#AM_Equality: March 25, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Dr. Rachel Levine makes history; HRC marks National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week

DR. RACHEL LEVINE MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER SENATE-CONFIRMED FEDERAL OFFICIAL: “It is a historic, inspiring day for the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender people, who are finally able to see themselves reflected at the highest levels of our government. With the confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine, we are one step closer to a government that mirrors the beautiful diversity of its people,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As an incredibly experienced public health expert, Dr. Rachel Levine is uniquely qualified to help navigate the country through the COVID-19 pandemic. Her professional background and personal strength perfectly meets this moment.” More from The Washington Post.

RFK HUMAN RIGHTS AND HRC RELEASE TRANS RIGHTS LESSON PLAN FOR TEACHERS: “This lesson plan, ‘Celebrating and Defending Trans and Non-Binary Lives,’ will make an impact in countless classrooms across the country,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As trans and non-binary kids are under attack in multiple states, it’s more important than ever that we educate all youth and adults about the real issues that trans kids face. The advocates profiled in the lesson plan are all key voices in the fight for trans and non-binary rights, and their stories should be taught in every classroom. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to partner with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights on this critical resource.” More from RFK Human Rights.

HRC MARKS NATIONAL LGBTQ HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: More from HRC.

OP-ED: REACTING TO ANTI-TRANS LAWS ISN’T ENOUGH. NCAA MUST ACT TO PREVENT THEM: More from IndyStar.

TRANS PEOPLE FOUR TIMES AS LIKELY TO FACE VIOLENT CRIMES AS CIS PEOPLE: A new study from the Williams Institute found that trans people are over four times more likely than cis people to experience violent crime, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or simple assault. This comes as recorded rates of anti-trans violence reached an all-time high in 2020. More from Advocate.

HOW TRANS CHILDREN BECAME “A POLITICAL FOOTBALL” FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: More from The Guardian.

IN THE STATES

ON FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF HB2 “BATHROOM BILL” PASSAGE, NORTH CAROLINA INTRODUCES ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BAN: “In a moment of sad irony, North Carolina legislators have shown they clearly did not learn their lesson from the HB 2 ‘Bathroom Bill’ fight that threatened the state to the tune of billions in revenue, taxpayer-funded litigation, and a tarnished reputation — in addition to the personal reputational harm Gov. Pat McCrory suffered that cost him his job,” said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Kate Oakley. “By introducing an anti-transgender sports ban bill, they are playing with fire once again, and engaging in a fight that is doomed to the same fate.” More from HRC.

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U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS JOIN EQUAL PAY CONVERSATIONS AT WHITE HOUSE: Olympic and World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) joined President Biden after testifying before Congress Wednesday morning to discuss pay inequity in professional soccer and across society. More from 19th News and HRC.

ABC PROMOTES LGBTQ EXECUTIVE TO TOP JOB AT FLAGSHIP NEW YORK STATION: This week Chad Matthews (@chadmatthewsnyc) became the first out gay man to be named the president and general manager of WABC-TV in New York. More from Forbes.

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