#AM_Equality August 25, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC responds to the horrific shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc.; WaPo publishes takedown of absurd claim that Trump is pro-LGBTQ.

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On Sunday evening in Kenosha, Wisc., Jacob Blake was tased and shot seven times by local police as his children looked on. This horrific violence against Black people in the U.S., often at the hands of police and law enforcement, must end.

  • Said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout: “What happened to Jacob Blake is absolutely horrific and clearly shows that our nation is still deep in the battle for the safety and dignity of Black lives. The investigation should be swift and thorough so that Blake’s family, the people of Kenosha, and all of the U.S., especially Black Americans, can know that we are turning the tide on our nation’s long history of devaluing Black lives, and that we now live in a nation where unjust shootings of Black people by police will not go unpunished.”
  • HRC and 100+ LGBTQ and civil rights organizations throughout the country previously released a letter condemning racism, racial violence and police brutality while calling for action to combat these scourges.

THE WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHES TAKEDOWN OF RICHARD GRENELL’S ABSURD CLAIM THAT TRUMP IS “PRO-GAY”: “Plain and simple, Donald Trump has attacked LGBTQ people because of who we are and whom we love,” said HRC National Press Secretary Lucas Acosta (@LucasRAcosta). “It’s unconscionable, insidious and offensive for anyone to call this administration ‘pro-LGBTQ’ when the president, vice president and those who work for them have endeavored to systematically roll back our rights and deny us our dignity. The 11 million LGBTQ voters and 57 million voters who prioritize equality when casting their vote are not going to fall for the Trump campaign’s latest attempt to gaslight the American public.” More from The Washington Post.

TUESDAY TWEET -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID (@AlphonsoDavid) JOINS MATCH GROUP’S ADVISORY COUNCIL: More here.

BRUTAL ATTACK ON TRANS WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD SHOWS THE DANGERS TRANS AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE FACE: “This attack is so vile and dehumanising and almost too incredible to watch,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “How have we allowed ourselves, as a civil society, to devolve to the point that we don’t help folks being victimised right in front of our faces? This attack is yet another glaring example of how so many people don’t see trans lives as valuable.” More from Forbes.

HRC RESPONDS TO NEWS OF JERRY FALWELL JR.’S RESIGNATION. Yesterday, it was reported that Falwell will be resigning as Liberty University president, after being put on indefinite leave earlier this month. On August 7, HRC President Alphonso David said of Falwell, “Jerry Falwell is a fraud -- it’s long past time for him to have stepped down from his position as president of Liberty University. For years Falwell has advanced a racist, anti-LGBTQ, hateful position he masquerades as Christianity... Falwell has perverted and turned his back on what it means to be a true Christian. Christianity at its core holds an ethic of justice, inclusion and radical love -- not the anti-LGBTQ radicalism, white supremacy and hatred that Falwell and the religious right have upheld for decades.” More from HRC.

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🌏 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

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