- May 22, 2019
NEW REPORT FROM HRC & UCONN FINDS API LGBTQ YOUTH AT HEIGHTENED RISK OF DISCRIMINATION: “While there is power in being both a person of color and LGBTQ, we know that discrimination against people holding multiple marginalized identities can be magnified -- and this is true for the many young LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islanders we surveyed,” said Ellen Kahn (@ellenbkahn), HRC Foundation Director of the Children, Youth & Families Program. More from HRC.
- “In a quiet conversation with a stranger 30,000 feet above Denver, I shared my story and I made a difference”: HRC’s David Yu writes for Reuters about his decision to be a visible LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islander. “I have to constantly choose between the uncertainty of visibility and the safe-seeming obscurity of staying the closet,” he says. Read the full essay at Reuters.
MAINE LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: The bipartisan measure now heads to Governor Janet Mills’ desk. If enacted, Maine would become the 17th state to protect youth from ‘conversion therapy.’ More from HRC.
DALLAS POLICE INVESTIGATING WHETHER RECENT VIOLENT DEATHS OF THREE TRANSGENDER WOMEN CONNECTED: Reports CBS 11’s Erin Jones (@erinjonesnews): Police said “since July of 2017 they’ve investigated four incidents where black transgender women were assaulted, killed or found dead. So far, no suspects have been named.” Read more at CBS 11.
- Suspect arrested in Sunday killing of transgender woman Michelle “Tamika” Washington in Philadelphia: Reports the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Anna Orso (@anna_orso) and Cassie Owens (@cassieowens), “In Philadelphia alone, at least six transgender women of color have been killed in the last six years.” More from the Inquirer.
This week, we find ourselves mourning Muhlaysia Booker, Michelle "Tamika" Washington & Claire Legato – Black trans women who had the courage to live as their true selves. We have a duty to honor their memory & ensuring no one faces violence simply for who they are. #SayHerName— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 22, 2019
HRC JOINS 400 NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS IN LETTER URGING CONGRESS TO PROTECT, PROVIDE PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DREAMERS: The action comes ahead of today’s House Judiciary Committee markup of the Dream and Promise Act. Read the letter here.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- JANE LYNCH JOINS HRC’S ‘AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT’: The actor and comedian says she supports the Equality Act as a way to affirm LGBTQ youth: “I just don't want kids feeling like they have to hide who they are, who they were born as.” Text EQUALITY ACT to 472472 and become a Community Co-Sponsor today. Watch here.
HRC URGES SENATE TO REJECT HOWARD C. NIELSON JR. FOR U.S. DISTRICT COURT: “The nomination of Howard Nielson to the federal bench is yet another attack on LGBTQ people by the Trump-Pence Administration,” said Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow), HRC’s Legal Director. More from HRC.
HRC HONORS THE LEADERSHIP AND LEGACY OF LGBTQ CIVIL RIGHTS ICON HARVEY MILK:
.@HRC honors the leadership and lasting legacy of LGBTQ civil rights icon Harvey Milk.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 22, 2019
Today and every day, we work toward realizing his vision of a more equitable future for all. #HarveyMilkDay pic.twitter.com/KSlscBdBDZ
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
THOUSANDS RALLY IN NORTHERN IRELAND IN SUPPORT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK that does not legally recognize same-sex marriage. More from NBC.
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POLITICO reports that Lucas Acosta (@LucasRAcosta), the DNC’s director of broadcast and LGBTQ media, will be joining HRC as national press secretary for campaigns; Pride features Arthur creator Marc Brown talking about the importance of LGBTQ families representation on television; IKEA partners with HRC Foundation in celebration of Pride Month
At IKEA, we believe #equality is a fundamental human right and that all homes are created equal. To celebrate #Pride, we’re offering a limited edition of our KVANTING bag, with all proceeds going to @HRC programs that support LGBT+ youth and families. https://t.co/scvPdMgv0O pic.twitter.com/Tn3HndklEl— IKEA USA News (@IKEAUSANews) May 21, 2019