#AM_Equality: HRC’s Ellen Kahn on how to support your LGBTQ children; 121 openly LGBTQ athletes headed to the Olympics
WHY JOKING ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S CRUSH OR ROMANTIC INTERESTS CAN BE HARMFUL: “Kids get a sense of what they're told, what's acceptable for them,” said HRC Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships Ellen Kahn (she/her). It’s subtle comments that create an internal conflict for kids, she says, often from well-intentioned parents who are unwittingly “planting those seeds early on.” More from Parents.
⚖ THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS JOINING COURT CHALLENGES TO ANTI-TRANS LAWS: The U.S. Department of Justice submitted statements of interest to court challenges that are seeking to overturn two recently passed pieces of anti-trans legislation in West Virginia and Arkansas. “With these actions, this Justice Department is making clear that these laws are harmful and illegal and cannot be tolerated,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). More from The Daily Beast.
🌈 WEST HOLLYWOOD’S ICONIC RAINBOW CROSSWALK COULD SOON BE GETTING AN INCLUSIVE UPDATE: West Hollywood’s Transgender Advisory Board approved adding the colors of the Trans Pride flag as well as Black and Brown stripes to the rainbow crosswalk. “Updating your flag proclaims with everything that Black lives more than matter,” said Amber Hikes, the chief equity and inclusion officer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who in 2017 led the initiative to add Black and Brown stripes to the Philadelphia Pride flag. “You’re saying that queer Black and Brown representation is who we are, that Black and Brown trans lives are precious and ought to be celebrated, that centering the leadership and voices of those who are impacted is the only way we will arrive at collective liberation.” More from them.
📍 IN THE STATES
ALASKA WORKERS STAND UP FOR EQUALITY: Alaskan labor leaders announced their support for the Labor for Equality Council, a group of unions devoted to passing the Equality Act. More from ADN.
THESE BUSINESSES ARE FIGHTING TENNESSEE’S TRANSPHOBIC BATHROOM SIGN LAW -- AND WINNING: More from them.
📺 GET CULTURED
‘GOSSIP GIRL’ IS THE MODERN, LGBTQ TEEN SERIES THIS GENERATION DESERVES: HBO Max’s reboot of ‘Gossip Girl’ features LGBTQ representation, including a pansexual character, a trans actor and more. “I love that the show doesn’t stamp our identities on our foreheads and our characters just get to be," said trans actress Zión Moreno (@zion.moreno), who plays Luna. “I think that that’s ultimately gonna pave the way towards true inclusion in the media.” More from Out.
⚽ AT LEAST 121 OUT LGBTQ ATHLETES ARE HEADED TO THE TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPICS, BREAKING RECORDS: 121 openly LGBTQ athletes are set to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics; this more than doubles the 56 openly LGBTQ athletes from the 2016 Rio Games. More from Outsports.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
⚖ ISRAEL’S HIGH COURT OPENS THE WAY FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES TO HAVE CHILDREN VIA SURROGACY: On Sunday, a decision from Israel’s supreme court paved the way for same-sex couples to have children through surrogacy, winning a decades-long legal battle in what activists are calling a major advance for LGBTQ rights in Israel. More from The Washington Post.
‘I CAN BE MY WHOLE SELF’: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST LGBTQ PRIDE CENTER OPENS: The Victorian Pride Center has made history as the first-of-its-kind LGBTQ resource in Australia. The Melbourne-based resource aims to “celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ community, paving new directions for its future and honouring its brave, and at times, difficult past.” More from Brisbane Times.
HUNGARIAN LGBTQ ACTIVISTS FLY GIANT RAINBOW HEART IN PROTEST: In an effort to protest anti-LGBTQ laws in Hungary, LGBTQ activists flew a giant rainbow heart balloon above Budapest over the weekend. More from Out.
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