#AM_Equality: December 3, 2020

by HRC staff

HRC releases 2020 Municipal Equality Index; Equality champion Mark Kelly sworn in as U.S. Senator

HRC RELEASES ITS 2020 INDEX RATING MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE U.S. ON LGBTQ INCLUSION: “The results of this year’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) show definitive evidence that our local leaders across the nation are standing up for equality,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “There is no question that the Trump administration made every effort to attack laws aimed to protect LGBTQ people, and our cities have responded with inclusivity and innovative public policy. Adopting the measures outlined in the MEI will not only help cultivate more united and safe communities, but it will foster economic growth by signaling to residents, visitors and outside investors that their region is welcoming to all.” More from HRC.

  • Today at 1 p.m. EST, HRC will hold a press conference on the results of the MEI. The event will feature David and local elected officials and community leaders from high-performing cities across the country. If you are a member of the press and you would like to RSVP, please email aryn.fields@hrc.org.

TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN AGAIN REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE LGBTQ PEOPLE IN WORLD AIDS DAY PROCLAMATION: “Since taking office, the administration has prioritized undermining the rights and well-being of the LGBTQ community, including those living with HIV and AIDS,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “LGBTQ people in the United States and around the world continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, especially Black and Latinx members of the community. To end the HIV epidemic, we must uplift the voices of those who have been affected and commit to end the stigma that still surrounds HIV.” More from Metro Weekly and the Washington Blade.

EQUALITY CHAMPION MARK KELLY (@SenMarkKelly) SWORN IN AS THE NEWEST UNITED STATES SENATOR: Said HRC President Alphonso David, “Today, the voices of 1.7 million people in Arizona who voted for a pro-equality vision have seen their call answered as Mark Kelly is sworn in as the next Senator from Arizona. Senator Kelly has been a steadfast advocate for LGBTQ rights throughout his time in public life and he is committed to fighting for progress on key legislation to advance equality for 242,000 LGBTQ Arizonans and more than 11 million LGBTQ people nationwide for whom these issues are a matter of life and death.” More from HRC.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- HRC CELEBRATES ELLIOT PAGE: Visibility gives others the strength to live their lives openly and authentically. Today, HRC celebrates Page (@TheElliotPage) for speaking his truth and sending trans and non-binary folks a clear message: you are seen and you are loved.

HRC TO HOST CONVERSATION WITH HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID AND AUTHOR KATHERINE STEWART (@kathsstewart) ON FRIDAY AT 6:30 P.M. EST: Remaining Home in Faith VII: “Telling the Truth: The Religious Right’s Assault on the LGBTQ Community” will discuss Stewart’s new book The Power Worshippers. More from HRC, and tune in here.

HRC MOURNS SKYLAR HEATH, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN MIAMI: HRC is deeply saddened to report the death of Skylar Heath, a 20-year-old Black transgender woman who was killed in Miami, Florida on November 4. HRC received reports of Skylar’s death a few weeks ago and has been investigating. “In November alone, at least four transgender women of color have been killed in this country. This reflects a horrific rate of violence that the transgender and gender non-conforming community, especially Black transgender women, is facing this year,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “Skylar was just at the beginning of her life, and she did not deserve to have that life cut short. We must continue to affirm that Black Trans Lives Matter and take action to end the devastating violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.” More from HRC.

HRC’S ELLEN KAHN AND JODIE PATTERSON JOIN PTA PODCAST “NOTES FROM THE BACKPACK”: Kahn (@ellenbkahn), HRC Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships, and Patterson (@jodie_GeorgiaNY), HRC Foundation Board Chair, discussed how to be an ally to LGBTQ students and families in schools. Listen here.

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