#AM_Equality: August 20, 2020

by HRC Staff

Today -- HRC to host webinar on intersectionality, how to support youth impacted by COVID-19; History made in two words -- Kamala Harris

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TWO WORDS: Kamala Harris made history last night as she officially accepted the nomination to be the first-ever Black and Asian woman Vice President nominee. Now, it’s time to organize and ensure we elect Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and pro-equality candidates down the ballot this fall.

  • Day 3 of DNC -- Gabby Giffords shared powerful words of resilience and encouraged us to speak out as Americans; Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren reminded us what leadership looks like; and Barack Obama offered a personal endorsement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, urging us to engage in the most consequential election of our lifetime.
  • Make sure your ballot is counted on November 3. HRC shares four tips to ensure you can vote safely and make your voice heard this election.

HRC CONGRATULATES TWO FLORIDA LGBTQ CANDIDATES ON PRIMARY VICTORIES: The two victories include Shevrin Jones (SD-35) and Representative-elect Michele Rayner (HD-70). “The fight for LGBTQ equality is going strong in Florida. Congratulations to Shevrin Jones and now Representative-elect Michele Rayner, both of whom are ready to deliver on their promise for greater protections and equality as leaders in Tallahassee,” said HRC Associate Regional Campaign Director Ryan Wilson (@EqualityPrius). More from HRC.

THURSDAY FEATURE -- TODAY -- HRC TO HOST WEBINAR DISCUSSING INTERSECTIONALITY, HOW WE CAN HELP CARE FOR YOUTH WHO ARE IMPACTED BY COVID-19: Register here.

LGBTQ WORKERS FACE EXTREME CHALLENGES AS COVID-19 PANDEMIC CONTINUES: Five million LGBTQ people in the United States work in jobs that put them at high health risks, as well as in industries that have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic. More from the American Independent.

CINCINNATI REDS ANNOUNCER SUSPENDED AFTER USE OF ANTI-LGBTQ SLUR ON HOT MIC DURING BROADCAST: “This unfortunately is a reflection of the bias that we still have in our community and we have to root it out,” said HRC President Alphonso David in response. More from Good Morning America.

VIDEO SHOWS THREE TRANS PEOPLE BEING MOCKED AND ATTACKED IN LOS ANGELES WHILE BYSTANDERS DID NOTHING TO HELP: [WARNING: this article contains violent imagery and descriptions] “More people keep walking past us. No one is stopping, no one is helping no matter how much I begged,” wrote Eden the Doll on Instagram. “People preach Black Lives Matter and want equality for all, but this is how they treat BLACK TRANS WOMEN.” More from Vice.

NEW REPORT ON BREAKING BARRIERS TO ENSURE LGBTQ YOUTH HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY MENTAL HEALTH CARE: More from Youth Today.

INDIGENOUS TWO-SPIRIT COUPLE ADRIAN MATTHIAS STEVENS AND SEAN SNYDER SHINE IN THEIR MATCHING REGALIA: More from Vogue.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

JOSEPH L. KITCHEN JR., AN LGBTQ ADVOCATE AND PRESIDENT OF THE YOUNG DEMOCRATS IN MARYLAND, WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS D.C. APARTMENT: “In everything Joseph did, he advocated for young people,” said Maryland Del. Jazz Lewis to NBC 4 Washington. “He was fearless in calling out local, state, federal and even party leadership if he felt young people weren’t given a fair hand.” The D.C. Medical Examiner is still determining his cause of death. More from Washington Blade.

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