#AM_Equality: July 14, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC celebrates International Non-Binary Day; Mj Rodriguez is the first out trans woman nominated for a major acting Emmy


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE NON-BINARY?: Non-binary is an identity embraced by some people who do not identify exclusively as a man or a woman. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman, somewhere in between or as falling completely outside of these categories. While many also identify as transgender, not all non-binary people do. Non-binary can also be used as an umbrella term encompassing identities such as agender, bigender, genderqueer or genderfluid. Learn more about trans and non-binary identities here, and read more from HRC.

1 IN 4 LGBTQ YOUTH IDENTIFIES AS NON-BINARY, A NEW STUDY FINDS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE THEM IN THE CONVERSATION, EXPERTS SAY: A new study from The Trevor Project found that about 20% of the 35,000 LGBTQ youth surveyed reported that they were unsure or questioning if they are non-binary. More from USA Today, TIME and Forbes.

FOR MANY TRANS PEOPLE, TRANSITIONING HAS NO BEFORE OR AFTER: The process of transitioning looks different for every person who goes through it. For trans and non-binary folks, a transition can bring attention to a sort of “before” and “after” from the public gaze as they are able to share their journey with the world. More from Allure.

MJ RODRIGUEZ BECOMES FIRST OPENLY TRANS WOMAN NOMINATED FOR MAJOR ACTING EMMY: Mj Rodriguez (@MjRodriguez7) has made history as the first trans woman to be nominated for an Emmy in a major acting category for her role in Fx’s ‘Pose’. More from Variety and ET.


ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILLS ADVANCE IN TEXAS SENATE: More from The Hill and The American Independent.

DOCTOR’S MISSION TO CREATE AN ACCEPTING PRACTICE FOR LGBTQ PATIENTS: In 2019, Dr. Kathy Oriel (@kathy_oriel) founded Out Health, a non-profit medical practice dedicated to LGBTQ care. “For LGBTQ-identified people, having a space where they feel heard and safe in that identity is important. I wanted to serve my people as best I can as a single doctor,” Oriel said. More from Madison.


🏆 THIS YEAR’S EMMY NOMS ARE HERE AND THEY’RE EXTREMELY QUEER: There are LGBTQ nominees up and down the Emmy’s ballot with LGBTQ stars including Mj Rodriguez (@MjRodriguez7), Billy Porter (@theebillyporter), Emma Corrin (@emmalouisecorrin), Samira Wiley (@samirawiley), Bowen Yang (@fayedunaway) and Dan Levy (@danjlevy), and shows including Queer Eye (@QueerEye) and RuPaul’s Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace). More from them.

FROM INTERNET SENSATION TO GLOBAL ICON: HOW LIL NAS X IS NAVIGATING MUSIC AS A GAY ARTIST: Jazmine Hughes (@jazzedloon), a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, details her experiences hanging out with Lil Nas X and how he effectively combined “trap” culture and country culture in order to become a success. More from KCRW.

STEPHANIE BEATRIZ FEELS ‘IMMENSE PRIDE’ TO STAR IN DISNEY’S ENCANTO: Openly bisexual actress Stephanie Beatriz (@iamstephbeatz) is the lead voice actor in Disney’s Encanto, scheduled for release on Nov. 24. Beatriz is proud to play the voice of a Colombian girl named Mirabel, as she is Colombian on her father’s side. More from them.

‘THE QUEER BIBLE’ IS AN EDUCATIONAL AND INSPIRING COLLECTION THAT SPOTLIGHTS LGBTQ TRAILBLAZERS: The Queer Bible, a compilation of “essays by queer heroes on the icons who inspired them,” serves as a testament to the impact of the LGBTQ community on society. More from The Boar.


🏫 PAKISTAN OPENS A GROUNDBREAKING SCHOOL RUN BY TRANS TEACHERS, FOR TRANS STUDENTS: As a part of a government program called TransEducation, trans students in the Pakistani city of Multan will now have the opportunity to learn in a school run by transgender teachers. The school opened last week and already has 18 students enrolled for grades 1-12. More from them, South China Morning Post and New York Daily News.

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