#AM_Equality: June 12, 2020

by HRC Staff

Remembering and honoring the victims of the Pulse massacre; HRC mourns Dominique “Rem'mie” Fells & Riah Milton

REMEMBERING AND HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE PULSE MASSACRE: On June 12, 2016, a man fatally shot 49 people and wounded 58 more at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, FL. The victims, primarily LGBTQ and Latinx, were senselessly killed in what was supposed to be a safe space while celebrating their shared identity and Pride month. This horrific tragedy changed the LGBTQ community forever, catalyzing the movement to unite behind gun violence prevention. Pulse is a reminder of the work that remains to end the acts of hate that wound and kill LGBTQ Americans today -- violence that all too often is perpetrated with guns.

HRC, EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY, GIFFORDS AND EQUALITY FLORIDA RELEASE REPORT ON IMPACT OF GUN VIOLENCE ON LGBTQ COMMUNITY: The report notes a marked increase in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, especially against transgender people. Since 2013, three-fourths of homicides against transgender people have involved a gun, and nearly eight in ten homicides of Black trans women involve a gun. Further, advocates saw a 43% increase in the formation of anti-LGBTQ hate groups in 2019. In addition to detailed statistics regarding the frequency and use of firearms in hate crimes, the report highlights data on the impact of firearms in three key areas: homicide, suicide and intimate partner violence. Read the report here.

  • Overnight, HRC learned of two deaths of Black transgender women: Dominique “Rem'mie” Fells in Pennsylvania and Riah Milton in Ohio. As HRC mourns these devastating losses, we continue to call for an end to the epidemic of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people -- which disporportioately impacts Black transgender women and is disporportationly due to gun violence. More on these tragic losses: Fells and Milton [warning, graphic details at link.]

“Gun safety is an LGBTQ issue, plain and simple,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign (@AlphonsoDavid). “From the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub four years ago, to the dozens of transgender and gender non-conforming people killed by firearms over the last decade, our community is under attack and needs reform to improve our well-being. This report outlines the problem at hand and provides strong recommendations for helping build a better, safer future for our community, one that is free from gun violence.”

SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. ET -- HRC JOINS POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN FOR VIRTUAL TOWN HALL AND PRIDE CELEBRATION: To RSVP, visit bit.ly/lgbtqpluspc

TRUMP MEETS WITH ROUNDTABLE OF ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIVISTS: Here’s a rundown of the most egregious actions of these allies of Trump, Pence and HUD Secretary Ben Carson:

  • Raynard Jackson accused “gay leaders” of using Pulse to spread the “radical homosexual agenda,” and once tweeted “homosexuals ultimate goal is 2 force heterosexuals into the closet.” [Miami New Times, 10/1/18]
  • Wayne Dupree, called victims of school shootings “crisis actors.” [Washington Post, 2/24/18]
  • Darrell Scott condemned  “the open acceptance of homosexuality.” [Cleveland.com, 11/30/15]
  • Lawrence Jones launched crowdfunding for an Indiana restaurant after the pizza shop said they would refuse to cater a same-sex wedding [The Verge, 4/3/15]

HRC RELEASES TWO GUIDES FOR COMPREHENSIVE CARE CLINICS AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS:

MILLIONS IN TAXPAYER $$$ IS GOING TO SCHOOLS THAT PROMOTE CONVERSION THERAPY: HuffPost’s Rebecca Klein (@rklein90) combed through materials from more than 500 schools across the country, and found that at least nine schools participating in voucher programs promote the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy” to their students who are LGBTQ or who they suspect are LGBTQ. More from HuffPost.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- BLACK LIVES MATTER CO-FOUNDER PATRISSE CULLORS ON QUEER IDENTITY, ART, ADVOCACY AND RESILIENCE: “Pride means so many things,” Cullors told Q News Voice. “I came out at 15 years old. It was a time when sodomy laws still existed in California, when gay marriage hadn’t been passed, where me and my girlfriend were being harassed on the street for being publicly out and queer. It felt really important for me as a black queer woman to remind people that I was unafraid and unapologetic. Pride is something deeply personal, but it’s also very political. My pride has everything to do with the community where I come from.” Read the full interview from Q News Voice.

MEMBERS OF THE PRESS FILE MOTION TO RELEASE NAME OF OFFICER WHO SHOT AND KILLED TONY MCDADE: Tony McDade, a Black transgender man, was killed in Tallahassee, Florida, on May 27. His death is believed to be the at least 12th violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year, and the third officer-involved shooting in just under two months involving the Tallahassee Police Department. More from WCTV.

HRC JOINS COALITION OF CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP CALLING FOR PROTECTION OF PRIVACY AND DEMOCRACY AS TECHNOLOGY RESPONDS TO COVID-19: More from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

IN THE STATES

CALIFORNIA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER ISSUES NOTICE TO PROVIDE PrEP AND NECESSARY FOLLOW-UP CARE WITHOUT COST SHARING: HRC strongly encourages state insurance regulators across the country to follow suit. No one should have to worry about their financial stability while caring for their well-being. More here.

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