#AM_Equality: June 21, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC reacts to SCOTUS ruling in Fulton; HRC releases new report on prevalence & impact of discrimination on Black LGBTQ people

⚖ HRC REACTS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION IN FULTON V. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA: “Though today’s decision is not a complete victory, it does not negate the fact that every qualified family is valid and worthy—children deserve a loving, caring, committed home,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “We celebrate the LGBTQ families who are dedicated to providing homes to the thousands of children in the child welfare system. Yet we know there is more work that must be done to ensure that the best interest of the child is always prioritized, including through family reunification. And there is more work to be done to ensure that LGBTQ people do not face discrimination anywhere in the country in every aspect of public life—our next step is to pass the Equality Act.” More from HRC, 19th News, Washington Blade, Advocate and New York Daily News.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON MSNBC TO DISCUSS SCOTUS FULTON RULING: Yesterday, HRC President Alphonso David appeared on MSNBC’s The Morning Show (@TheSundayShow) with Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) to discuss the Fulton ruling, the Equality Act and the future of LGBTQ rights in America. More from MSNBC.

HRC RELEASES NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTING PREVALENCE AND IMPACT OF DISCRIMINATION ON BLACK LGBTQ PEOPLE: “While individual incidents of harassment and violence sometimes make headlines, the pervasive and often daily discrimination faced by Black LGBTQ community members is too often ignored,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “This report sheds light on these experiences of discrimination that have dire consequences for the lives and livelihoods of the Black LGBTQ community.” More from HRC.

HRC RECOGNIZES AND HONORS JUNETEENTH: “Though our ancestors were brought to the United States enslaved, and though we still face discrimination every day, especially if we are trans, queer, or living anywhere under the LGBTQ rainbow, these will always be true: Our resilience is unmatched. Our beauty is unshakeable,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “We have given so much to this country, and we have faced unfathomable struggles under the oppressive force that is white supremacy. We have faced inexplicable challenges since the first Juneteenth. Today, let’s celebrate all that we are and all that we can be. Our future is limitless.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS EJ BOYKIN AKA NOVAA WATSON, BLACK TRANSGENDER MAN KILLED IN LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of EJ Boykin aka Novaa Watson, a 23-year-old Black transgender man who was killed in Lynchburg, Virginia on June 14. “EJ’s death marks the fifth trans man killed this year, and yet another death of a Black trans person,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “The level of fatal violence we’ve recorded this year is higher than we’ve ever seen. All of these individuals deserved to live. We must strike at the roots of racism and transphobia, and continue to work toward justice and equality for trans and gender non-conforming people.” More from HRC.

TRAGIC ACCIDENT AT FLORIDA PRIDE PARADE: “Pride should be a time for celebration, not fear, and my heart breaks for those impacted, their loved ones, and our entire community,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC and CNN.

💵 ON LGBTQ EQUAL PAY DAY, THE U.S. STILL DOESN’T KNOW THE SIZE OF THE WAGE GAP: More from 19th News.

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ISSUES STRONGEST STATEMENT YET IN SUPPORT OF TRANS STUDENT RIGHTS: Last week, the Department of Education released an affirming notice of interpretation that clarified the protection of transgender youth under Title IX. More from them.

THERE’S NO LGBTQ PRIDE WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS: More from The Washington Post.

📺 GET CULTURED

LGBTQ ORGANIZATIONS URGE EMMY VOTERS TO SUPPORT ‘POSE’: In a letter signed by HRC and 39 other LGBTQ organizations, the groups write “This television season Emmy voters have the opportunity to make history -- an opportunity to celebrate an entire underrepresented community that hasn’t been valued for their artistic vision, creativity, or contributions.” More from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

DEMI LOVATO SAYS THEY 'NEVER TRULY IDENTIFIED' WITH BEING A 'SEXY, FEMININE' POP STAR: More from People.

‘QUEERNESS ISN’T A WESTERN CONCEPT’: ADEJU THOMPSON IS BRINGING GENDERLESS NIGERIAN FASHION TO THE WORLD: More from CNN.

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