#AM_Equality: July 16, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC announces pro-equality leaders for U.S. Senate; HRC President Alphonso David joined “Let’s Talk Live with Yu Tsai”

HRC ANNOUNCES PRO-EQUALITY LEADERS FOR U.S. SENATE: Yesterday, HRC announced the endorsement of six candidates who are crucial to establishing a pro-equality majority in the U.S. Senate. In 2019, the U.S. House made history by passing the Equality Act for the first time. However, despite the support from over 70% of Americans including a majority of Republicans, Sen. Mitch McConnell has refused to bring the bill up for a vote. The candidates endorsed today are crucial to finally breaking Sen. Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on LGBTQ rights and protections, including passing the Equality Act. Read more from HRC, The Washington Post and The Georgia Voice.

  • Newly-endorsed candidates include: Sara Gideon (Maine); Theresa Greenfield (Iowa); MJ Hegar (Texas); John Hickenlooper (Colo.); Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.); and Jon Ossoff (Ga.).

We must establish a pro-equality majority in the Senate so we can pass the Equality Act. That's why we're proud to endorse:

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��️‍�� Theresa Greenfield @GreenfieldIowa
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��️‍�� John @Hickenlooper
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��️‍�� Jon @ossoffhttps://t.co/nlcNRczTby

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 15, 2020

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINED “LET’S TALK LIVE WITH YU TSAI” TO DISCUSS LGBTQ ISSUES, CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE U.S.: Said David (@AlphonsoDavid) to host Yu Tsai (@yutsai), a photographer and television host, during the conversation, “I wanted to make sure [HRC’s] priorities are focused on people who are multiply marginalized. Because if we’re seeking to achieve this thing that we call equality, we have to focus on those who are multiply marginalized, because then we can really address the core root of the problem. We have oppressive systems that we live in. They’ve existed for a long time.” Watch the full interview here.

HRC’S JASON STARR IS PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE TO BLACK COMMUNITIES AND PROTESTORS IN NEW YORK: “Part of being a Black person in this country,” said Starr, “is that there is more than a reasonable, credible level of fear that at any point of time -- whether hanging out on a stoop with friends on a summer night or going to work -- there is nothing about myself that matters to a police officer in those interactions except that I am Black and that is what will define the interactions.” Read more from The New York Times.

THROWBACK THURSDAY -- PODCAST “TRADEOFFS” LOOKS AT THE HISTORY OF FIGHTING FOR HEALTH CARE FOR TRANS PEOPLE IN THE U.S.: Listen here.

THE EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY BLACK TRANS WOMEN, MUST BE ADDRESSED: So far in 2020, at least 22 trans and non-binary people have been killed. Since HRC began tracking this data in 2013, advocates have never seen such a high number at this point in the year. “[This] horrific spike in violence against our community must be an urgent call to action for every single person in this nation,” said Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1), Director of Community Engagement for HRC’s Trans Justice Initiative. “It is clear that members of our beloved community are being killed because of who they are. Racism, toxic masculinity, misogyny and transphobia are destroying lives and taking away our loved ones.” Read more from CBS News and Yahoo.

WHAT THE SUPREME COURT RULING IN BOSTOCK MEANS FOR STATE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS: At the end of June, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision that makes it clear, once and for all, that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited under the federal employment non-discrimination law known as Title VII. This is huge news for the LGBTQ community and has implications that will eventually reach civil rights laws forbidding discrimination in education, health care, housing and many more other areas. What the Bostock decision does not do, however, is diminish the need to continue to advance pro-equality legislation, including in employment, at the state level. Read more about why this is the case from HRC.

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ACTOR & ACTIVIST NYLE DIMARCO TO STAR IN NEW SHOW BASED ON HIS LIFE: More from The Hollywood Reporter.

Congratulations on your new show, @NyleDiMarco! We can't wait for the laughs (and visibility!) you'll bring to our screens. https://t.co/CL0T51O3Y7

— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 14, 2020

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