#AM_Equality: April 1, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Reversal of transgender military service ban; Prominent Catholic leaders condemn anti-trans discrimination

PROMINENT CATHOLIC LEADERS JOIN HRC TO CONDEMN ANTI-TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION: “The life-threatening violence against the transgender community, spurred by discrimination and hate, is a moral issue and one in which the voices of Catholic leaders are critical to the safety of our transgender siblings,” said Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “This is a critical moment to come together united, propelled by our faith, and lift our voices to unequivocally say that transgender rights are human rights, and they must be protected.” More from Religion News Service and National Catholic Reporter.

DEPT OF DEFENSE FORMALIZES DIRECTIVES TO REVERSE BAN ON TRANSGENDER MILITARY SERVICE: “Not only are thousands of active duty and future transgender military service members now able to serve openly as themselves for the first time in years, but tens of thousands more transgender veterans will be seen and recognized for who they are,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “President Biden has kept another promise to the LGBTQ community, ending the discriminatory and arbitrary prohibition on transgender military service started by the Trump administration. The end of this ban is a win for equality, and it will only serve to strengthen the military as a whole. We are thrilled to see the Biden administration continue their commitment to equality for all. More from HRC and AP.

TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY IS A DAY TO CELEBRATE -- AND DEFEND -- TRANS AND NON-BINARY FOLKS: “As we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, we must recognize and remember that there are many trans and non-binary people in this country, and across the globe, who are not able to safely live their lives as their full selves, as well as those who face discrimination and violence for living openly,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Today and every day, we will fight for a world where all transgender and non-binary people are able to lives their lives as their full selves, free from discrimination.” More from Advocate.

  • Watch HRC’s TDOV event, “Fierce, Fabulous and Fighting for Our Lives,” here.

HRC AND AMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION RELEASE NEW GUIDE ON TRANS INCLUSION FOR PHARMACIES: “Transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people everywhere deserve competent care when visiting any health care provider, including pharmacies,” said HRC Director of Health & Aging Tari Hanneman. “This resource, released today to mark International Transgender Day of Visibility, will help pharmacists and pharmacy staff provide trans-competent and trans-inclusive care to all of their patients. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to partner with the American Pharmacists Association on this critical resource.” More from HRC.

PRESIDENT BIDEN ISSUES FIRST PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION ON TRANS DAY OF VISIBILITY: In a statement, President Biden became the first U.S. president to issue a proclamation of Transgender Day of Visibility. “Today, we honor and celebrate the achievements and resiliency of transgender individuals and communities,” President Biden wrote. More from NBC.

TRANS KIDS ON THE REPUBLICAN BILLS TARGETING THEM: “I AM NOT A PROBLEM TO SOCIETY”: More from The Guardian.

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PRO BMX RIDER COMES OUT IN AN EMOTIONAL INSTAGRAM POST: Corey Walsh (@WalshCorey) has made history as one of the first out riders in his industry. In an emotional Instagram post, Walsh shared “thanks to the support of my family, friends, and sponsors I can finally accept the fact that I am gay and be open about it.” More from Out.

NEW PRONOUNS FEATURE COMING TO LINKEDIN: In a blog, LinkedIn announced a new optional feature to add pronouns to the top of a profile. This comes as “70% of job seekers believe it’s important that recruiters and hiring managers know their gender pronouns, and 72% of hiring managers agree and believe it shows respect.” More from Engadget and LinkedIn.

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