#AM_Equality: June 17, 2021

by HRC Staff

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HOW GEORGE FLOYD’S LEGACY CHANGED PRIDE AND LGBTQ HISTORY: “I venture to guess that a major reason why so many of us plugged into the global reckoning on race is that a critical mass of people representing all walks of life collectively felt what it was like to have their joys, opportunities, rights and liberties — essentially, our humanity — severely circumscribed,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “We had to find the source of this pain and fight back, and many in our community did so by holding up the origins of Pride, moving to center intersectional activism in Pride, demanding that our LGBTQ leaders and organizations do more for racial justice, and urging corporations to play a more active role in our fight for our liberation.” More from Blavity.

🌈 HOW TO MARK PRIDE MONTH, VIRTUALLY AND IN-PERSON: Various organizations have hosted virtual Pride celebrations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, offering an alternative for those unable to participate in-person. “We hope that our offerings will bring our community together through joyful celebration and by organizing our activism to defeat threats to our community,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from USA Today.

BIDEN URGED TO ENSURE COVID-19 VACCINES REACH LGBTQ PEOPLE ABROAD: Four Democratic Representatives wrote a letter to Biden urging him to distribute vaccine doses to LGBTQ people abroad. “Due to stigma, violence, and discrimination, LGBTQI+ people -- and transgender and non-binary individuals, in particular -- face additional barriers to accessing relief and health care services,” the Congress members wrote in their letter. More from Washington Blade.

OPINION: PRIDE OFFERS LGBTQ YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY: “But if COVID-19 has taught me anything, it is that time is not guaranteed, and we must consider what makes life worth living and embrace it,” said Arin Jayes, a 30-year-old non-binary trans man. “Every time Pride month rolls around I recommit to my true self, but this year it feels all the more important.” More from Washington Blade.

SEX EDUCATION 2.0: INSIDE THE MOVEMENT TO MAKE SEX EDUCATION INCLUSIVE: “People think that when we talk about sex education we’re talking about the parts that are covered up by a bathing suit and also pregnancy,” said Brittany McBride, associate director for sex education at Advocates for Youth. “Sex education is like a life skills course at this point. It’s so much more than just anatomy and how to prevent an unintended pregnancy.” More from ABC.

MARIE NEWMAN AND HER DAUGHTER EVIE ON LGBTQ RIGHTS, THE EQUALITY ACT, AND FAMILY: Representative Marie Newman (@Marie4Congress) decided to run for Congress following the 2016 election in order to protect her trans daughter who had just begun her transition. “Pretending to be something you're not is literally the hardest thing on the planet, and is the most destructive thing to yourself, but also everybody around you,” said Newman. “If we can create an environment in our society where everybody is equal, which is the premise of the Equality Act, we're all going to be happier.” More from Teen Vogue.


‘RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE’ STAR LAGANJA ESTRANJA COMES OUT AS TRANS: “I'm so happy. I feel so beautiful and empowered, and, finally, I’m looking back at who I am in the mirror, and it’s such an incredible feeling,” said Laganja Estranja (@LaganjaEstranja). “If anyone is struggling with it, breathe and accept it, because once you do, it's incredibly empowering.” More from Entertainment Weekly.


THREE LGBTQ PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING PRIDE MONTH: A wave of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes has devastated South Africa, and local activists report a lack of response from the government. More from them.

TWO TRANS GUATEMALAN ACTIVISTS KILLED LAST WEEK AMID ESCALATING GLOBAL VIOLENCE: Andrea González and Cecy Ixpata, two prominent Guatemalan trans activists, were murdered last week. In Guatemala, there have been at least 13 anti-LGBTQ homicides in 2021. More from them.

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