#AM_Equality: April 8, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Corporate leaders take a stand against anti-LGBTQ bills; HRC marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

CORPORATE LEADERS: COMPANIES SHOULD WORK AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS IN TEXAS, OTHER STATES: Four of the world’s largest food companies have taken a stand against anti-trans legislation in the U.S. In a statement, member companies of the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, including Danone North America, Mars, Inc., Nestlé USA and Unilever United States, wrote, “This issue is not political. Providing the same basic protections to LGBTQ+ people as are provided to protected groups under federal law is the right thing to do for businesses and for society.” More from USA Today.

LGBTQ WOMEN FACE MAJOR HURDLES RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE BUT THEY ARE NOT GIVING UP: “The same barriers that impede cisgender heterosexual women from running have a tremendous impact on LGBTQ women running for office, but there are additional challenges and barriers,” said Annise Parker (@AnniseParker), Houston’s first openly gay mayor and president of the Victory Fund, which works to support LGBTQ candidates running for office. More from The Lily.

HRC MARKS HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: As we continue to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, we will never forget the millions of Jews, LGBTQ people and others murdered and victimized by the Nazi regime. We will never stop fighting to end bigotry and hate -- our work to end anti-Semitism is far from over. More from HRC.

NEXT WEEK -- JOIN US FOR A DISCUSSION OF RACE & SEXUALITY IN THEATER: This conversation presented by HRC and Slave Play will explore the power of Black queer artists, the importance of representation and accessibility for the arts, and the intersectionality of art and advocacy. More from HRC.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

IRELAND LEGALLY RECOGNIZES SAME-SEX PARENTS FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY: Six years after the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland, two women are the first to be legally recognized as the parents of their children from birth. More from them.

📺 GET CULTURED

JOJO SIWA OPENS UP ABOUT COMING OUT AS QUEER & PANSEXUAL: In an interview with People, JoJo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa) shared that since coming out, this is “the first time that I’ve felt so personally happy.” More from People.

SELENA GOMEZ CREDITS LGBTQ PEOPLE WITH HELPING LAUNCH HER MUSIC CAREER: When asked about her support for the LGBTQ community, musician Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) shared that, in her music, she hopes LGBTQ fans will hear “the importance of self-love and the strength that comes through vulnerability.” More from Metro Weekly.

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