#AM_Equality: June 25, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC President on ‘Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson’; HBCUs partner with HRC to support LGBTQ students

🎧 HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID INTERVIEWED ON ‘LIFE OUT LOUD WITH LZ GRANDERSON’: As a guest on the ‘Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson’ podcast (@LZgranderson), HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him) discusses his childhood in West Africa and his quest for LGBTQ liberation. More from Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson.

HBCUS PARTNER WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS CAMPUS ISSUES FACING LGBTQ STUDENTS: “We saw a need to really bring together HBCU LGBTQ student leaders, because we thought there was a need to advocate for inclusion and social justice on campuses and in their communities,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “These students are Black, these students are brown, these students are LGBTQ. But when we think of social justice, in some circles, LGBTQ was being excluded. And so, we wanted to make sure that HBCUs were really embracing LGBTQ students, making sure that these leaders have the support, the services and the resources to be successful leaders in the future.” More from The Undefeated.

CNBC CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH WITH ALPHONSO DAVID: In an interview with HRC President Alphonso David, CNBC discussed the importance of Pride and LGBTQ advocacy during June and beyond. More from CNBC.

‘IF YOUR PRIDE ISN’T INTERSECTIONAL, IT’S NOT PRIDE’: Pride began as a protest and any celebration of Pride without an intersectional approach -- isn’t Pride. More from USA Today.

📸 50 VINTAGE PHOTOS OF PRIDE PARADES IN THE U.S.: More from HuffPost.

FOR SOME LGBTQ EMPLOYEES, REMOTE WORK IS A ‘GAME CHANGER’ FOR INCLUSION: According to a LinkedIn survey of 2,001 LGBTQ professionals, approximately a quarter of participants have not come out in their workplace, and nearly a third have faced discrimination. “Being able to work remotely and having your [virtual presence] represent you by sharing your pronouns right off the bat has been a huge benefit. I’m not constantly having to introduce my pronouns,” said Nikita Solberg. More from CNBC.

MEET THE HINDU PRIEST OFFICIATING LGBTQ WEDDINGS: In 2016, Sushma Dwivedi founded the Purple Pundit Project, which offers a variety of religious services for LGBTQ folks from weddings to business blessings. Dwivedi was inspired to do this work because one of her husband’s siblings is trans and she wanted to ensure there was someone to officiate a wedding for them and others in the LGBTQ community. More from The New York Times.

📺 GET CULTURED

THE LONG ROAD TO MORE ACCURATE PORTRAYALS OF BLACK LGBTQ PEOPLE ON TELEVISION: The celebration of Black LGBTQ people on ‘Pose’ would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. With a changing media landscape in recent decades, TV shows and the media at large are making progress to “disrupt the link between whiteness and LGBTQ sexuality in popular culture.” More from The Washington Post.

LOKI GIVES MARVEL FANS THE BISEXUAL REVEAL THEY’VE BEEN WAITING FOR: The Marvel Cinematic Universe has confirmed that Loki from the Disney+ series is bisexual. “I’ve known about the breadth of Loki’s identity since I was first cast as the character 10 years ago... there’s been a fluidity about Loki that I found really interesting and compelling and very much a part of the fabric of the character,” said actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki.

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WRABEL FINDS HIS RAINBOW’S END AT THE INTERSECTION OF RELIGION & QUEERNESS: Musician and songwriter Wrabel (@wrabel) shares his experience at the intersection of religion and queerness as a public figure and how this inspires his music. More from Bustle.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

HOW THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CAN MAKE THE U.S. A GLOBAL LEADER ON LGBTQ RIGHTS: Earlier this month, three members of Congress re-introduced legislation to establish the U.S. as a global leader in LGBTQ rights protection through the Greater Leadership Overseas for the Benefit of Equality (GLOBE) Act. While re-introducing this legislation, the need for it was exemplified by incidents such as the passage of anti-LGBTQ legislation in Hungary, the imprisonment of 21 LGBTQ activists in Ghana and the brutal killings of two transgender women in Guatemala. More from TIME.

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