#AM_Equality: July 23, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: How Olympians are using TikTok to promote LGBTQ equality; half of U.S. states restrict conversion therapy for LGBTQ kids

WE MUST ACT: ADDRESSING AND COMBATING OPPRESSION DURING AND BEYOND BIPOC MENTAL HEALTH MONTH: “HRC recognizes the particular urgency of addressing all forms of discrimination that affect our QTBIPOC communities. We must prioritize our community’s well-being by connecting LGBTQ people with needed resources, like our QTBIPOC mental health and well-being resource,” said Ana Flores, HRC’s Senior Manager of Inclusion, Education & Engagement (they/them). “We must all act to ensure that all BIPOC -- including those of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions -- receive the support and resources needed to truly thrive.” More from HRC.

HALF OF U.S. STATES NOW RESTRICT CONVERSION THERAPY FOR LGBTQ KIDS: “We have all of these medical associations that have denounced the practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “Over the years, we’ve been successful in just debunking the myths, educating people about why conversion therapy is so horrible.” More from The Hill and HRC.

GEN Z, MILLENNIAL OLYMPIANS TAKE TO TIKTOK TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF ATHLETES: Athletes from around the world are gathering in Tokyo for the Olympic Games with hopes to win medals and inspire a new generation of LGBTQ athletes, women athletes and athletes with disabilities. More from NBC News.

FRIDAY FEATURE: Nico Lang (@Nico_Lang, they/them) is an award-winning reporter and the news editor at them.us. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, VICE, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Washington Post, Vox, BuzzFeed, Jezebel, The Guardian, Out, NBC News, Xtra, The Advocate and The L.A. Times.

  • Check out their work: “West Virginia's Trans Community Is Worried the Worst Is Yet to Come,” and “How LGBTQ+ People Are Celebrating Pride All Around the World

  • Read their recommendation: “I always know when a story is good because I get mad I didn’t write it, and E. Alex Jung’s profile of Jennifer Coolidge in Vulture made me absolutely furious, in the best way. It was a brilliant, moving look at a talented performer frequently misunderstood, and challenged all of us to rethink the boxes we put others in.”

  • Learn more about what inspires them: “I have a lot of queer heroes. Noah Michelson, Brooke Sopelsa, and Kelly Kessler have all played vital roles in shaping my life and career. But my truest motivation is my mother, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. She was bisexual but rarely had the privilege to be out in her own life, and I want to create a world where it’s safe for all of us to be our most vibrant, beautiful selves.”

Nico Lang (they/them)


🩺UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN TO START LGBTQ FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR DOCTORS: The UW School of Medicine and Public Health was selected by the American Medical Association Foundation as the first school to have a National LGBTQ Fellowship Program. “We’d like to create a pathway to faculty positions so they can be true champions of health equity for the LGBTQ population,” said Dr. Elizabeth Petty, senior associate dean for academic affairs at UW Health. More from Madison.



TOMMY DORFMAN COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER: 13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman (@tommy.dorfman) announced that she is a trans woman who uses she/her pronouns. “It’s funny to think about coming out because I haven’t gone anywhere. I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically,” said Dorfman. More from TIME, USA Today and Out.

🏒 LUKE PROKOP’S CHOICE TO LIVE AN OPEN AND AUTHENTIC LIFE MARKS A NEW NORMAL IN SPORTS: After Luke Prokop (@lukeprokop_6) became the first active player under an NHL contract to come out as gay, representation in sports has been reimagined. More from The Guardian.

EUGEN JEBELEANU ON QUEER LOVE STORIES AND THE URGENCY OF HIS LGBTQ DRAMA ‘POPPY FIELD’: “For the moment, we still make films on these topics because we have to fight for something. We still have to fight for rights for the LGBTQ community,” said Eugen Jebeleanu (@eugenjebeleanu), filmmaker for “Poppy Field.” More from Variety.



NORWAY SEES FIRST CHURCH CELEBRATION OF A TRANS PERSON’S NAME CHANGE: Elin Stillingen is a transgender Christian who legally changed her name last year and was recently embraced by her community during a ceremony at a Lutheran church in Norway. More from Advocate and NBC News.

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