#AM_Equality: June 22, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC launches My Body, My Health campaign; HRC calls on Congress to pass police accountability legislation

HRC LAUNCHES “MY BODY, MY HEALTH” NATIONAL, PUBLIC EDUCATION HIV/AIDS CAMPAIGN: “The disproportionate impact of HIV on Black and Latinx communities is a long-lasting health disparity that is multifaceted and fueled by an intersection of inequities and injustices, including stigma and discrimination,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “It has been a decades-long objective of activists and advocates on the front lines to end the stigma and create a generation free of HIV -- this campaign is a multi-pronged effort to reach people in their communities with the resources and tools they need.” More from HRC.

HRC CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PASS POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION: “The modern LGBTQ movement started as a collective resistance against discriminatory policing that aimed to stop LGBTQ people, especially those of color, from living fully liberated lives,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ people, the Human Rights Campaign believes society must be built upon a premise of justice for all.” More from HRC.

PRIDE GOES BEYOND FIGHTING FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS: In an interview with New York Daily News about the breadth of Pride in the U.S., HRC President Alphonso David shared that “Our quest for liberation as LGBTQ people is inextricably linked. We have to look at the world through an intersectional lens.” More from New York Daily News.

3 WAYS BUSINESSES CAN SUPPORT LGBTQ REFUGEES IN THE WORKPLACE: In an article published by the World Economic Forum, HRC President Alphonso David and Tent Founder Hamdi Ulukaya write, “This Pride Month, we urge the business community to summon its spirit of humanity and champion LGBTQ refugees, who are among the most marginalized and vulnerable people in the LGBTQ community.” More from World Economic Forum.

🏈 RAIDERS PLAYER CARL NASSIB COMES OUT AS GAY: In an Instagram post, Las Vegas Raiders (@raiders) defensive lineman Carol Nassib (@carlnassib) came out as gay. Nassib will be the first openly LGBTQ player in the NFL who is active on a roster. More from Outsports and HRC.

HOW JOE BIDEN BECAME THE MOST LGBTQ-FRIENDLY PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY: “When you look at the breadth and the scope of his support for LGBTQ rights, I think it’s fair to say that he is the most pro-equality president that we’ve ever had,” said HRC President Alphonso David. This comes as Biden’s actions could potentially impact the daily lives of 11 million LGBTQ adults and millions of young people across the country. More from USA Today.

WHY WE NEED MORE TRANS JOURNALISTS: In an article referencing anti-trans violence data from HRC and a recent video from VICE about what it’s like to be a trans journalist, VICE NEWS explores the need for more trans journalists to write more stories by, about and for trans folks. More from VICE NEWS.


ROSEDALE, MISSISSIPPI CITY COUNCIL PASSES LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE NONDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE: “The Human Rights Campaign applauds Mayor Aelicia Thomas and the Rosedale City Council for taking this proactive measure to protect LGBTQ people through a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance,” said HRC Mississippi State Director Rob Hill (@RCH74). “Rosedale is advancing progress on equality and setting an important example for other cities in Mississippi and across the country that equality matters and discrimination will not be tolerated.” More from HRC.

“We made a decision as a family to be more open about it and make it public, because there’s nothing wrong with it,” Joshua Higginbotham (@Higginbotham4WV) said. “I’m not ashamed of it; I’m not embarrassed by it. It’s just part of who I am.” More from CNN.


🏋️‍♀️ NEW ZEALAND WEIGHTLIFTER LAUREL HUBBARD IS THE FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER ATHLETE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE AT THE OLYMPICS: “Perhaps the fact that it has taken so long for someone like myself to come through indicates that some of the problems that people are suggesting aren’t what they might seem,” Hubbard said. More from Washington Post and NBC.


TWO TRANS WOMEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS FOR FIRST TIME IN MEXICO’S HISTORY: Maria Clemente Garcia and Salma Luevano are longtime LGBTQ activists and have now made history as the first transgender women elected to Mexican Congressional offices. More from them and Advocate.

THOUSANDS MARCH FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY IN WARSAW: Thousands gathered in Warsaw over the weekend to march for LGBTQ equality in an increasingly conservative Poland. More from The Hill.

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