#AM_Equality: HRC announces new report detailing increase in LGBTQ+ inclusive child welfare agencies; Seattle Storm at the White House
🌈 HRC ANNOUNCES NEW REPORT DETAILING INCREASE IN CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES WORKING TO BECOME LGBTQ+ INCLUSIVE: “The third edition of our Change-Makers report shows that, despite the many hardships of the last year, more organizations than ever before are working alongside the Human Rights Campaign Foundation to make impactful change for the LGBTQ+ youth and families they serve,” said Alison Delpercio (@AlisonDel, she/her), HRC Foundation Director, All Children - All Families. “This year’s participants also demonstrated a growing commitment to intersectionality and ensuring organizational policies and practices do not reinforce the same systems of oppression that put youth and families at risk in the first place. By taking on these challenges, the change-makers featured in our 2021 report are models for youth-serving professionals everywhere.” More from HRC.
🩺 THIS HRC PROGRAM IS GIVING AWAY 5,000 AT-HOME HIV TESTS TO BLACK AND LATINX PEOPLE: Last week, HRC announced the launch of a new initiative intended to help members of the LGBTQ+ community most vulnerable to HIV & AIDS: Black and Latinx people, particularly transgender women. The project, which is currently in the pilot stage, will distribute 5,000 kits over the course of a year, each of which will include an OraQuick oral testing swab, condoms, lubricant and a test information card. More from them and HRC.
“WHAT I’VE LEARNED AFTER LIVING WITH HIV IN SECRET FOR YEARS”: “We have some work to do as a society to accept truth, science and reality when it comes to HIV stigma, misinformation and education. I hope that sharing experiences like mine more openly and candidly can spare whoever is dealt this card next of so much unnecessary hurt, pain and uncertainty,” said Good Morning America’s Tony Morrison (@THETonyMorrison) in a personal essay. More from Good Morning America.
64 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS URGE U.S. TO EVACUATE LGBTQ+ AFGHANS: A letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Rep. Chris Pappas (@RepChrisPappas) spearheaded notes LGBTQ+ Afghans face an “existential threat” under Taliban rule. Pappas and the 63 other members of Congress who signed the letter asked the State Department to allow LGBTQ+ Afghans to access the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. More from Los Angeles Blade and them.
HRC-ENDORSED MAYOR RANDALL WOODFIN WINS RE-ELECTION IN BIRMINGHAM: “Mayor Woodfin’s electoral victory in the Deep South is just one more example of an obvious truth: prioritizing LGBTQ+ equality isn’t only the moral thing for leaders to do -- it’s also a smart and winning strategy,” said HRC Alabama State Director Carmarion D. Anderson-Harvey (she/her, @cander01). “The Human Rights Campaign is proud to have supported and worked toward re-electing Mayor Woodfin, ensuring that his vision for progress and equality continues. We are excited to congratulate him on his hard-fought and impressive victory.” More from HRC.
🎮 HERE’S WHY MANY BLACK AND LGBTQ+ GAMERS ARE TAKING #ADAYOFFTWITCH: More from them.
📍 IN THE STATES
NEW HAMPSHIRE’S DMV REMOVES BARRIERS TO UPDATING GENDER MARKERS: The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is finally recognizing an existing law that allows transgender and non-binary individuals to update the gender marker on IDs without presenting a doctor’s letter. More from Los Angeles Blade.
📺 GET CULTURED
🏀 THE SEATTLE STORM JUST GRACED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH BLACK AND LGBTQ+ EXCELLENCE: On Monday, President Biden welcomed the Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) to the White House for the first ceremony to honor a WNBA team since 2016. More from them.
🎬 ‘FIREBIRD’ IS AN INSTANTLY CLASSIC LGBTQ+ LOVE STORY: More from Washington Blade.
JENNIFER BEALS TALKS REPRISING ‘THE L WORD’ ROLE, WORKING WITH ROSIE O’DONNELL AND NEW MOVIE: In an interview, Jennifer Beals talked about changes to the show’s reprisal using new language to describe the experiences of younger LGBTQ+ people. More from The Today Show.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
NICARAGUA SEEKS TO SHUT DOWN COUNTRY’S OLDEST LGBTQ+ RIGHTS GROUP: The government of Nicaragua has sought to shut down the country’s oldest LGBTQ+ rights group called Fundación Xochiquetzal. More from Washington Blade.
ROMANIA’S LGBT COMMUNITY SEES GAINS, ONGOING RIGHTS STRUGGLE: More from Associated Press.
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