Up Front, Late Fall 2021

Queer to Stay

HRC and SHOWTIME®’s Queer to Stay program is back for its second year! Queer to Stay supports and uplifts small businesses that focus on LGBTQ+ people of color, women and the transgender community, and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We doubled the number of awardees this year, which means a total of 30 businesses have received assistance through the program.

Visit hrc.im/queertostay and find an LGBTQ+ owned business near you!

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HRC in Action

2021 has been a year filled with challenges and the promise of a better, more equal tomorrow. As we look ahead, we want you to know that HRC will not stop our crucial work to advance equality. That's why we hosted HRC in Action, a virtual event experience showcasing the work and impact of the Human Rights Campaign!

The presenters at the National Virtual Event, which was held on October 28, 2021, represent hundreds of resilient, dedicated and determined staff and volunteer leaders. The event was about celebrating all of you! We cannot do what we do without the support of so many individuals, organizations and companies that believe in our work to advance LGBTQ+ equality for all. Don’t miss videos from the event at youtube.com/hrcmedia.

Watch the recap at hrcvirtualevent.org

Welcoming Schools’ Virtual Educator Series

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools’ Virtual Educator Series is live for the 2021-22 school year! With separate trainings for elementary and secondary schools, the series offers an opportunity for educators anywhere and everywhere to engage in our professional development.

Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender-inclusive professional development training, resources, lesson plans and booklists. This virtual educator series includes training on topics such as preventing bias-based bullying, creating gender inclusive schools and supporting transgender and non-binary students.

Learn more and register for a training at hrc.im/educatorseries.

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Workplace Equality

The HRC Foundation’s global workplace equality programs in Latin America now include Argentina and Brazil. In addition to our programs in Mexico and Chile, the new programs help build more equitable business practices and, in turn, more equitable countries.

“Over the past five years, our Equidade programs have fostered better and more inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ+ employees in Latin America,” said Keisha Williams, HRC Foundation’s director of workplace equality. “Since the inception of this program, more than 300 major employers in Mexico and Chile have taken steps to ensure their policies and practices address the needs of their LGBTQ+ employees. This success and the work of our incredible partners in Argentina and Brazil set a clear path for further expansion of our program in the region.”

Learn more at hrc.im/equidad-ar-br.

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A Decade of Advancing LGBTQI+ Equality

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Global Equality Fund, the HRC Foundation is partnering with the fund to produce a video that celebrates the accomplishments of HRC Global alumni around the world. The HRC Global Alumni Network is made up of more than 180 advocates for LGBTQ+ equality from over 90 countries around the world. Members of our network are leaders in their respective LGBTQ+ communities and work across the spectrum of LGBTQ+ issues. The purpose of the network is for HRC global partners to stay connected, share their stories and to continue their involvement with HRC.

The Global Equality Fund provides critical emergency, short-term and long-term assistance to advance and protect the human rights of LGBTQ+ people across the globe. HRC Foundation became one of their partners in 2015 and has been proud to be a part of their efforts for the past six years.

Learn more at hrc.im/globalalumni.

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An Epidemic of Violence

Our country has reached a grim milestone - a record number of transgender and gender nonconforming people have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means. As of press time on Nov. 9, HRC has tracked at least 45 fatalities in 2021, more than in any year since we began tracking this violence in 2013.

HRC recorded 44 deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people in 2020.

These victims, like all of us, were loving partners, parents, family members, friends and community members. They worked, went to school and attended houses of worship. They were real people — people who did not deserve to have their lives taken from them.

As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender and gender non-conforming people, we mourn those we have lost in 2021.

Read their stories at hrc.im/FatalTransViolence2021.

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