#AM_Equality: Biden Administration declares Monkeypox a public health emergency; Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison
BRITTNEY GRINER SENTENCED TO 9 YEARS IN RUSSIAN PRISON ON DRUG CHARGES: “We join with so many of Brittney’s loved ones – her friends, teammates, and family – in sending her support as she endures this unimaginable hardship, so far from home,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “Today’s harsh sentencing is merely the latest example of how she is being used as a political pawn – and it has to stop. It is long past time that we bring Brittney home, and we support the Biden administration’s efforts to do so.” More from Washington Post, CNN, and HRC.
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DECLARES MONKEYPOX A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: “Declaring MPV to be a public health emergency is a crucial step forward in sounding the alarm and bringing much-needed urgency to the federal response. The window for immediate action is rapidly closing. We expect that the CDC, HHS, FDA and the White House will use this emergency to leverage every resource at our nation’s disposal to combat the virus,” said HRC Director of HIV and Health Equity Program Torrian L. Baskerville (he/him). More from ABC and HRC.
SOME LAB TECHS ARE REFUSING TO DRAW BLOOD FROM MONKEYPOX PATIENTS: More from LGBTQNation.
HRC’S TORI COOPER SPEAKS ABOUT THE NEED TO SUPPORT BLACK WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV: More from BDO.
SOCIAL INFLUENCE ISN’T CAUSING MORE YOUTHS TO BE TRANSGENDER, STUDY FINDS: More from NBC.
BLOCK ON BIDEN’S TITLE IX RULE IS PART OF BROADER ATTACK ON KEY LGBTQ+ RIGHTS CASE, EXPERTS SAY: More attempts to limit Bostock v. Clayton County are expected in conservative courts, experts say. More from them.
📍 IN THE STATES
HRC CONDEMNS FLORIDA BOARD OF MEDICINE FOR CONSIDERING GOV. DESANTIS’ POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED PROPOSAL TO BAN AFFIRMING CARE FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH: “Science, medicine, and evidence-based approaches have demonstrated time and time again that transition-related care is medically necessary and life-saving care, and if this proposal is adopted, it will go against the recommendation of every major medical association,” HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@sarahwarbelow, she/her). More from HRC and Florida Phoenix.
HRC ENDORSES WISCONSIN LT. GOV. MANDELA BARNES FOR U.S SENATE: “The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate. Throughout his time in public life, Barnes has been a steadfast advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has fought to ensure that all people – no matter their background or who they love – have the same rights and opportunities,” said HRC Wisconsin State Director Wendy Strout (she/her). More from HRC.
‘ERASED OUT OF THE CONVERSATION’: TRANSGENDER, NONBINARY HOOSIERS FRUSTRATED BY ABORTION BILL: More from IndyStar.
LGBTQ+ FLORIDIANS & ALLIES MAY DECIDE THE STATE’S NEXT GOVERNOR: More from the Advocate.
📺 GET CULTURED
DRAG RACE ICON SHEA COULEÉ TO JOIN MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE: More from PinkNews.
ANGELICA ROSS BECOMES THE FIRST OPENLY TRANS PERFORMER TO LEAD ‘CHICAGO’: More from Today.
TRANS SPORTS BANS ARE ‘FEARMONGERING,’ SAYS MARVEL ACTOR ZACH BARACK: More from Gay Times, Openly, and Thompson Reuters Foundation.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
HERE ARE THE COUNTRIES WHERE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS LEGAL: More from Gay Times.
U.K. FAR-RIGHT TAKES LESSON FROM U.S. PROTESTS AGAINST DRAG QUEENS: More from the Advocate.