#AM_Equality: March 11, 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HRC’s Tori Cooper shares words on living free of stigma and shame; Over 500 college athletes stand up against anti-trans legislation

MY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL, LIVING FREE OF STIGMA AND SHAME: “According to HIV.gov, over 38 million people are diagnosed with HIV, so you are not alone,” writes HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “You have the power to be, do and live any way that you see fit. Other’s opinions of you are just that — their opinions. I dare you to live your life without stigma and shame. I will not lie and say that it is easy; I am just saying it is worth it.” Read more in Poz.

HRC CONGRATULATES ATTORNEY GENERAL MERRICK GARLAND AND HUD SECRETARY MARCIA FUDGE ON THEIR CONFIRMATIONS: More here and here.

BLACK LEADERS MUST LEAD THE CHARGE IN ENDING THE HIV EPIDEMIC: Even though Black people in this country are disproportionately vulnerable to a large number of health conditions, they are underrepresented in positions of authority at health agencies. More from TheBodyPro.

ALABAMA LAWMAKERS ARE TRYING TO MAKE PROVIDING LIFE-SAVING SERVICES TO TRANS KIDS A FELONY: More here.

THURSDAY FEATURE -- HRC CALLS FOR HEALTH EQUITY DURING BI+ HEALTH MONTH: More from HRC.

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NEARLY 550 COLLEGE ATHLETES DEMAND NCAA PULL CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM STATES WITH ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION: “We, the undersigned NCAA student-athletes, are extremely frustrated and disappointed by the lack of action taken by the NCAA to recognize the dangers of hosting events in states that create a hostile environment for student-athletes,” reads the letter. “You have been silent in the face of hateful legislation in states that are slated to host championships, even though those states are close to passing anti-transgender legislation.” More from Sports Illustrated.

DICKINSON STAR ELLA HUNT COMES OUT AS QUEER: In a conversation with Square Mile, Ella Hunt (@EllaHunt) opened up about her queer sexuality relating to her role in Dickinson. More from them.

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