#AM_Equality: Equality Act passes House; join HRC Pres. Alphonso David, Speaker Pelosi & Rep. Cicilline for Instagram Live at noon
EQUALITY ACT PASSES U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Equality Act. “Today’s vote is a major milestone for equality bringing us closer to ensuring that every person is treated equally under the law,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The Human Rights Campaign thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for its commitment to LGBTQ equality and advancing this legislation forward on behalf of all Americans. Now, we look forward to a hearing and vote in the Senate to finally allow LGBTQ Americans the ability to live their lives free from discrimination.” More from The Hill, USA Today, NBC News, and Washington Post.
TODAY AT NOON E.T. -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINS SPEAKER PELOSI AND CONGRESSMAN CICILLINE FOR INSTAGRAM LIVE: David, Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Cicilline will discuss the House vote on the Equality Act and talk about our shared fights for LGBTQ rights in Congress. More from HRC.
SENATE SHOULD SWIFTLY CONFIRM DR. RACHEL LEVINE: “Today, Dr. Rachel Levine has proven she is more than qualified to serve as Assistant Health Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Levine’s record of accomplishment as a public health leader is unquestionable. At a time when access to health care is a growing crisis for transgender and gender non-conforming people, Dr. Levine has the empathy to understand the health needs of our diverse country and the skillset to improve them.” More from NewNowNext.
HRC MOURNS JEFFREY “JJ” BRIGHT, TRANS TEEN KILLED IN PENNSYLVANIA: Bright was a student at Ambridge High School in Ambridge, Pa. and was active in P.R.I.S.M. (Pride. Respect. Inspiration. Safety. Mentoring.), a local non-profit outreach organization for the LGBTQ+ youth of Beaver County, Pa. “Jeffrey was just so young, too young to have his life cut short,” said Tori Cooper, HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative. “JJ had friends, family, a community and a life that he deserved to live. Our hearts go out to everyone in JJ’s community. As this high rate of violence against transgender people continues, we need everyone to keep mobilizing, keep speaking up and keep supporting trans lives.” More from HRC.
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