#AM_Equality: August 23, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC celebrates the return to classrooms around the country with its ‘Back to School’ campaign

HRC CELEBRATES THE RETURN TO CLASSROOMS AROUND THE COUNTRY WITH ITS ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ CAMPAIGN: “I Am Jazz” star Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) spoke to HRC Welcoming Schools program director Cheryl Greene, and shared a tweet supporting HRC’s Back To School resources. More from HRC.

MEET TORI COOPER, THE FIRST OUT BLACK TRANS WOMAN TAPPED TO THE PRESIDENT’S HIV COUNCIL: Director of Community Engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her) says that it’s “wonderful” to shatter a glass ceiling for LGBTQ+ political representation. She adds, though, that she views this as a “great opportunity to not just open doors for people but, more specifically, people for your community.” More from them.

🥂 THE LESBIAN BAR PROJECT IS RAISING MONEY TO HELP SUPPORT LESBIAN BARS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: “Without space, we lose power, validity, communal safety and access to intergenerational dialogue,” a statement from The Lesbian Bar Project notes. “With the support of our community, we can make sure these bars receive not only the financial assistance they need but the reference they deserve. When our history isn’t protected, we must protect it ourselves.” More from Los Angeles Blade.

📍 IN THE STATES

THIS UTAH MOM BUILT AN LGBTQ+ YOUTH CENTER ACROSS FROM A MORMON CHURCH FOR TEENS TO ‘FEEL LOVED’: Stephanie Larsen established Encircle, a network of homes for LGBTQ+ youth and their families in Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George, with one under construction in Heber City -- and more to come in Idaho, Arizona and Nevada. To date, they’ve helped 70,000 individuals. More from People.

📺 GET CULTURED

👗 4 LGBTQ+ SOUTH ASIAN DESIGNERS PIONEERING GENDERLESS, SUSTAINABLE FASHION: Designers Rahemur Rahman (@RahemurRahman), Param Sahib (@parambanana), Amesh Wijesekara (@amesh.wijesekera) and Sumiran Kabir Sharma (@husne_jahaan) are not only incredibly talented, but they are also providing visibility for LGBTQ+ South Asian communities in the fashion industry. More from them.

🏒 FOR GAY HOCKEY PLAYER LUKE PROKOP, THE NHL EXPERIENCE BEGINS: Nashville Predators’ prospect Luke Prokop (@lukeprokop_6), who came out earlier this summer, hopes to be the first openly gay player to hit the ice in the NHL this fall. More from Advocate and NBC News.

💍 ‘THE L WORD: GENERATION Q’ STAR JACQUELINE TOBONI JUST GOT ENGAGED: Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q actress Jacqueline Toboni (@jtaboner) announced last week that she is newly engaged to her longtime girlfriend, Australian actress Kassandra Clementi (@kassclementi). More from Out.

PARALYMPIC TRIATHLETE HAILEY DANZ FINALLY ‘PROUD TO BE GAY’: When Team USA Paralympic triathlete Hailey Danz (@HailStormUSA) participates in the triathlon at the Tokyo Paralympics on Aug. 28, she will be doing it as a proud gay athlete. “For the first time in my life, I’m proud to be gay,” Danz wrote in an essay for Team USA in June. More from Outsports.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

‘IF THEY FIND OUT I’M GAY, THEY WILL KILL ME ON THE SPOT’: LIFE UNDER TALIBAN RULE IN AFGHANISTAN: More from VICE.

🍁 CANADIAN SENATE APPROVES BILL OUTLAWING LGBTQ+ CONVERSION THERAPY: The bill seeks to prohibit certain activities in relation to conversion therapy. Canadian provinces including Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have already passed similar laws at the provincial level. More from Canadian Lawyer.

⛪ ALEXYA SALVADOR, BRAZIL’S FIRST OUT TRANS PASTOR, IS BLAZING A TRAIL FOR LGBTQ+ INCLUSION: More from them.


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