#AM_Equality: January 5, 2021

by HRC staff

Today is the Georgia Senate runoff election; The 117th Congress will prioritize LGBTQ equality

🗳️ TODAY IS THE GEORGIA SENATE RUNOFF ELECTION: HRC has been on the ground in Georgia, educating voters and mobilizing them to turn out to elect Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. More from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- TURN OUT TO VOTE FOR EQUALITY!

THE 117TH CONGRESS WILL PRIORITIZE LGBTQ EQUALITY: On Sunday, January 3, the 117th U.S. Congress swore in its new members, which boasts a pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and record number of women and LGBTQ people elected. “The 117th Congress has the opportunity to not only put our democracy back on track but deliver real positive change for LGBTQ people’s daily lives -- including prioritizing passage of the Equality Act, crucial federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s existing civil rights laws,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from HRC.

HRC EXIT POLL -- LGBTQ, EQUALITY VOTERS STRONGLY SUPPORTED JOE BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT: “Over the last three elections, the share of LGBTQ voters and Equality Voters has continued to increase, solidifying our community and our allies as a key rising constituency that can make or break a politician’s success,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Our issues matter, our votes matter and politicians around the country have taken notice. This development did not occur in a single cycle, but rather through sustained efforts by the Human Rights Campaign to identify and improve turnout amongst these groups. Now with pro-equality control restored in the White House, the future of our community and our movement is bright.” Read more from HRC and The 19th.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID SPOKE WITH DEFENSE SECRETARY-DESIGNEE LLOYD AUSTIN (@LloydAustin) ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPEAL OF DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL: More from the Washington Blade.

HRC’S TRANSGENDER JUSTICE INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES NEW SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM: The program will award $30,000 nationally in the form of 30 $1,000 grants to community members advancing transgender justice initiatives rooted in partnership with outside organizations. Four grants per city will be available in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans and Philadelphia, with an additional six grants will be available nationally. HRC is also proudly supporting Destination Tomorrow’s work offering one-time COVID-19 rapid response grants to trans and non-binary community members in need. The grants will be available nationwide. More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS JAHEIM PUGH JAHEIM BARBIE AND COURTNEY “ESHAY” KEY: Jaheim’s and Eshay’s deaths are at least the 42nd and 43rd that HRC tracked in 2020. “No one should face discrimination or violence because of who they are, what they wear or how they look,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “To truly end the epidemic of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people, we must work together to dismantle the stigma and bias that so many face. It will take all of us.” More from HRC.

HRC ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE WASHINGTON, D.C. ADMISSION ACT: More from HRC.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

SWITZERLAND LEGALIZES MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from HRC.

TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST AND HRC GLOBAL INNOVATOR LAURA WEINSTEIN PASSES AWAY: More from the Washington Blade.

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