#AM_Equality: April 20, 2020

by HRC Staff

Virginia advocates lead the way for non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ community

VIRGINIA LGBTQ ADVOCATES LEAD THE WAY FOR NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY: “Year after year, advocates and their Democratic allies in Richmond put their shoulders behind bills that would ban discrimination in housing, public employment, insurance coverage, credit, access to public-sector contracts and other areas,” writes the Washington Post’s Editorial Board. “The nondiscrimination bill that Mr. Northam signed April 11 was made possible by the Democrats’ sweep of both the state House and Senate in last November’s legislative elections.” More from The Washington Post.

HRC AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS CALL ON CONGRESS AND STATES TO EXPAND VOTING RIGHTS: “We are calling on Congress to fund, and states to implement the following provisions, so that we do not repeat what we saw in Wisconsin and that we are prepared for elections in November,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “President Trump and his anti-equality allies have already announced a $10 million voter suppression campaign to make it harder than ever before for people to vote. Our government should be promoting and improving access to our democracy, not limiting it.” More from HRC

AMID COLLEGE CLOSURES FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, LGBTQ STUDENTS FEAR ABUSE AND HARM BACK HOME: Those who are LGBTQ are more at risk than the general population of having suicidal thoughts or attempting suicide, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and nearly half of transgender adults have considered suicide in the past year. Studies have found the lack of family support and ongoing harassment play large roles in this trend. More from Li Cohen at CBS

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BRITISH HURDLER ETHAN AKANNI ON COMING OUT, LGBTQ VISIBILITY: “Sharing my story through being part of the [Athletics Pride Network] means a lot to me,” said Akanni (@EthanAkanni1999). “I really hope it speaks to other LGBT+ people who might be able to relate to some of my experiences as well.” More from Sky Sport

MEET THE QUEER COMEDIAN AND ACTOR MAE MARTIN (@TheMaeMartin) BEHIND NETFLIX’S “FEEL GOOD”: More from Alexander Kacala (@faymeproblems) at NBC.

IN THE STATES

COLUMBUS PUBLIC HEALTH OPENS CENTER TO ADDRESS RACIAL HEALTH DISPARITIES WITHIN LOCAL COMMUNITY: More from 10TV.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ECUADOR ADVOCACY GROUP CREATES RELIEF FUND TO SUPPORT LGBTQ PEOPLE AND VENEZUELAN REFUGEES IN THE COUNTRY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: 2018 HRC Global Innovator Danilo Manzano is leading the effort. More from the Washington Blade

TANZANIA IS STILL TARGETING AND ARRESTING LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from Nico Lang (@Nico_Lang) at Daily Xtra

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The Advocate spotlights Coolhaus Ice Cream (@COOLHAUS), a lesbian-owned company that is changing the world, one scoop at a time; Sam Smith (@samsmith) and Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) releases new powerful song “I’m Ready” featuring RuPaul Drag Race’s Valentina (@AllOfValentina) and Gigi Goode (@thegigigoode) and trans singer/songwriter Shea Diamond (@iamsheadiamond)

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