#AM_Equality: April 1, 2020

by HRC Staff

Highlights from TDOV; Singapore upholds criminalization of same-sex relations between men


  • As we honored this community, Idaho became the first state in the country this year to enact legislation that specifically singles out the transgender community for discriminatory treatment. HB 500 will bar transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. HB 509 flies in the face of a recent court decision by forbidding transgender and non-binary Idahoans from changing their gender marker on their birth certificates. More from HRC, Metro Weekly, Washington Blade, Forbes and CBS.
  • Check out this new video from HRC for TDOV. Watch here.

LIFTING UP COMMUNITY VOICES -- HIV AND COVID-19: Last night, in partnership with Native Son and TheBody.Com, HRC hosted a CommUNITY Voices panel discussion around HIV and COVID-19. Panelists included HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) and HRC’s Director of HIV and Health Equity J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall (@McCantsPearsall). 

LGBTQ COMMUNITY REMAINS RESILIENT DURING COVID-19: Across the country, LGBTQ advocates and organizations are fighting to ensure our community is not forgotten during this pandemic. More from Muri Assunção (@MuriAssuncao) at New York Daily News.

  • In Atlanta, LGBTQ advocates and performers hosted a show to honor local health care workers. More from Project Q Atlanta.
  • ICYMI: LGBTQ elders are particularly vulnerable to the health risks of COVID-19 and are concerned about discrimination, in both in-home and residential care settings (60%) and with their health care provider (40%). LGBTQ older adults also face greater risks from social isolation -- a necessary public health effort during COVID-19 -- that can have a direct impact on their health and well-being. Check out HRC and SAGE’s new resource for this population here. And check out a webinar on the topic today here.

WELCOMING SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY -- POETRY WITH WELCOMING SCHOOLS!: Wednesday is the start of April and National Poetry Month. This Welcoming Schools Wednesday, HRC is celebrating by sharing some touching poems created by young children on the importance of self-acceptance as well as an interactive activity you and your families can do right from home. More from HRC

HRC NAMED A FINALIST FOR *FIVE* SHORTY AWARDS: Check out all the nominees here.


PRIZM, OHIO’S ONLY LGBTQ NEWS OUTLET, CEASES PUBLICATION: In his editor’s note, Ken Schneck noted COVID-19 played a role in the decision. More from Columbus Dispatch.


HIGH COURT OF SINGAPORE DISMISSES THREE CHALLENGES TO BAN ON SAME-SEX RELATIONS BETWEEN MEN: “HRC is deeply disappointed in the decision by the High Court of Singapore to not repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code and instead uphold the criminalization of same-sex relations between men as acts of ‘gross indecency.’” said HRC Global Director Jay Gilliam. “It also sets back the global equality movement after successful campaigns to overturn similar British colonial-era laws in places like Belize, Botswana and India. We commend the courageous work of advocates and groups fighting for the dignity of LGBTQ people in Singapore, including PinkDot, Human Dignity Trust and Oogachaga.” More from The Straits Times.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

The Advocate reflects on the need for LGBTQ journalists; Out & About Nashville reviews an upcoming documentary about a trans woman

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