#AM_Equality: February 4, 2021

by HRC Staff

Pete Buttigieg sworn in as Transportation Secretary; For the first time, three national LGBTQ orgs have Black leaders

HRC RESPONDS TO SEN. RAND PAUL’S ATTACKS ON TRANSGENDER CHILDREN: “Transgender girls are girls - plain and simple. There are thousands of issues facing students across the country during the pandemic, from reopening schools and restarting in-person learning to addressing and protecting the mental health of our children. Yet, despite all of those pressing crises, Sen. Rand Paul chose to exclusively use all of his allotted time to attack transgender children,” said HRC Spokesperson Lucas Acosta (@LucasRAcosta). “Secretary-designate Cardona spoke to the truth of the matter: our laws should and do protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. We need a Secretary of Education who will fight for every kid, no matter their gender identity. That person is Secretary-designate Miguel Cardona.” More from HRC.

PETE BUTTIGIEG (@SecretaryPete) SWORN IN AS TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: Watch here.

ON TUESDAY, HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID AND HRC DIRECTOR, HIV & HEALTH EQUITY J. MAURICE MCCANTS-PEARSALL JOINED NATIVE SON FOR AN INSTAGRAM LIVE: The conversation focused on HRC’s new initiative with Gilead to combat the HIV epidemic and promote transgender justice. Watch here.

THURSDAY TWEET -- LAST WEEK, MONTANA LEGISLATORS ADVANCED A BILL THAT WOULD BAN TRANS KIDS FROM PLAYING SPORTS. WE CAN STOP IT: Watch the powerful video here.

HRC MARKS NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE SURVIVORS WEEK: More from HRC.

FOR FIRST TIME EVER, THREE NATIONAL LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BLACK LEADERS: Kierra Johnson (@KierraDC) of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) of the Human Rights Campaign and Imani Rupert-Gordon (@ImaniRG) of the National Center for Lesbian Rights are making history. More from The Advocate.

CHIPOTLE TO PAPA JOHN’S: 60 CORPORATIONS THAT IMPROVED LGBTQ POLICIES IN 2020: More from The Advocate.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

FLORIDA IMPLEMENTS BOSTOCK: Yesterday, Florida’s Commission on Human Relations announced its intention to fully implement the Bostock v. Clayton County decision on the state level. “Today’s action by the Florida Commission on Human Relations is an enormous victory for LGBTQ people across the state who will now be protected under state law against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Today’s decision should also serve as a reminder that leaders in every state have the power to take action to improve the lives of LGBTQ people and deliver on the promise of equality for all.” More from HRC.

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HRC CONGRATULATES OUR LGBTQ FRIENDS AND ALLIES ON THEIR GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: Schitt’s Creek (@SchittsCreek), The Prom (@promnetflix) and Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) all received nominations. More from HRC.

INDYA MOORE IS THE NEW FACE OF TOMMY HILFIGER: Moore (@IndyaMoore), a model, actor and trans advocate, is the face of Tommy Hilfiger’s newest collection. The collection, “Moving Forward Together” highlights diverse stories. More from Paper Mag.

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