#AM_Equality: June 7, 2021

by HRC Staff

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID PENS NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED: IT’S TIME FOR PEOPLE IN POWER TO DEFY THESE NEW ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS: “LGBTQ Americans -- and particularly transgender and nonbinary people -- are not simply living in a state of emergency, we are living in many states of imminent danger,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “The usual calls-to-action aren’t enough against these threats; we are now firmly in the territory of needing those in positions of authority to actively defy these laws -- especially the enforcement agencies and leaders tasked with implementing the unconstitutional and un-American assaults on the civil rights of millions of LGBTQ people.” More from The New York Times and HRC.

HRC MOURNS POE BLACK, TRANSGENDER MAN KILLED IN CALIFORNIA: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Poe Black, a 21-year-old transgender man who was killed in Niland, California, in an area called Slab City, in early May. “In May alone, we now know of the deaths of at least nine transgender or gender non-conforming people,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “This violence is staggering, and if it continues, we will record more cases of fatal violence against trans and gender non-conforming people this year than any prior year. As we continue to see unprecedented levels of fatal violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people, everyone must speak out in support of trans lives.” More from HRC.

LESSONS OF TWO EPIDEMICS: OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND HIV & AIDS: In honor of HIV Long-term Survivors Awareness Day, and 40 years since the first official report of HIV & AIDS was sent to the CDC, Day HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him) and Special Advisor to the NIH Office of AIDS Research A. Cornelius Baker (@acorneliusbaker) write that “the disparity between the rapidity of government responses and availability of care is rooted in discrimination, and how marginalized populations, including the LGBTQ community, are often overlooked.” More from The Hill.


⚖ SUPREME COURT TO TACKLE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VS. LGBTQ RIGHTS IN FOSTER-CARE CASE: As the verdict for Fulton v. City of Philadelphia looms, the fate of LGBTQ couples hoping to adopt or foster hangs in the balance. More from NBC.

🎬 ‘THE LESBIAN BAR PROJECT’ CHRONICLES THE DECLINE OF WOMEN’S LGBTQ SPACES: A new short film from comedian and actress Lea DeLaris (@realleadelaria) explores the story of the decline and evolution of LGBTQ spaces in addition to raising money to help those that remain. More from NBC.

ARMY’S FIRST OPENLY GAY GENERAL RETIRES AFTER INSPIRING OTHERS: After 35 years of service, Maj. Gen. Tammy Smith (@MG_SmithT) -- the Army’s first openly gay General -- has retired. “There’s a journey that takes place between first acknowledgment and being honest [with yourself],” Smith said. “People must find comfort and push back some of that internalized homophobia, and build a bit on the journey between honest and authentic.” More from Army News.


LGBTQ SOCCER STARS ALI KRIEGER AND ASHLYN HARRIS OPEN UP ABOUT THEIR ADOPTION JOURNEY: Ali Krieger (@alikrieger) and Ashlyn Harris (@Ashlyn_Harris) have been at the top of their game from winning the World Cup in 2019 to getting married in early 2020, and now they are opening up about their adoption journey for their newborn daughter Sloane. More from Today.

“LOVE, SIMON,” “X-MEN” ACTRESS ALEXANDRA SHIPP COMES OUT: In an emotional Instagram post, actress Alexandra Shipp (@alexandrashipppp) came out and opened up about coming to terms with her sexuality and femininity. More from Out.


MORE THAN 100 LGBTQ CANDIDATES ARE COMPETING IN MEXICO’S ELECTION: A total of 117 candidates or nearly 2% of more than 6,000 hopefuls that ran for office as part of the Mexican midterm elections indicated that they are members of the LGBTQ community in a national survey. More from NPR and NBC.

ACTIVISTS DETAINED IN KAZAKHSTAN ‘FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY’: Zhanar Sekerbaeva -- an HRC Global Innovator -- and Gulzada Serzhan were detained while holding a private event to discuss gender equity in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Embassies of the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom issued statements of “deep concern” over the attack on the feminist advocates, and called on Kazakh authorities to respect equal rights for women and LGBTQ people in Kazakhstan. More from Human Rights Watch.

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