#AM_Equality: July 10, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC announces series of congressional endorsements in Massachusetts; HRC welcomes Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson‘s new baby

HRC RESPONDS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING IN TRUMP V. VANCE: Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. Vance and granted New York state prosecutors potential access to President Trump’s tax returns in a landmark decision over presidential immunity from criminal proceedings. “Today’s Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Vance affirms that no one is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Donald Trump has proven time and again that he believes he is not beholden to the United States Constitution. The United States is a nation of laws, built upon the Constitutional promise that no one is beyond accountability -- especially those elected to serve the American public.” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES MASSACHUSETTS CHAMPIONS OF EQUALITY: HRC announced a series of endorsements of U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark, Bill Keating, Stephen Lynch, Jim McGovern, Seth Moulton, Richard Neal, Ayanna Pressley and Lori Trahan. “Last year, the Human Rights Campaign was proud to stand alongside these champions of equality and pass the Equality Act for the first time. This year, we’re here to stand alongside them again as they seek reelection,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “While we were able to make history by passing the Equality Act, we must ensure that we retain our pro-equality majority to pass the bill again through a pro-equality Senate and under a pro-equality President.” More from MassLive and HRC.

TRANSGENDER KILLINGS ARE RAMPANT FOR 2020, HRC COUNTS AT LEAST 21 TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING DEATHS THIS YEAR: At least four transgender and gender non-conforming people have been murdered in the past week, including at least three Black transgender women, bringing HRC's yearly count to 21 -- nearly matching 2019’s total of 27. More from USA Today.

  • Brayla Stone, a Black trans girl killed in Arkansas, deserves justice. Sherwood Police Department has arrested and charged an 18-year old with her murder. More from PinkNews.

IN THE STATES

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD. COUNCILMEMBER EVAN GLASS TO INTRODUCE BILL TO EXPAND LGBTQ PROTECTIONS: “We know bigotry and hate still exists, particularly in areas of our healthcare system, and this legislation will ensure that LGBTQ+ seniors can age with dignity and respect,” said Glass (@EvanMGlass) in a statement. More from WJLA.

BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN PENNSYLVANIA TO OFFER QUEER STUDIES COURSES TO STUDENTS: More from Bucks County Courier Times.

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CONGRATS TO JUSTIN MIKITA AND JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, AND WELCOME TO THE HRC FAMILY BABY BECKETT MERCER: More from USA Today.

LGBTQ CREATORS AND ARTISTS ARE FINDING A PLACE TO TELL THEIR STORIES THROUGH ZINES: Dkéama Alexis and Ariana Steele, who produced “Obsidian,” the first zine released by the Black Queer and Intersectional Collective (BQIC), said that making a zine wasn’t just about self-expression. They felt it was essential as a tool for organizing for and with Black queer, trans and non-binary people. More from PBS.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

NEW HBO DOCUMENTARY WELCOME TO CHECHNYA EXPOSES ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE AND PERSECUTION IN THE COUNTRY: More from NPR.

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Xtra highlights how cosplay can be liberating for transgender and non-binary folks; Billboard shares that queer and genre-bending artist Janelle Monáe (@JanelleMonae) says it would be a dream to play the role of X-Men’s Storm in an upcoming MCU film

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