#AM_Equality: February 11, 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HUD implements Supreme Court’s Bostock ruling, enforces Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people

HRC APPLAUDS HUD’S ENFORCEMENT OF THE FAIR HOUSING ACT TO PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE: This announcement is the first action by an agency implementing Bostock v. Clayton County per President Biden’s Executive Order signed on Day One of his presidency. Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “Today, thanks to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and President Biden, LGBTQ people can rest assured that if they are denied housing in an emergency or refused rental of an apartment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity they will have recourse under federal law.” More from HRC.

HRC RESPONDS TO BIDEN ADMINISTRATION POSTPONING DISCRIMINATORY TRUMP-ERA HHS RULE CHANGE: In response to a legal challenge, HHS agreed to a court order that will temporarily halt a Trump-era discriminatory rule change that would have permitted discrimination against LGBTQ people, religious minorities and women in programs related to foster care, adoption, HIV and STI prevention, youth homelessness, refugee resettlement, elder care programs and more. Said HRC President Alphonso David: “We thank Lambda Legal for their leadership on this lawsuit and commend the Biden administration on taking immediate steps to prioritize the well-being and safety of our communities by halting implementation and undertaking a review of a Trump-era policy that would have endangered access to critical services for LGBTQ people, religious minorities and women.” More from HRC.

STANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE RESEARCHER EMPHASIZES IMPORTANCE OF DATA TO SUPPORT LGBTQ HEALTH: “To start making changes to the health-care system broadly, it needs to be entered into the education of providers, and things in medical school don’t get taught unless there’s data to back them up.” More from Stanford Magazine.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

TENNESSEAN GOV. BILL LEE FALSELY SAYS TRANSGENDER ATHLETES WILL DESTROY WOMEN’S SPORTS: “Governor Lee has no idea what he’s talking about,” HRC Deputy National Campaign Director Hope Jackson said in a statement. “We’d love to engage with Governor Lee if he can actually name a time when a transgender athlete in Tennessee ‘stole’ a scholarship from a cisgender athlete.” More from AP.

IN THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, “TRANSPHOBIC MEASURES, INCLUDING ABOUT WHO GETS TO PLAY SPORTS, WOULD HARM CHILDREN”: “Lawmakers seek to exclude children from sports and seek to deny them affirming, and potentially life-saving medical treatment,” writes Claudia Geist. “These measures are not centering child well-being. They are deeply rooted in transphobia and will harm Utah children.” More from The Salt Lake Tribune.

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