#AM_Equality: April 16, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC mourns Johanna Metzger, trans woman killed in Baltimore; Bob the Drag Queen talks about new HBO show We’re Here

TODAY @ 11 A.M. ET -- VIRGINIA VALUES COALITION, LGBTQ ADVOCATES CELEBRATE SIGNING OF VIRGINIA VALUES ACT: The Virginia Values Coalition, Equality Virginia, Human Rights Campaign and Freedom for All Americans, alongside LGBTQ Virginians and allies, will hold a press call to highlight the real impact of the newly signed Virginia Values Act and discuss the years-long efforts to pass a non-discrimination bill in Virginia. The newly signed legislation will grant non-discrimination protections to Virginians on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and modernize Virginia civil rights law to protect people of color, veterans, women and others. Virginia became the first state in the South to have non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, and the first state since 1993 to add a prohibition on discrimination in public accommodations (protecting all Virginians) where none existed before.

  • All interested media can RSVP by emailing press@hrc.org for the meeting number.

HRC TO TRUMP: DELAYING STIMULUS CHECKS TO INCLUDE NAME IS “REVOLTING AND INHUMANE”: “This economic hurricane has disproportionately impacted marginalized groups, including LGBTQ people, who more often find themselves in industries that have completely shut down or dramatically scaled back staff and pay,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Yet, Trump is delaying this much needed, vital resource for his own personal vanity. This act is absolutely revolting and inhumane and proves yet again he is unfit to lead.” More from Rhuaridh Marr (@rhuaridh) at Metro Weekly.

HRC MOURNS JOHANNA METZGER, TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN BALTIMORE: According to reports, Metzger was fatally stabbed while visiting a Baltimore recovery center from Pennsylvania. Metzger, who is white, is believed to be the sixth transgender or gender non-conforming person violently killed this year in the U.S., and the eighth death in Baltimore since HRC began tracking this data in 2013. More from HRC.

  • On April 14, Baltimore Safe Haven, a local LGBTQ community center, organized a virtual vigil to honor Metzger’s life due to COVID-19. More from Muri Assunção (@MuriAssuncao) at New York Daily News

THURSDAY FEATURE -- HRC TO HOLD VIRTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR LGBTQ HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SENIORS: The event will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and will include many traditional elements of a graduation ceremony, including an official welcome from HRC President Alphonso David and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard (@EByard), a commencement address, valedictorians for exceptional, dynamic LGBTQ+ students and music. Those interested can register for the event here. More from Atlanta Journal Constitution

ICYMI -- HRC, UNIDOS, BLACK LEADERS ORGANIZING COMMUNITIES URGENTLY CALL ON CONGRESS AND STATES TO FUND ELECTION EXPANSION EFFORTS: “No one in America should be denied the right to vote because of health and safety concerns or confusion about the voting process,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The changes we call for today will make major improvements to our electoral system and ensure that voters have the opportunity to have their voices heard in a safe, secure manner.” Listen to the press call here

LGBTQ ELDERS ARE THE EPICENTER OF THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC, EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL CHALLENGES AND HIGHER HEALTH RISKS: From social isolation to thin support networks, LGBTQ older people also grapple with serious health disparities that are particularly consequential in the time of COVID-19. More from Next Avenue.

  • SAGE’s new initiative, SAGE Connect, provides an opportunity to receive or make a phone call to an LGBTQ elder once a week. HRC is also partnering with SAGE on the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI), the first-ever nationwide assessment of how long-term care facilities are treating their LGBTQ residents. 

FRESH AIR PODCAST REMEMBERS LGBTQ PIONEER PHYLLIS LYON: Listen more from Terry Gross (@nprfreshair) on NPR


HRC JOINS OVER 100 NATIONAL AND LOCAL GROUPS ON LETTER TO CONGRESS SUPPORTING D.C. COVID-19 FUNDING FIX: “Momentum is building to retroactively fix the treatment of D.C. in the state stabilization fund in the third coronavirus response bill and to also ensure that D.C. is treated as a state for future coronavirus state stabilization funding,”  said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). Read more here.

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BOB THE DRAG QUEEN TALKS NEW HBO SHOW WE’RE HERE AND LIFE IN QUARANTINE: We're Here showcases people who stretch across the LGBTQ spectrum, exploring just how different the LGBTQ experience can be depending on where a person lives. Read more from Jeffrey Masters (@jeffmasters1) at The Advocate


LGBTQ ORGANIZATION KPH ISSUES STATEMENT AGAINST BILLS UNDER REVIEW BY THE POLISH PARLIAMENT: The bills would restrict access to abortion and reliable sex education for young people. More from KPH


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