#AM_Equality: June 2, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC announces intent to sue Florida on anti-trans sports ban; President Biden issues Pride proclamation

HRC ANNOUNCES INTENT TO SUE THE STATE OF FLORIDA AS GOV. RON DESANTIS SIGNS ANTI-TRANSGENDER SPORTS BAN INTO LAW: “HRC will always stand up to anti-equality forces on behalf of transgender kids, and that is exactly what we plan to do by legally challenging this ban on the participation of transgender girls and women in sports,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “The harmful provisions added to SB 1028 will not just impact transgender people in Florida. All Floridians will have to face the consequences of this anti-transgender legislation -- including economic harm, expensive taxpayer-funded legal battles and a tarnished reputation. In Florida, we are ensuring that there are legal consequences to pay for being on the wrong side of history.” More from USA Today, Axios, The Hill and HRC.

HRC PRESIDENT CELEBRATES PRIDE AND CALLS FOR ACTION THIS PRIDE MONTH: More from HRC.

PRESIDENT BIDEN’S PRIDE PROCLAMATION CALLS FOR ACTION: In his moving proclamation, President Biden highlights many of the ways in which LGBTQ rights have advanced since the Stonewall uprising in 1969. “While I am proud of the progress my Administration has made in advancing protections for the LGBTQ+ community, I will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law,” Biden said. More from Advocate and The New York Times.

SARAH MCBRIDE WASN’T RUNNING TO BE THE ‘TRANS’ STATE SENATOR. BUT SHE BECAME THE FIRST: Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) wants transgender Americans to be “involved at all levels of government” to promote LGBTQ equality and to fight “for dignity and respect for all people.” More from NBC.

HOW A SUPREME COURT DECISION LAST YEAR IS RESHAPING THE LEGAL BATTLE OVER LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION: One year ago, the Supreme Court banned workplace discrimination for LGBTQ employees in the landmark case Bostock v. Clayton County. More from USA Today.

📍 IN THE STATES

REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR NOMINEE REITERATES OPPOSITION TO TRANS INCLUSIVE YOUTH SPORTS: On Monday, the Republican nominee in the Virginia gubernatorial affirmed his anti-trans views relating to youth sports. More from Washington Blade.

WISCONSIN GOV. EVERS SIGNS THREE PRO-EQUALITY EXECUTIVE ORDERS: More from Wisconsin Examiner.

PRIDE MONTH ORGANIZERS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ANTI-TRANSGENDER LAWS: As Pride Month commences, various pro-LGBTQ groups are calling attention to the anti-transgender bills that have surfaced in many states. “We need to make sure that the community understands and appreciates the current climate that we live in, in the United States, where state legislators are looking to take away legal protections that we have,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “We have members of the trans and non-binary community that are living in a state of fear.” More from The Hill.

📺 GET CULTURED

📖 NEW BOOK IS AN “URGENT AND POWERFUL TRANS MEMOIR”: In Kaya Wilson’s (@Kaya_M_Wilson) upcoming memoir ‘As Beautiful As Any Other,’ he explores the beauty and complex chronology of embracing his identity and learning to love his changing body. More from The Guardian.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

GLOBAL FIRMS BACK LGBTQ NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT IN JAPAN: As Pride Month kicks off in Japan, major corporations are backing proposed pro-LGBTQ equality measures. These corporations signed on to the LGBTQ Corporate Support Letter and some notable signatories include Coca-Cola, Deloitte, EY Japan, Intel, PwC, Salesforce, PepsiCo and SegaSammy. More from Human Rights Watch.

STATE DEPARTMENT URGES GHANA TO PROTECT LGBTQ RIGHTS AFTER ACTIVISTS’ ARREST: More from Washington Blade.

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