#AM_Equality: December 8, 2020

by HRC staff

Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary

AM_Equality: Trump admin to undermine non-discrimination protections for employees of fed contractors; HRC announces new class of youth ambassadors

TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN MOVES TO UNDERMINE NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR EMPLOYEES OF FEDERAL CONTRACTORS: The Department of Labor announced a final rule that would gut non-discrimination protections, including for LGBTQ people. Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “Within its final weeks, the Trump-Pence administration has chosen to prioritize gutting existing protections for LGBTQ people, women and religious minorities. This lame-duck action by the administration is blatantly offensive, unnecessary and simply unacceptable.” More from HRC.

HRC ANNOUNCES NEW CLASS OF YOUTH AMBASSADORS: HRC Foundation’s Youth Well-Being Program is pleased to announce the 2021 class of HRC Youth Ambassadors: Luke Chacko, Nico Craig, Junior Hernandez, Nakiya Lynch, Alise Maxie, Ve'ondre Mitchell, Molly Pinta, Joseph Reed, Ash Silcott and Jalen Smith. More from HRC.

As Youth Ambassadors, these LGBTQ advocates will represent the HRC Foundation, adding their voices and experiences to raise awareness about the most pressing concerns facing LGBTQ youth and our programs that promote well-being for LGBTQ youth.

TUESDAY TWEET-- MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ANTI-LGBTQ: HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) penned a letter to the editor in response to the Washington Post op-ed, “A Silver Lining in LGBTQ Support for Trump.”

David writes, “That the Trump-Pence administration has been virulently anti-LGBTQ is not hyperbole; it is a matter of record. But rather than address this head-on, Giselle Donnelly and James Kirchick, in their Dec. 3 Thursday Opinion essay, almost entirely ignored the administration’s actions.” More from The Washington Post.

THE NUMBER OF “LGBT+ FRIENDLY” BUSINESSES NEARLY DOUBLES IN ONE YEAR IN MEXICO: In the 2020 edition of the corporate index HRC Equidad MX, the number of companies that were certified by HRC as “the best places to work toward LGBT equality in 202”" went from 126 to 235, from 2019 to 2020. More from Expansión.

TODAY -- TENT PARTNERSHIP FOR REFUGEES AND HRC CONVENE GLOBAL COMPANIES IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ REFUGEES: Today between 12:00-1:20 PM ET, the North American Business Summit on LGBTQ Refugees will feature panel discussions and an announcement from businesses on how they will help to address the unique needs of LGBTQ refugees as they seek to integrate into their host communities.

  • Interested media can RSVP here.

NASDAQ WANTS TO REQUIRE COMPANIES TO HAVE WOMEN, MINORITY AND LGBTQ BOARD MEMBERS: More from The 19th.

CHECK OUT THESE SIX BLACK-OWNED LGBTQ BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: More from LGBTQ Nation.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

RECENT FLORIDA COURT RULING IS A MAJOR SETBACK FOR TRANS PEOPLE IN U.S. PRISONS: In a 7-4 decision, a Florida appeals court ruled against Reiyn Keohane, who began receiving gender affirming, transition-related care prior to her conviction and was seeking permission to present in accordance with her gender while incarcerated in a men’s state prison. More from them.

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NINE LGBTQ FILMS AND SHOWS TO STREAM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: With the holidays quickly approaching, there are several new and tried-and-true options to have an inclusive holiday movie night. More from them.

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