#AM_Equality: February 16, 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: Rep. Mondaire Jones on becoming the role model he never had; Dr. Rachel Levine’s nomination for Asst. Secretary of Health sent to Senate

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINED A VALENTINE’S DAY CONVERSATION ON BLACK LGBTQ LOVE WITH SHERYL LEE RALPH (@thesherylralph) AND THE FOUNDERS OF BLACK GAY WEDDINGS (@BlackGayWedding): Watch here.

HRC SHARES COMING OUT RESOURCES FOR ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICANS TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR: More from HRC.

REP. MONDAIRE JONES, ONE OF THE FIRST BLACK OPENLY GAY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, HAS BECOME THE ROLE MODEL HE NEVER HAD: “To grow up Black and gay is to not see yourself anywhere,” said Jones. “That’s why representation matters — if I had seen an openly gay Black person in the halls of Congress when I was growing up, it would have been living proof that things really do get better.” More from The Washington Post.

WHITE HOUSE SENDS TO U.S. SENATE DR. RACHEL LEVINE’S NOMINATION TO BECOME ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF HEALTH: More here.

ADVOCATES SAY CDC REPORT SIGNALS THE AGENCY WILL RESUME WORK ON LGBTQ HEALTH: More from 19th News.

CDC REPORT SAYS GAY AND BISEXUAL PEOPLE ARE AT MORE RISK FOR SEVERE COVID-19: More from The Advocate.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

MISSISSIPPI SENATE PASSES DISCRIMINATORY ANTI-TRANSGENDER SPORTS BAN BILL: The Mississippi Senate passed an anti-transgender bill, SB 2536, aimed at banning transgender women and girls from participating in sports. “By passing SB 2536, the Mississippi Senate is listening to national extremist organizations that are using fear and hate as a political wedge,” said HRC Mississippi State Director Rob Hill. “All this bill does is put transgender youth at risk of bullying, exclusion, and increased danger while discrimination and violence against transgender people is at a record high in this country.” More from AP.

HRC STATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR DISCUSS THE STATE OF EQUALITY IN THE STATES: More from Channel Q.

ARKANSAS SENATE APPROVES HEALTH CARE RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS BILL: “The bill is a blatantly discriminatory attempt to strip LGBTQ people of basic rights,” said HRC Arkansas State Manager Eric Reece. “Health care should be available to all who need it, not withheld by providers because of hate and fear.” More from AP.

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RICKY MARTIN PARTNERS WITH FOUNDATION TO HONOR 49 VICTIMS OF PULSE NIGHTCLUB MASSACRE: More from NBC.

CONGRATS TO ALI KRIEGER AND ASHLYN HARRIS ON WELCOMING BABY SLOANE TO THE FAMILY: More here.

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