#AM_Equality: June 3, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC President Alphonso David discusses Pride & anti-racism on Cheddar’s Pride special; David to join #BlackLivesMatter Town Hall TONIGHT

YESTERDAY, HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID (@AlphonsoDavid) JOINED CHEDDAR’S PRIDE 2020 SPECIAL TO DISCUSS PRIDE AND ANTI-RACISM: Watch the full interview here.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID SPEAKS TO THE ADVOCATE ON RACIAL JUSTICE AND LGBTQ EQUALITY: In a wide-ranging interview, David discussed racial justice, HRC’s work to vote Trump out of office and how to celebrate Pride this year. “Racial justice should be core and central to our mission,” said David. Read more from Trudy Ring at The Advocate, and check back for David’s full Inside With The Advocate video interview soon.

WHAT WE’LL BE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- TONIGHT AT 6 P.M., HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINS EQUALITY FLORIDA FOR AN LGBTQ #BLACKLIVESMATTER TOWN HALL: The virtual town hall is being hosted by Equality Florida, and comes as Pride Month begins and as the past several months have seen a rash of horrific incidents of racial violence and profiling in Minneapolis, Georgia, Louisville, New York City and more. RSVP to virtually attend the town hall here. HRC will also stream the event to its social channels (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). More information is available here.

HRC RESPONDS TO ENACTMENT OF PUERTO RICO CIVIL CODE REVISIONS: HRC criticized leaders’ failure to explicitly include vital comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents, and condemned the legislature's amendment process, which was rushed through during a pandemic and did not allow sufficient opportunity for civic participation. “The government has failed to carry out its primary duty of ensuring the safety and well-being of all Puerto Ricans, including LGBTQ Puerto Ricans,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “This year, there has been an alarming uptick in killings of LGBTQ people on the island. The government should be doubling down on passing legal protections for the LGBTQ community and sending a clear message that LGBTQ people’s lives are worthy of equal dignity and respect.” Read more from HRC in English and Español, and from the Washington Blade and El Nuevo Día.

  • HRC has also been speaking out in response to the recent dramatic uptick in violent killings of LGBTQ people in Puerto Rico, and David gave remarks at a televised virtual vigil last month that honored the lives of 10 LGBTQ people who have been killed in the past 15 months in Puerto Rico.

HRC RELIGION & FAITH PROGRAM DIRECTOR MICHAEL VAZQUEZ ON TRUMP’S USE OF RELIGIOUS SITES AS POLITICAL TOOLS: “I was on the front lines when Donald Trump ordered the police to attack peaceful protesters last night in Washington D.C., all for a staged photo op in front of St. John’s Church. As a protester, advocate and theologian, it was the most horrific experience of my life,” said Vazquez (@mvsebastian). “Religion is not a political tool for tyranny but a medium for advancing justice, liberation, and equity. The Gospel of Luke records Mary, mother of God, singing that God will bring down the mighty from their thrones -- that work of the Divine in the world is the work of facilitating justice. We will continue to advocate, resist, and fight for this country and the freedoms so many have died for -- in our cries as we protest in the streets, and in our voices that will be heard on Election Day.” Read more here.

  • HRC President Alphonso David also responded to Trump’s Rose Garden speech and police strike against peaceful protestors on Monday. Read more from HRC.

SUNDAY -- 14-YEAR-OLD HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR TO HOST ‘PRIDE DRIVE’ IN BUFFALO GROVE, IL: On Sunday, June 7 at noon, HRC Youth Ambassador Molly Pinta and her fellow Buffalo Grove community members will celebrate LGBTQ pride from the safety of their yards and cars with a “Pride Drive.” Attendees are encouraged to visit the event in their car or to walk by wearing masks and practicing safe six feet social distancing. Please reach out if you’re interested in interviewing Molly and her family, or would like to receive photos of the event. Route information can be found here.

IN THE STATES

NYC-BASED THE OKRA PROJECT LAUNCHES TWO MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY FUNDS FOR BLACK TRANS PEOPLE: The funds will be used to pay for therapy sessions for Black trans people. More from them..

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WARNER BROTHERS MAKES JUST MERCY AVAILABLE FOR FREE ONLINE: More from Entertainment Weekly.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

FRENCH OLYMPIC MEDALIST GUILLAUME CIZERON COMES OUT AS GAY: More from PinkNews.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

USA Today covers ten books to read this Pride month; “Good Morning America” covers virtual Pride events taking place this month

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