#AM_Equality: HRC praises the passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the House; how to make schools more welcoming for LGBTQ+ people
HRC PRAISES PASSAGE OF THE JOHN R. LEWIS VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT (H.R. 4) BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: “The Human Rights Campaign praises today’s passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act -- an important step toward ensuring every American is guaranteed their constitutional right to vote and protected against anti-democratic efforts to strip those rights away,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “This bill pushes our country closer to its promise of a more perfect union while upholding the legacy of a hero, civil rights icon, and tireless champion of the work of the Human Rights Campaign, Congressman John Lewis. And with this vote, the House has moved us toward closing the floodgates of voter suppression that the Supreme Court threw open with its decision in Shelby County. The time is now for the United States to guarantee equal and unequivocal access to the fundamental and sacred right to vote -- for all Americans.” More from HRC.
📝 HOW TO MAKE SCHOOLS WELCOMING FOR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS: As students head back to school this fall, now is the time to revisit how schools can be more welcoming for LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty and administrators. More from LGBTQ Nation and HRC’s Back to School Campaign.
JOSEPHINE BAKER TO BE FIRST BLACK WOMAN HONORED IN FRANCE’S PANTHÉON: Josephine Baker will soon be the first Black woman to be honored in the Panthéon mausoleum in Paris, the final resting place of some of the most prominent figures in French history. According to Baker’s son, Jean-Claude Baker, she was bisexual. More from them and The New York Times.
LGBTQ+ SEX WORKERS ‘IN LIMBO’ AFTER ONLYFANS POLICY CHANGE: Last week, OnlyFans announced that it will prohibit sexually explicit content, which some LGBTQ+ creators say could jeopardize their livelihoods. More from NBC News.
📍 IN THE STATES
🦋 KAROLINA LÓPEZ CO-FOUNDED A TUCSON NONPROFIT TO FIGHT FOR LGBTQ+ MIGRANTS LIKE HERSELF: Karolina López, the director of Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Butterflies Without Borders), co-founded the nonprofit to fight for LGBTQ+ migrants after years of living as an undocumented trans woman in Arizona. More from AZ Central.
📺 GET CULTURED
OUT NON-BINARY PARALYMPIAN ROBYN LAMBIRD BRINGS MISSION OF VISIBILITY TO TOKYO: Robyn Lambird (@robynlambird) is one of three out non-binary Paralympians competing in Tokyo and is ready to make their mark in wheelchair racing and non-binary representation. More from Outsports.
🚲 PARALYMPIC CYCLIST MONICA SEREDA IS A 24-YEAR U.S. ARMY VET NOW RACING FOR TEAM USA: Despite numerous injuries and setbacks, Monica Sereda (@monicasereda) used the pandemic to recover and train to compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. She suffered a massive accident when her car was struck by a truck in 2012, causing a traumatic brain injury and bodily damage that required doctors to fuse her neck and back. More from Outsports.
🎬 HERE’S SOME PHOTOS FROM NETFLIX’S LGBTQ+-INCLUSIVE ‘COWBOY BEBOP’ SERIES: More from Out.
🎸 BROTHERS OSBORNE’S TJ ON CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR LGBTQ+ FANS: “THAT’S WORTH MORE THAN ANYTHING”: Out country star TJ Osborne (@tjosborne) opened up about the importance of creating a safe space for LGBTQ+ fans of country music as he came to terms with his sexuality. More from People.
TWO OUT LGBTQ+ FLAG BEARERS MARCH AT THE PARALYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY: Moran Samuel (@moran_samuel_paralympic) and Mareike Miller (@mareikemiller) are both out Paralympic medalists carrying their country’s Opening Ceremony flag. Moran Samuel represents Team Israel in rowing and Mareike Miller represents Team Germany in wheelchair basketball. More from Outsports.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
MESA POR UNA LEY DE IDENTIDAD DE GÉNERO EN EL SALVADOR CONTINUA SU LUCHA: Más de Washington Blade.
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