#AM_Equality: January 20, 2022

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC Foundation releases 2021 State Equality Index after most anti-transgender state legislative season in history

HRC FOUNDATION RELEASES STATE EQUALITY INDEX AFTER MOST ANTI-TRANSGENDER STATE LEGISLATIVE SEASON IN HISTORY: “The 2021 State Equality Index outlines and analyzes how over a dozen states across the country led an intentional, coordinated attack on the transgender community, particularly children, across the country that has led to villainization, blatant discrimination, and ultimately, violence,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “On the other hand, we have seen a record-breaking amount of states step-up for LGBTQ+ equality and fight to pass laws that champion inclusivity and equity in the face of sweeping discrimination.” More from HRC and USA Today.

📅 HRC CELEBRATES ADVANCES IN LGBTQ+ POLICIES ONE YEAR INTO BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION: “There’s still a lot more to be done, and we at HRC look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration and partners in Congress to ensure that essential reforms – including the LGBTQ+ protections in the Equality Act and the voting rights safeguards currently before the Senate – become the law of the land.” More from HRC.

AMERICAN LGBTQ+ MUSEUM NAMES FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Ben Garcia has been selected to lead the first museum dedicated to LGBTQ+ history and culture in New York City. The museum seeks to strike a careful balance between New York and national LGBTQ+ history. More from The New York Times.

📱 92% OF TOP PARENTAL CONTROL APPS WRONGLY BLOCK LGBTQ+ AND SEX-ED SITES: Research found that many parental control apps blocked sites of leading LGBTQ+ organizations, including Stonewall, The Trevor Project and LGBT+ Switchboard. More from Forbes.

ICONIC VOGUE EDITOR ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY HAS DIED AT AGE 73: André Leon Talley has died at the age of 73. Talley’s career in fashion journalism spanned six decades. Talley became an iconic force at Vogue where he was creative director from 1988 to 1995 before becoming the magazine’s editor-at-large. More from Advocate and Variety.

📍 IN THE STATES

ARIZONA LAWMAKERS AND ACTIVISTS PUSH BACK AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ+ BILLS: There are several different bills in Arizona that are attempting to block access to things such as healthcare for those in the LGBTQ+ community, with an emphasis on restricting access to resources for youth in this community. More from Los Angeles Blade and The Hill.

IN ARKANSAS, TRANS TEENS AWAIT AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Transgender teen Zara Bank has been stuck between current policies and an unpredictable future in her home state of Arkansas. More from The New York Times.

📺 GET CULTURED

❄ ANDREW BLASER WINS USA OLYMPIC SKELETON SPOT, 1ST OPENLY GAY MAN TO DO SO: Andrew Blaser, University of Idaho decathlon participant and alum, is on his way to Beijing to compete as the first openly gay man in skeleton for Team USA. More from Outsports.

COMMENTARY: QUEER TIKTOK COULD BE A HAVEN FOR TEENS -- IF ADULTS LET IT: TikTok has the potential to become a place for teenagers to have a safe space to explore their sexuality, find community across the globe, and feel safe and supported in the world as someone in the LGBTQ+ community. More from NBC News.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

U.K. PROBES HISTORIC BAN ON LGBTQ+ ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL: More from POLITICO.

LGBTQ+ ATHLETES IN CHINA: TOLERATED AT BEST: More from DW.

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