#AM_Equality: June 30, 2022

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Honoring Shawmaynè Giselle Marie, loving friend to many; Remembering Brazil Johnson, an LGBTQ+ activist who fought against hate

HONORING SHAWMAYNÈ GISELLE MARIE, TRUE AND LOVING FRIEND TO MANY, OF GULFPORT, MS: “Shawmaynè was a kind, beautiful young person who, like any person, deserved to live a full life. Her life was cut short by gun violence. These tragedies happen all too often to Black and brown transgender women in communities across the country,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “The violence we face is one of the devastating results of ongoing stigma and discrimination. All of us must step up to end that stigma.” More from HRC.

REMEMBERING BRAZIL JOHNSON, AN LGBTQ+ ACTIVIST WHO FOUGHT AGAINST HATE: “We need to remember Brazil as a human, as a community member, and as a beacon of living in one’s truth. We need to inspect our own biases about transgender people, specifically Black trans women, and how our biases and prejudices may add to the transphobia that fuels hateful violence. Are we doing enough to make sure the trans women of color in our lives are safe, affirmed, and valued?” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper. More from HRC and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

HRC FOUNDATION LAUNCHES IN-HOME HIV TESTING CAMPAIGN: “By providing greater access to in-home testing, we’re combating the stigma that so many transgender women of color and Black and Latinx gay and bisexual men face when visiting a health care provider,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). More from HRC.

MONKEYPOX: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: More from HRC.

ICYMI: HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN RESOURCES ON HOW THE END OF ROE V. WADE IMPACTS THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY: More from HRC.

HRC PRAISES U.S. HOUSE PASSAGE OF LGBTQI+ DATA INCLUSION ACT: “We know, from the surveys that currently exist, that LGBTQI+ people are already at a disadvantage in many areas of life – from healthcare, to housing, to employment, and much more,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy, he/him). “The LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act will provide that framework so that elected officials, government agencies, the private sector, and the public can better meet the needs of LGBTQI+ people and ensure we are included in every facet of our society.” More from HRC and ABC News.

LGBTQ+ ELDERS FEAR BEING FORCED BACK INTO CLOSET IN NURSING CARE HUNT: More from Bloomberg Law.

GROWING ANTI-LGBTQ+ RHETORIC CAUSING RISE IN POORER MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR LGBTQ+ YOUNG PEOPLE, ADVOCATES SAY: More from News Nation.

HRC INTERIM PRESIDENT, JONI MADISON, HONORED AS AN LGBTQ+ POWER PLAYER: More from PoliticsNY.

📍 IN THE STATES

TOMMY TUBERVILLE’S PATHETIC ATTEMPT TO ATTACK TRANSGENDER KIDS NATIONWIDE FAILS IN U.S. SENATE: “We shouldn’t discriminate against kids and ban them from playing because they’re transgender, but radical politicians desperate to rile up their base are making it impossible for kids to be their authentic selves with moves like this,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). More from HRC.

‘DEEPLY HURTFUL’: MORE STATES MAKE IT HARDER FOR LGBTQ+ PEOPLE TO FOSTER OR ADOPT CHILDREN: More from USA Today.

📺 GET CULTURED

ALOK VAID-MENON TALKS ‘EXCITING TIME’ FOR QUEER COMEDIANS, CONFRONTING GENDER BINARY: More from USA Today.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

SPANISH GOVERNMENT APPROVES NEW BILL ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS: More from ABC News.

POLISH COURT RULES THAT FOUR “LGBTQ+ FREE ZONES” MUST BE ABOLISHED: More from Reuters.


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