#AM_Equality: President Biden urges swift passage of Equality Act; Black LGBTQ artists and activists claim space for their community
PRESIDENT BIDEN URGES CONGRESS TO SWIFTLY PASS THE EQUALITY ACT:
WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL BOARD PENS POWERFUL OP-ED ON IMPORTANCE OF EQUALITY ACT: “LGBTQ people have waited long enough for comprehensive anti-discrimination protections.” More from The Washington Post.
BROADCAST AND CABLE TV NEWS SPENT LESS THAN AN HOUR COVERING ANTI-TRANS VIOLENCE IN 2020: In 2020, at least 44 transgender and gender nonconforming people were brutally killed in the U.S. -- making it the deadliest year on record for the community. The vast majority of these victims were Black or Latina trans women. A Media Matters analysis of broadcast and cable TV news in 2020 found that networks discussed anti-trans violence for only 54 minutes across 23 segments. More from Media Matters.
SIX TRANS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN LESS THAN TWO MONTH--THIS VIOLENCE MUST END: More from HRC.
BLACK LGBTQ CLERGY OFFER SUPPORT TO COMMUNITY DURING TOUGH TIMES: HRC previously released a report showing that Black LGBTQ people are experiencing more adverse economic impact from the pandemic, and research has consistently shown that Black Americans are more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and face higher fatality rates than their white counterparts. More from QNotes.
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BLACK LGBTQ ARTISTS AND ACTIVISTS CLAIM SPACE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY: “During this Black History Month, I want to claim space for all Black LGBTQ youth who feel unseen and unheard as their full selves, who too often feel that they must choose between their identities as a Black person and as an LGBTQ person,” Said HRC President Alphonso David (@Alphonso David). More from NewNowNext.