#AM_Equality: May 1, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC responds to rash of anti-LGBTQ violence in Puerto Rico; Billy Porter releases powerful new single, “For What It’s Worth”

HRC RESPONDS TO RASH OF ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE IN PUERTO RICO: There have been at least 10 deaths of LGBTQ individuals in the past 15 months on the island, the highest number of killings that Puerto Rico has seen in a decade. Five deaths have transpired over the past two months alone, and these most recent deaths represent the majority of the at least nine violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people that have happened in the U.S. this year. Read more from El Nueva Día and HRC in English and Español

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“There is a crisis facing LGBTQ people in Puerto Rico,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “This violence must end. Each of the 10 people who have been killed had a family, friends and a community. When we lose someone, especially under violent circumstances, it leaves a long trail of unshakeable trauma. The Human Rights Campaign is committed to supporting our partners on the ground and the Puerto Rican LGBTQ community as long as it takes for the government to take this seriously.”

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC ENDORSES PRO-EQUALITY LEADERS FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE: “Pennsylvania is at a crossroads. For too long, LGBTQ Pennsylvanians have lived with the threat of being fired or discriminated against solely because of who they are or who they love,” said HRC Pennsylvania State Director Ryan Matthews. “Pennsylvania is the only state in the northeast without a law prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people.  To change that, we must elect bold, progressive pro-equality leaders like State Senator Larry Farnese and Jessica Benham who will work to ensure LGBTQ Pennsylvanians gain the full legal equality they deserve.” More from HRC

HRC MARKS ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: As we take time to honor the advocates and allies who have driven our movement forward at the intersections of LGBTQ experience and Asian Pacific Islander (API) identities, it’s important to also acknowledge the ongoing challenges and barriers the community still face. From visibility on television and in movies to published works and representation in public office, APIs are still fighting for diverse representation and equality across the board. Read more from HRC

HRC RECOGNIZES MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we shine a light on mental health in the LGBTQ community. We must ensure that all people -- regardless of where they are in life -- receive the support needed to truly thrive. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated mental health concerns for many in our community, especially for those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic including communities of color and people living with HIV/AIDS. While the current environment we live in presents challenges, our community has always been one of resilience, perseverance and strength in the face of adversity. Read more from HRC

AS LGBTQ YOUTH MAY BE SOCIAL DISTANCING IN HOMES THAT DO NOT AFFIRM THEIR IDENTITIES, MANY ARE WORKING TO BUILD AFFIRMING ONLINE COMMUNITIES: More from Insider

HRC JOINS UNITED WE DREAM AND MORE THAN 260 ORGS IN CALLING ON BETSY DEVOS TO INCLUDE UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN STUDENT ASSISTANCE: More from HRC

HRC REMEMBERS LGBTQ ACTIVIST TERRY FLEMING, WHO PASSED AWAY IN FLORIDA THIS WEEK: More from The Gainesville Sun.  

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Gay Times interviews Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) on his powerful new single, “For What It’s Worth;” NBC Out profiles new lesbian Netflix documentary A Secret Love 

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