#AM_Equality: April 15, 2020

by HRC Staff

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.

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

  • HRC is a longtime supporter of the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, which would require DHS to pursue alternatives to detention whenever possible. Those alternatives could help to alleviate some of the dangerous conditions that immigrants are facing in ICE facilities during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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

  • For more on receiving gender affirming care during the pandemic, including information about surgical delays, read HRC’s blog post by Drs. Carl Streed and Jennifer Siegel at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center.  

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.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

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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