#AM_Equality: July 1, 2020

by HRC Staff

17 officers disciplined, solitary confinement ended in NYC jails after death of trans woman; EXCLUSIVE w/ HRC President in Essence

HRC PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO TIQ MILAN IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ESSENCE: “Our current struggle to transform policing in this country and get people to finally value Black lives is just as important to the life and safety of a Black LGBTQ person as it is to a non-LGBTQ Black person. But society has created these false constructs to suggest that our goals are separate. They are not. At its core, we are all fighting to make sure we are treated equally under law and with dignity and respect,” David told Milan (@TheMrMilan) as they discussed LGBTQ equality, the fight against racism and the magazine’s most recent cover featuring Billy Porter (@TheeBillyPorter). Read the full piece in Essence.

SEVENTEEN OFFICERS DISCIPLINED, SOLITARY CONFINEMENT ENDED IN NYC JAILS AFTER NEW FINDINGS SHOW HORRIFIC DEATH OF TRANS WOMAN AT RIKERS: In June 2019, Layleen Polanco was found unresponsive in Rikers Island. Polanco was described by those who knew her as “a sweet, amazing [...] and generous human being.” More from The Advocate.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- MASTERCARD TO ALLOW TRANS CUSTOMERS TO USE TRUE NAME ON THEIR ACCOUNTS:

ICYMI -- THE HILL HOSTS LGBTQ SUMMIT: Last night, HRC President Alphonso David joined Olympic medalist Adam Rippon (@AdamRippon), Rep. Sharice Davids (@RepDavids), Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) and Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) to discuss the state of LGBTQ equality in America and its connection to racial justice. Watch here.

GOOGLE HONORS MARSHA P. JOHNSON WITH GOOGLE DOODLE FOR PRIDE:

REDDIT REMOVES HATE SPEECH-FILLED MESSAGE BOARDS FROM SITE: Those boards removed include ones that were dedicated to anti-trans hate speech. More from Advocate.

NEW ASSOCIATION BRINGS TOGETHER TRANS JOURNALISTS TO PUSH FOR ACCURATE, RESPONSIBLE COVERAGE: More from The Wrap.

IN THE STATES

HOW IDAHO’S TRANSPHOBIC BILLS WILL IMPACT THE STATE’S ECONOMY AND TOURISM: In March, Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed two pieces of discriminatory, unconstitutional anti-transgender legislation, commonly referred to as HB 500 and HB 509, even as his state and the world reel from the effects of COVID-19. More from The Idaho Statesman.

  • HB 500 bars transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.
  • HB 509 flies in the face of a recent court decision by forbidding transgender and nonbinary Idahoans from changing their gender marker on their birth certificates.

GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER RENAMES BUILDING IN HONOR OF MICHIGAN’S CIVIL RIGHTS ACT: It’s time for the legislature to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect members of the LGBTQ community and make Michigan a state where more people want to move to for opportunity. Read Gov. Whitmer’s full statement here.

MAN WITH GOLF CLUB SHATTERS WINDOWS OF OAKLAND LGBTQ CENTER: The center was founded by two gay Black men in 2017. More from San Francisco Chronicle.

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TAYLOR SCHILLING SHARES PHOTO OF HER WITH GIRLFRIEND FOR PRIDE: Schilling had previously been private about her relationships. More from Advocate.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HISTORIC -- GABON’S LEGISLATURE VOTES TO DECRIMINALIZE CONSENSUAL SAME-SEX RELATIONS: The bill now must be ratified by President Ali Bongo. More from Reuters.

U.S. EMBASSY IN MOSCOW FLIES RAINBOW PRIDE FLAG: This is a powerful move, as the country has a so-called “anti-propaganda” law, which inhibits LGBTQ advocacy and has been used to punish those who display the flag. More from The Moscow Times.

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Deadline interviews Oscar-nominated director David France (@ByDavidFrance), whose latest documentary, Welcome to Chechnya, debuted last night; Teen Vogue speaks to LGBTQ people across the country about their Pride experiences

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