New survey shows Americans broadly support LGBTQ equality; Emmy award-winning actress & LGBTQ star Wanda Sykes reflects on coming out
NEW PRRI SURVEY SHOWS AMERICANS BROADLY SUPPORT LGBTQ EQUALITY, FAVOR NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS: More from The Advocate.
New data from @PRRIpoll shows that 72% of Americans support non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. It’s time for Trump and his anti-equality allies to catch up with the American public & start representing all of us.https://t.co/I5qnOyUSGi— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) April 14, 2020
WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- ON BLACK ENTERPRISE, HRC’s ALPHONSO DAVID (@AlphonsoDavid) CALLS FOR BETTER SUPPORT FOR THOSE MOST VULNERABLE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: More from Caroline Clarke (@CarolineVClarke) at Black Enterprise.
AMID THE PANDEMIC, DETAINED IMMIGRANTS FACE INHUMANE CONDITIONS AND EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 UNDER ICE DETENTION: “[T]he immigration detention facilities are overcrowded,”said Dr. Chris Beyrer, a professor and epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to The Intercept. “They are too crowded for people to practice social distancing, they are unhygienic, and they do not have the medical facilities to manage intensive care.” Read more from Felipe De La Hoz (@FelipeDLH) at The Intercept.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC UNDERSCORES BARRIERS TO HEALTH CARE FOR TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY COMMUNITY: Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1), director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative said, “Out of all the folks under the LGBTQ spectrum, trans folks are going to fare even worse” throughout the pandemic. More from Li Cohen (@WritingLiYakira) at CBS.
NEW VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY SURVEY SHOWS THAT TRANSGENDER AMERICANS EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC AND HEALTH CHALLENGES: “We found that transgender Americans are about 14 percentage points less likely to have completed college and 14 percentage points more likely to live in poverty,” said Kitt Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics and director of the Program in Public Policy Studies. “From previous research, we know that transgender people have higher rates of stress-associated physical and mental illness and disability, some of which may begin in childhood. We also know that transgender people have a harder time accessing medical care.” More from Vanderbilt University.
ON HOLLYWOOD CAUCUS PODCAST, HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID SHARES HIS POWERFUL STORY AND HOW HE’S LEADING THE FIGHT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: Listen to the podcast here.
AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT CHIEF COORDINATOR FIGHTS BACK COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SEWS PROTECTIVE MASKS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY: The masks are made from leftover fabric of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and they are being used at facilities run by Bay Area Community Services. More from Jason Sheeler at People.
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IN OPRAH MAGAZINE, EMMY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS AND LGBTQ STAR WANDA SYKES REFLECTS ON COMING OUT: “The drive behind me coming out publicly was when it became political,” said Sykes (@iamwandasykes). More from Oprah Magazine.
POSE’S INDYA MOORE PROVIDES SUPPORT TO THE TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: More from Vogue.
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GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE USING STEPS TO STOP COVID-19 AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPLEMENT ANTI-LGBTQ POLICIES: From Hungary to Uganda to the Philippines, governments around the world are taking extraordinary steps to stop COVID-19, yet a number are using these steps to harm LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities in their country. More from HRC.
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WBUR shares photo series offering a front-porch view of queer folks and life during the COVID-19 pandemic