#AM_Equality: April 22, 2020

by HRC Staff

Pat Robertson blames marriage equality and abortion for COVID-19

PAT ROBERTSON BLAMES MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND ABORTION FOR COVID-19: “Pat Robertson is once again using tragedy to advance anti-LGBTQ rhetoric that will continue to isolate and harm the LGBTQ community,” said HRC Foundation Religion & Faith Program Director Michael Vazquez (@mvsebastian). “At the core of the Christian faith is an ethic of love and justice, and what Robertson is advocating for is an ethic of hate and violence. Christians who continue to use the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized populations, as scapegoats for tragedy betray their God-given duty to be people of love and inclusion, and doers of mercy and justice.” More from Media Matters, The Advocate and New York Daily News.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- FORBES ON ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LGBTQ COMMUNITIES: The analysis uses an HRC research brief that outlines health and economic risks facing the LGBTQ community. “We are facing a global public health crisis, and as in all emergencies, the most marginalized are at increased risk,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “It is important to know and understand the unique impact of the virus on the LGBTQ community so that we can prepare to weather this crisis as we have weathered crises before -- by uniting as a community and helping those in greatest need.” More from Forbes.

HRC JOINS OVER 180 GROUPS CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE DURING COVID-19: “A key way to address this gap is to directly address one of its primary causes: discrimination,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “No one should be forced to confront bias due to who they are or whom they love, especially in a time of crisis.” More from Oscar Lopez (@oscarlopezgib) at Reuters and from The American Independent.

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UPCOMING BENEFIT CONCERT FOR LGBTQ BUSINESS FEATURES STAR-STUDDED LINEUP: Those expected to perform include Cyndi Lauper, Troye Sivan, Todrick Hall, Kim Petras, Rufus Wainwright, Allie X, Alan Cumming, Betty Who, Greyson Chance, John Cameron Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth and Pabllo Vittar. More from Rolling Stone.

FORMER ANGEL STAR J AUGUST RICHARDS (@jaugustrichards) COMES OUT AS GAY: More from Pink News.

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FINLAND HAS FIRST SAME-SEX ADOPTION: More from News Now Finland.

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HRC reflects on the end of Will & Grace

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