#AM_Equality: April 16, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ legislation awaiting signature in ND, AZ and TN; Nonprofit builds tiny homes for trans women

ANTI-TRANS AND ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION REACHES THE DESK OF GOVERNORS IN NORTH DAKOTA, ARIZONA AND TENNESSEE: More from HRC.

  • In North Dakota, HB 1503, which would allow student groups at colleges, universities and high schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students, and HB 1298, which is an anti-trans sports bill, have been sent to the governor’s desk for signature.
  • In Arizona, an anti-LGBTQ education bill, SB 1456, was sent to the governor’s desk for signature. This discriminatory legislation affects not only sexual education material, but all learning materials in the classroom, and makes it harder for LGBTQ kids to see themselves in school curriculum.
  • In Tennessee, the state legislature sent SB 1229, an anti-LGBTQ education bill, to Governor Bill Lee’s desk for signature. Similar to the Arizona bill, this discriminatory legislation affects not only sexual education material, but all learning materials in the classroom, and makes it harder for LGBTQ kids to see themselves in school curriculum.

🏠 NONPROFIT BUILDS TINY HOMES FOR TRANSGENDER WOMEN: In an effort to combat high rates of homelessness in the transgender community, the nonprofit My Sistah’s House is providing housing to those most at risk in Memphis. Its founder, Kayla Gore, who was once homeless, has now worked within this nonprofit to build more than 20 tiny homes for transgender folks in Tennessee. More from CBS.

🏒 “I’M TRANSGENDER. HERE’S HOW PLAYING SPORTS SAVED MY LIFE”: In an article about the life-saving power of sports, former college athlete Shane Diamond (@pantsdiamond) recounts, “I am living proof that there is no better lifeline for trans kids than ensuring they are able to play sports with their peers. We owe it to kids, transgender and cisgender alike, to make sure they have the same opportunities to participate in, fall in love with, and be saved by sports the way so many of us have.” More from them.

THE IMPACT OF ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION ON KIDS: With a record-breaking number of anti-trans bills having been introduced in 2021, the message being sent to transgender youth is heartbreaking. According to HRC figures, at least 117 anti-trans bills have been introduced in the current legislative session. More from CNN.

TELLING TRANS STORIES: As part of HRC’s Telling Trans Stories series on Instagram, we shared the story of Jeremiah. He is a 17-year-old trans kid living in Alabama with an incredible talent for visual art. He is an outspoken advocate for his community in a time that is difficult for trans youth. Jeremiah shares, “It’s time for all of us, especially our allies, to speak out and make sure that bad bills like this don’t become the law. Together, we can stop this hate.” More from HRC.

HRC CELEBRATES DEAF LGBTQ WEEK: More from HRC.

📍 IN THE STATES

BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN SEEKING CITY COUNCIL ELECTION IN LOUISIANA: Transgender activist and co-founder of House of Tulip Mariah Moore (@Moore4DistrictD), is hoping to be the first Black trans woman elected in Louisiana. She is running for a city council seat in District D of New Orleans. More from Washington Blade.

GREG YORGEY-GIRDY MIGHT BECOME PHILADELPHIA’S FIRST BLACK LGBTQ JUDGE: If elected, Greg Yorgey-Girdy (@YorgeyGirdy) would be the first out gay Black man elected to judge in Municipal Court history. In an interview with Out, he shared, “One of the things I’ve seen as a litigator, and personally, is that there's a lot of biases in the court… [LGBTQ+ people] come in and are stigmatized. I would remove all of that. It’s extremely important that we have respect and fairness in our courtrooms.” More from Out.

REPUBLICANS QUIETLY PUSH PRO-“CONVERSION THERAPY” BILLS IN ANTI-LGBTQ FIGHT: In an alarming uptick in hate, the legislatures in Arizona, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas are all considering pro-conversion therapy bills. While the words “conversion therapy” are never explicitly mentioned, Republican bills have included language to keep state and local governments from “enacting any measure directing the professional conduct of a health care professional.” More from HuffPost.

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