#AM_Equality: June 3, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC President Alphonso David: “We’re bringing the state of Florida to court.”

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON HRC’S INTENT TO SUE THE STATE OF FLORIDA: HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him) discussed the dangerous and discriminatory anti-trans sports bill in Florida and HRC’s plans to sue in interviews with Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) and Cheddar News (@cheddar). More from Morning Joe and Cheddar News.

BIDEN SAYS NEARLY 14% OF HIS 1,500 AGENCY APPOINTEES IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ: “For all of our progress, there are many states in which LGBTQ+ individuals still lack protections for fundamental rights and dignity in hospitals, schools, public accommodations and other spaces,” President Biden said. “We will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law.” More from Reuters.

HRC PRESIDENT JOINS GLOBAL LEADERS IN WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TO HELP THE GLOBAL ECONOMY BUILD BACK BROADER: More from World Economic Forum.

TONIGHT -- JOIN HRC YOUTH AMBASSADORS FOR AN INTERGENERATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT PRIDE: Tonight, HRC Youth Ambassadors and HRC’s Youth Well-Being Program Director Dr. Vincent Pompei (he/him) will be part of a virtual event called ‘Pride: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: An Intergenerational Conversation on the Importance of LGBTQ+ Pride.’ More from NEA and HRC.

DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER MILITARY DEPENDENTS: The Armed Forces Transgender Dependent Protection Act will prohibit stationing service members in states that restrict gender affirming health care if passed. “Across America, Republican-led states have embarked on the discriminatory mission of legislatively outlawing medical treatment for trans Americans,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (@RepJerryNadler), a co-sponsor of the bill. More from The Hill.

📍 IN THE STATES

🏫 NEW JERSEY’S LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE CURRICULUM A ‘MINDSET SHIFT’ TO HELP CENTER DIVERSE VOICES: New Jersey, the first state to require comprehensive LGBTQ curricula, has created more inclusive work environments for students and teachers alike. “You can just tell [students] feel more confident and more accepted,” said Lindsey Daly, a middle school teacher at Unity Charter School in Morristown. “They’re more excited about learning, and I think that’s definitely the best part of this curriculum.” More from North Jersey.

MUSLIM LGBTQ ACTIVIST WORKING TO SET UP FIRST INCLUSIVE MOSQUE IN HOUSTON: Erum Rani is working to not only be a resource for LGBTQ Muslims in Houston but to offer a space to congregate and live fearlessly. More from Fox26.

📺 GET CULTURED

💄 GERMANY’S NEXT TOP MODEL MAKES SERIES HISTORY WITH FIRST TRANSGENDER WINNER: In the finale of season 16 of Germany’s Next Top Model, 23-year-old trans model Alex-Mariah Peter (@AlexMariahPeter) received a generous cash prize as well as a feature in Germany Harper’s Bazar after winning the show. More from Gay Times.

📖 REP. SHARICE DAVIDS’ NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK AIMS TO REFLECT INDIGENOUS, LGBTQ KIDS: In a new children’s book, Representative Sharice Davids (@sharicedavids) aims to explore her experiences growing up Native in Kansas. Davids, an out lesbian, is the first openly LGBTQ member of Congress from Kansas. More from 19th News.

ELLIOT PAGE ON PUTTING JOY AND LOVE ‘INTO ACTION’ FOR TRANS PEOPLE: Actor Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) came out in a heartfelt social media letter last December. Despite prevalent transphobia throughout the United States, Page noted how important it was for him to embrace his identity and come out. “I don’t know how to really say it other than it just feels more important than feeling scared,” Page said. “It feels more important than if I have an overwhelming day. It, to me, really simply feels like absolutely the right thing to do.” More from NBC.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

PRESIDENTE PIÑERA SORPRENDE A CHILENOS AL APOYAR LEY DE MATRIMONIO IGUALITARIO: El Presidente Chileno Sebastián Piñera anunció su apoyo al proyecto de ley de matrimonio igualitario en Chile diciendo: “Pienso que ha llegado el tiempo de garantizar esa libertad y esa dignidad a todas las personas. Pienso que ha llegado el tiempo del matrimonio igualitario en nuestro país”. Más de CNN Chile.

  • In a surprising move, Chilean president Sebastián Piñera vowed to push a bill in favor of same-sex marriage. More from BBC.

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