HRC mourns Penélope Díaz Ramírez, trans Latina killed in Puerto Rico; HRC’s Nicole Cozier on using poetry as a force for social change
LGBTQ STUDENTS FACE DIFFICULT CHALLENGES WHEN RETURNING TO UNSUPPORTIVE HOMES DUE TO COVID-19: With many LGBTQ college students now at home and isolated from support structures on campus, professors, fellow students and advocates are working to find ways to ensure LGBTQ students receive support. “The LGBTQ community is more likely than the general population to face financial difficulties and health problems, especially if they lack support from their families, which could disadvantage them during the pandemic -- and compound the risk that they’ll drop out,” writes Sarah Brown. Read more from Brown (@Brown_e_Points) at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
HRC MOURNS PENÉLOPE DÍAZ RAMÍREZ, TRANS LATINA KILLED IN PUERTO RICO: Her death is believed to be the ninth violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year in the U.S., and the fifth of those deaths in Puerto Rico. “Penélope did not deserve to die. Transgender people do not deserve to die. Every single advocate, ally, elected official and community member must stand up in light of this horrific news and say ‘No more.’ What we are doing is not enough,” said Tori Cooper, HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative. “Transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially women of color, are too often the victims of a toxic mix of transphobia, racism and misogyny. HRC stands in solidarity with all who knew and loved Penélope, and we will continue our tireless fight to ensure a future where living one’s truth can never become a death sentence.” Read more from HRC, and read HRC’s 2019 annual report on the epidemic of violence against the transgender community here.
TUESDAY TWEET -- TODAY MARKS FIVE YEARS SINCE ORAL ARGUMENTS IN THE OBERGEFELL V. HODGES CASE: More from HRC.
Five years ago today, #SCOTUS heard oral arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges case. Two months later, marriage equality became law of the land.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 28, 2020
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USING POETRY AS A FORCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: As Poetry Month draws to a close this April, Nicole Cozier, who leads diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at HRC, shares what the month means to her, how she’s explored her own identity through poetry and how poetry can be a valuable tool for social justice and inclusion. Read more from HRC.
“As a Black woman living in a society that didn’t value the beauty, strength & power of Black women, having poetry that articulated what it meant to be phenomenal was groundbreaking.” - @HRC’s Nicole Cozier #NationalPoetryMonth https://t.co/48zdPfjkh8— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 27, 2020
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GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
U.K. MINISTER FOR WOMEN AND EQUALITIES LIZ TRUSS ANNOUNCES DANGEROUS POTENTIAL ANTI-TRANS POLICIES: HRC is very concerned about the announcement that could harm trans people and stands in support with our partners Stonewall UK and Mermaids UK in their efforts to stop these dangerous ideas in their tracks. More from HRC and the Independent.
COURT IN ISRAEL RULES PRINT SHOP CANNOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST LGBTQ CUSTOMERS: More from The Times of Israel.
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