#AM_Equality: August 2, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC on the passing of LGBTQ champion Sen. Carl Levin; New Zealand moves to ban “conversion therapy”

HRC PRESIDENT ON THE PASSING OF LGBTQ CHAMPION AND MICHIGAN SENATOR CARL LEVIN: “The Human Rights Campaign family is saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Carl Levin, a dedicated public servant for the people of Michigan in Washington, and a leader responsible for advancing the movement to achieve equality for all,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “As Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2010, Senator Levin was integral in the charge to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ allowing more than 15,000 active duty military service members the chance to serve openly without fear of retribution. His strong commitment to issues of equality was clear throughout his tenure in the Senate and he has left a significant footprint on the path toward full LGBTQ equality under the law. We thank him for his life’s work as a committed champion and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.” More from HRC.

‘MY BIGGEST STRUGGLE HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH THE MEDIA’: TRANS ATHLETES EXPECT AN EXTRA OLYMPIC HURDLE: “I think even more than policies and more than fighting for space and having to tell people what I needed … my biggest struggle has always been with the media,” said Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier), who has competed at the Olympic level in duathlon and triathlon events. More from 19th* News.

BILL WOULD CREATE LGBTQ VETERANS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Last week, New Hampshire Congressman Chris Pappas introduced a bill that would create an LGBTQ veterans advisory committee at the Department of Veterans Affairs. More from Washington Blade and Military.com.


ILLINOIS BECOMES FIRST STATE IN 27 YEARS TO FULLY DECRIMINALIZE HIV TRANSMISSION: Last week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 655, which removes all mention of HIV from the Illinois Criminal Code. Illinois is the second U.S. state in U.S. history to fully repeal its outdated laws criminalizing HIV transmission. More from them.


🛹 NON-BINARY OLYMPIAN LEAVES GAMES WITHOUT A MEDAL BUT STILL A WINNER: Non-binary skateboarder Alana Smith (@alanasmithskate) competed for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics. Though they did not win a medal, their participation in the Olympics called attention to the importance of using the correct pronouns when addressing athletes. More from Washington Blade.

🏹 ITALIAN OLYMPIAN COMES OUT AFTER WINNING MEDAL: After becoming the first Italian archer to win an individual medal in Olympics history Lucilla Boari (@lucilla_boari24) came out as part of the LGBTQ community while being interviewed by the Italian media. More from Outsports and Milano Today.

🏉 NEW ZEALAND RUGBY TEAM, WITH MANY OPENLY LGBTQ PLAYERS, WINS GOLD MEDAL: Over the weekend, Team New Zealand won another gold medal in women’s rugby sevens. This victory comes for a team with at least four openly LGBTQ athletes. More from Outsports.


HUNDREDS PROTEST ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: In June, dangerous and discriminatory changes made in the Penal Code by the chamber of deputies of the Dominican Republic took effect and threaten the safety of LGBTQ Dominicans. Resulting protests by LGBTQ activists have continued in the fight against anti-LGBTQ policies. More from Out Traveler.

NEW ZEALAND MOVES TO OUTLAW LGBTQ CONVERSION THERAPY: New Zealand introduced a new bill on Friday that, if it becomes law, will make “conversion therapy” aimed at LGBTQ people an offense punishable by up to five years in prison. “Conversion practices have no place in modern New Zealand,” Kris Faafoi, the country’s justice minister, said in a statement Friday. More from The Washington Post.


🏎 LEWIS HAMILTON SLAMS HUNGARY’S ANTI-LGBTQ LAW AS ‘COWARDLY’: Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) took a stand against Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ laws by issuing a strong statement. More from France24.

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