#AM_Equality: HRC launches new campaign, 46 Days & Counting, to celebrate LGBTQ progress under the Biden-Harris administration
HRC LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN 46 DAYS & COUNTING: CELEBRATING LGBTQ PROGRESS UNDER THE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION: Saturday, March 6 marked the 46th day of our 46th president’s administration. To celebrate what we've already achieved and imagine what we can accomplish together in the next four years, HRC asked LGBTQ people across the world to reflect on what they’ve seen from the Biden-Harris Administration so far, and share their hopes for the future. More here.
MAJOR HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND CHILD WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE ANTI-LGBTQ STATE-BASED LEGISLATION: The signers note, “As organizations committed to serving the best interests of all youth, we are deeply alarmed at the torrent of bills introduced in state legislatures around the country this year that would directly harm transgender people, and particularly transgender youth. These appalling proposals would compromise the safety and well-being of the young people we all have the duty and obligation to support and protect. All of our nation’s children deserve equal protection and treatment when accessing health care, and when attending school.” More from HRC.
U.S. SENATE REJECTS AMENDMENT ATTACKING TRANS YOUTH, FOCUSES ON PROVIDING COVID-19 RELIEF TO AMERICAN FAMILIES: On Saturday, the U.S. Senate rejected an anti-trans amendment offered by Senators Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) during the Senate’s “vote-a-rama” debate on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that would deny federal funds related to COVID-19 relief to states and school districts that allow transgender girls to participate in girls’ sports from K-12 and college. Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid), “We have said it before and we will say it again -- transgender people have been participating in sports consistent with their gender identity for decades. The sad truth is that conservative Republicans are using it now to drum up a new culture war, using vulnerable children as political pawns. We thank the Senators who voted down this poison pill and put American families and small businesses ahead of political positioning.” More from HRC and Metro Weekly.
MUST-READ MONDAY -- BANNING TRANSGENDER GIRLS FROM SPORTS DOESN'T PROTECT ANYONE, IT PROMOTES HATE: “While the number of bills targeting transgender kids has increased sharply over the last two years, this is part of a long and coordinated legal attack on the LGBTQ community. First it was gay marriage. Then it was the so-called ‘bathroom bills.’ Now it’s trans kids playing sports.” Read more from Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) in USA Today.
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY AFFIRMS “TRANS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS”: Watch here.
HRC MOURNS JENNA FRANKS, WHITE TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN NORTH CAROLINA: Her death is at least the 10th violent death of a transgender or non-binary person in 2021. “Jenna had family, friends and a community who cared about her. Her life was taken far too soon,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “Homelessness is already high in trans communities, and is exacerbated by additional factors, such as the denial of job opportunities. These risk factors compound to create anti-trans stigma, which can often lead to violence.” More from HRC.
GEORGIA MOM SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-TRANS BILLS: “Can you tell me she belongs somewhere, or do you think she doesn’t belong anywhere? Because that is what passing this bill will tell her,” said Jennifer Slipakoff, a former member of the HRC Foundation’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council. Watch her powerful speech here.
ADVOCATING FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS WORLDWIDE: Q&A WITH HRC GLOBAL INNOVATOR ANDREA AYALA: “The most pressing issue right now is COVID and its impact on LGBTQ people,” said Ayala (@AndreaMAyala1). “Food insecurity, economic instability, domestic violence -- and this is all on top of the fact LGBTQ people are disproportionately affected by COVID in terms of health.” Read the full interview from HRC.
MAKING A CHANGE ON CAMPUS: Q&A WITH HBCU STUDENT ZION GATES NORRIS: “On-campus support for LGBTQ students is crucial, especially since many may not be provided the same resources at home,” said Norris (@ziongatesnorris). “A college campus is oftentimes a second chance at building the community you have always wanted and connecting to the resources you need to reach your full potential.” read the full Q&A from HRC.
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