#AM_Equality: March 17, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: TODAY -- Senate Judiciary holding hearing on Equality Act, HRC President Alphonso David to testify

TODAY -- SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HOLDING HEARING ON EQUALITY ACT, HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID TO JOIN PANEL: Set for 10am ET, the hearing will feature Members of Congress, advocates and leaders including David, transgender youth and advocate Stella Keating and Dr. Edith Guffey, Conference Minister of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ. “This Wednesday will be a historic opportunity to advance equality for all. For the first time in our decades-long fight for equal rights, the Senate will host a hearing on the Equality Act and I welcome this important opportunity to highlight the need for this critical legislation,” said David. “Thank you Chair Durbin for holding this hearing, and inviting me to participate. Together, our movement will make our voices heard and finally ensure LGBTQ people have the legal protections they need and deserve.” More from HRC.

TRAGIC SHOOTING IN GEORGIA LEAVES 8 DEAD, AMID RISING WAVE OF ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE: More from the AP.

NEW POLL UNDERSCORES THAT MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE EQUALITY ACT: Conducted by HRC and Hart Research Associates, the poll showed that an overwhelming seven in 10 voters support the Equality Act, spanning across demographic and partisan groups, including across all ages, races, religions, and political parties. “In poll after poll, we see that Americans overwhelmingly believe that LGBTQ people should be able to live free from fear of harassment and discrimination by guaranteeing the same federal anti-discrimination protections that other Americans have enjoyed for decades,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from the 19th.

ELLIOT PAGE (@TheElliotPage): “I’M FULLY WHO I AM”: “Extremely influential people are spreading these myths and damaging rhetoric—every day you’re seeing our existence debated,” Page said. “Transgender people are so very real.” More from TIME.

ONE YEAR LATER, LGBTQ LIFE AND DEATH REMAINS IGNORED DURING PANDEMIC: Data analysis from HRC has found that LGBTQ people face high levels of discrimination in health care, and HRC continues to call for inclusive data collection to ensure that the lives and needs of marginalized communities are made visible. More from The 19th.

IN THE STATES

SOUTH DAKOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HEAD CALLS ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BAN “WORST BILL” OF 2021 SESSION: Said South Dakota Chamber of Commerce President David Owen on HB 1217, “The [economic] threat is very real, and we’re hoping the bill will be vetoed.” More from Kelo.com.

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TEAM USA SPEEDSKATER COMES OUT AS GAY: With two U.S. championships under his belt, rising speedskating star Conor McDermott-Mostowy (@conor.mm) came out as gay to share his personal story of acceptance and hopefully help others. More from OutSports.

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