#AM_Equality: June 28, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC Youth Ambassador Alum introduced President Biden at White House Pride celebrations; HRC celebrates six years of marriage equality

HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR ALUM INTRODUCED PRESIDENT BIDEN TO MARK THE RETURN OF PRIDE CELEBRATIONS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Transgender teen and HRC Youth Ambassador alum Ashton Mota introduced President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday at the administration’s Pride celebration. “Your story, your leadership and your mom is just an inspiration,” Biden said of Mota. In addition to the celebration, President Biden signed National Pulse Memorial Legislation into law. More from People, The Hill and HRC.

HRC CELEBRATES SIX YEARS OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY: More from HRC.

PRESIDENT BIDEN NAMES JESSICA STERN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS: HRC congratulates Jessica Stern as she was recently named as a Special Envoy to the President on LGBTQ rights. She has been a champion for LGBTQ people for over a decade and HRC looks forward to continuing to work with her to advance greater justice and equity around the world. More from CNN and HRC.

🩺WHY CANCER SCREENINGS FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY ARE IMPORTANT: Many LGBTQ patients put off medical care for fear of discrimination, and these delays can have life-threatening consequences. Dr. Natalie Erbs encourages all LGBTQ people to seek out preventative care and cancer screenings to receive potentially life-saving information. More from The Mayo Clinic.

COUNTING THE ECONOMIC COST OF ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS: According to estimates from the Williams Institute, anti-LGBTQ laws and discrimination are estimated to cost economies in the U.S. and beyond as much as 1% of total economic output measured by annual gross domestic product (GDP). More from Al Jazeera.

PUERTO RICAN LGBTQ ACTIVISM CAN EXPAND OUR VISION FOR PRIDE MONTH: More from The Washington Post.

FOR THIS TRANSGENDER 18-YEAR-OLD, QUEERNESS IS SYNONYMOUS WITH HAPPINESS: Kaysen Ford and their mom, Jennifer Sumner, reflect on milestones and struggles since their 2015 StoryCorps conversation. “Being happy is not in spite of being queer,” Ford says. “It is a part of it.” More from NPR.

📍 IN THE STATES

HRC REACTS TO BIDEN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUING GEORGIA OVER VOTING RESTRICTIONS: “By suing Georgia, the U.S. Department of Justice is recognizing the state’s voter suppression law for exactly what it is: a brazen attempt to limit democracy and voter participation -- particularly and disproportionately impacting Black voters,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). More from HRC.

NEW YORK ADDING ‘X’ GENDER OPTION TO GOVERNMENT IDS: On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that adds an “X” gender option on government IDs. This law, the Gender Recognition Act, will go into effect in 180 days. More from The Hill.

NEW JERSEY VALEDICTORIAN CUT OFF DURING GRADUATION SPEECH ON MENTAL HEALTH, LGBTQ IDENTITY: Amid Bryce Dershem’s graduation speech, his principal crumpled up his speech and claimed that it was not his “therapy session.” Dershem told NBC that he had hoped that his speech would make people feel less alienated. More from NBC.

📺 GET CULTURED

HOW A MURDER MOBILIZED DETROIT’S BALLROOM COMMUNITY: In a new series from VICE World News, the first episode “Love Us in the Light” tells the story of Kelly Stough and the people who are keeping her memory alive in Detroit. The story also describes the strength of the Detroit ballroom and activist communities as they continue working on efforts to honor Stough’s memory and keep their community safe. More from VICE.

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