#AM_Equality: June 8, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Title IX executive order protections for LGBTQ students; HRC President Alphonso David on ‘Cape Up’ podcast

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WANTS TO HEAR FROM STUDENTS, PARENTS, EDUCATORS AND PROFESSIONALS ABOUT RULES IMPACTING LGBTQ STUDENTS AND SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE: More from HRC.

🎧 HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE FIGHT FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY IN 2021: In a podcast interview with Washington Post Opinion writer Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ), HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him) discussed the fight for LGBTQ equality this Pride Month and beyond. More from Cape Up from The Washington Post.

ICYMI -- SHOWTIME AND HRC EXPAND SECOND ‘QUEER TO STAY’ INITIATIVE: “The LGBTQ community is proven to be disproportionately impacted in almost all facets of society, compounding the importance of preserving and celebrating LGBTQ spaces.” More from The Hollywood Reporter.

A NON-BINARY MIDDLE-SCHOOLER WAS ASSAULTED OVER LGBTQ PRIDE FLAG: Twelve-year-old Leo Hoffman was stomped on and covered in water by their fellow students after hanging pride flags at their lunch table. The students who assaulted Leo have been suspended, and some will be reassigned to other middle schools. More from Washington Post.

THREE HELPFUL TIPS FOR WHEN YOU PLAN TO COME OUT ONLINE: In an article featuring HRC Youth Ambassador Nico Craig (@darnimtrans, he/they), Craig shares advice on coming out during Pride Month. More from Mashable.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID NAMED TO NOTABLE LGBTQ LEADERS AND EXECUTIVES LIST 2021: More from Crain’s New York.

📍 IN THE STATES

JALEN MCKEE-RODRIGUEZ BECOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY MAN ELECTED TO SAN ANTONIO CITY COUNCIL: “I’m excited to be passing the torch and provide a voice for young people because we’re not represented in a number of ways at City Hall and in our government locally and nationally. And so I won’t take that lightly either,” said McKee-Rodriguez (@theloserteacher). More from KSAT and them.

📺 GET CULTURED

🎧 HRC’S TORI COOPER TALKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT: In an interview with Your World, Your Money podcast, HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her) discussed her experience in the Black trans community in addition to the concerning anti-trans bills being passed around the country. More from Your World, Your Money Podcast.

SYMONE OF ‘RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE’ ON DRAG, HER WIN AND SELF-LOVE: In the 13th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Symone (@the_symonee) was crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. “I had to learn to love my Blackness,” said Symone. “I’ve learned to love my queerness. I had to learn to love myself. And so on the show, it was kind of a love letter to Blackness and queerness.” More from New York Times.

NICKELODEON MAKES HISTORY BY CASTING ITS FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER ACTOR: Sasha A. Cohen, a 13-year-old trans actor, has been cast for season 1 episode 22 of Danger Force. “I had never felt comfortable about who I am, and I always thought that I would never play a transgender role,” Sasha said. “But there are so many kids out there who need to see someone like them -- a role model who has the ability to put themselves out there.” More from Gay Times and Out.

NBC STARS AND CASTING DIRECTORS DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF REPRESENTATION ON TV: “Growing up as a future gay kid, [there weren’t] any LGBTQ characters, or if they were, they were parodied on screen,” casting director Josh Einsohn (@TxJoshInLA) said. “Whenever you diversify your cast, people get to see themselves in it. And I think that’s a very beautiful thing to get to do.” More from Variety.

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