#AM_Equality: June 10, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC on Georgia’s primary election; Black Trans Lives Matter

HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID ON YESTERDAY’S GEORGIA PRIMARY ELECTION: “What happened [yesterday] in Georgia is absolutely unacceptable and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger should be ashamed. Raffensperger needs to own this disaster, take stock of what went wrong and rectify it ahead of November -- Georgians deserve better.” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Reports also show that communities of color bore the brunt of today’s issues. While Raffensperger’s intentions are unknown, we know that we must fight tooth and nail ahead of November to ensure that every voter has equitable access and the right to safely cast their ballot.” More from HRC.

CHRIS COOPER, THE GAY BLACK MAN THREATENED IN CENTRAL PARK, IS CALLING OUT ANTI-LGBTQ NYC COUNCILMAN: Cooper has also endorsed Richie Torres, saying “Ritchie in his own person unites a whole bunch of things. He is openly gay. He is Latino. He is the intersection of a couple of things that are about equality and justice where people aren’t getting their fair shake.” More from New York Daily News.

  • Ruben Diaz Sr. is running in the Democatic primary, to be held on June 23, to be the Democratic nominee for New York’s 15th Congressional District. HRC has endorsed Ritchie Torres in this race. HRC has released an ad targeting over 40,000 Equality Voters and HRC members and supporters in the district. The video will reach voters on Facebook, YouTube, and other video platforms in the home stretch of the primary, with links to resources for voting safely. More from HRC.


TOMORROW -- HRC TO JOIN VIRTUAL EVENT TO DISCUSS THE NEEDS OF BLACK, LGBTQ AMERICA: The need to discuss the intersection of being Black and LGBTQ in America is more important than ever this Pride Month. HRC is excited to join Dyllón Burnside’s virtual event on Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. EDT alongside speakers HRC President Alphonso David, Janet Mock (@janetmock), Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) and more. You can catch the livestream on our Facebook channel.

BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER: “I don’t think that anybody would say that there’s been enough attention focused on and around trans people and the state of violence they live in,” said HRC’s Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “I think it is a weakness of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.... We only speak out when [cisgender] Black men are being harmed or murdered.” More from Reuters.

  • Across the country, communities are coming together to advocate for an end to white supremacy, honoring those who live at the intersection of Black and LGBTQ, especially trans, identity and continuing the long legacy of protest in Pride. Read more about such marches that have happened in Maryland, New York and Georgia.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID WRITES ON THE INTERSECTION OF BLACK LIVES MATTER AND TRANSGENDER EQUALITY: “The fight for liberation must go on with all of us together. As we mourn George and BB and Breonna and Tony and Ahmaud and Nina and all the Black victims of violence known and unknown, we carry them with us,” David writes. “We may come to the struggle from different backgrounds and carry different experiences with us -- but our fight for liberation is one and the same. We are the beloved community we need. Their lives mattered. Black Trans Lives Matter. And we must never give up or be divided on these truths.” More from The Root.

HARRY POTTER SAYS ‘TRANS RIGHTS!!’ -- DANIEL RADCLIFFE ON JK ROWLING’S ONGOING TRANSPHOBIA: “According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and non-binary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and non-binary people, not invalidate their identities and not cause further harm,” wrote Radcliffe in a statement with The Trevor Project. More from NBC and The Week.

ICYMI -- HRC AND 100+ FAITH LEADERS CONDEMN TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION’S ABUSE OF SACRED SYMBOLS AND FAILURE TO RESPOND TO RACIAL VIOLENCE: Said HRC President Alphonso David, “As faith and civil rights leaders, we are united to fight back against all forms of oppression and injustice. The core pillars of faith traditions across the world are equity and justice, principles that the Trump-Pence administration has failed to uphold in every way.” More from Georgia Voice.

NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS DISCRIMINATION AS REASON WHY LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE HOMEOWNERS: More from San Francisco Gate.

IN THE STATES

HRC JOINS LETTER CALLING ON NEW YORK TO REPEAL ‘WALKING WHILE TRANS’ LAW: Read the letter here. More from HRC.

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ICON BILLY PORTER CALLS FOR LGBTQ INCLUSION IN THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY: “You cannot expect our demands of equality to be met with any real legislative policy and change when y’all turn around and inflict the same kind of hate and oppression on us. The tragic reality here is that Black trans, as well as gender non-conforming, [people] are being killed in the United States by cis Black men to such a degree that it is nearly the worst emergency for trans women on the planet,” he said. More from The Grio.

U.S. NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM CALLS ON U.S. SOCCER TO APOLOGIZE TO BLACK PLAYERS FOR REFUSING TO LET THEM KNEEL DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM: More from BuzzFeed.

‘SUPERGIRL,’ ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ ACTOR CHYLER LEIGH (@chy_leigh) COMES OUT IN HEARTFELT LETTER: More from Advocate.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF CONDEMNS MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD, URGES ACTION: “This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (@mbachelet). “I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many other unarmed African Americans who have died over the years at the hands of the police -- as well as people such as Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin who were killed by armed members of the public.” Read the full statement here.

  • More than 600 organizations, organized by the ACLU, are calling on the U.N. to investigate police killings of Black Americans. More from ACLU.

NEW LONDON INITATIVE CONNECTS LGBTQ ELDERS WITH LGBTQ YOUTH THROUGH TECHNOLOGY: The goal of the program is to increase intergenerational learning in the LGBTQ community and decrease feelings of loneliness. More from Vice.

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