#AM_Equality: February 25, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Equality Act to be voted on in House today; new polls reveals more Americans identify as LGBTQ

EQUALITY ACT TO BE VOTED ON IN HOUSE TODAY: Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said he was “excited” to see the likely passage of the bill in the House. “In many ways,” the coming vote showed how Congress was “catching up to the rest of the country” on LGBTQ rights, he said, citing shifts in public opinion in support of anti-discrimination legislation. The legislation was “long overdue.” More from USA Today.

NEW POLL REVEALS MORE AMERICANS IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ: According to a report by Gallup, almost 5.6% of Americans consider themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. “This poll confirms what we have long known -- that the LGBTQ community is powerful and a growing force in the United States, and around the world,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President. “As a growing percentage of the population comes out as LGBTQ, it only amplifies the need for the Equality Act to be passed through Congress swiftly and with bipartisan support in order to secure consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across all areas of life.” More from NBC News, CNN, and USA Today.

TODAY -- JOIN US FOR OUR SIXTH ANNUAL JAZZ AND FRIENDS READING!: Today, nearly 300 readings are being held and attended by more than 11,000 participants across the U.S. To mark the day in this virtual environment, HRC also released a new video of advocates, members of Congress and community leaders, including HRC President Alphonso David, U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride. More from HRC.

HRC RELEASES “STONE OF HOPE” VIDEO EXAMINING LGBTQ CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BLACK CHURCH: “Black LGBTQ people of faith have always been an integral part of the Black Church’s movement work, charting a course from oppression to liberation,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “However critical, vital and profound their contributions have been, Black LGBTQ people of faith have often been written out of the story.” More from Religion News Service.

LGBTQ COMMUNITY DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY COVID-19: According to a recent report by the CDC, LGBTQ Americans are more likely to suffer from critical COVID-19 symptoms. However, the survey lacks information about specific sexual orientations. More from The Hill.


TONIGHT AT 7:00 PM ET: HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINS BLACK LGBTQ LEADERS FOR PANEL ON “HONORING THE PAST, MAKING HISTORY TODAY”: He’ll join Imani Rupert-Gordon, NCLR Executive Director, Kierra Johnson, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director, Dominique Morgan, Black and Pink Executive Director, David Johns, National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director and Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, GLSEN Interim Executive Director, for the event. RSVP here.


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GILLIAN ANDERSON WILL PLAY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT IN NEW SHOWTIME SERIES: Openly bisexual actor Gillian Anderson will star in a new Showtime anthology about Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. More from Out.

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