#AM_Equality: Trans people face new paperwork hurdle with COVID-19 vaccination cards; Friday Feature with Tony Morrison
“IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS HARD”: TRANS PEOPLE FACE NEW PAPERWORK HURDLE IN COVID-19 VACCINATION CARDS: For transgender individuals who already contend with costly documentation changes and barriers regarding health insurance, COVID–19 vaccination records and varying pharmacy rules present a new paperwork hurdle. More from them.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NEOPRONOUNS: Neopronouns are alternative gender-neutral pronoun sets for people who may not feel comfortable or represented when using they/them/their pronouns. Read about why people use neopronouns, examples of neopronouns, and how to incorporate them into your language and life. More from LGBTQNation.
✨ FRIDAY FEATURE: Tony Morrison (@THETonyMorrison, he/him) is an Emmy and GLAAD award-winning journalist at ABC’s “Good Morning America,” overseeing the brand’s social and digital strategy as a senior producer and leading on LGBTQ+ storytelling throughout the network. Tony also spearheaded the creation of ABC News’ first LGBTQ+ employee resource group for LGBTQ+ journalists and allies at ABC News. In a personal essay published in August 2021, Tony shared his experience of living with HIV in secret over the course of eight years. The widely-read essay has brought greater awareness and understanding to many; Tony is shredding stigma by sharing his story and being a force for change.
Check out his work: Personal essay: What I’ve learned after living with HIV in secret for years, First-ever injectable HIV prevention drug approved by FDA, Gay men speak out after being turned away from donating blood during coronavirus pandemic and A candid conversation with eight women of color running for Congress this year.
Read his recommendation: After Losing His Mom and Sister to AIDS, Jake Glaser Overcomes ‘Survivor's Guilt' to Help Others.
Learn more about what inspires him: “Someone who I look up to in the LGBTQ+ community is my former boss and current executive producer at CNN, Javi Morgado. Javi has an ability to connect with everyone on the most human level, while excelling professionally. To me, Javi proves that by putting your best foot forward and trusting your gut, the sky’s the limit. Javi inspires simply by the life he lives and leading by example.”
AUSTRALIAN MAN CONVICTED IN DECADES-OLD GAY HATE MURDER OF AMERICAN: More from NBC.
📍 IN THE STATES
DEBUNKING THE MYTHS THAT TEE UP ANTI-TRANS BILLS: Defending trans rights requires rooting out the inaccurate and harmful beliefs underlying the policies pushed by anti-trans legislators. Hear from doctors, academics, and sports psychologists who are using their expertise to debunk four common myths about transgender athletes. More from ACLU South Dakota.
🍻 LONG BEACH’S DECADES-OLD QUEER BAR SCENE MAKES THE CITY AN LGBTQ+ HAVEN: Though many only see Long Beach as a tourist attraction, the area has a thriving and colorful queer scene unlike anywhere else. More from Eater.
📺 GET CULTURED
🏀👑 CHICAGO BULLS SHOW HOW PRIDE NIGHT SHOULD BE DONE WITH DRAG CELEBRATION: The Chicago Bulls held a Pride Night halftime show to “commemorate the LGBTQIA community’s contribution to pop culture, music, and fashion and highlight drag” at a recent game. The celebration included Chicago’s own Aria B. Cassadine (@ariabcassadine), who competed on Paramount's Queen of the Universe, as well as a crash course in LGBTQ+ landmark events like Stonewall and Obergefell. More from Outsports.
🎬 ‘YELLOWJACKETS’ STAR JASMIN SAVOY BROWN TO PLAY FIRST QUEER ‘SCREAM’ CHARACTER: Jasmin Savoy Brown (@jasminsavoy), star of the hit Showtime series Yellowjackets, will make history as the first queer character in the “Scream” franchise. With the fifth installment gracing theaters on January 14th, Brown worked tirelessly with producers to craft her character with care to create “a completely lived-in person who isn’t defined by her queerness, but her queerness is celebrated even in the nuances.” More from NBC and The Hill.
DAD OF BRITAIN’S BIGGEST FAMILY SHARES ‘PROUD’ POST FOR BISEXUAL SON: 21-year-old Luke Radford (@luke_radford) opened up and discussed his sexuality and identity as bisexual on 22 Kids and Counting to welcoming arms from his family. More from the Mirror.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
GAY MEN WILL SOON BE ABLE TO GIVE BLOOD IN FRANCE: This week, the French government announced that gay and bisexual+ men will soon be allowed to donate blood without restrictions based on their sexual orientation. More from The Hill.
SOUTH KOREA’S TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY PUSHES FOR RECOGNITION AND ACCEPTANCE: More from East Asia Forum.