#AM_Equality: March 30, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: South Dakota Gov. Noem signs anti-trans executive orders; HRC introduces “See Me on TDOV” Series

BREAKING -- SOUTH DAKOTA GOV. NOEM SIGNS ANTI-LGBTQ EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “Rather than listening to the experts, families and business leaders in South Dakota who have pushed back against the legislature’s attempts to pass HB 1217 over the past few weeks, Gov. Kristi Noem clarified her anti-transgender agenda by signing two executive orders this afternoon,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from HRC.

SOUTH DAKOTA REJECTS GOV. NOEM’S CHANGES; KILLS ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILL: “Let this be a lesson to governors considering anti-transgender legislation: anti-transgender bills are too much of a risk even for one of the country’s most extreme governors,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “This bill, in addition to being dangerous and discriminatory, posed a serious threat to South Dakota in the way of economic, legal, and reputational harms.” More from HRC.

SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL: ANTI-TRANS DISCRIMINATION IS “AGAINST THE LAW”: Yesterday, Senior White House Official Reggie Greer (@rwgreer) told a panel organized to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility that discrimination against trans kids is “against the law.” More from 19th News.

REFLECTIONS ABOUT LIFE DURING A PANDEMIC -- ONE YEAR LATER: “At the Human Rights Campaign, COVID-19 forced us to drastically alter the way we do our work,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “But learning from the experiences of our elders, and drawing on our shared strength, we came together as an organization and as a movement to help each other weather the storm.” More from Metro Weekly.

“SEE ME ON #TDOV” SERIES: In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility, HRC invited 5 people from across the U.S. to participate in our photo essay series titled “See Me on #TDOV.’” We asked them to share a bit of who they are and what TDOV means to them. More from HRC.

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TRANSGENDER GIRLS IN SPORTS: GOP PUSHES NEW FRONT IN CULTURE WAR: More from The New York Times.

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE TRANS SPORTS HEROES: In a partnership with NCLR, Outsports introduced a new series to pay tribute to transgender athletes, coaches and others working to pave the way for transgender justice in sports. More from Outsports.

📍 IN THE STATES

TENNESSEE HOUSE ADDS TO ‘STATE OF HATE’ AFTER PASSING ‘BUSINESS BATHROOM BILL’: The people of Tennessee are facing serious challenges that affect their everyday lives, from healthcare to infrastructure, including a pandemic that requires decisive action from its state leaders,” said HRC Associate Regional Campaign Director Melodía Gutiérrez. “Instead, the legislature is focused on targeting transgender people and advancing their ‘Slate of Hate.’” More from HRC.

NEVADA LAWMAKER COMES OUT AS PANSEXUAL IN MOVING SPEECH: “Today, as a pansexual, cisgender woman, I stand out for equity and remind us to be inclusive in our LGBT+ community as we work to make Nevada a more equitable place,” said Nevada assemblymember Sarah Peters (@VoteSarahPeters) during a floor speech to honor LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. More from LGBTQ Nation.

HISTORIC NEW YORK LGBTQ BAR THREATENED BY PANDEMIC: Just a few hundred feet from the historic Stonewall Inn, Julius’ (@JULIUSBARNYC) is a beloved New York City bar the West Village that has had to temporarily close its doors to stay afloat during the pandemic. More from NBC.

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