#AM_Equality: August 7, 2020

by HRC staff

HRC continues to build momentum toward Nov. election

88 DAYS 

With less than 100 days left until Election Day, HRC is continuing to organize and mobilize as we head toward November’s incredibly important election. Building momentum is key right now, and so is making sure we can sustain that momentum for the next 88 days. 

  • Yesterday, HRC partnered with Upworthy and Firefox for an #UpChat to discuss how to make change, get involved and make sure we’re protecting our mental health at the same time. 
  • HRC is also ensuring that all voters are able to vote equally and safely in the upcoming election. Earlier this week, HRC & HIT Strategies released the first results of a national survey of voters of color, including LGBTQ voters of color, to determine voter sentiment in regards to vote by mail. HRC and our partners also held a virtual launch event to discuss the results. Read more from Metro Weekly
  • Yesterday, HRC also announced Unite for Equality, our national virtual event to bring together members and supporters from across the country to mobilize and build momentum going into the election. LGBTQ people have a long history of assembling and organizing, and we’re committed to carrying that same spirit and energy forward in 2020!

THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE, EXACERBATED BY COVID-19: The negative economic impacts of COVID-19 are creating risky situations for transgender people, especially Black trans women. “There are more deaths and they’re happening in shorter periods of time,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1), “We’re seeing people pick on folks who have less power and there are few people with less power than Black trans people.” Read more from Spectrum News

FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY -- LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE CREATING WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES DURING THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS: Read more from BuzzFeed

IN THE STATES

NEVADA WILL BEGIN INCLUDING QUESTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY IN COVID-19 DATA COLLECTION: More from the Associated Press

  • HRC has long advocated for more inclusive data collection with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity, and has called on the CDC, HHS and other states to also begin collecting and reporting data on the impact of the virus on LGBTQ health. 

LGBTQ CANDIDATES IN WASHINGTON STATE, KANSAS AND MICHIGAN HAVE ADVANCED TO THE GENERAL ELECTION: More from The Advocate

GEORGIA GOVERNOR PASSES LAW THAT WILL THREATEN THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE IT SHOULD PROTECT: More from HRC

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SWEDISH SINGER DARIN ZANYAR (@darinofficial) COMES OUT AS GAY IN AN INSTAGRAM POST: More from Gay Times

LOOKING FOR WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT -- HERE ARE THE BEST LGBTQ MOVIES TO WATCH ON NETFLIX: See the full list at Gay Times

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