#AM_Equality: August 13, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC Foundation survey of U.S. LGBTQ+ adults show 92% have received at least one COVID-19 shot

🩺 HRC FOUNDATION SURVEY OF U.S. LGBTQ+ ADULTS SHOWS 92% HAVE RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE COVID-19 SHOT: “We are encouraged to see evidence that suggests such a strong majority of the LGBTQ+ community who responded to the survey have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Jay Brown (@ThisIsJayBrown, he/him), HRC Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “The science is clear: vaccines are our way forward and out of this pandemic. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation will continue working with our partners to ensure that no one in our community is left behind. We are proud to work with The Rockefeller Foundation and Community Marketing & Insights on the release of this essential data.” Read more from HRC, and see the full survey results here.

CENSUS BUREAU’S PANDEMIC SURVEY FINDS LGBTQ+ AMERICANS REPORTED HIGHER RATES OF FOOD AND ECONOMIC INSECURITY: “The Census Bureau's new data only continues to highlight what we have long known -- LGBTQ+ Americans disproportionately bear the brunt of economic hardships from food insecurity to unemployment,” said Jay Brown, HRC Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “This disparity is further fueled by the Covid-19 pandemic, as the LGBTQ+ community is more likely to work in front-line service jobs, have their hours cut, and face housing and employment discrimination.” More from CNN and NPR.

HRC MOURNS MISS COCO, TRANSGENDER WOMAN OF COLOR KILLED IN DALLAS: Miss CoCo’s death is at least the 34th death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2021. “We continue to witness a high level of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially Black and Brown trans women,” said Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her), HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative. “We urgently need action to stop the violence and stigma against trans and gender non-conforming people. Everyone must speak up and get involved in their communities to work to bring this violence to an end.” More from HRC.

LGBTQ+ ADVOCACY GROUPS LOOK TO BUILD POLITICAL POWER THROUGH REDISTRICTING: “We all know how consequential redistricting is for representation,” said Elliot Imse, a spokesperson for the Victory Fund. “A line drawn in the middle of a neighborhood with a large LGBTQ population can be the difference between electing an LGBTQ person to city council or state legislature or having zero people in these places.” More from Politico.

TRANS YOGA PROJECT BUILDING INCLUSION AND FOSTERING WELLNESS: The Trans Yoga Project, a wellness collective that operates both in person and virtually across the United States, seeks to challenge the commercialization of wellness and the discrimination in the industry by reducing cost and cultural barriers. More from The Charlotte Observer.

📍 IN THE STATES

OHIO’S CONSCIENCE CLAUSE WORSENS BARRIERS TO CARE FOR LGBTQ+ YOUTH: “It’s very challenging to treat the whole person without knowing the whole person,” Said Erin Upchurch, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Youth Center. “If I go to my doctor with an issue and I’m not able to disclose who I am as a person, they can’t adequately treat who I am.” More from the Columbus Dispatch.

TRANSGENDER STUDENT ATHLETE IN TEXAS SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILL: More from the Texas Tribune.

📺 GET CULTURED

LIL NAS X TALKS TO VARIETY ABOUT ‘CALL ME BY YOUR NAME,’ GRINDR AND MORE: In this cover story, Nas talks about his life and career, including meeting Timothée Chalamet, the importance of industry trailblazers and his latest video. More from Variety.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

🌈 WORLD PRIDE AND EUROGAMES BEGIN IN COPENHAGEN: With the pandemic, some events have been curtailed, and a parade has been replaced by a series of activist-led walks. More from Out Traveler.

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