#AM_Equality: August 11, 2022

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: New report finds that anti-LGBTQ+ grooming narrative surged more than 400% on social media after Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay or Trans’ law

NEW REPORT FINDS THAT ANTI-LGBTQ+ GROOMING NARRATIVE SURGED MORE THAN 400% ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING FLORIDA’S ‘DON’T SAY GAY OR TRANS’ LAW: “As social media platforms fail to enforce their own standards — enabling a wave of online anti-LGBTQ+ hate to grow without restraint — extremists are wielding dangerous influence, seeking to radicalize Americans, incite hate against LGBTQ+ people, and mobilize the extremists within their base ahead of the midterm elections,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “HRC, along with our partners at the Center for Countering Digital Hate, urgently calls on social media companies to act swiftly and transparently to stop the spread of extremist and hateful misinformation, including the grooming narrative.” More from HRC.

LGBTQ+ GROUPS & GILEAD SCIENCES MOBILIZE TO ADDRESS MONKEYPOX PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: Gilead will provide up to $5 million in global grant funding to help support three areas of focus: a public education and vaccine hesitancy communications campaign, a public policy response and a global outbreak emergency fund. More from HRC and Reuters.

PARENTS URGE APPEALS COURT TO MAINTAIN BLOCK ON ALABAMA LAW THAT WOULD CRIMINALIZE ESSENTIAL MEDICAL CARE FOR THEIR TRANSGENDER CHILDREN: More from HRC.

HRC REMEMBERS HAYDEN DAVIS, 28-YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN DETROIT: Hayden Davis’s interests were wide-ranging, from fashion and the Kardashians to skincare and makeup. Her smile was bright and she had an active presence on social media. Hayden’s death is at least the 24th violent killing of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2022. More from HRC.

LGBTQ+ ALLY OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN HAS DIED AT 73: More from the Washington Blade.

THE FORMER BAN ON LGBTQ+ TROOPS STILL HAUNTS VETERANS: It’s been 11 years since the military lifted the ban barring gay, lesbian and bisexual troops from serving openly, but veterans kicked out under it are still on their own to clear their names. More from kpbs.

LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY FACES CHALLENGES IN GETTING ALZHEIMER’S CARE: 2.7 million LGBTQ+ people are ages 50 and older, and an estimated 34% live alone. It’s estimated some 7% have some form of dementia. More from ABC 15.

REPORTER CORNER: E.A. (Ev) Crunden (@eacrunden, they/them) is a chemicals and waste reporter at Politico’s E&E News. Ev has covered environment and climate issues for years, and their work can be found in publications including The Atlantic, Waste Dive, and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ online magazine. They hold a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

E.A (Ev) Crunden (they/them)

📍 IN THE STATES

HRC ENDORSES PRO-EQUALITY CHAMPIONS FOR NEVADA STATE AND LOCAL RACES: More from HRC

MICHIGAN PUBLIC LIBRARY DEFUNDED OVER INCLUSION OF LGBTQ+ MATERIALS: More from the Hill.

ALABAMA DISTRICT AMONG FIRST PROBED UNDER NEW TITLE IX GUIDANCE: More from K-12 Dive.

WITH PRIMARY WIN, BECCA BALINT IS LIKELY TO BE VERMONT’S FIRST FEMALE AND OPENLY GAY MEMBER OF CONGRESS: More from NBC News.

📺 GET CULTURED

HERE ARE THE LGBTQ+ NOMINEES FOR THE 2022 PRIMETIME EMMYS: More from Buzzfeed.

ILLEGAL TO BE ME: TOM DALEY PRAISED FOR ‘BRAVE AND INSPIRING’ DOCUMENTARY: More from GAYTIMES.

LEO BAKER LEFT THE OLYMPICS BEHIND. NOW HE’S MAKING SPACE FOR TRANS SKATEBOARDERS: More from them.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

STATE-BACKED DISCRIMINATION HARMS LGBTQ+ PEOPLE IN MALAYSIA: More from the Human Rights Watch.


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