#AM_Equality: July 20, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: First transgender model appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition; first active NHL player comes out as gay

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THREE TRANSGENDER ATHLETES: In an interview with D-1 swimmer Schuyler Bailar (@sb_pinkmantaray), runner Andraya Yearwood (@andrayayearwa) and skier Sarah Huckman (@SarahRose603), TeenVogue detailed the rigorous training schedules of these transgender athletes. More from TeenVogue.

📚 HOW A HEARTWARMING, HILARIOUS STORY ABOUT A GAY UNCLE BECAME ONE OF SUMMER’S HOTTEST BOOKS: “The book -- described by the publisher as a ‘moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family,’ written with ‘humor and heart’ -- also explores some agonizing moments of family distress that’s a reflection of gay life,” author Steven Rowley (@mrstevenrowley) said. More from New York Daily News.

🏒 NASHVILLE PREDATORS PROSPECT LUKE PROKOP SAYS HE IS GAY, HOPES LIVING ‘AUTHENTIC LIFE’ HELPS NHL CAREER: Nashville Predator’s prospect Luke Prokop (@lukeprokop_6) has made history as the first active NHL player that is openly LGBTQ. More from ESPN and NHL.

📍 IN THE STATES

SAFEGUARDING LGBTQ RIGHTS WITH THE EQUALITY ACT CAN BOOST NEBRASKA’S ECONOMY: “We have all heard the phrase ‘Nebraska Nice,’ used to showcase our state as one with open arms and a smile for all. If we want to live up to that slogan, our actions must match our words. Business and political leaders need to step forward and level the playing field so that Nebraska can truly compete,” said Kyle Murphy. “Our state can’t fully reach its potential without that support. If you care about the long-term economic health of Nebraska, your support of the Equality Act is critical.” More from Omaha World-Herald.

PROTECT TRANSGENDER YOUTH: TREAT GOD’S CHILDREN WITH DIGNITY:SB 1028 excludes transgender athletes from participating in school athletics, denying them their Title IX rights of equal access to competition. There is no evidence in Florida of problems occurring when a transgender child is allowed to play sports. There is absolutely no reason for this law. It is cruel to some of our most vulnerable children and it leaves a stain on the reputation of our state,” said Rev. Dr. Joe Parramore. More from Orlando Sentinel.

📺 GET CULTURED

LEYNA BLOOM IS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE’S FIRST TRANSGENDER COVER STAR: Leyna Bloom (@leynabloom) has made history as the first transgender woman to be featured as the cover star for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. More from Page Six.

🏀 LESBIAN OLYMPIAN ROCKS THE BASKETBALL COURT, WHILE DOING WHEELIES: A new series “Passion. Power. Performance” casts light on the lives of various LGBTQ+ athletes. “That’s what I love about wheelchair basketball -- we get the opportunity to change perceptions and change ideas of what disability should look like,” said paralympic basketball player for Team USA Courtney Ryan (@courtneyryan_55). “We aren’t fragile. We are competitors, and we’re ready to prove that.” More from Washington Blade.

‘NEVER HAVE I EVER’ SHOWS US WHAT LIFE IS LIKE AFTER COMING OUT: “She doesn’t know much about pop culture. She’s trying to catch up, and so I think it’s a very interesting storyline that I feel doesn't get told a lot,” said Lee Rodriguez, the actress who plays Fabiola. “...You don't have to be in the know. That doesn’t make you a valid person queer person. You can be how you are and you can like what you like. It’s a really interesting storyline to tell.” More from Out.

HOW TRANS ACTORS ARE CHANGING THE GAME ON BROADCAST TV: More from them.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

THE JAPANESE LGBTQ COMMUNITY WANTED TOKYO 2020 TO BE A STATEMENT. THEN COVID CAME: More from them.

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