#AM_Equality: Early access to gender-affirming hormones linked to better mental health; transgender activist TIME’s kid of the year finalist
🩺 EARLY ACCESS TO GENDER-AFFIRMING HORMONES LINKED TO BETTER MENTAL HEALTH, STUDY FINDS: A new peer-reviewed study from PLOS One found that access to gender-affirming hormone therapy in adolescence is associated with better mental health outcomes for transgender adults. More from NBC News.
🗳 ANDREA JENKINS BREAKS BARRIERS AS NATION’S FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: Andrea Jenkins has made history for a second time becoming the first openly transgender president of a city council in the United States after the Minneapolis City Council unanimously chose her their president. More from Huffpost.
GAY AND BI MEN STILL FACE HURDLES TO DONATE BLOOD AMID NATIONAL SHORTAGE: The Red Cross announced that for the first time in U.S. history, the nation is facing a “national blood crisis.” But even with a dire need for blood donations, the FDA continues its four-decade-long discriminatory and unscientific ban on gay men giving blood. More from LGBTQNation.
TIME KID OF THE YEAR FINALIST: TRANS ACTIVIST KAI SHAPPLEY: More from TIME.
📍 IN THE STATES
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOVES TO OUTLAW ‘GAY PANIC’ DEFENSE: New Hampshire is working to ban “gay panic” defenses which have been argued to dismiss and diminish the murder of LGBTQ+ people in the past. More from The Hill.
TRANSGENDER RIGHTS ADVOCATES PLAN TO PROTEST AGAINST 3 ANTI-TRANS BILLS FILED IN SOUTH DAKOTA: More from Argus Leader.
📺 GET CULTURED
📚 RACHEL ROASEK GIVES CYRANO DE BERGERAC AN LGBTQ+ TWIST IN DEBUT LOVE SOMEBODY: Rachel Roasek’s new book, Love Somebody, works to rewrite an old story with quite a new twist–one filled with the representation of LGBTQ+ folks and a focus on the different struggles teenagers face as they step into the world of adolescence and making meaning of the world around them. More from Entertainment Weekly.
🎶 LAVENDER COUNTRY SADDLING UP FOR FIRST ALBUM IN NEARLY 50 YEARS: More from Billboard.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
HUNGARY SETS A DATE FOR REFERENDUM ON CONTROVERSIAL LGBTQ+ LAW: In April, Hungary will hold a referendum on its discriminatory law that bans educational materials and programs for children that are considered to promote LGBTQ+ themes. This announcement came Tuesday amid increasing scrutiny of Hungary’s right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban by the European Union. More from CNN and Reuters.
GREECE REMOVES BAN ON GAY AND BISEXUAL+ MEN DONATING BLOOD: While the U.S. is facing the worst blood shortage in years -- which has been compounded by outdated and discriminatory policies -- Greece is taking action to allow gay and bisexual+ men to donate blood products. More from Star Observer.