#AM_Equality: July 15, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC denounces Trump admin’s proposed rule that would end asylum claims; HRC announces 13 new members of Board of Directors

HRC DENOUNCES TRUMP ADMIN’S PROPOSED RULE THAT WOULD EFFECTIVELY END ASYLUM CLAIMS, DISPROPORTIONATELY HARM LGBTQ ASYLUM-SEEKERS: “Asylum seekers are among the world’s most vulnerable people,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “This administration is once again turning its back on our country’s longstanding moral leadership as a beacon for those facing violence and oppression around the world. This regulation guts our asylum system, leaving asylum seekers, including those who are LGBTQ and those living with HIV, out in the cold. Asylum-seekers and refugees must be welcome here. This rule must not go into effect.” More from HRC.

  • Human Rights Watch’s Neela Ghoshal writes in The Advocate about the dangers and real-life impact that this proposed rule would have on LGBTQ people. Read the op-ed here.

ICYMI -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING AT HRC’S “VOTE EQUAL, VOTE SAFE” TOWN HALL: Pod Save the People host DeRay McKesson (@deray), Secretary Julián Castro (@JulianCastro), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley), Symone Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) and HRC President Alphonso David also talked about the historic nature and context of this year’s election, what makes this election different from others and how everyone can remain safe and have their votes counted. Watch here.

HRC ANNOUNCES 13 NEW MEMBERS OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS: “HRC’s new Board members bring a breadth of experience, both personal and professional, to our organization,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Since starting as President nearly one year ago, I have seen HRC grow to meet our current moment, confronting injustice and inequality for both the LGBTQ and Black and Brown communities. The new voices on our Board demonstrate our commitment to continuing that work and I look forward to continuing to work alongside them as we fight for full equality.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- MEMPHIS, TENN.-BASED NON-PROFIT MY SISTAH’S HOUSE IS BUILDING 20 “TINY HOMES” FOR BLACK TRANS WOMEN AND BLACK NON-BINARY PEOPLE: “We’re packing memorials for Black trans bodies, we need that support while we’re still alive,” said My Sistah’s House cofounder Kayla Gore. “Housing equals safety for many people around the world, that’s also true for Black and Brown trans people but rarely is it attainable. My Sistah’s House plans to change that with our Tiny House Project!” Read more from NBC Out.


BOTH WEST VIRGINIA AND LOUISIANA HAVE ELECTED TRANSGENDER WOMEN TO POLITICAL POSITIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME: Rosemary Ketchum (@RosemaryKetchum) was elected to the city council in Wheeling, W.Va., and Peyton Rose Michelle was elected to Louisiana’s Democratic State Central Committee. More from The Hill.

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RICKY MARTIN OPENS UP ABOUT HIS DECISION TO COME OUT AS GAY: “I’ve been super happy ever since,” Martin (@ricky_martin) said. Read more from Variety.

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Dana Piccoli (@DanaPiccoli) writes for NBC Think on Naya Rivera’s LGBTQ advocacy and legacy

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