#AM_Equality: April 9, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: West Virginia Senate passes anti-trans sports bill; HRC celebrates National Volunteer Month

WEST VIRGINIA SENATE PASSES ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILL: “The West Virginia state legislature is stoking fear and division by advancing HB 3293 -- a discriminatory anti-transgender bill that has no place in West Virginia or this country,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. “There is no evidence that supports the need for this legislation, and it will jeopardize the wellbeing of transgender kids across the state -- who are just kids who want to play. The health and safety of children should never be reduced to a political talking point.” More from HRC.

HRC CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH: Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and are on the front lines in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Our work is only possible because of this powerful network of volunteer communities. More from HRC.

THIS SATURDAY -- JOIN US TO SUPPORT TRANS AND NON-BINARY SIBLINGS ON NATIONAL SIBLINGS DAY: HRC is hosting a book-reading event featuring five young people who are proud allies to their trans and non-binary siblings. More from HRC.

📍 IN THE STATES

ST. LOUIS JUST ELECTED THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN MAYOR: In a historic election, Tishaura Jones (@tishaura) has made history as the first Black woman to be elected mayor of St. Louis. More from 19th News.

ARKANSAS’S ANTI-TRANS LAW ISN’T JUST A TRANS ISSUE: Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) explains that “The reason to defend trans rights is self-evident. It’s also self-serving: To protect trans rights today is to protect your own rights tomorrow.” More from MSNBC.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

RUSSIAN LGBTQ ASYLUM SEEKERS STRANDED IN GUAM: In an attempt to flee persecution in their homeland, many LGBTQ Russians fled to Guam. Now, as they await a decision for their asylum applications, they are stranded in Guam. More from The Washington Blade.

📺 GET CULTURED

POSE SEASON 3 TRAILER DROP AND RELEASE DATE: A trailer for the final season of Pose (@PoseOnFX) offers a final glimpse into the world of a groundbreaking series before it continues on May 2, 2021. More from Vulture.

💗💜💙 9-1-1 LONE STAR ACTOR RONEN RUBENSTEIN COMES OUT AS BISEXUAL: In a recent interview, actor Ronen Rubinstein (@RonenRubinstein) shared how his role as a gay man on 9-1-1 Lone Star helped him embrace his sexuality publicly. More from Variety.

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