#AM_Equality: November 9, 2021

by HRC Staff

HRC celebrates HBCU truth week, releases new data on COVID-19 & LGBTQ+ health equity

🩺 HRC RELEASES NEW DATA ON COVID-19 & LGBTQ+ HEALTH EQUITY: HRC released new data outlining the health impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ people, including experiences with getting vaccinated and concerns with the Delta variant. “Even though LGBTQ+ people are likely getting vaccinated at impressively high rates, the evidence suggests that the community may have also gotten COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates and are far more concerned about the dangers of the Delta variant,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training Jay Brown (@ThisIsJayBrown). “The data shows what we have long known— those living at the intersections of multiply marginalized identities bear the brunt of this pandemic.” More from HRC.

🏳️‍🌈 HRC CELEBRATES HBCU TRUTH WEEK: Truth Week is a three-day virtual summit to support and affirm HBCU LGBTQ+ students, train a new generation of Black LGBTQ+ activists, and combat homophobia and stigma. The summit started last night and continues this evening at 7 PM on HRC’s Instagram Account (@humanrightscampaign). “This summit develops the next generation of Black LGBTQ+ leaders,” said HRC HBCU Project Director Leslie Hall (@MrLeslieHall, he/him). “This program attracts people who will make headlines for the work that they will do to build a world where Black LGBTQ+ people are afforded the same rights and opportunities as anyone else. We could not be more proud of these young leaders and look forward to working alongside them to create a path toward their bright futures.” More from HRC.

⚧️ 📚 BOOK ALERT: “CALVIN” A CHILDREN’S BOOK ABOUT A TRANS BOY: Written by HRC Foundation Parents for Transgender Equality National Council (PTEC) member Vanessa Ford (@VanessaFordDC), the book and the accompanying Welcoming Schools lesson plan hopes to expand students’ perceptions and understandings of gender and what it means to be transgender using age-appropriate language for younger students. More from HRC.

THE FEDS ARE FINALLY LISTENING TO INTERSEX AMERICANS: Intersex people -- and their rights -- have long been ignored due to decades of medical erasure and stigma. But that’s changing as the Biden-Harris administration prioritizes intersex rights. More from Washington Blade and The Advocate.

🌈 ‘MAYOR PETE’ DOCUMENTARY SHOWS BUTTIGIEG WALKING A PATH NOT YET CHARTED IN POLITICS: In the new film, out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg discusses the challenge of embracing his sexuality “without it swallowing” his presidential campaign. More from NBC.

U.S. PROPOSES RESCINDING TRUMP-ERA EXPANSION OF RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS: The Trump administration era rule includes expanded exemptions for contractors, leaving the door open for discrimination. More from NBC.

📍 IN THE STATES

⚧️ THERE ARE ONLY 5 BLACK TRANS ELECTED OFFICIALS ACROSS THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES: Trans people are extremely underrepresented in elected office and those who are elected are typically white. Black trans candidates and advocates tell Orion Rummler (@i_oriion) that fixing economic disparities and campaign finance laws are necessary for Black trans people to gain more representation among elected officials. More from 19th* News and LGBTQNation.

📺 GET CULTURED

🤣 SNL EPICALLY ROASTS REPUBLICAN BIGOTS DECLARING WAR ON LGBTQ+ BOOKS: SNL returned with a hilarious spoof of Fox News, taking aim at conservatives’ fury over LGBTQ+ books in schools. More from PinkNews.

🌈 ⛰️ LGBTQ+ MOUNTAINEERS TAKE RAINBOW FLAG TO WORLD’S HIGHEST PEAKS: More from GayCities.

🟥 ⚽ JOSH CAVALLO SAYS HE’D BE SCARED FOR HIS LIFE TO PLAY QATAR WORLD CUP: More from Out.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

⚧️ COMING OUT IN INDIA: QUEER AND TRANS FOLK SHARE JOY, FAMILY HEARTBREAK AND HOPES FOR THE FUTURE: Aditya Tiwari, an LGBTQ+ rights activist and writer from India, describes the evolution of LGBTQ+ acceptance in the country. More from PinkNews.

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