#AM_Equality: Percentage of adults identifying as LGBTQ+ in US has doubled over past decade Gallup finds; HRC condemns Virginia House of Delegates passage of discriminatory legislation
PERCENTAGE OF ADULTS IDENTIFYING AS LGBTQ+ IN US HAS DOUBLED OVER PAST DECADE, GALLUP FINDS: A new Gallup poll has found that the percentage of people who identify as LGBTQ+ has doubled over the past 10 years from 3.5% to 7.1%. Gallup attributes this increase to a high frequency of LGBTQ+ self-identification by Generation Z adults aged 18-25. “With more LGBTQ+ people than ever before living openly and embracing their identity, the fight for LGBTQ+ equality in America must continue to represent this ever-growing and beautiful community,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her).More from The Washington Post, NBC News and HRC.
📚 ICYMI -- HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ROUNDS UP LGBTQ+ AFFIRMING READS AS BOOK CHALLENGES MOUNT: In response to challenges against LGBTQ+ books in schools in libraries, HRC has released a list for middle and high school youth. More from The Hill and HRC.
POLITICS TO BLAME FOR SOUTH DAKOTA’S NATION-LEADING DEPRESSION AMONG LGBTQ+ PEOPLE, EXPERTS SAY: More from Dakota News Now.
✨ FRIDAY FEATURE: Femi Redwood (@femiredwood, she/her) earned her journalism chops as a TV reporter for local and national news. Now she is a podcast host and manager at 1010 WINS, one of the most listened to radio stations in the country. For Femi, the best part of her job is getting to oversee a talented team of podcasters who are focused on telling New York City’s diverse and untold stories. She is a co-chair of The National Association of Black Journalists LGBTQ+ Task Force, and she is a board member of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.
Check out her podcast work from ‘Beyond Black History Month’: Despite racism, Black LGBTQ people influenced American nightlife. Here’s how. and Black hair, a billion-dollar industry with few Black owners.
Read her recommendation: The False Promise of the Black Police Chief.
📍 IN THE STATES
HRC CONDEMNS VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES PASSAGE OF DISCRIMINATORY LEGISLATION: “Anti-equality legislators in Virginia have repeatedly pushed legislation this session that would allow discrimination including against LGBTQ+ individuals, said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley (@CthrynOkly, she/her). “These repeated efforts have been especially prevalent in the House of Delegates, which has a slim anti-equality majority following last year’s election.” More from HRC.
DEFEATED ANTI-TRANS BILL REVIVED TO BAR GENDER-CONFIRMING SURGERIES FOR TRANS YOUTH: “The bill allows the legislature to decide what kind of age-appropriate, medically-necessary, gender-affirming care is acceptable for transgender youth in Arizona,” said HRC Arizona State Director Bridget Sharpe (@bridgetsharpeAZ, she/her). “These decisions should be made between parents, children, and their medical care teams.” More from Arizona Mirror.
UTAH HOUSE PASSES ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILL: More from HRC.
ALABAMA ‘BATHROOM BILL’ TO LIMIT TRANS STUDENT ACCESS MOVES OUT OF COMMITTEE: More from Alabama News.
AS FLORIDA LAWMAKERS PUSH TO LIMIT LGBTQ+ DISCUSSIONS IN SCHOOLS, ORLANDO VOWS TO KEEP TEACHING ITS HISTORY: More from The Washington Post.
📺 GET CULTURED
MICHAELA JAÉ RODRIGUEZ TO RECEIVE GLAAD HONOR FOR LGBTQ+ ADVANCEMENT: Star of “Pose” and transgender LGBTQ+ activist Michaela Jaé Rodriguez will be honored for her work in advancing the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people of color. She will receive this honor at the GLAAD awards ceremony in Los Angeles on April 2. More from USA Today.
📚 LEVAR BURTON SAYS STUDENTS SHOULD READ BANNED BOOKS: LeVar Burton, former host of “Reading Rainbow,” joined Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show” to talk about the book bans being advanced by conservative lawmakers. Burton told kids to “read the books they don’t want you to. That’s where the good stuff is.” More from The Washington Post.
🎭 BROADWAY IS GETTING EVEN GAYER WITH “QUEERING THE CANON”: More from them.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
KUWAIT OVERTURNS LAW USED TO PROSECUTE TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: Kuwait’s Constitutional Court has overturned a law used by authorities to prosecute transgender people. The Court claimed that the law, criminalizing “imitation of the opposite sex,” violates Kuwaiti’s right to personal freedom. More from The New York Times.
🏒 WINTER OLYMPICS UPDATE
⛸️ 9 STORIES FROM LGBTQ+ FIGURE SKATERS IN THEIR OWN WORDS: More from Advocate.