#AM_Equality: November 10th, 2021

by HRC Staff

2021 becomes deadliest year on record for transgender and non-binary people with 45 people killed

2021 BECOMES DEADLIEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE: “We are at a tragic and deeply upsetting moment: With the death of Marquiisha Lawrence, 2021 has become the deadliest year ever for transgender and gender non-conforming people. Each of these 45 names represents a whole person and a rich life torn from us by senseless violence, driven by bigotry and transphobia and stoked by people who hate and fear transgender people and the richness of their experience,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “Dehumanizing rhetoric has real-life consequences for the transgender community, particularly transgender women of color but especially Black transgender women. As we have seen an unprecedented number of bills introduced in state legislatures attacking transgender youth and trans adults, the moment we are in is clear. They have attacked transgender people’s right to health care, right to exist in public, and right to live openly, with the ultimate goal of dehumanizing and erasing their lives and experiences. Every life has value. Marquiisha’s life had value.” More from NewNowNext, The Advocate and HRC.

REMEMBERING MARQUIISHA LAWRENCE, BLACK TRANS WOMAN WITH AN “INFECTIOUS SMILE” AND A “HEART OF GOLD”: “With 45 recorded deaths, we’ve reached yet another tragic milestone this year. Marquiisha was clearly loved by so many. She deserved to live, but her life was stolen from us far too soon,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “We must commit to honoring trans lives and ending the horrific epidemic of violence that plagues our community. Marquiisha deserved nothing less than our full commitment to building a better future for trans people.” More from HRC.

RESEARCHERS FIND DISPARITIES IN SUICIDE RISK AMONG LESBIAN, GAY, AND BISEXUAL ADULTS: More from National Institute of Health.

📍 IN THE STATES

“EXACTLY WHO HE WAS MEANT TO BE”: MOM OF TRANSGENDER KINDERGARTENER SHARES STORY: Emily Torrisi and her husband Al Torrisi didn’t know any transgender people. So when their child, EJ, started telling all of his friends that he was a boy, they just followed parental instincts and gave him the latitude to follow his heart. More from Asbury Park Press.

AUSTIN BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST MAJOR U.S. CITIES TO STAND WITH INTERSEX YOUTH: The city council of Austin, the capital of Texas, formally adopted a resolution condemning gender “corrective” surgeries on newborns and children that are intersex. More from Into.

THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATES TRANSGENDER AWARENESS MONTH: More from LA Blade.

📺 GET CULTURED

🎸 BROTHERS OSBORNE BRING MESSAGE OF INCLUSIVITY TO CMA STAGE: TJ, the lead singer of Brothers Osborne who will perform at the CMA Awards tonight, recently came out as gay. The band is using this opportunity to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion within the country music community. More from The Washington Post.

HOW DEVERY JACOBS IS “LIVING TRUTHFULLY” AS QUEER & INDIGENOUS: In an interview with E! News, Devery Jacobs (@kdeveryjacobs) discusses the importance of visibility for her role in the FX comedy Reservation Dogs. More from E! News.

🎵 ‘FIRST’ OUT LGBTQ+ K-POP BOY BAND LIONESSES RELEASE DEBUT SONG: More from The Advocate.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

RUSSIA LABELS LGBTQ+ RIGHTS GROUP, LAWYERS AS ‘FOREIGN AGENTS’: Russian authorities labeled a prominent LGBTQ+ rights group as “foreign agents” continuing a months-long crackdown. More from The Washington Post.

A LESBIAN COUPLE IS CHALLENGING THE U.K.’S “GAY TAX” ON FERTILITY TREATMENTS: Married influencer couple Megan and Whitney Bacon-Evans argue that the process for starting a family with fertility assistance is substantially more cost-prohibitive for same-sex couples, single women, and others who don’t fit within the cis, heterosexual norm. More from them.

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