#AM_Equality: June 11, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC responds to J.K. Rowling’s latest transphobic blog post; HRC’s Alphonso David submits testimony in Congressional hearing on policing

HRC RESPONDS TO J.K. ROWLING’S LATEST TRANSPHOBIC BLOG POST: “The fact that J.K. Rowling is doubling down in using her massive platform to spread anti-trans propaganda while refusing to respond to outreach by LGBTQ groups like the Human Rights Campaign is appalling. As one of the most famous women in the world and one whose work has inspired countless LGBTQ young people to imagine a world of acceptance and inclusivity, she bears an extra responsibility to ensure that her words do not do damage,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Let me be clear: J.K. Rowling is trafficking in harmful lies at a time when the trans community is facing unspeakable violence... Rowling’s words are inflicting harm on the transgender and non-binary community, who are already among the world’s most marginalized and endangered populations. If she won’t listen to trans advocates about the harm she is causing, she does not deserve her platform.” More from HRC and Variety.

  • HRC Press Secretary Elliott Kozuch (@ElliottKozuch) also responded to Rowling’s transphobia, sharing their experience as a non-binary Harry Potter fan and how the Harry Potter series’ taught them so many lessons that Rowling should reflect on today. Read more in The Advocate.

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY HELD HEARING ABOUT POLICE PRACTICES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY: Yesterday, the House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing titled Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability. In his written testimony, HRC President Alphonso David said “As hundreds of thousands of protestors march the streets to denounce police violence, we must acknowledge the role of law enforcement in perpetuating systems of oppression against our most vulnerable people... The modern-day criminal justice system’s preservation of white supremacy and traditional power imbalances have had devastating impacts on communities of color and members of the LGBTQ community. It is not enough that we reform the system. We must also dismantle the systemic and structural racism that lingers throughout our society.” Read his full statement here.

ICYMI -- HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID JOINS NOW THIS TO TALK PRIDE AND RACIAL JUSTICE: Watch here.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- LGBTQ COMMUNITY REMAINS RESILIENT, TAKES PRIDE ONLINE AND TO THE STREETS IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES: Read about how Pride has moved online in and about how, 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 or are happening in Alabama, New York and Louisiana.  More from USA Today.

  • For those able to participate in in-person protests to combat white supremacy, HRC offers tips and advice here.

TODAY -- HRC TO DISCUSS LGBTQ SPIRITUALITY WITH LGBTQ AND ALLIED LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS: Today at 8 p.m. ET, HRC will join the Central Conference of American Rabbis to discuss LGBTQ spirituality with LGBTQ and allied leaders and activists. Sign up at ccar.co/prideinside

IN THE STATES

HISTORY! ROSEMARY KETCHUM BECOMES FIRST TRANS PERSON ELECTED TO OFFICE IN WEST VIRGINIA: On Tuesday, she was elected to the Wheeling City Council. More from Advocate.

NEW YORK CITY DESIGNATES SIX HISTORIC LGBTQ SITES AS LANDMARKS: The sites include the Audre Lorde Residence in Staten Island, Caffe Cino and The LGBT Community Center in the West Village, the James Baldwin Residence in the Upper West Side, the Women’s Liberation Center in Chelsea and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse in SoHo. More from NBC.

AFTER 50 YEARS OF LOVE, ADVOCACY AND DISCRIMINATION, TEXAS-BASED LESBIAN COUPLE BECOME ACTIVISTS FOR LGBTQ ELDERLY: More from CW 33.

HORRIFYING -- DC-BASED LGBTQ COMMUNITY CENTER RECIEVES THREATS OF MASSACRE: Even worse is that the threat referenced the Pulse shooting in Orlando, which happened almost exactly four years ago. More from Washington Blade.

GET CULTURED - Entertainment, arts and sports news!

JANELLE MONÁE TALKS ABOUT BLACK, QUEER PRIDE AND HER NEW AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIES IN NEW INTERVIEW WITH NBC.

GLOBAL EQUALITY

HRC JOINS LETTER CALLING OUT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR ITS LOSS OF GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND LGBTQ ISSUES: Read the letter here.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

The Santiago Times interviews two Venezuelan LGBTQ refugees who have found new homes in Chile and Brazil; Datebook reviews ‘Prideland,’ a new web series from PBS and Dyllón Burnside (@dyllonburnside); HuffPost highlights 21 Black, queer owned businesses and designers; Chicago Sun Times shares books by LGBTQ authors for Pride

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