#AM_Equality: June 9, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC-endorsed candidates victorious in Virginia primary; More trans & non-binary people have already been killed in 2021 than all of 2019

HRC-ENDORSED STATE LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES VICTORIOUS IN VIRGINIA PRIMARY: “Congratulations to Delegates Candi Mundon King, Elizabeth Guzman and Dawn Adams on their victories tonight,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “The Human Rights Campaign is proud to stand with strong champions for equality whose leadership in the Commonwealth has ensured meaningful progress for all families, including an estimated 257,000 LGBTQ Virginians. Virginians need and deserve leaders who will fight to ensure equality is the law of the land.” More from HRC.

MORE TRANS AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN KILLED IN 2021 THAN ALL OF 2019: According to data recorded and reported by HRC, the first half of 2021 has been more deadly for transgender and gender non-conforming people than the entirety of 2019. More from them.

WHY CHANGES TO TITLE IX REGULATIONS ARE NEEDED TO PROTECT LGBTQ STUDENTS AND SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT FROM DISCRIMINATION: “As LGBTQ students face disproportionately high rates of discrimination and stigma that can make it difficult for survivors to report sexual assault and harassment, it’s clear that updates must be made to Title IX regulations to reverse the harmful changes implemented by the Trump administration,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “We applaud the Biden administration for following through with their promise to implement the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County and taking steps to make Title IX regulations more inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity by starting this listening session, and look forward to continuing to work with the president to ensure all students are protected and empowered moving forward.” More from HRC.

HRC AND T-MOBILE ANNOUNCE INITIATIVES FOR LGBTQ DIGITAL LITERACY & FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT: “Despite our recent strides toward equality, LGBTQ youth and families, particularly those who are multiply marginalized, continue to experience discrimination and bigotry that lead to higher rates of poverty, unemployment, online bullying and depression,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Creating programming centered around reducing those risks is critical and expands our ability to more holistically serve the LGBTQ community. Thank you to T-Mobile for championing these causes and illustrating that in order to do the most good, we need everyone on board.” More from HRC.

ESTABLISHING CAMPUS LGBTQ RESOURCE CENTERS: In order to establish strong Black LGBTQ inclusive practices, it is crucial to have a thriving LGBTQ resource center. Register now for HBCU Power to learn how you can help establish one or strengthen the existing one on your campus. More from HRC.

U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION MIGUEL CARDONA BACKS TRANSGENDER ATHLETES’ RIGHTS: In an interview with ESPN, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona (@SecCardona) said that transgender student-athletes have a “right to compete” and suggested that the Biden administration will take action to protect those students’ civil rights. More from ESPN.

📍 IN THE STATES

🍪 TEXAS BAKERY “OVERWHELMED” WITH BUSINESS AFTER BACKLASH OVER RAINBOW PRIDE COOKIES: After losing a significant number of followers from posting a picture of Pride-themed cookies, Confections Bakery took to social media to share what had happened as the business was “already struggling to stay afloat.” The next day there was a line around the block of supporters to show that love conquers hate. More from NBC News.

TRANS TEEN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TRANS ATHLETE BANS, SAYS FOOTBALL HAS BEEN ‘LIFESAVING’: “Without football, I don't quite know if I would still be here, because it’s given me a sense of belonging,” 13-year-old Kris Wilka (@WilkaKris) said. “It’s taken away the spotlight on the fact that I am transgender and it’s just allowed me to be a boy and it’s allowed me to be a kid, and it’s allowed me to just, I guess, live life without having to worry about anything.” More from ABC.

MEET THE TENNESSEE PASTOR PREACHING AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ HATE: Nashville’s first openly LGBTQ woman pastor, Rev. Dawn Bennet, “encourages congregants to view themselves as having innate worth and value, especially as anti-LGBTQ sentiment swirls around them.” More from WRCB.

📺 GET CULTURED

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS WORE PRIDE COLORS ON THE FIELD IN AN MLB FIRST: The San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) made history last week when they wore Pride colors to celebrate LGBTQ fans. While many teams have held Pride nights for fans, this is the first time a team has included Pride colors in a logo for a regular-season matchup. More from CNN, The Washington Post and ABC17.

📖 23 MUST-READ BOOKS BY LGBTQ AUTHORS, FROM STUNNING MEMOIRS TO HEARTWARMING ROMANCE NOVELS: More from Insider.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

⚖ INDIAN HIGH COURT CALLS FOR SWEEPING REFORMS TO RESPECT LGBTQ RIGHTS: A High Court in Madras ruled in favor of an LGBTQ couple that filed a complaint against the police because officers subjected them to harassing questions after their parents filed a missing persons report. In the ruling, Judge Anand Venkatesh used this opportunity to issue a broad ruling that calls for the elimination of what he described as illegal discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. More from CNN, NBC and Reuters.

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