#AM_Equality: July 19, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: California budget includes $3 million for LGBTQ training for teachers; anti-LGBTQ efforts in Texas legislature

EQUALITY ACT, PRESIDENTIAL ACTION NECESSARY TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ EFFORTS IN THE STATES, INCLUDING TEXAS: The risk is a patchwork of rules so anyone moving across state lines will “literally have your legal rights change multiple times,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “These issues certainly should be resolved at the federal level.” More from Bloomberg.

CALIFORNIA BUDGET INCLUDES $3 MILLION TO TRAIN TEACHERS ON LGBTQ ISSUES: Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved a final version of the state budget that includes $3 million for LGBTQ cultural competency training for public school teachers. “At a time when states across the country are attacking transgender kids, we are elated that California has taken this momentous step toward ensuring that public school teachers and staff have the tools and training they need to support LGBTQ students,” Rick Chavez Zbur, executive director of Equality California, said in a statement. More from NBC.

LESBIAN EDUCATOR SALLY GEARHART DIES -- A PIONEERING LGBTQ ACTIVIST: More from LA Blade.

🦙 JOY, SAFETY AND ALPACAS: LGBTQ COMMUNITY THRIVES ON TRANS-OWNED RANCH: Tenacious Unicorn Ranch (@TenaciousRanch) is an alpaca ranch in Colorado that has received national recognition for its culture of inclusion and quality care for 170 alpacas. The ranch’s owners are proudly trans and welcome LGBTQ folks to support and volunteer at the ranch. More from NBC and Reuters.

🩺 HOW TO FIND AN LGBTQ-FRIENDLY PEDIATRICIAN: The American Academy of Pediatrics released a guide on how to find an LGBTQ-friendly pediatrician to support LGBTQ youth and medical professionals. More from The New York Times.

📍 IN THE STATES

ATLANTA AWARDED $25K GRANT FOR LGBTQ HISTORY PROJECT: The city of Atlanta received a $25,000 Federal Historic Preservation Grant towards conserving LGBTQ history in the city. Funds from the grant will go towards developing a Historic Context Statement documenting events and sites of cultural significance to the city’s LGBTQ rights movement. “Atlanta’s leading role in human and civil rights on both the national and international stage is due in large part to the contributions from our LGBTQ community over many years,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. More from CBS46.

LOUISIANA LAWMAKERS TO RETURN FOR FIRST-EVER VETO OVERRIDE SESSION: Louisiana lawmakers will convene for a special session aimed to override Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’s vetoes from the recent legislative session in a move designed to test the governor’s powers by the Republican-dominated legislature. More from The Advocate.

📺 GET CULTURED

🎵 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES STARS TALK DEBUTING DISNEY’S FIRST LGBTQ LOVE SONG: Real-life and on-screen LGBTQ couple Frankie A. Rodriguez (@MrFrankieAR) and Joe Serafini (@joe_serafini_) discussed the historic debut of Disney’s first LGBTQ love song. More from Entertainment Weekly, Out and Huffpost.

TEAM USA IS SENDING DOZENS OF LGBTQ ATHLETES TO TOKYO. HERE ARE 7 YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: More from them.

WHY WE NEED MORE RURAL LGBTQ CHARACTERS ON TV: With up to 20% of LGBTQ Americans living in rural areas, it’s time for more on-screen representation of LGBTQ characters outside of major cities. More from Popsugar.


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