#AM_Equality: June 5, 2020

by HRC Staff

From HRC President Alphonso David -- Black Lives Matter; HRC releases data on violence against transgender Black Americans

FROM HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID (@AlphonsoDavid) -- BLACK LIVES MATTER: “In just the past few weeks, we saw footage of a Black man, George Floyd, violently killed by the police while saying he can’t breathe and calling for his mother. We saw a video of a Black gay man, Christian Cooper, threatened by a white woman in Central Park. We received reports alleging that a Black transgender man, Tony McDade, was killed by police. And, we heard the audio of the 9-1-1 call Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend made after plainclothes Louisville police kicked down the door of their home and shot her eight times as she slept in her bed... This cannot continue. We must all demand answers, we must all demand accountability and we must all demand change. That means changing the systems and structures. That means examining the ways that we, each of us -- knowingly or unintentionally -- support these systems of white supremacy through our actions, inactions, complicity, and indifference. And that means ensuring that we don’t get stuck in our own outrage, but are moved to action.” Read the full piece from HRC

HRC RELEASES DATA ON VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER BLACK AMERICANS: Since the Human Rights Campaign began collecting data regarding the epidemic of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people 2013, we have seen at least 172 violent deaths. We say “at least” because too many of these deaths are misreported by police or the media, erasing a victim’s trans identity. Of these deaths: 

  • 73% of trans and gender non-conforming Americans violently killed were Black.
  • 66% of victims were killed by guns.
  • Five transgender and gender non-conforming people were killed by police since 2013, including Tony McDade, a Black transgender man killed in Florida last week.
  • Since March 28 alone, we have seen seven violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans, constituting the second-highest spike HRC has tracked in such violence.

DR. WALTER KIMBRAUGH WRITES ON THE POWER OF ACTIONS VS. WORDS: Dr. Kimbraugh (@HipHopPrez), president of Dillard University, writes: “I want to find a way to ask the tough questions in between the atrocities, making sure we continue to address systemic racism without the flashpoint of a Charlottesville or Minneapolis. How do we pay more attention to the laws that are passed, who is elected to enforce those laws and where we can create opportunities for citizen oversight? What kind of routine education can we provide not only for our students but also for the greater community to ensure we keep up with the issues?” Read his full piece from Chronicle of Higher Education

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- FATHER BRYAN MASSINGALE IS COMMITTED TO MAKING HIS CHURCH A MORE EQUITABLE PLACE FOR ALL: Father Bryan Massingale is a Black gay Catholic priest and one of the Catholic Churche’s leading social ethicists. Massingale said: “My whole ministry, in some way, has been to help the Church catch up to God, to help the Church understand that God has already gifted people of color with dignity and value and worth, and God has already gifted LGBT people with dignity, value, and worth.” More from the revealer

TODAY WE #WEARORANGE FOR GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY: LGBTQ people are at risk for senseless violence and murder because of hatred and easy access to guns. Trans and gender non-conforming people, especially trans women of color, suffer disproportionate rates of gun violence. HRC is joining Everytown for Gun Safety (@Everytown) and Giffords (@GiffordsCourage) as we #WearOrange in solidarity with gun violence survivors and to advocate for gun violence prevention. More from HRC

TODAY IS NATIONAL HIV LONG-TERM SURVIVORS AWARENESS DAY: HRC spoke with Octavia Y. Lewis, transgender health coordinator for Montefiore Health Systems, and Tony Christon-Walker, director of prevention and community partnerships for AIDS Alabama, to discuss their journeys with HIV and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people living with HIV. More from HRC


HONOR THEIR LIVES WITH ACTION: As many as 1,000 LGBTQ New Yorkers and allies gathered in Sheridan Square on June 1 to remember LGBTQ Black people and non-Black people of color lost to police violence, as well as other Black Americans who died at the hands of police. More from Donna Aceto (@donnaacetophoto) & Paul Schindler (@PaulSchindler) in Gay City News

DISCRIMINATORY IDAHO BILL TARGETING TRANS PEOPLE FACING UPHILL BATTLE IN COURT: After U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled in 2018 that it is unlawful for the state to prevent trans people from correcting their birth certificates, she issued an order on Monday stating that her previous ruling still stands. Idaho is one of three states that prevent transgender people from correcting their birth certificates. More from Nico Lang (@Nico_Lang) in them..

  • HRC and our allies fought this disgraceful legislation, and we will continue to fight to ensure our trans and non-binary community have the rights and legal recognition they deserve no matter what state they call home. 


HRC’S FIGHT FOR EQUALITY AROUND THE WORLD: This week, the HRC Foundation launched the fourth edition of its HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program survey, the leading benchmark tool evaluating LGBT-inclusive policies and best practices among major Mexican employers and multinationals. Read more from HRC in English and Español

RUSSIA’S LGBTQ YOUTH STRUGGLING TO FIND ACCEPTANCE AT HOME: Russia’s LGBTQ youth are increasingly seeking help for abuse, mental illness and even homelessness as schools have closed and the pandemic has forced them indoors with unaccepting families, said Svetlana Zakharova, an HRC Global Innovator and a member of the Russian LGBT Network, one of the country’s largest LGBTQ organizations. More from the Moscow Times

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