#AM_Equality: April 8, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC President on Wisconsin’s spring elections; The final episode of “Modern Family” airs tonight

HRC HONORED “POSE” STAR RYAN JAMAAL SWAIN (@RyanJamaal) AT THE SAN ANTONIO DINNER EARLIER THIS YEAR: Watch his powerful remarks here.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE WISCONSIN SPRING ELECTIONS: “Voting is one of the most sacred duties and rights we have as citizens. Yet, voters in Wisconsin were forced to choose between their health and safety and their constitutional right to vote because of a partisan ploy by Wisconsin and national Republicans,” said David (@AlphonsoDavid). Results will prove that marginalized communities, such as black and transgender voters, bore the brunt of the limited access to the ballot. Our leaders should aim to expand access to the ballot, not limit it. In the coming months, states should adopt and implement plans for vote-by-mail and other measures to ensure safe access to voting for all.  Nothing less than our democracy is at stake.” Read more from HRC.

THE FINAL EPISODE OF “MODERN FAMILY” AIRS TONIGHT: Since first airing in 2009, “Modern Family” has introduced us to characters who truly depict the rich diversity around us. Cam and Mitchell’s relationship highlights the progress of same-sex couples across the country -- from full marriage equality to adoption rights -- and shows the viewing audience that LGBTQ people are just like them. The show’s cast has advocated for the queer community off-screen as well, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler), who plays Mitchell Pritchett, and husband Justin Mikita (@JustinMikita) advocating for the Equality Act. Read more from HRC.

WELCOMING SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY -- SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON EVERYBODY WITH LUPITA NYONG’O: Each week while most students are out of school due to COVID-19, HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools will offer a book and a related activity adapted from our teacher lesson plans for parents to use with children at home. This week’s book is Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo). Read more and see the lesson plan from HRC.

FINDING RESILIENCE AND COMMUNITY THROUGH A VIRTUAL SEDER: A Seder is a dinner held during Passover, the holiday that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, which begins at sundown today. “We’re trying to tailor it to the reality that people are living in,” said Matthew Adler (@MatahAdler), a program manager at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EDCJCC), which is holding its first-ever virtual Seder tomorrow evening. “The message of Jewish history is that even after we go through hard times, we manage to rebuild… And I think that’s the same for LGBTQ communities -- we’re resilient.” Read more from HRC.

JOIN HRC FOUNDATION’S WELCOMING SCHOOLS FOR A WEBINAR ON REMOTE TEACHING: The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 3:30pm EDT. Learn more here.

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GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS RULES PERU IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TORTURE OF TRANSGENDER WOMAN: This is the first time the Court has ruled on a complaint of torture from an LGBTQ person. Read more from Openly (warning -- upsetting descriptions at link).

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NewNowNext speaks with out lesbian and WWE star Daria Berenato; The Advocate launches new virtual series, “Inside With The Advocate,” featuring LGBTQ celebs

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