#AM_Equality: August 24, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC urges Californians to vote no on recall question; Billy Porter & Gabrielle Union team up on LGBTQ+ teen comedy feature

HRC URGES CALIFORNIANS TO VOTE NO ON RECALL QUESTION: “Governor Gavin Newsom has long been a staunch champion of LGBTQ+ equality, and he’s the most pro-LGBTQ+ governor in California history, having signed legislation to protect and advance the rights of transgender people, expand access to HIV prevention medication and help California combat and rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic which has had a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ+ people,” said HRC SVP, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “If Californians don’t vote no in the recall election by September 14, the rights, protections and fundamental equality of 1.6 million LGBTQ+ Californians could be in danger. This recall election is a dangerous and unnecessary attempt to grab power and roll back progress in California, and it’s up to every Californian to vote no.” More from HRC.

🥇 TOKYO PARALYMPIC GAMES WELCOMES RECORD NUMBER OF LGBTQ+ ATHLETES: There will be at least 29 publicly out LGBTQ+ athletes participating in the Tokyo Summer Paralympics with nine representing Team USA. The number is more than double that in Rio. More from Outsports, NPR and NBC News.

TODAY IN BLACK LGBTQ+ HISTORY -- HRC RECOGNIZES AUGUST 24 AS THE BIRTHDAY OF TRAILBLAZER MARSHA P. JOHNSON AND THE DAY THAT CHANGEMAKER BAYARD RUSTIN PASSED AWAY. More from HRC.

📍 IN THE STATES

🎨 GREEN BAY MAYOR DEBUTS NEW MURAL TO SUPPORT LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY: Last weekend, Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich unveiled a new mural in support of the LGBTQ+ community, declaring a ‘weekend of pride’ in downtown Green Bay’s art district. More from WBAY.

PORTLAND’S ‘NEVER LOOK AWAY’ DAY HONORS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, SACRIFICES OF LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY: “Although those souls are no longer here, they are the souls, that is the soul of the city,” said Commissioner Dan Ryan. “And this allows that to be remembered. We all went to way too many funerals in the 80s and 90s, and this moment reminds us how important it is... to hold them in my heart, as we allow love to motivate and inspire as we fight, and we are fighting now for the soul of this city.” More from KATU2.

NEIGHBORS ERECT LARGE PRIDE FLAG AFTER SCHOOL BANS LGBTQ+, BLM SIGNS: After a school board voted to ban Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ pride signs, flags and clothing on campus, Oregon Oregon residents built and erected a massive Pride flag that can be seen from the local high school. More from NBC News and Metro Weekly.

📺 GET CULTURED

‘VISIBILITY IS NO LONGER ENOUGH’: AT OUTFEST, TRANS AND NON-BINARY CREATORS PONDER WHAT’S NEXT: More from Los Angeles Times.

📽️ BILLY PORTER TO DIRECT LGBTQ+ TEEN COMEDY FEATURE FOR AMAZON STUDIOS, GABRIELLE UNION’S ‘I’LL HAVE ANOTHER’: Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) and Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) are teaming up on a project described as an LGBTQ+ “Superbad” crossed with “Booksmart.” More from Variety and The Grio.

🎭 HOW LGBTQ+ EXCELLENCE HELPED SHAPE BROADWAY: The upcoming documentary On Broadway examines the history of New York’s beloved theater district including the devastation that occurred during the height of the HIV & AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and during the COVID-19 pandemic. More from Advocate.

DEMI LOVATO SAYS THEIR GENDER IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY: “Being non-binary, what that means… is that I’m so much more than the binary of man and woman, and that we are all so much more if we allow ourselves the ability to look within ourselves and challenge that binary that we’ve grown up living in,” Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) shared. More from them and 19th* News.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

GDAŃSK AND CZĘSTOCHOWA POLAND’S LGBTQ+ MARCHES HAD HEAVY POLICE GUARD: In the northern Poland city of Gdańsk, officials estimated there were approximately 3,500 participants protected by nearly 1,000 uniformed police and security forces. More from Los Angeles Blade.

HOW YOU CAN HELP LGBTQ+ AFGHANS IN CRISIS: With an already dangerous situation in Afghanistan made life-threatening in recent weeks, there are ways to help organizations that work to support and evacuate LGBTQ+ Afghans. More from Advocate and TIME.

DENMARK, SWEDEN HOST LGBTQ+ RIGHTS CONFERENCE: The WorldPride 2021 Human Rights Conference that took place last week in Copenhagen was the largest in-person LGBTQ+ rights gathering since the pandemic began. “We have activists coming from all over the world to this conference,” said WorldPride 2021 Director of Human Rights Aron Le Fevre. “My team has worked tirelessly to create one of the largest LGBTQI+ human rights forums in the world.” More from Los Angeles Blade.

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