#AM_Equality: August 10, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Out LGBTQ+ Olympians earn 32 medals at Tokyo Olympics; the impact of housing insecurity on the LGBTQ+ community

🥇🥈🥉 ‘TEAM LGBTQ+’ EARNS 32 MEDALS AT TOKYO OLYMPICS: A record-breaking total of at least 182 openly LGBTQ+ athletes from at least 30 countries participated in the Tokyo Olympic Games, with at least 55 earning a medal. “The presence and performance of these out athletes has been a huge story at these Games,” Outsports founder Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler) said. “30% of all the out LGBTQ Olympians in Tokyo won a medal, which means they didn’t just show up, they also performed at a very high level.” More from Outsports and NBC News.

‘I DON’T SLEEP VERY WELL ANYMORE:’ MANY LGBTQ+ PEOPLE FACE ECONOMIC CLIFF IF EVICTION PROTECTIONS END: “From economic hardships, such as being more likely to have experienced a cut in work hours, to the direct impact that the pandemic has had on mental health, to being more likely to work in essential jobs, LGBTQ people have borne the brunt of the pandemic,” said HRC Director of HIV and Health Equity J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall (@McCantsPearsall, he/him). More from 19th* News.

👩‍👩‍👦 SAME-SEX PARENTS BATTLE FOR INCLUSIVE PAPERWORK FOR BABY: Kate and Gemma Fox are working to obtain inclusive paperwork following the birth of their son, Nye. In trying to obtain the personal child health record given to all new parents, there was not an option available for same-sex parents to be included; this is what the Foxes are working to correct. More from BBC.

BRITISH DIVER TOM DALEY SAYS SPORTS HAS ‘A LOT FURTHER TO GO’ ON LGBTQ+ ACCEPTANCE: After winning a gold and a bronze medal for Team Great Britain, out diver Tom Daley (@tomdaley1994) is using his platform to speak out on LGBTQ+ issues at the Tokyo Olympics. More from The Washington Post.

QUINN, ALANA SMITH REPRESENT NON-BINARY OLYMPIC EXCELLENCE: Non-binary Olympians Quinn (@TheQuinny5) and Alana Smith (@alanasmithskate) participated in the Tokyo Games and represented their countries as the first openly non-binary athletes to participate. More from Outsports.

🏆 ELLIOT PAGE TO BE HONORED BY LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL OUTFEST: Yesterday, Outfest announced that Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) will be honored at this year’s edition of the LGBTQ+ film festival Outfest with the Achievement Award. More from Variety, People and Out.


📺 THE ‘GAY BEST FRIEND’: HAS TV’S LAZIEST CLICHE FINALLY FALLEN OUT OF FASHION?: On shows such as “Sex and the City,” LGBTQ+ characters were reduced to funny sidekicks -- but now a new wave of series are reimagining the role. More from The Guardian.

🥊 BOXER KELLIE HARRINGTON AN OUT IRISH OLYMPIC HERO WITH GOLD MEDAL WIN: Kellie Harrington (@Kelly64kg) started the Olympics as one of the flag bearers for Team Ireland and concluded the games with a gold medal in 60kg boxing. More from Outsports.

📚 HUNGARY RESTRICTS SALE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS WITH LGBTQ+ THEMES: Last Friday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán issued a decree that restricts the sale of children’s books with LGBTQ+-specific themes. Reuters also reported the decree prohibits the sale of these books within 656 feet of a school or a church. More from Washington Blade and Reuters.

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