incidents targeting LGBTQ people, including the killing of of two transgender women. More from DCist.
PEW RESEARCH CENTER SURVEY -- BISEXUAL ADULTS FAR LESS LIKELY TO BE OUT THAN THEIR GAY AND LESBIAN PEERS: The study found that “only 19% of those who identify as bisexual say all or most of the important people in their lives are aware of their sexual orientation. In contrast, 75% of gay and lesbian adults say the same.” Read more from the Pew Research Center.
JANET MOCK MAKES HISTORY IN DEAL WITH NETFLIX: Mock (@janetmock), a director, producer and writer of the hit FX series Pose, characterized it as the first “deal of its kind” for an openly trans person. More from HuffPost.
Today, @JanetMock makes history as the first Black trans woman to establish an overall deal with a major studio.— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) June 19, 2019
"...there's potential to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and showing people who may not understand us, that we can tell our own stories." pic.twitter.com/nXhaW0STvo
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OPENLY GAY MAN ALDO DÁVILA (@AldoDavilagt) POISED TO WIN A SEAT IN GUATEMALA’S CONGRESS: Preliminary results from Sunday’s elections also indicate that openly gay José Carlos Hernández (@JoseParlacenGT) won a seat in the Central American Parliament, the regional legislative body. Read more from the Washington Blade.
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Poetry Foundation features LGBTQ poems and poets to mark Pride Month; Successful Meetings offers tips on finding an LGBTQ-friendly employer, including checking out HRC’s Corporate Equality Index; Sports Illustrated profiles Nyla Rose, AEW’s [All Elite Wrestling] first openly transgender wrestler.