#AM_Equality: April 6, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Arkansas gov. vetoed anti-trans bill; DOJ confirms Title IX applies to LGBTQ students

ARKANSAS GOV. HUTCHINSON VETOES BAN ON TRANSGENDER MEDICAL CARE: “This unprecedented bill, which would have denied medically-necessary and potentially life-saving gender-affirming care to transgender children was too extreme, even for Governor Asa Hutchinson,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Even after signing other anti-LGBTQ and anti-transgender bills into law, Governor Hutchinson balked -- he heard from a chorus of supporters of equality to veto this bill which was unpopular among Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike. This ought to be a warning to any governor across the country considering bills like HB 1570. The repercussions were too much for Arkansas, and they will be just as severe for any state weighing this type of legislation.” More from the Associated Press, NPR and NBCDFW5.

⚖️ HRC APPLAUDS DOJ’S CLARIFICATION THAT TITLE IX PROTECTS LGBTQ STUDENTS: “This memorandum will allow students, parents and teachers to advocate for nondiscriminatory policies for LGBTQ students,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Students who experience discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity should feel confident filing complaints with the Department of Education.” More from them.

NCAA LGBTQ GROUP PUBLISHED LETTER CONDEMNING ANTI-TRANS LAWS: Yesterday, the NCAA LGBTQ OneTeam, a group of NCAA-trained facilitators at colleges across the country, published an open letter condemning the actions taken by 28 states across the country to introduce, pass and sign anti-transgender legislation. More from OutSports and ABC.

🖤🤍💜 HAPPY INTERNATIONAL ASEXUALITY DAY!: More from HRC.

TRANSGENDER CHILDHOOD IS NOT A “TREND”: More from The New York Times.

“I HAD TO LIVE IN MY SCHOOL’S WOMEN’S HOUSING FOR 3 YEARS EVEN THOUGH I AM A MAN”: More from HuffPost.

📍 IN THE STATES

NORTH CAROLINA CLINIC OFFERS SAFE SPACE FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY TO GET VACCINATED: The Ormond Center in Wilmington, N.C. partnered with the organizers to bring vaccines to the historically marginalized LGBTQ folks in this community. More from WECT6 News.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS WORKING TO REHOUSE TRANSGENDER INMATES REQUESTING NEW HOUSING: More from Los Angeles Times.

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