#AM_Equality: August 4, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC releases new data showing Black LGBTQ people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

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NEW RESEARCH: Amid dual health and economic crises, new data show that Black LGBTQ folks are shouldering an additional burden when it comes to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Today, HRC Foundation & PSB Insights released new data showing that Black LGBTQ people disproportionately suffer the adverse economic impact of COVID-19. 

  • The newly released data show that 31% of Black LGBTQ respondents had their work hours reduced due to COVID-19, 18% of Black LGBTQ respondents became unemployed due to COVID-19 and 36% of Black LGBTQ respondents have made changes to their household budgets. 
  • Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “The data make clear what we have long known: that those living at the intersections of multiply marginalized identities face harsher consequences of the pandemic. It is a clarion call to policymakers that we must do all we can to combat the virus and its economic impact on multiply marginalized communities.” 
  • Last week, California announced it will begin collecting LGBTQ-specific health data about the coronavirus, becoming the second state to do so. Inclusive data collection is vital in addressing the disproportionate risks and impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTQ people and multiply marginalized communities. 
  • HRC is calling on the CDC, HHS and other states to also begin collecting and reporting data on the impact of the virus on LGBTQ health.

HRC MOURNS AJA RAQUELL RHONE-SPEARS, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN OREGON: “I, alongside HRC and so many others, am mourning the loss of Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears -- who was not even able to attend a vigil to mourn without risk of death,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “Our community needs allies; we need accomplices. This violence cannot continue and we must all ask ourselves why our nation is allowing this epidemic of violence to continue, and how we can come together to ensure trans people, especially Black transgender women, can live their lives without fear of joining this long list of lives stolen.” More from People

HRC TO SUPPORT THE BLACK IN FASHION COUNCIL AS THEY BEGIN WORK WITH 38 BRANDS ON ENSURING BLACK EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY: HRC’s contribution will be modeled after our Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which scores workplaces on LGBTQ equity and inclusion. Read more from Vogue

TUESDAY TWEET -- HRC ON MERRITT CORRIGAN’S TWEETS, DEPARTURE: Yesterday, USAID Deputy White House Liaison Merritt Corrigan issued a series of tweets attacking LGBTQ people. In response to reporting of her departure, HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy) said, “Corrigan is a symptom of a larger problem, it’s time to hold the Trump-Pence administration accountable at the ballot box and elect a leader this November who supports the fundamental humanity of LGBTQ people and appoints people who share that basic decency.” More from HRC, NBC News, Politico and the Washington Blade

KY PETERSON, A TRANSGENDER SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR WHO WAS WRONGFULLY INCARCERATED FOR NINE YEARS, FINALLY RELEASED: More from them.

  • Within the LGBTQ community, transgender people and bisexual women face the most alarming rates of sexual violence. In June, HRC released a report showing that LGBTQ people are more likely to experience intimate partner violence -- a likelihood that has increased during COVID-19. 

HEALTH MAG SHARES FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BE A BETTER LGBTQ ALLY: More from MSN

HORRIBLE -- A BLACK TRANSGENDER MAN WAS ATTACKED LAST WEEK IN ROCHESTER, N.Y.: More from Democrat & Chronicle

IN THE STATES

A NEW YORK STATE RESIDENT IS SUING FOR THE STATE’S FAILURE TO OFFER AN ADDITIONAL ‘X’ GENDER MARKER OPTION ON IDs: More from Metro Weekly

ALABAMA RALLY AGAINST INJUSTICE HOSTED A RALLY AND MARCH TO REMEMBER THE BLACK TRANS LIVES LOST THIS YEAR: More from AL.com

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OUT LESBIAN WRESTLER SONYA DEVILLE (@SonyaDevilleWWE) TALKS COVID-19 AND LGBTQ REPRESENTATION IN WRESTLING: Read more from the International Business Times

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