#AM_Equality: April 19, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC President calls on corporate leaders to fight anti-trans bills; Americans overwhelmingly oppose anti-trans bills

HRC PRESIDENT CALLS ON CORPORATE LEADERS TO FIGHT ANTI-TRANS AND VOTER SUPPRESSION BILLS IN AN OPEN LETTER: “In order to achieve equality, we need those in positions of power at the largest businesses in the country to rise up against injustice and discrimination; businesses that have increasingly over the years embraced the inherent benefits of being socially responsible,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) in the letter, which appears as a full page ad in the New York Times. “Corporate social responsibility means companies must integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and interactions with stakeholders. It means corporations must define their values with their own actions. In its most basic form, that means they must support their employees, stakeholders and consumers being treated fairly under law.” More from HRC.

NEW POLL SHOWS AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE ANTI-TRANS LAWS: A new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll found that 67% of Americans oppose proposed state laws that would prohibit transgender student-athletes from joining sports teams that match their gender identity. The same poll found that 66% of Americans oppose proposed state laws that prohibit transition-related medical care for minors. More from PBS, NPR and Merist.

HRC OBSERVED NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY: April 18 was National Transgender HIV Testing Day, a day to acknowledge an important issue affecting our community. According to the CDC, transgender people are three times as likely to receive a new HIV diagnosis compared to the national average. One in twenty transgender women are living with HIV, with Black (44%) and Latina (26%) transgender women disproportionately affected. Transgender men, particularly those who have sex with cisgender men, are also at high risk, and more research is needed to understand their medical needs. More from HRC.

📍 IN THE STATES

HRC MOURNS REMY FENNELL, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN NORTH CAROLINA: Her death is at least the 15th violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2021. Said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1), “Our hearts go out to Remy’s family, friends and community, as well as the entire LGBTQ community in Charlotte. It’s never been more important for everyone -- from community members to those at all levels of government -- to speak out, affirm that Black Trans Lives Matter and take action to bring this violence to an end.” More from HRC.

  • After two transgender women were killed in North Carolina in the last two weeks, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced that they are investigating the possibility that the two killings are connected. More from Out and Metro Weekly.

📺 GET CULTURED

HULU BUYS “CHANGING THE GAME,” DOCUMENTARY ABOUT TRANSGENDER TEEN ATHLETES: In a deal with filmmakers, Hulu has acquired “Changing the Game,” a documentary that looks at transgender athletes. The film will premiere on June 1 as part of Hulu’s celebration of Pride Month. More from Variety.

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