#AM_Equality: February 8. 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HRC President Alphonso David pens op-ed for Reuters on National Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID PENS OP-ED FOR REUTERS ON NATIONAL BLACK HIV AND AIDS AWARENESS DAY: “On this day, we call attention to the fact that the HIV epidemic is far from over, and that we must refocus our work and our hearts on the communities who continue to bear the brunt of this virus: Black and Latinx gay and bi+ men and transgender women,” writes David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The disproportionate impact of the HIV epidemic is directly rooted in structural racism and anti-Blackness.” Read more from Reuters.

HRC SUPPORTS THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL INSURANCE LEAVE (FAMILY) ACT: “Americans should not be forced to decide between taking care of their families and economic security,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As COVID cases surge, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act is crucial legislation that would ensure that millions of Americans -- including LGBTQ families -- have access to paid family and medical leave to care for themselves and their family members. We thank Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Rosa DeLauro for their continued leadership on behalf of all American families and urge Congress to remove an unfair burden on working families and swiftly pass the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act.” More from HRC.

LAST WEEK, HRC HELD A LIVESTREAM ON THE ROLE OF HOSPITALS IN ADVANCING EQUALITY: HRC President Alphonso David and health care leaders discussed COVID-19, disparities in health care and the important role of hospitals in advancing equity. Watch here.

MINDFUL MONDAY -- HRC LAUNCHES MY HEART, MY PRIDE CAMPAIGN IN RECOGNITION OF AMERICAN HEART MONTH: Heart health is particularly important for LGBTQ people -- a recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association found that LGBTQ people experience worse heart health compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. More from HRC.

MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER & HRC BOARD MEMBER ANDREA JENKINS (@andreaforward8) INCLUDED ON CHISHOLM LEGACY LIST FOR 2020: More here.

HRC MOURNS FIFTY BANDZ, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN LOUISIANA: “In just one month, multiple transgender or gender non-conforming people have been killed, four of whom were Black trans women. This level of violence is infuriating and heartbreaking,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “This is an epidemic of violence that must be stopped. We will continue to affirm that Black Trans Lives Matter and say the names of those we have lost, including Fifty Bandz, but we must do more. Fifty was killed by someone she knew -- if we can’t trust the people we know, who can we trust? We need everyone to take action to bring this horrific violence to an end.” More from HRC.

ICYMI -- BIDEN ISSUES COMPREHENSIVE EXECUTIVE ACTION ON ADVANCING LGBTQ EQUALITY ACROSS THE GLOBE: Key provisions in the President’s memorandum include: advocating for the decriminalization of LGBTQ people and same-sex relations abroad; protecting LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers escaping discrimination, persecution and violence; engaging in diplomacy to provide foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance nondiscrimination; acting urgently to rescind any directives, orders, regulations and policies inconsistent with advancing the human rights of LGBTQ people around the world; and building a coalition of nations and international organizations working to fight LGBTQ discrimination and advance equality. More from HRC.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

GEORGIA INTRODUCES BILL THAT WOULD BAN TRANSGENDER PEOPLE FROM PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS: More from Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

📺 GET CULTURED -- entertainment, arts and sports news!

JOJO SIWA (@itsjojosiwa) SAYS HER “PERFECT” GIRLFRIEND ENCOURAGED HER TO COME OUT: More from CNN.

🌏 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

RUSSIAN COURT AGAIN RULES TRANSGENDER WOMAN CAN KEEP PRINTING JOB SHE WAS FIRED FROM AFTER COMING OUT: More from RT.

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