HRC TO HOST “THE POWER OF EQUALITY,” ONLINE LGBTQ INAUGURAL EVENT COMMEMORATING HISTORIC ELECTION OF JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS: The event will feature a number of special guests, including actor, singer and activist Billy Porter; actor Matt Bomer; Senators Tammy Baldwin, John Hickenlooper and Jeff Merkley; Representatives Angie Craig, Sharice Davids and Ritchie Torres; and more. Said HRC President Alphonso David: “We will join together to not only celebrate the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris but support one another as we continue to process last week’s violent insurrection, the ongoing and systemic racial injustice, the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic security.” More from HRC.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UPHELD RULE OF LAW, IMPEACHED DONALD TRUMP A SECOND TIME: HRC calls on the U.S. Senate to vote to convict Trump following the bipartisan 232 to 197 vote in the House to impeach him for inciting insurrection. “With bipartisan support, we applaud the House of Representatives for standing up for our democracy and holding Trump accountable with today’s vote to impeach and remove him from office,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The Human Rights Campaign calls on the United States Senate to give this bipartisan rebuke its full consideration and expeditiously vote to convict and remove President Donald Trump from office.” More from HRC.
HRC MOURNS TYIANNA ALEXANDER, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN CHICAGO: Alexander’s death is the first known violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2021. Her death is also at least the second violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in Chicago in the last several weeks, after Courtney “Eshay” Key was killed on December 25. More from HRC.
THURSDAY FEATURE -- REP. RITCHIE TORRES SHARES POWERFUL WORDS ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP: More here.
SPELMAN COLLEGE TO LAUNCH FIRST-EVER HBCU QUEER STUDIES CHAIR IN HONOR OF AUDRE LORDE: More from The Root.
JOE BIDEN NOMINATES SAMANTHA POWER TO LEAD USAID: “Samantha Power is a world-renowned voice of conscience and moral clarity — challenging and rallying the international community to stand up for the dignity and humanity of all people,” said Biden in a press release. More from The Washington Blade.
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HRC FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF TEXAS LGBTQ WORKERS: The case, Tarrant County Community College v. Sims, addresses the scope of protections against discrimination for LGBTQ workers under Texas state law. HRC is represented on the brief and in oral argument by Winston & Strawn LLP. Said HRC President Alphonso David: “The Bostock decision was a landmark moment for equality and cemented non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ employees into federal law—that precedent must also be applied without delay at the state level.” More from HRC.
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STONEWALL NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES GETS FUNDING TO GO DIGITAL: More from WLRN.