#AM_Equality: June 14, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC on the 5-year commemoration of the Pulse Massacre; “We’re fighting back” against anti-LGBTQ laws

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE 5-YEAR COMMEMORATION OF THE PULSE MASSACRE: “Five years ago, 49 people, most of them Latinx, Black and LGBTQ, were killed in a terrible act of violence at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Fifty-three more were injured and countless others were forever changed by witnessing hate or losing a loved one,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “As we hear the stories of those who were slaughtered, we see small glimpses of 49 unrealized futures, knowing no words can capture the full scope of what their families lost, what our community has lost — beloved parents, beloved partners, beloved co-workers, beloved children or beloved friends.” More from HRC.

  • EL PRESIDENTE DE HRC, ALPHONSO DAVID, EN LA CONMEMORA LOS CINCO AÑOS DE LA MASACRE DE PULSE. Más de HRC en español.

‘KEEP DANCING ORLANDO’: FIVE YEARS LATER, PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING SURVIVORS SEEK TO EMBODY STRENGTH OF LGBTQ COMMUNITY: Five years after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the survivors work to embody the strength of the LGBTQ community in the fight for equality and celebration of Pride month. More from USA Today.

2021 SET TO BECOME DEADLIEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR TRANS AMERICANS: Using data collected and reported by HRC, Axios has reported that 2021 will likely be the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans. This comes as 28 transgender and gender non-conforming people -- nearly all Black and Latina women -- have been killed this year. More from Axios.

NO LONGER A DEATH SENTENCE: HOW LIVING WITH HIV HAS CHANGED: In an interview with NBC, HRC Director of HIV and Health Equity J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall (@McCantsPearsall) discussed the change and progress that has come in the 40 years since the CDC published its first medical report on what would become known as AIDS. More from NBC.

🎧 HRC’S ELLEN KAHN ON SUPPORTING OUR LGBTQ KIDS: Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Human Rights Campaign Ellen Kahn (@ellenbkahn, she/her) advocates for accepting and inclusive home environments that affirm LGBTQ identities. More from What Fresh Hell Podcast.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON MSNBC “WE’RE FIGHTING BACK” AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION: More from MSNBC.

THE POWERFUL MUST ‘SEE BEYOND' THEMSELVES TO FOSTER DIVERSE LEADERSHIP: In an interview with Yahoo! Finance, HRC President Alphonso David called on every individual in a position of power to “see beyond yourself” when determining who to put on track for a leadership slot. According to David, in turn, diversity will make its way to the upper reaches of a company or organization. More from Yahoo! Finance.

IN U.S., PRIDE MONTH FESTIVITIES MUTED BY POLITICAL SETBACKS: In a year unlike any other, Pride festivities contend with a wave of anti-trans legislation that has been passed in states like Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida and many proposed anti-trans bills across the country. Nevertheless, LGBTQ Americans have and will persist this Pride month to celebrate and fight for equality in the U.S. and beyond. More from The Washington Post.

PROTECTING TRANS AND NON-BINARY KIDS IS A LIFE-OR-DEATH ISSUE: In an article written by HRC’s very own Matilda Young (@Matilda_Y28), she writes about how sports can be a lifeline, and the urgency of protecting trans and non-binary kids. “Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior like me, a serious sports fan or someone who just tunes in on holidays—or simply a person who believes in equity and social justice—we need your voice in the fight.” More from Dame Magazine.

📍 IN THE STATES

IN THE SOUTHEAST, HEIGHTENED DANGER AND FEW PROTECTIONS FOR TRANS PEOPLE: In an interview with NBC, HRC President Alphonso David said one of the most important things that can be done to help protect trans Americans is for Congress to pass the Equality Act. The federal legislation would explicitly create LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs and jury service. More from NBC.

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY PASSES GENDER RECOGNITION ACT: Late last week, the New York State Assembly passed the Gender Recognition Act, which would allow New Yorkers to use a gender-neutral “X” as the gender marker on their driver’s licenses and birth certificates. More from CNN.

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