- June 21, 2019
SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA) (@SenKamalaHarris) INTRODUCES BILL TO EXPAND ACCESS TO PrEP, CENTRAL TO ENDING HIV & AIDS EPIDEMIC: This bill helps ensure that communities disproportionately impacted by HIV -- particularly Black and Latinx gay and bisexual men and trans women -- are guaranteed insurance coverage for life-saving preventive interventions. More from HRC.
Proud to introduce the PrEP Access and Coverage Act today, my new bill to:— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 20, 2019
✅require all health care plans to cover PrEP, follow-up visits, and tests with no out-of-pocket costs
✅expand access to PrEP for those uninsured
✅prohibit insurance discrimination against PrEP users
“AN ARCHBISHOP TOLD A JESUIT SCHOOL TO FIRE A GAY TEACHER. THEY SAID NO”: CNN reports that Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School trustees said they “respectfully declined the [Indianapolis] Archdiocese’s insistence and directive that we dismiss a highly capable and qualified teacher due to the teacher being a spouse within a civilly recognized same-sex marriage." Read more at CNN.
FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY -- #VISIBILITYMATTERS: We’re not crying, you’re crying! Grab your tissues as you read this anonymous note about how important it was for the writer to see Pride flags being flown in their neighborhood. Read more from Newsweek and Good Morning America.
MORE THAN 10,000 LGBTQ YOUNG PEOPLE SPARED FROM “CONVERSION THERAPY” BECAUSE OF STATE PROTECTIONS AGAINST THE HARMFUL PRACTICE: The stunning new numbers come from UCLA’s Williams Institute. Eighteen states, in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, now have laws or regulations protecting youth from this harmful practice. Read more at The Hill Reporter.
DALLAS POLICE MAKE ARREST IN DEATH OF CHYNAL LINDSEY, TRANSGENDER WOMAN FOUND DEAD EARLIER THIS MONTH: NBC News reports that Ruben Alvarado, 22, is expected to be charged with murder. Last week, Dallas police arrested Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, in the deaths of a transgender woman, Muhlaysia Booker, and two other women. Read more at NBC.
- D.C. police are investigating a possible hate crime after a transgender woman was assaulted and followed home, Marissa J. Lang (@Marissa_Jae) reports in The Washington Post.
- Anti-LGBTQ hate crimes are on the rise in the nation’s capital, reports WUSA9.
HRC RESPONDS TO ROY MOORE’S SENATE ANNOUNCEMENT: “Roy Moore is one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in the country,” said Lucas Acosta (@LucasRAcosta), HRC National Press Secretary, Campaigns. “It's unclear why he would want to be denied yet another public office or put Alabamians through another Roy Moore candidacy, but we look forward to helping Sen. Doug Jones defeat him -- again.” Read more from the Advocate.
CONNECTICUT’S LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE BILL PASSES GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AWAITS GOV. SIGNATURE: “LGBTQ people do face higher rates of family rejection and they’re less likely to have somebody to [care for them] who’s affiliated by blood or marriage,” said Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow), HRC Legal Director. “Families of choice form the basis for LGBTQ social support networks.” Read more from the Hartford Courant.
WALMART’S PARTNERSHIP WITH ELLEN DEGENERES DEMONSTRATES CHANGING ATTITUDES ABOUT LGBTQ PEOPLE IN THE U.S.: Read more from Bloomberg.
FEDERAL COURT ALLOWS TITLE X GAG RULE TO GO INTO EFFECT: Said Sarah Warbelow, HRC Legal Director: “The Title X gag rule threatens the health and welfare of millions including LGBTQ people. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners on the front lines of the fight for reproductive justice against this grave and dangerous injustice.” More from HRC.
BREAKING: A federal court is allowing the Title X gag rule to go into effect. Title X provides reproductive care to millions, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color, people with a low income & more.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 20, 2019
We will join with @PPact & others to #ProtectX & fight this. #NoGagRule https://t.co/53rCvb4uz5
PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP
FOUNDER OF PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS, MARK SEGAL (@PhilaGayNews), SPEAKS WITH MASHABLE ABOUT LGBTQ HISTORY: The newspaper is believed to be one of the earliest weekly LGBTQ-focused publications in the U.S. More from Mashable.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
DESPITE THREATS TO TBILISI PRIDE AND ATTACKS ON THEIR OFFICES, ORGANIZERS SAY CELEBRATIONS WILL GO AHEAD THIS WEEKEND: More from GayStarNews.
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HyperAllergic’s Zoe Samudzi reports on artist Sadie Barnette’s newest project, “The New Eagle Creek Saloon,” recreating the first Black-owned LGBTQ bar in San Francisco; LGBTQ Nation reports that JetBlue has hired two “Drag Race” drag queens to unveil the airline’s newest jet, “Shantay Blue Stay”.