#AM_Equality: June 10, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC responds to IPSOS “LGBT+ Pride 2021 Global Survey”; Record-high 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage

HRC RESPONDS TO NEW FINDINGS FROM IPSOS REPORT “LGBT+ PRIDE 2021 GLOBAL SURVEY” SHOWING GLOBAL PRESENCE OF LGBTQ PEOPLE: “Transgender, non-binary and gender-expansive people, as well as bi+ people, have existed across time and cultures for centuries -- yet they may not always be seen,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “LGBTQ people, specifically non-binary and bi+ people, exist not only in the United States but everywhere. And, as the data makes abundantly clear, our identities are not fads or phases. This Pride month and every month, we should celebrate our communities that are facing threats and oppression, especially transgender, non-binary bi+ and asexual communities.” More from IPSOS and HRC.

RECORD-HIGH SUPPORT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN U.S.: A new Gallup report found that 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage. This is an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015 when same-sex marriage was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court. More from Gallup and LGBTQ Nation.

FLORIDA GOV. DESANTIS ‘WILL LOSE’ IN SUPREME COURT OVER ANTI-TRANS LAWS SAYS HRC PRESIDENT: More from Yahoo! Finance.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TALKS LGBTQ LIVES AND A PROMISED LAND: “I would love my legacy to be overshadowed because it would mean another president was doing even more to protect LGBTQ rights,” Obama told Advocate in his interview. “My hope is that whatever success we had while I was president proves that progress is possible.” More from Advocate.

📍 IN THE STATES

🩺THIS FAMILY FLED ARKANSAS AFTER IT BANNED LIFE-SAVING CARE FOR TRANS YOUTH: In response to the hate-filled anti-trans bills signed into law by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the Spurrier family had to leave their home state in search of one in which their son, Cas, has access to life-saving care. More from them.

PILOT PROGRAM WOULD PROVIDE BASIC INCOME TO AID SAN FRANCISCO’S TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: Mayor London Breed of San Francisco has proposed to allocate $2 million to fund a pilot program specific to transgender people over the next two years. “We heard from the community that this program was something that could offer real, needed support, and it’s one of a number of significant investments that we’re making in this budget to ensure that our trans community has the resources and the targeted programs that will help them thrive in San Francisco,” Breed said. More from SF Examiner.

DEL. LAWMAKERS SEEK TO UPDATE LGBTQ LANGUAGE: House Bill 224 would remove exclusive words and include broader terms in order to embody different identities. Rep. Kendra Johnson (D-Bear) believes that this bill will likely pass in the Senate due to its inclusivity. More from Washington Blade.

PULSE NIGHTCLUB VICTIMS HONORED WITH A PHOTO EXHIBIT AT THE TEXAS STATE CAPITOL: In an effort to memorialize Pulse Nightclub Victims, Renee Rodriguez created an exhibition called Pulse/49: A Remembrance from the Texas Exhibition that will be on display at the Texas State Capitol on June 11-17. More from Outsmart Magazine.

📺 GET CULTURED

‘IT MADE MY WALK A LITTLE TALLER’: THE INSPIRING LGBTQ LEGACY OF ‘POSE’: More from The Guardian.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

GHANA COURT DENIES BAIL FOR 21 DETAINED LGBT ACTIVISTS: On Tuesday, a Ghanian court denied bail to 21 LGBTQ rights activists that were arrested nearly three weeks ago for what police described as an unlawful gathering, according to their lawyer. This comes as LGBTQ people face widespread persecution in Ghana, where LGBTQ people can face up to three years imprisonment for engaging in same-sex relations. More from Reuters.

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