#AM_Equality: June 3, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC celebrates half a century of Pride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall; HRC Foundation and national partners launch Project THRIVE.

ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL, HRC CELEBRATES HALF A CENTURY OF PRIDE: “Early activists at Stonewall, led by brave transgender women of color such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, boldly kickstarted a modern movement,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “While our community still faces challenges, these activists taught us resiliency -- a resiliency that helps us fight harder and smarter today to win today’s battles for equality. Our community stands on the shoulders of giants, and we must honor them with action by continuing to work towards a world where every person can thrive no matter who they are or whom they love.” Read more from HRC.

HORRIBLE -- JOHANA MEDINA, A TRANSGENDER WOMAN FROM EL SALVADOR, HAS DIED IN ICE CUSTODY, REPORTS DIVERSIDAD SIN FRONTERAS: This tragedy comes one year after another transgender woman, Roxana Hernández, died in ICE custody. Read more at the Transgender Law Center.

ICYMI -- VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AT HRC’S COLUMBUS, OHIO, DINNER: “For all the hard-won progress you have made, for as much as we can celebrate....this fight as you know is not nearly over...this is the civil rights issue of our time," said Biden. Read more at Associated Press, CNN, Axios and Cleveland.com.

AS WE CELEBRATE PROGRESS THIS PRIDE MONTH, LET’S CHECK OUT THE STATE OF PLAY FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY:

  • You helped us make history! Last month, the Equality Act passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 236 to 173 -- the first time in history a chamber of Congress has passed comprehensive LGBTQ non-discrimination protections. This milestone for equality sent a powerful and profound message to LGBTQ people that the House has their backs. Now we’re bringing this fight to Mitch McConnell and the U.S. Senate. More from HRC.

  • Taylor Swift kicked off Pride Month with an open letter to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, urging him to support the Equality Act. A Tennessee resident, Swift (@taylorswift13) also asked her fans to “write to your senators, too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator.” Read more at Entertainment Weekly.
  • But our progress remains under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration. Most recently, HHS proposed a major change to the Affordable Care Act that would remove explicit protections for LGBTQ people, and the administration is also seeking to allow federally-funded homeless shelters to deny transgender people. More from HRC.

HRC’s CHARLOTTE CLYMER (@cmclymer) LAYS OUT THE SUSTAINED TRUMP-PENCE ASSAULT ON THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY:

And, in the states:

  • States are making big moves to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy.” Eighteen states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia now have either laws or regulations to protect against this dangerous practice. More from HRC.
  • We have defended our community from anti-equality attacks in Texas, Tennessee and across the U.S. HRC staff has been on the ground defending the rights and progress of our community, and defeating anti-equality legislation, including much of Tennessee’s “Slate of Hate.” More from HRC.

HRC IS WORKING TO DEFEND AND UPLIFT THE RIGHTS AND SAFETY OF LGBTQ YOUTH: On Friday, the HRC Foundation and more than 16 of the nation’s largest national organizations committed to the well-being of young people launched Project THRIVE, a groundbreaking multi-year campaign that will focus efforts coast-to-coast on improving the lives of LGBTQ youth at home, in school and in their communities. More from HRC.

  • As a generous sponsor of Project THRIVE, IKEA is partnering with the HRC Foundation in celebration of Pride Month. Read more from Bustle.
  • Rise up, speak up and show up this Pride month: Click here to find a Pride event in your area and join HRC and thousands of others to celebrate LGBTQ progress and equality while also checking to make sure you’re registered to vote.

THE LOS ANGELES BLADE’S KAREN OCAMB (@KarenOcamb) LOOKS AT THE HISTORY OF THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT AND LGBTQ UNITY: More from the LA Blade.

CELEBRATING WORLD PRIDE 2019 -- MORE THAN JUST A PARADE: More from the Georgia Voice.

FEDERAL WORKERS PLAN PRIDE CELEBRATIONS, DESPITE TRUMP-PENCE ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACKS: More from the Washington Blade.

 TWELVE-YEAR-OLD TO BE GRAND MARSHAL OF PRIDE PARADE SHE HELPED BRING TO HER ILLINOIS TOWN: More from Chicago Tribune.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

ALTHOUGH LGBTQ EQUALITY VARIES FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY, THE OVERALL MOVEMENT IS TOWARD FULL EQUALITY: More from Refinery29.

  • Countries in Europe also increasingly embracing marriage equality for LGBTQ and same-sex couples. More from Pew Research Center.

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Salon features Lucian Truscott (@LucianKTruscott) sharing his story of covering the Stonewall Riots; Dallas News highlights Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sharing post honoring Pride Month

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