#AM_Equality: August 26, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC releases new video campaign to push back against myths around mail-in voting; HRC announces Connecting Communities summit

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HRC knows that mail voting is going to be key for the upcoming election in November. That’s why we’re making sure we educate voters about their voting options, including mail voting, early voting and polling locations on election day.

  • HRC is pushing back against common myths about mail voting through a new video campaign. Check out the first few here.
  • The HRC Foundation & HIT Strategies released research earlier this month showing that voters of color, including LGBTQ voters of color, are seeking safe and secure alternatives to make their voices heard.
  • Earlier this year, HRC also announced a new initiative called Vote Equal, Vote Safe, which is focused on ensuring LGBTQ voters and their allies are able to exercise their right to vote this November.
  • Learn more and register to vote at hrc.org/vote.

HRC ANNOUNCES CONNECTING COMMUNITIES, A NATIONAL LGBTQ LIAISON SUMMIT: The summit for LGBTQ municipal liaisons and allied local officials, held in partnership with the City of Atlanta, will help equip local officials with the tools needed to create positive change in communities nationwide. Learn more here.

CISSIE GRAHAM LYNCH ATTACKS LGBTQ KIDS AT RNC: Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid), “We knew this rhetoric would come from allies of a President dedicated to attacking LGBTQ people at every opportunity. What is particularly shameful is the targeting of some of the most vulnerable in our community: transgender kids. Cissie Graham Lynch’s comments were despicable and must be widely condemned by anyone who claims to be an ally of LGBTQ people. To Trump and his allies: we fight for our community and will see you at the ballot box.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- HRC CRITICIZES NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE FOR ENCOURAGING ATTACKS ON GINA ORTIZ JONES BASED ON HER SEXUAL ORIENTATION: “These personal, homophobic and transphobic attacks shows how shameless and low Tony Gonzales and the NRCC are willing to go in the race for Texas’s 23rd Congressional District,” said HRC Texas State Director Rebecca Marques (@_RebeccaMarques). “It also shows how shallow their case is against a formidable veteran candidate of color and member of the LGBTQ community.”

EIGHT WAYS WHITE LGBTQ PEOPLE CAN ACTIVELY BE ALLIES TO BLACK PEOPLE: More from The Advocate.

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KANSAS COMMISSION THAT ENFORCES NON-DISCRIMINATION LAWS WILL BEGIN HEARING CLAIMS BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY: The decision was made in response to the landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, that affirmed sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. More from the Associated Press.

STATE PARK IN BROOKLYN, N.Y., TO BE NAMED AFTER TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST MARSHA P. JOHNSON: This will be the first time a state park is named after an LGBTQ person. More from PinkNews.

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TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS SHOULD HAVE A SPACE TO CALL THEIR OWN: One such space, 20% Theatre Company in Minneapolis, will be closing after its upcoming theater season. More from MPR News.

🌏 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

OLDER LGBTQ COUPLES IN ITALY DEFY STEREOTYPES AND SHOW THEIR PRIDE: Check out the photo collection from The Guardian.

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