#AM_Equality: January 15, 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HRC mourns Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, transgender man killed in Puerto Rico; HRC Prez on Samantha Power to lead USAID

HRC MOURNS SAMUEL EDMUND DAMIÁN VALENTÍN, TRANSGENDER MAN KILLED IN TRUJILLO ALTO, PUERTO RICO: Valentín’s death is believed to be at least the second violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2021. Said Tori Cooper, HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative: “We’re only a few weeks into the new year, and we have already seen several deaths of transgender and non-binary people. This is unacceptable. Samuel did not deserve to die —none of the LGBTQ people who have been killed in Puerto Rico or anywhere else deserved to have their lives cut short.” More from HRC.

FRIDAY FEATURE -- HRC PRESIDENT ON BIDEN’S NOMINATION OF SAMANTHA POWER TO LEAD USAID: More here.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FINALIZES RULE AXING NONDISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from NBC.

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REV. KIM JACKSON SWORN IN AS GEORGIA’S FIRST LGBTQ STATE SENATOR: More from Project Q.

INDIANA DEDICATES FIRST RESIDENTIAL FACILITY FOR HOMELESS LGBTQ YOUTH: More from Journal Review.

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REPORT SHOW THAT A FIFTH OF LGBTQ REPRESENTATION ON TV WERE BECAUSE OF PRODUCERS SHONDA RHIMES, GREG BERLANTI, LENA WAITHE AND RYAN MURPHY: More from EW.

A BIDEN PRESIDENCY COULD PROVIDE AN OPEN SPACE FOR MORE LGBTQ ATHLETES TO COME OUT: More from USA Today.