#AM Equality_August 17, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Today -- LGBTQ people to make history at the 2020 Dem National Convention; HRC HQ exhibits Hank Willis Thomas’ “All Power to All People”


HRC EXHIBITS HANK WILLIS THOMAS ART INSTALLATION “ALL POWER TO ALL PEOPLE” AT ITS D.C. HEADQUARTERS: The traveling public art exhibition by acclaimed conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas will be exhibited at HRC’s D.C. headquarters at 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW. The installation will tour multiple locations across the United States leading up to the U.S. presidential election in November 2020 to maintain the momentum of the ongoing protests for racial equity and offer a platform for civic leaders and activists. It will be exhibited at HRC from August 13 to August 28. The closing weekend of the exhibit coincides with this year’s anniversary march celebrating the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. More from HRC and Washingtonian.

  • Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “All Power to All People is a dynamic work that speaks to the history, culture and future of Black people in this country. As we are continuing to push for racial equity across the country, to have this installation coincide with the anniversary of the March on Washington only makes it more poignant. The strength of Black people, including Black LGBTQ people, cannot be overstated. Donald Trump will feel our power in November.”
  • Presented by Kindred Arts, All Power to All People is a provocative work, combining the Afro pick and the Black Power salute, two potent symbols of Black identity and social justice. At approximately 28 feet tall, the work stands as a symbol of community, strength, perseverance, comradeship, justice and belonging that aims to inspire action and demand social change.
  • Anyone local to D.C. can visit the exhibit on foot or by bike, and it can also be experienced virtually. More information can be found at www.AllPowertoAllPeople.org.

LGBTQ PEOPLE MAKE HISTORY AT 2020 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION: “From the most pro-equality platform in history to the first LGBTQ people to speak as keynote speakers, the 2020 Democratic National Convention marks a turning point for our community,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Leaders like Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Del. Danica Roem, State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Sam Park, and Mayor Robert Garcia represent not only the diversity of our community but the future of our movement.” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES PRO-EQUALITY LEADERS FOR U.S. SENATE: Newly-endorsed candidates include Dr. Al Gross (AK); Sen. Chris Coons (DE); Sen. Cory Booker (NJ); and Sen. Jack Reed (RI). “Eleven million LGBTQ people are counting on a pro-equality Senate, and 57 million Equality Voters are going to get us there,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has single-handedly stood in the way of progress for LGBTQ people by blocking a simple vote on the Equality Act. Each of these candidates endorsed today, alongside our 20 other Senate endorsements, are building blocks to finally install a pro-equality majority leader and finally pass protections for LGBTQ people Together, united like never before, we can achieve the change our community needs.” More from HRC.

ADVOCATES IN MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA CALL ON FACEBOOK TO ADDRESS ON ANTI-LGBTQ HATE SPEECH: Some LGBTQ people in these areas report this targeted harassment online lead to physical violence, as anti-LGBTQ extremists track down LGBTQ people’s physical locations. More from Openly.

HRC RESPONDS TO BOB GOOD’S ANTI-LGBTQ LIES AND FEAR MONGERING: The New York Times reported that VA-5 congressional candidate Bob Good has launched a series of campaign events targeting and attacking LGBTQ Virginians and the Virginia Values Act. “The 1.3 million Equality Voters across Virginia have no patience for this type of divisiveness and hate,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Transphobia and anti-LGBTQ attacks are unacceptable. We need leaders like Dr. Cameron Webb in Congress who will bring us together and expand opportunity and rights for everyone, not amplify hate and division.” More from the New York Times.


  • Additionally, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has released a report highlighting the way police unions create barriers to institutional changes in police departments. More from Reuters.


HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID PENS LETTER TO VA GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM ADVOCATING FOR REFORMS TO ELECTION LAW: The suggested reforms would allow Virginians to safely cast their ballots this fall. The Virginia General Assembly will convene in a special session on August 18 to consider legislation related to COVID-19. Read the full letter here.

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