#AM_Equality: February 1, 2021

by HRC Staff

HRC marks the beginning of Black History Month; HRC calls on states to implement Bostock decision

HRC MARKS THE BEGINNING OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Wrote HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “This Black History Month, I am reflecting on the contributions that Black people have consistently made to our democracy, giving it the lifeblood it needs to survive, this past election being the most recent example. That is why I am calling on myself and all of us to do more than just reflect on our history but to actively engage and commit to safeguarding Black futures. Our democracy depends on it.” More from HRC.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN CALLS ON STATES TO IMPLEMENT BOSTOCK DECISION: “On Day One of his presidency, President Biden issued a historic, wide-ranging Executive Order enforcing the implementation of the Bostock decision, instructing his agencies to immediately begin preparation to protect LGBTQ people under existing civil rights laws. Now, it’s time for states to do the same,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “While implementation of Bostock on the federal level is a significant step forward, LGBTQ people must also have access to protections under state laws.” More from HRC.

MUST-WATCH MONDAY -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID & FILMMAKER ZACKARY DRUCKER (@zackarydrucker) HOSTED A Q&A ABOUT DRUCKER’S NEW HBO MAX DOCUSERIES, “THE LADY AND THE DALE”: Watch here.

HRC CALLS ON LEADER MCCARTHY TO IMMEDIATELY REMOVE CONGRESSWOMAN GREENE FROM HER COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: HRC calls on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to hold her accountable and remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from all her assigned Congressional committees at the very least. “The integrity of our democratic institutions should be important to all elected officials regardless of political party. Accordingly, McCarthy should act -- and act urgently,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS DOMINIQUE JACKSON, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN MISSISSIPPI: “Dominique was an important and valued member of her community, where she will be greatly missed,” said Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1), HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative. “In just one month, we have already recorded multiple deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the U.S. This is unacceptable. We need everyone in the LGBTQ community and our allies to speak out against this violence and take action to stop it. We will continue fighting for justice for all trans and gender non-conforming people.” More from HRC.

LONGTIME LGBTQ ACTIVIST CARMEN VÁZQUEZ DIES AT 72: More from NBC News and HRC.

HALF OF U.S. STATES LACK MOST BASIC PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE, STATE EQUALITY INDEX REPORT FINDS: More from CNN.

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