#AM_Equality: March 12, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: President Biden signs historic American Rescue Plan; Mississippi Gov. Reeves signs first anti-transgender bill of 2021

PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNS HISTORIC AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN: “By signing the historic American Rescue Plan today, President Biden is taking a critical step toward providing COVID-19 relief to millions of Americans by protecting thousands of jobs, reducing the poverty rate and lowering health care costs,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC.

U.S. SENATE MUST ADVANCE BIPARTISAN COMMON SENSE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION: Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 8 (Bipartisan Background Checks Act) by a vote of 227-203 and H.R. 1446 (Enhanced Background Checks Act) by a vote of 219-210. “There is bipartisan support for meaningful steps to stop these preventable tragedies, including an assurance that no person in this country can purchase a firearm without clearing a background check,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC.

FRIDAY FEATURE -- AS ANTI-TRANS VIOLENCE SURGES, ADVOCATES DEMAND POLICY REFORM: HRC outlined a list of policy recommendations in its Blueprint for Positive Change 2020 to the Biden administration, including establishment of an interagency working group to address anti-transgender violence. More from NBC.

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ISSUES INTERPRETIVE RULE TO PROHIBIT ANTI-LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION: More from the Dallas Voice.

PARENTS OF TRANS ATHLETES LOBBY AGAINST ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION: More from Florida Politics.

ANDREA JENKINS IS THE FIRST BLACK AND OUT TRANSGENDER WOMAN TO HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE: In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins (@annapoetic) shares her story as the George Floyd murder trial opens for jury selection. More from The Guardian.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

FIRST ANTI-TRANS BILL OF 2021 SIGNED INTO LAW BY MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR TATE REEVES: Reeves signed SB 2536, an anti-transgender sports bill, marking the first piece of anti-LGBTQ or specifically anti-transgender legislation this year to become law. Said HRC President Alphonso David: “Governor Reeves’ eagerness to become the face of the latest anti-transgender push is appalling, as he chooses fear and division over facts and science. This law is a solution in search of a problem, and legislators in Mississippi have not provided any examples of Mississippi transgender athletes gaming the system for a competitive advantage because none exist.” More from HRC.

TEXAS APPEALS COURT RULING ENSURES STATE-LEVEL PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ EMPLOYEES: Texas 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in Tarrant County Community College v. Sims, that Texas’s state law prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sex also provides protections against discrimination for LGBTQ workers. The favorable decision provides state-level protections for LGBTQ workers for the first time under Texas state law. More from HRC.

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ACTRESS AND TRANS ACTIVIST NICOLE MAINES SHARES NEWS OF DREAMER’S COMIC DEBUT: More here.

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