#AM_Equality: April 17, 2020

by HRC Staff

Tomorrow -- HRC honors Trans HIV Testing Day w/ advocate panel; Argentina continues to promote inclusion through gender neutral language

TOMORROW AT 2 P.M. ET -- HRC HONORS TRANS HIV TESTING DAY WITH ADVOCATE PANEL: The panel will include Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1),  Director of Community Engagement, HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative; Ja’Mel Ashely Ware, Vice President, Trans Gentlemen of Excellence (@TransGentofExc); Fredy Roberts-Ramirez, TGNC Youth HIV Prevention Program Manager; Zakia McKensey, Founder and Executive Director, Nationz Foundation (@NationzRva); Alphonso Mills, Consultant and Non-Medical Case Worker; Maria Louise Roman, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, TransLatin@ Coalition (@translatinacoalition); Jasmine Tasaki (@JasmineTasaki), Executive Director, WeCareTn; and Tatyana Moaton, Senior Capacity Building Specialist, San Francisco Community Health Center.

  • If you are interested in listening in on this powerful conversation, or to speak more with the panelists or HRC’s team, feel free to reach out to Elliott Kozuch at elliott.kozuch@hrc.org.
  • HRC observes National Transgender HIV Testing Day: National Transgender HIV Testing Day (April 18) recognizes the importance of HIV testing and the continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among trans people. HIV testing is an effective prevention tool that can actively engage trans people and communities in their sexual health and wellness while empowering them to make healthy choices that improve their lives. Read more at HRC.

FRIDAY FEATURE -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID IN THE HILL, THE FDA BLOOD BAN IS STILL ROOTED IN STIGMA AND BIAS: “[C]ontinuing to enforce the de facto prohibition on blood donation by sexually active gay and bisexual men does not reflect the best science available,” writes HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) in the op-ed. “Modernization of the policy is essential to ensure that the blood supply remains as safe as possible while maximizing the donor pool. This must be a time governed by science and measured unbiased thinking.” Read the full op-ed in The Hill.

AMID COLLEGE CLOSURES, MANY TRANS STUDENTS ARE FORCED TO HIDE THEIR TRUE SELVES BACK HOME: For many, the closure of college campuses and communities meant a loss of safety and dignity, of access to vital health care and, fundamentally, a space -- any space -- where they could be themselves. More from Molly Hensley-Clancy (@mollyhc) at BuzzFeed.

AFTER JOHANNA METZGER’S MURDER, COMMUNITY ORGANIZED AN ONLINE ZOOM VIRGIL TO REMEMBER HER: Metzger 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 and Jeff Truesdell (@jhtruesdell) at People.

IN THE STATES

ACLU FILES LAWSUIT OVER IDAHO’S DISCRIMINATORY ANTI-TRANS LAW: Amidst a pandemic spreading throughout the country, Idaho passed two bills in March that would stop trans people from correcting the gender marker on their birth certificates and bar transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. More from Idaho Statesman and The New York Times.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

POLISH PARLIAMENT VOTES TO DELAY TWO BILLS OPPOSED BY LGBTQ ADVOCATES THAT WOULD RESTRICT ACCESS TO ABORTION AND SEX EDUCATION: More from Euronews.

HUNGARIAN BILL BANNING GENDER MARKER CHANGE ON PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS COULD PUT TRANS PEOPLE AT HARM: More from Openly.

ARGENTINA SEES MOMENTUM ON EFFORTS TO PROMOTE INCLUSION THROUGH GENDER NEUTRAL LANGUAGE: More from Daniel Politi (@dpoliti) at The New York Times.

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