#AM_Equality: April 21, 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: Guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin; HRC calls for action against anti-trans and anti-equality bills

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE DEREK CHAUVIN MURDER TRIAL VERDICT: “Today, humanity won over indifference. This verdict will not bring George Floyd back, but it does hold one officer accountable for the killing of one Black person. George Floyd’s story has inspired a movement around the world for racial justice,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “While we welcome exercising police accountability as a crucial step towards dismantling abusive, discriminatory policing, we also know that there is more work to be done to protect all Black lives. We should take a solemn moment to grieve with the Floyd family, as we pursue the systemic change necessary to end police killings of Black people and to remove the structures that support white supremacy from our society once and for all.” More from CNN, MPR, Metro Weekly and HRC.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID CHATS WITH CHEDDAR NEWS ABOUT NEED FOR CORPORATE LEADERSHIP: In a segment that aired yesterday, HRC President Alphonso David discussed the open letter he penned to the leaders of Corporate America about the need to take action against anti-trans and anti-equality legislation in the U.S. More from Cheddar News.

🎧 A WAVE OF ANTI-TRANSGENDER LEGISLATION: In yesterday’s edition of The Daily from The New York Times, the podcast focused on the wave of anti-trans bills being proposed in the U.S. More from The New York Times.

‘NOT NEARLY ENOUGH’ HAS BEEN DONE TO INCLUDE TRANS WOMEN IN #METOO: In an interview with the British LGBTQ+ publication Attitude Magazine, published Sunday, Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) discussed violence against trans women and consent culture in LGBTQ communities. More from them.

📍 IN THE STATES

ARIZONA GOV. VETOES SEX EDUCATION LEGISLATION: Yesterday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation that would have made Arizona’s sex education laws among the most restrictive in the nation in terms of teaching about LGBTQ issues. More from Associated Press.

OKLAHOMA HOUSE PASSES ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILL: “State legislators are deliberately misleading Oklahomans and ignoring science. Transgender girls are girls, and transgender children are children. They deserve the opportunity to play sports with their friends,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Without a doubt, this discriminatory bill will harm transgender kids.” More from The Oklahoman and HRC.

‘IT’S NOT SAFE’: PARENTS OF TRANSGENDER KIDS PLAN TO FLEE THEIR STATES AS GOP BILLS LOOM: Parents in states including Arkansas and Texas are making plans to relocate to states with LGBTQ-friendly laws that will allow their transgender children to embrace their identity. More from NBC.

ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS ARE ‘BAD FOR BUSINESS’: Over 40 major Texas employers and chambers released a statement supporting nondiscrimination and urging lawmakers to not pursue policies that exclude and discriminate against LGBTQ Texans and visitors. More from The Texas Tribune and New York Daily News.

📺 GET CULTURED

🎭 TONY NOMINEE JEREMY O. HARRIS ON REDIRECTING AWARDS CAMPAIGN BUDGETS TO ‘PEOPLE WHO NEEDED THEM MOST’: During a discussion of race and sexuality in theater, hosted by HRC, Jeremy O. Harris (@jeremyoharris) talked about the intersection of theater and politics. More from Variety, Broadway World and HRC.

💍 ‘TOP CHEF’ WINNER KRISTEN KISH MARRIES BIANCA DUSIC: In an intimate ceremony over the weekend, Kristen Kish (@KristenLKish) tied the knot with her fiancée Bianca Dusic. More from Today.

🐅‘TIGER KING’ SERIES TO STAR KATE MCKINNON, JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL: NBC announced that Kate McKinnon will star as Carole Baskin and John Cameron Mitchell will star as Joe Exotic. The limited series will air across NBC, Peacock and USA Network. More from NBC.

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