#AM_Equality: June 13, 2022

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC marks six years since Pulse Nightclub shooting by honoring victims and calling for change

HRC MARKS SIX YEARS SINCE PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: “We will never forget the lives lost at Pulse -- beloved friends, siblings, partners and parents who were dancing in community and celebration only to be struck down in an act of terrible violence against the LGBTQ+ community,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “Gun violence remains an LGBTQ+ issue, with three-fourths of homicides against transgender people -- including nearly eight in ten homicides of Black trans women -- involving a gun.” More from Tallahassee Democrat and HRC.

31 MEMBERS OF THE WHITE NATIONALIST PATRIOT FRONT ARRESTED NEAR AN IDAHO PRIDE EVENT: On Saturday, 31 members of a white nationalist organization known as the Patriot Front were arrested near a Pride event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and charged with conspiracy to riot. More from CNN and NPR.

38 BRAZILIAN COMPANIES ACHIEVE TOP SCORE IN HRC FOUNDATION’S FIRST BRAZILIAN LGBTQ+ WORKPLACE EQUALITY INDEX: “In its inaugural year, Equidade Brazil worked with 60 employers, more than half of which achieved top marks on the survey—showing the hunger and desire from these businesses to create better and more inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ+ employees. Globally, business leaders understand that building an LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace is not only great for retention and recruitment, but is the right thing to do for their employees,” said HRC Workplace Equality Program Director Keisha Williams (she/her). More from HRC.

REPORT REVEALS SHARP RISE IN TRANSGENDER YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE U.S.: An analysis of surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the estimated number of transgender teenagers in the United States has doubled since 2017. It also found that younger Americans, ages 13 to 25, make up a disproportionately large percent of the transgender community. “[This change] signifies a new confidence among a new generation to be authentic in their gender identity.” More from The New York Times.

ICYMI -- HRC SETS NEW STANDARD FOR ‘BEST PLACES TO WORK FOR LGBTQ+ EQUALITY’: “Companies earning this distinction must have a 100 on the CEI and will need to be bar setters for how companies can do even more,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “Importantly, to receive this award, they will need to be nominated by their workers.” More from NBC News.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE UPDATES POLICY ON HIV+ SERVICE MEMBERS: More from NBC News and HRC.

HOW A MILITARY FAMILY WAS MADE STRONGER BY THEIR TRANS CHILD: HE TAUGHT US TO ‘STAND UP FOR OUR PRINCIPLES’: More from People.

REPORTER CORNER: V Spehar (@vitusspehar, they/them) is the Host/Creator of TikTok’s @underthedesknews with over 2.4 million subscribers, and recently launched a new podcast called “V. Interesting” on the Lemonada network. Known as the “nice side of the news,” V’s mission is to make the news more accessible, and foster opportunities to think critically through the lens of kindness.

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📍 IN THE STATES

WHAT’S NEXT IN FLORIDA’S BID TO RESTRICT TRANSITION CARE FOR TRANSGENDER KIDS: More from Tampa Bay Times.

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🎭 MAJOR LGBTQ+ WINS AT THE TONYS TO CELEBRATE!: This Sunday night, there were major wins for the LGBTQ+ community at the Tony Awards, including for Michael R. Jordan, who’s musical Strange Loop, uplifting Black queer identities, won Best Musical Book and Best Musical; Toby Marlow, who’s musical Six won Best Score; and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who won Best Featured Actor. L. Morgan Lee also became the first openly trans woman to be nominated for a Tony Award. More from The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and HRC.

‘YOU DO BELONG.’ ARIANA DEBOSE’S POWERFUL MESSAGE TO THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY AT THE TIME100 GALA: More from Time.

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