#AM_Equality: June 17, 2020

by HRC Staff

Over 350 LGBTQ organizations calls for transformational change in policing; HRC mourns Jayne Thompson, a trans woman killed in Colorado

OVER 350 LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE IN POLICING: “Ongoing police brutality and systemic racism have plagued this nation for generations and it’s time we join together to say enough is enough. It is time we take urgent and immediate action for structural change, for divestment of police resources and reinvestment in communities,” said HRC President (@AlphonsoDavid). “Every day the racial violence that has filled our television, computer and phone screens is a stark reminder of how far we still must go to ensure that the promise of America is not dependent on the color of one’s skin. From Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Stephon Clark, Freddie Gray, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Mya Hall, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks and many more who were gone too soon -- we are united to change the systems that target our Black and Brown siblings. The time for structural change and transformation is now.” More from HRC

HRC AND PSB RESEARCH RELEASE DATA DEMONSTRATING THE DISPROPORTIONATE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: The research, released in partnership with PSB Research, builds on prior data showing that LGBTQ people are disproportionately impacted economically by the pandemic, and shows transgender people -- especially transgender people of color -- are more likely to have become unemployed due to the virus, are far more likely to have had their work hours reduced, and more likely to have asked for delays in paying their rent or bills. “This new data makes clear that the economic fallout from COVID-19 has hit the transgender community especially hard,” said HRC President Alphonso David . “For transgender people of color, the systemic barriers in employment, housing and health care compound the hardship faced by so many during this pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people and people of color, reinforces that we cannot protect public health without equality for all.” More from HRC

HRC MOURNS JAYNE THOMPSON, TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN COLORADO: Jayne Thompson, a 33-year-old white transgender woman, was shot to death in Mesa County, Colorado on May 9. Her death is believed to be at least the 15th known violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year in the U.S. -- we say 15th because, while she was killed last month, she was misgendered in initial reporting, and the general public is only now learning of her trans identity. More from HRC

  • In an injustice compounding this tragedy, Thompson was misgendered in some media reports. In the pursuit of greater accuracy and respect, HRC offers guidelines for journalists and others who report on transgender people.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- NON-BINARY WRITER JO YURCABA SHARES THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE WITH THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: “I decided that it is more painful to advocate for myself to health care professionals and be let down than it is to not try at all,” writes Yurcaba (@JoYurcaba). “At least when I don’t tell them about my gender, I won’t potentially be denied care like so many trans people are.” They noted that a 2016 study including more than 3,000 trans people nationwide found that 1 in 4 were denied equal treatment in health care settings. More from HuffPost

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  • In March 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed into law HB 500 which barred transgender women and girls from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. More from HRC


HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID MOURNS EGYPTIAN LGBTQ ACTIVIST SARAH HEGAZI: “Sarah was living her truth in a country where LGBTQ people are routinely arrested and imprisoned,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “After experiencing government-sanctioned harassment, discrimination and even torture in her homeland simply for waving the Pride flag at a concert, an act that many elsewhere in the world take for granted, Sarah felt that she had no choice but to flee. But even after escaping from Egypt, the wounds of her persecution persisted. Sarah deserved more; we must demand accountability from all world leaders that place their LGBTQ communities in danger and work towards a world where it is never legal to imprison someone simply for being who they are. My thoughts are with Sarah’s friends and family at this devastating time.” More from Washington Blade and HRC

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