#AM_Equality: August 3, 2020

by HRC Staff

We need urgent & immediate action against police brutality and systemic racism; Jodie Patterson shares her trans son’s story in new book

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Ongoing police brutality and systemic racism have plagued this nation for generations. It is time we take urgent and immediate action for structural change, for divestment of police resources and reinvestment in communities.

  • Last week, we learned that no charges will be filed against the Ferguson officer who killed Michael Brown. HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) responded: “This decision reveals how woefully ill-prepared our justice system is for combating white supremacy. We must continue to protest, and we must continue to vote. My heart goes out to Michael Brown’s family, who have been denied justice yet again.”
  • A new study shows that Black LGBTQ men experience more discrimination in policing, which results in a range of health effects. The research found that Black LGBTQ men who experienced police discrimination also reported facing more psychological distress, a greater risk of acquiring HIV and a lower willingness to take PrEP than their peers.
  • “There is no state, no municipal jurisdiction, and no law enforcement agency where transformational changes are not necessary and urgent.” HRC has joined over 350 civil rights organizations in calling for transformational change to policing.

2020 IS THE DEADLIEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR TRANS WOMEN, PARTICULARLY BLACK TRANS WOMEN: “As a Black trans woman, I feel absolutely horrified, I feel scared, I feel almost targeted -- and I use that word specifically,” said HRC Director for Community Engagement, Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). More from Openly.

MUST READ MONDAY -- WE WERE ALWAYS QUEER: “South Asians have always been queer and trans and everything else in between,” writes Tania Chatterjee (@taniachatterbox), co-founder of South Asian Sexual Mental Health Alliance, on living at the intersection of being South Asian and queer. “We -- like everyone else -- are allowed to struggle with our mood, mental health and societal expectations. None of those things makes us any less South Asian, but they do make us that much more human.” More at HRC.

ACTIVIST AND HRC FOUNDATION BOARD CHAIR JODIE PATTERSON (@jodie_GeorgiaNY) SHARES HER TRANSGENDER SON’S STORY IN A NEW BOOK: Pre-order the book here.

INTERSEX JUSTICE PROJECT CAMPAIGN CELEBRATES VICTORY, UNPRECEDENTED ACTION FROM U.S. HOSPITAL: More from InterACT and Openly.

CNN PROVIDES AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK INSIDE THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION TO AFFIRM PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: More from CNN.

NEW SURVEY SAYS ONE IN FOUR LGBTQ YOUTH USE NON-BINARY PRONOUNS: More from NBC.

LGBTQ YOUTH HAVE LOST SAFE SPACES BECAUSE OF COVID-19: Young LGBTQ people who already face disproportionate rates of unemployment and homelessness must also deal with the anxiety, physical distancing and economic strain caused by COVID-19. More from the World Economic Forum.

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