#AM_Equality: March 2, 2021

by HRC Staff

Tennessee Senate passes anti-trans sports ban bill; HRC launches Winter 2021 Equality Magazine

TENNESSEE SENATE PASSES ANTI-TRANSGENDER SPORTS BAN BILL: Yesterday, the Tennessee Senate passed anti-LGBTQ Senate Bill 228, which bans transgender women and girls from participating in sports. The bill now heads to the House for consideration. Said HRC Deputy National Campaign Director Hope Jackson (@HopeLJackson), “This is a dangerous bill that discriminates against transgender kids who are simply trying to navigate their adolescense. This bill is an attempt to legislate against a problem that doesn’t exist. Those who purport to care about women’s sports should take action to ensure better funding for programs and more pay equity rather than bullying transgender girls who just want to compete and be part of a team.”

SEN. RAND PAUL’S IGNORANT QUESTIONING OF DR. RACHEL LEVINE (@SecretaryLevine) SHOWS WHY WE NEED HER IN GOVERNMENT: “Dr. Rachel Levine’s nomination is historic, but it is also necessary... Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) pointed out at the beginning of the hearing, we should have a government that represents the vast breadth of humanity,” writes Monica Hesse (@MonicaHesse). More from The Washington Post.

HOW THE BLACK FREEDOM MOVEMENT INSPIRED EARLY LGBTQ ACTIVISTS: “We are indebted to the civil rights leaders of the past, because they were really instrumental in outlining the essential objective, which was the guarantee of equal protection and how that should apply to all of us,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from NBC News.

ICYMI -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINED SPEAKER PELOSI (@SpeakerPelosi) AND CONGRESSMAN CICILLINE (@RepCicilline) LAST WEEK FOR A CONVERSATION AROUND PASSING THE EQUALITY ACT: Watch here.

FIRST LGBTQ YOUTH HOMELESS SHELTER OPENS IN PIMA COUNTY, ARIZONA: Homeless LGBTQ youth aged 18-24 are now welcome at the Bread and Roses crisis center. More from KOLD.

HRC CONGRATULATES SECRETARY MIGUEL CARDONA ON HIS CONFIRMATION AS EDUCATION SECRETARY: More from HRC.

HRC LAUNCHES WINTER 2021 EQUALITY MAGAZINE, “A NEW DAY FOR EQUALITY”: Read the online edition here.

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AMERICA FERRERA SETS FEATURE FILM DIRECTORIAL DEBUT: WITH NETFLIX’S “I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER”: Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) will adapt Erika L. Sánchez’s (@ErikaLSanchez) novel, “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter,” which is an LGBTQ-inclusive story, for Netflix distribution. More from Variety.

MIKAH MEYER’S JOURNEY FOR LGBTQ INCLUSION TAKES HIM SOUTH: Mikah Meyer (@MikahMey) has been running across the state of Mississippi to promote LGBTQ equality since the beginning of February. The run is being filmed for a documentary. More from Outsports.

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