#AM_Equality: April 27, 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HRC to announce widespread U.S. business support for the Equality Act; ‘Drag Race España’ queens announced

HRC TO ANNOUNCE RECORD SUPPORT BY U.S. BUSINESSES FOR THE EQUALITY ACT: The business community’s support reflects the broad and overwhelming support nationwide for the Equality Act — historic federal legislation that would modernize and improve our nation’s civil rights laws by including explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people and women, and expanding protections for women, people of color, and people of all faiths. More from HRC.

HRC’S JAY BROWN INTERVIEWED ON MSNBC: In a conversation on MSNBC, HRC Senior Vice President Jay Brown (@ThisIsJayBrown) explained the importance of trans inclusion and fighting back against anti-trans bills. More from HRC.

HRC PRESIDENT CALLS ON NCAA TO FOLLOW UP COMMITMENT WITH ACTION: “In Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Dakota there are now overtly discriminatory laws or, in the case of South Dakota, executive orders, banning transgender athletes from participating in sports,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Similar bills are currently awaiting signature or veto by governors in Montana and West Virginia, and could soon be enacted into law. With NCAA tournaments scheduled to take place in Alabama and Tennessee in less than three weeks, the time for concrete actions is now.” More from The Progressive Pulse and HRC.

⚖️ JUDGE TOSSES SUIT THAT SOUGHT TO BLOCK TRANSGENDER ATHLETES: U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny dismissed a lawsuit filed a year ago by cisgender runners who objected to the participation of two transgender sprinters. The lawsuit was dismissed on procedural grounds, saying in the ruling released Sunday that there was no dispute to resolve because the two transgender athletes have graduated and the plaintiffs could not identify other female transgender athletes. More from Advocate, CNN, CNBC and Associated Press.

🎬 THIS THURSDAY -- JOIN HRC FOR ‘CHANGING THE GAME’: A FILM SCREENING AND TALKBACK ON LIFE AS A TRANS STUDENT-ATHLETE: Register now to get your own screening of “Changing the Game,” then join us on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 PM (ET) for a conversation on the powerful documentary, the state of anti-trans legislation across the country, the impact sports can have on our lives and how these young people are fighting back to just be themselves. More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS TIARA BANKS, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN CHICAGO: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Tiara Banks, a 24-year-old Black transgender woman, who was killed in Chicago, Illinois, on April 21, 2021. Tiara’s death is at least the 16th violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2021. More from HRC.

THE ‘STATE OF CRISIS’ BROUGHT ON BY ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ WAVE OF ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS: The bills “attempt to erase transgender people and attempt to make LGBTQ people second-class citizens,” Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign, said during a news conference Thursday. More from NBC.

🏘️ NEW D.C. PROGRAM WANTS TO HOUSE HOMELESS LGBTQ SENIORS: A new initiative called HOPE is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the D.C. Housing Authority in conjunction with the local advocacy organization Mary’s House for Older Adults. This program will offer vouchers to low-income individuals to help offset their household expenses with 15 total vouchers being offered. More from them and Washington Blade.

NIÑA TRANSGÉNERO DE 11 AÑOS ATACA PROYECTOS DE LEY DE TEXAS QUE AFECTAN A LA COMUNIDAD TRANSGÉNERO: En un video de Univision, la historia de Libby es compartida así que desde muy pequeña, Libby ha tenido que superar distintas barreras por ser una niña transgénero. Por esa razón, se ha empeñado en alzar su voz ante la legislatura para exigir sus derechos, ya que actualmente en el estado hay más de dos docenas de proyectos de ley que impactan negativamente a la comunidad LGBTQ. Más de Univision.

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👑 ‘DRAG RACE ESPAÑA’ DEBUTS 10 QUEENS FOR FIRST SEASON, PLUS JUDGES: In an expansion of the Drag Race empire, 10 queens have been named for the spinoff taking place in Spain. While the release date for Drag Race España (@DragRaceEs) has yet to be announced. For American viewers, the series will stream on Wow Presents Plus. More from Out and Entertainment Weekly.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

SOUTH AFRICA TO UPDATE ID DOCUMENT SYSTEM TO REFLECT NON-BINARY IDENTITIES: In a move that would be a first for any African country, South Africa is revising its national identity system to be more inclusive of LGBTQ people and recognize different gender identities. More from Quartz and Business Tech.

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