#AM_Equality: Biden White House working to advance trans rights; Jamie Lee Curtis loves and affirms her transgender child
THE BIDEN WHITE HOUSE BEGINS SHAPING AGENDA TO ADVANCE TRANS RIGHTS: “Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable at the White House for advocates of transgender women of color from around the country,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “The event was hosted by Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice and Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council Julissa Reynoso. The event was the first in a series of listening sessions that will be convened by the White House-led Interagency Working Group on Safety, Inclusion, and Opportunity for Transgender Individuals, which was announced by the White House in June.” More from HRC.
CENTERING DISABLED LGBTQ PEOPLE DURING DISABILITY PRIDE MONTH: Philip Baldwin (@philipcbaldwin) interviewed award-winning LGBTQ activist Asifa Lahore (@AsifaLahore) on the importance of the month. More from Gay Times.
NEW POLICY AIMS TO HELP TRANSGENDER RESEARCHERS UPDATE NAMES ON PAST WORK: An agreement was announced on Wednesday that simplifies the process of changing a transgender researcher’s name on their past work by shifting the administrative labor from the researcher to the laboratory. “This change eliminates an enormous burden on researchers, emotionally and administratively, to correct the record,” said Lady Idos, the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. More from New York Times and CNET.
✨ FRIDAY FEATURE: Kate Sosin (@shoeleatherkate, they/them) is the LGBTQ+ reporter at The 19th* focusing on transgender rights, incarceration, politics and public policy. Sosin has conducted deep-dive investigations into transgender prison abuse and homicides for NBC News. They previously worked at Logo TV, INTO and Windy City Times.
Check out their work: For transgender people, finding mental health services is difficult, Transgender women are nearly always incarcerated with men. That’s putting many in danger. and Could sex ed halt trans homicides? Some advocates say yes.
Read their recommendation: Wired: Prisoners, Doctors, and the Battle Over Trans Medical Care
Learn more about what inspires them: “Andraya Yearwood, the track runner from Connecticut. She has faced so much anti-trans hate and racism at such a young age from across the globe, and still stands in her truth, still runs, still fights for other trans kids to exist as they are. She’s positive, humble and kind. She’s exactly the kind of person I strive to be.”
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JAMIE LEE CURTIS REVEALS HER YOUNGEST CHILD IS TRANSGENDER: “I FEEL WONDER AND PRIDE”: In a heartfelt interview with AARP Magazine, Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) shared how proud she is of her youngest child for coming out as transgender. Curtis plans to officiate her trans daughter’s wedding next year. More from People.
🏑 DUTCH WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY TEAM LITERALLY STOOD IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ PEOPLE BEFORE DOMINANT WIN: The team took a stand -- literally -- in support of LGBTQ people by staying true to their core values of respect and acceptance. More from Outsports.
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FIRST OF ITS KIND AUSTRALIAN PRIDE CENTER IS RESTORING THE HOPE OF A NEIGHBORHOOD: The Victorian Pride Center -- the only one in Australia and the largest in the world -- has opened following COVID-19 lockdown. More from The Guardian.
U.S. URGES CENTRAL AMERICAN GOVERNMENTS TO PROTECT LGBTQ RIGHTS: More from LA Blade.
LAWMAKERS IN GHANA SEEK TO OUTLAW ADVOCACY FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS: Ghanian lawmakers have proposed an anti-LGBTQ bill that would punish displays of same-sex affection and pro-LGBTQ advocacy work with up to ten years in prison. More from The Washington Post.
CHINA BANS GERMANY’S GUANGZHOU CONSULATE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA FOR POST ABOUT LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL: More from Variety.
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