#AM_Equality: April 13, 2020

by HRC Staff

Historic -- Virginia Values Act signed into law; HRC & GLSEN to host virtual graduation ceremony to honor 2020 LGBTQ graduating class

HRC AND GLSEN TO HOST VIRTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY TO HONOR THE LGBTQ+ HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CLASS OF 2020 AMID COVID-19: The event will include many traditional elements of a graduation ceremony, including an official welcome from the HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard (@EByard), a commencement address, valedictorians for exceptional, dynamic LGBTQ+ students and music. It will also highlight the HRC Foundation’s Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Program, the only national project that partners with HBCUs on establishing an LGBTQ+ inclusive campus climate and leadership convening. Following the event, HRC Youth Ambassador Nhandi Craig (@darnimgay), also known as dj young 1 (@_DJYoung1LA_), will perform to honor the graduates. Those interested can register for the event here. Read more from HRC

HISTORIC -- VIRGINIA VALUES ACT SIGNED INTO LAW, MAKING VA. THE FIRST SOUTHERN STATE TO ENACT COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: “When this law goes into effect on July 1, LGBTQ people in Virginia -- and people of color, people of faith, immigrants, women and more -- are at last protected from discrimination at work and in their communities,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “No one should be discriminated against simply because of who they are or whom they love. Right now, as the country and the world deals with an unprecedented pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that leaders are looking out for all of us. We have arrived at this moment today because of years and years of tireless work from advocates across the commonwealth, and the Virginia voters that filled the halls of the General Assembly with pro-equality champions who fulfilled their promises to their constituents.” More from HRC, The Hill and The Advocate

BILLY PORTER (@theebillyporter), NATE BERKUS (@NateBerkus), JEREMIAH BRENT (@JeremiahBrent) AND MELISSA KING (@ChefMelissaKing) SHARE A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT THROUGH HRCARES, A VIRTUAL CARE PACKAGE: “During these unprecedented and challenging times, our strength and resilience lies within our community and with each other,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “More than ever, it is important to send a message of support to uplift the LGBTQ community and our allies who are directly -- and all too often disproportionately -- impacted by COVID-19. Through HRCares, HRC hopes to provide a moment of joy and comfort to our LGBTQ family in the form of a Virtual Care Package. We are grateful to Billy Porter, Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent and Melissa King for offering messages of love and support during this difficult time.” Read more from HRC

MUST-WATCH MONDAY -- ON FRIDAY, HRC MARKED NATIONAL YOUTH HIV & AIDS AWARENESS DAY WITH NEW VIDEO: According to the CDC, 13 to 24-year-olds are at a greater risk for HIV. And those who are Black or Latinx have the highest risk. Learn more from HRC

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID SPEAKS WITH THE LOS ANGELES BLADE’S KAREN OCAMB ON HOW LGBTQ ADVOCACY IS CHANGING DURING COVID-19: Ocamb spoke with David on HRC’s Los Angeles Gala, originally scheduled for March 28 but cancelled due to COVID-19, the historic turnout of LGBTQ voters in the primaries and how HRC is pivoting to protect the LGBTQ community during COVID-19, especially while also continuing its electoral work. “Please support your fellow LGBTQ members of our community,” David said during the interview. “We will get through this crisis. We’ve gone through crises before, and we are resilient, and we will get through this crisis together.” Read the full piece from Ocamb (@KarenOcamb) at the LA Blade

TOMORROW -- HRC AND ARIANNA’S CENTER TO HOST GLOBAL TRANSGENDER LEADERS FOR A CHAT ON THE IMPACT COVID-19 IS HAVING ON TRANS COMMUNITIES: More from HRC

LATEST STUDY FROM MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS THE LACK OF ADEQUATE COVERAGE FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE: Read the full report from Media Matters

IN THE STATES 

NYC RABBI SHARON KLEINBAUM (@Skleinbaum) ON THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COVID-19 AND THE AIDS CRISIS: Read more from the Associated Press

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HULU’S “LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE” FEATURES A GROUNDBREAKING BLACK QUEER LOVE STORY: Read more from The Advocate (warning -- spoilers at link). 

NETFLIX RELEASES NEW TRAILER FOR LGBTQ ROM-COM THE HALF OF IT: More from The Cut

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

THE LGBTQ ASIAN COMMUNITY AROUND THE WORLD IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST RACIST ATTACKS FUELED BY COVID-19: More from Bay Area Reporter

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

The Things reveals 15 fun facts about married couple Ellen Page (@EllenPage) and Emma Portner

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