#AM_Equality: Launch of Equality Act Coalition; Join HRC for a Bisexual+ Health Month Livestream today!
LGBTQ ADVOCACY GROUPS LAUNCH $4 MILLION COALITION TO PASS THE EQUALITY ACT: Sixteen LGBTQ and social justice groups, including HRC, have come together behind a lobbying and ad campaign aimed to pass the Equality Act. Said HRC President Alphonso David: “The Equality Act is a pivotal moment in history and serves to be one of the landmark civil rights moments in our country’s long march toward a more perfect union. We plan to work in coalition to end the discrimination, violence, and injustice that LGBTQ people live with every day and ensure that federal non-discrimination protections finally become the law of the land. The time to pass the Equality Act is now.” More from Axios.
ON A JOURNEY TOWARD BISEXUAL+ EQUITY: “We have taken strides toward a more just and kind world for bisexual+ people, and nothing has put a finer point on our progress than the number of young people who are comfortable using bisexual+ labels for themselves,” shared Belle Haggett Silverman, President of the Board of Directors of the Bisexual Resource Center. “But we still have so far to go.” More from HRC.
CECILIA GENTILI, STORIED ADVOCATE AND PLAINTIFF IN HRC LAWSUIT, PENS POWERFUL NYTIMES OP-ED IN SUPPORT OF EQUALITY ACT: “A life built on respect and compassion for all is one of joy and sustenance,” writes Gentili (@CeciliaGentili). More from New York Times.
NEXT WEEK -- JOIN US FOR HRC’S TRANS JUSTICE & ADVOCACY SUMMIT: More from HRC.
IN THE STATES
PARK CITY STUDENTS FIGHT ONLINE FILTERS FOR LGBTQ SEARCHES: As a result of a new software update, students were unable to access LGBTQ content because it was blocked by filtering software that prevents access to inappropriate content on school-issued computers. In a statement released, following public outcry, the school district announced the new filter system would be “adjusted to accommodate the needs of the community.” More from The Salt Lake Tribune.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
EU SANCTIONS RUSSIANS OVER RIGHTS ABUSES AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE IN CHECHNYA: On Monday, the European Union imposed sanctions on two Russians accused of persecuting LGBTQ people in Chechnya. This is the most significant sanction against Russian citizens relating to anti-LGBTQ discrimination. More from Reuters.
PAKISTAN’S FIRST TRANSGENDER-ONLY MADRASA BREAKS BARRIERS: More from Al Jazeera.
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