#AM_Equality: April 23, 2020

by HRC Staff

Celebrate banned books with HRC; Must watch docuseries on the Black trans experience

CELEBRATE BANNED BOOKS WITH HRC’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS: The American Library Association recently released the top 10 most-challenged books of 2019, which overwhelmingly include LGBTQ titles. If you want a small moment of activism today, read one of these amazing books (with your kiddos at home!) and check out HRC’s accompanying lesson plans. More from CNN.

APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH: HRC Foundation’s analysis of the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data found that LGBTQ youth were twice as likely than non-LGBTQ youth to have experienced either sexual dating violence or physical dating violence, with 22% reporting sexual violence and 16% reporting physical violence. Former HRC Youth Ambassador Jacob Kanter wrote powerfully about his survivor experience and activism for HRC.

  • A new study, funded by the Department of Defense, found that LGBTQ service members were more likely to experience sexual assault, harassment and stalking then compared to their non-LGBTQ peers. More from News Medical.

MUST-WATCH DOCUMENTARY ON THE BLACK TRANS EXPERIENCE: The Trans Form is a docuseries exploring the experiences of transgender people of color. The current season, currently with four episodes, features Black transfeminine folks in Florida. Check out this powerful series here.

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MAKEUP ARTIST AND YOUTUBER NIKKITUTORIALS BRAVELY REVEALS SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PTSD AFTER BEING BLACKMAILED INTO COMING OUT AS TRANS: More from PinkNews.

NEW TRAILER FOR ‘LEGENDARY,’ A NEW SERIES ON BALL CULTURE FROM HBO: More from NewNowNext.

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Them reports on a new TikTok trend LGBTQ teens are using to come out; The Advocate reflects on HIV activism since the release of the film ‘Philadelphia’;  HRC shares a book and at-home activity for parents to do with their kiddos

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