#AM_Equality: July 8, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Demi Lovato calls on fans to take action on LGBTQ issues to support HRC; the fight to save America’s lesbian bars

DEMI LOVATO CALLS ON FANS TO ‘TAKE ACTION’ ON LGBTQ ISSUES WITH THEIR PROPELLER CAMPAIGN: “It is more important than ever that we continue to work to secure equal rights for all. Join me in taking action to support organizations working hard to defend LGBTQIA+ rights, and support the Equality Act,” Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) said in their video. “You’ll have a chance to win items from my closet including outfits I’ve worn on tour or an incredible trip to Joshua Tree. I’ve put together some of my favorite things to do and some of my favorite places to go there, and I'm teaming up with Propeller to give that all to you. All you have to do to enter is take action with Human Rights Campaign, a group that has been working tirelessly to support trans and non-binary equality, and all LGBTQ rights for over 40 years.” More from Billboard.

FALSE CLAIMS OF PROTECTING CHILDREN ARE FUELING ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION: In the first six months of 2021, over 250 anti-trans bills were introduced in state legislatures across the U.S. under the guise of protecting children. The reality is a much darker one -- as these bills threaten the rights and protections afforded to children under Title IX and in some cases restrict access to life-saving gender affirming care. More from The Washington Post.

THE FIGHT TO SAVE ONE OF AMERICA’S LAST LESBIAN BARS: ‘WE’RE LIKE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES’: The Cubbyhole, a lesbian bar in New York City, closed for the first time in its history during the start of the pandemic. After generous donations from community members, the bar was able to reopen. “People were so grateful we were reopening. It was unbelievable,” said Lisa Menichino, the owner of Cubbyhole. “I have worked here for 20 years and I feel like I’m just a cog in its operation -- it belongs to the community -- that’s how attached to it they are.” More from The Guardian.

HOW CONSERVATIVE LEGAL ARGUMENTS PAVED THE WAY FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS: “Even conservative politicians and governors are not 100 percent on board with the idea that the state should be involved in regulating medical decisions that children are making in the context of their families and with medical advice,” said Alexander Chen, the founding director of the Harvard Law School LGBTQ Advocacy Clinic. More from 19th News.


TEXAS GOVERNOR TEES UP FOR SPECIAL SESSION WITH POTENTIAL FOR ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION: With the regular state legislative session over, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called lawmakers back to Austin to finalize work on controversial priorities including potential for anti-trans legislation. More from The Hill.


‘TEEN WOLF’ STAR TYLER POSEY COMES OUT AS QUEER AND SEXUALLY FLUID: Tyler Posey (@tylergposey) came out as queer and talked about his girlfriend’s involvement in his identity quest. “She’s helped me realize that I fit under the queer umbrella and that I’m sexually fluid, I guess... No, not ‘I guess’,” said Posey. More from Metro Weekly.

MORE LGBTQ REPRESENTATION IS COMING TO THE MCU, MARVEL’S VICTORIA ALONSO SAYS: “There’s a lot that we have coming up that I think will be representative of the world of today,” said Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President of Film Production at Marvel Studios. “We’re not going to nail it in the first movie or the second movie or third movie, or the first show or second show, but we will do our best to consistently try to represent.” More from Variety.


LGBTQ SOCIAL MEDIA GROUPS AT MOST MAJOR CHINESE UNIVERSITIES SHUTTERED OVERNIGHT: On Tuesday, the popular social media platform WeChat blocked and wiped all past content of the accounts for the campus LGBTQ groups of China’s top universities, striking a major blow against LGBTQ awareness and rights. More from Variety and NBC.

📝INDIA OPENS GROUNDBREAKING SCHOOL TO PROVIDE FREE EDUCATION TO TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: More than 25 students have already been admitted to India’s first school to provide free education to the transgender community in Palghar, 70 miles outside of Mumbai. More from them.

⚖ EUROPEAN COURT RULES RUSSIA VIOLATED TRANSGENDER PARENT’S RIGHTS: On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Russia violated the rights of a transgender woman who Russian authorities did not allow to visit her children because of her gender identity. More from Washington Blade.

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