#AM_Equality: June 22, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC unveils “All Li es Matter” installation on headquarters & new video; HRC’s Alphonso David joined NBC’s “Pride + Protest” discussion

ON JUNETEENTH -- HRC UNVEILED MONUMENTAL HANK WILLIS THOMAS “ALL LI ES MATTER” INSTALLATION ON HEADQUARTERS: HRC installed a piece of art designed by the artist Hank Willis Thomas (@hankwthomas) reading “All Li es Matter.” The installation, which is open to the press, is a collaboration with Thomas and For Freedoms, a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse and direct action founded by Thomas and Eric Gottesman (@EricGottesman). Thomas is a conceptual photographer whose work addresses issues of identity, politics, popular culture and mass media. More from HRC

  • Today, HRC is releasing a new video showing the installation of the art and a conversation between Thomas and HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) about Thomas’ conceptualization of the art. Watch here

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID DISCUSSED THE INTERSECTIONS OF IDENTITY AND THE ROOTS OF LGBTQ PRIDE DURING NBC’S CONVERSATION ON PRIDE AND PROTEST: In the conversation, David also spoke about the importance of creating a world where no one identity is more valued than another, and how the Black civil rights movement and the LGBTQ civil rights movement are intertwined. Watch here

HRC MOURNS TITI GULLEY, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN OREGON: Titi Gulley, who some knew as Tete, was a 31-year-old Black transgender woman killed in Portland, Oregon, on May 27, 2019. Her death is believed to be at least the 28th known violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2019 in the U.S. “Black Americans are being lynched in America,” said Tori Cooper, HRC director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative. “The details of Titi Gulley’s death must be thoroughly investigated and handled with the utmost care. Black Transgender Lives Matter. We must do more to end this epidemic of violence that is killing more and more beautiful lives.” More from HRC.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY, HRC AND RAINBOW RAILROAD SHARED THE POWERFUL STORY OF AMIN, A GAY MAN WHO ESCAPED ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE IN CHECHNYA: “Amin’s story of escaping anti-LGBTQ violence in Chechnya is heartbreaking, inspiring and sends a powerful message highlighting the strength and resilience of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers,” said HRC Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives & Research Ty Cobb (@tywesleycobb). “On World Refugee Day, we are in solidarity with LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence and conflict from some of the most dangerous places in the world. Today and every day, HRC is united with our partners in sending a resounding message that we are a proud nation of immigrants, and refugees are welcome here.” More from HRC, and watch the video here.

  • HBO will be releasing a powerful documentary about LGBTQ activists in Chechnya who are working against the anti-LGBTQ violence there. The documentary, “Welcome to Chechnya,” will be released on June 30. 


TRANS VOICES WERE MISSING FROM SCOTUS RULING COVERAGE -- HRC’S ELLIOTT KOZUCH (@ElliottKozuch) AND NWLC’S GILLIAN BRANSTETTER (@GBBranstetter) SHARE TIPS ON BEING MORE INCLUSIVE: “Even today, transgender people often go unseen or ignored in media, in part because of this very legacy of erasure. However, there are countless transgender lawyers (including ones who worked on these Supreme Court cases), transgender advocates and transgender people whose lives have changed for the better by this decision,” said Kozuch. “If you’re reporting on this case, consider the transgender people who got us to this point, those who are moving us beyond it and the every-day transgender Americans who are finally seeing themselves reflected in federal law.” More from Journalism Institute.

HRC’S MICHAEL VAZQUEZ: “I’M A GAY, RELIGIOUS PUERTO RICAN -- STOP USING GOD TO ATTACK MY COMMUNITY”: “In light of the drastic resurgence of violence against the LGBTQ community in Puerto Rico, this refusal to listen is both dangerous and reprehensible,” writes Vazquez (@mvsebastian) in an op-ed for The Americano. “Lives are at stake.” More from The Americano

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