#AM_Equality: May 12, 2020

by HRC Staff

Pulitzer winner Jericho Brown talks to HRC’s Alphonso David; HRC’s Alphonso David writes for The Advocate on why we must elect Joe Biden

TOMORROW -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID (@AlphonsoDavid) TO JOIN 2020 PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING POET JERICHO BROWN (@jerichobrown) IN CONVERSATION: “The arts have played and continue to play a critically important role in bringing people together, providing comfort and inspiration during difficult times, such as the COVID-19 crisis, and raising the visibility of the stories that are too often pushed to the margins,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “That is why I’m so honored to speak with poet Jericho Brown. In his powerful and illuminating writing, he moves us closer to the truth and shines a light on the pain, power, resilience and beauty of the Black LGBTQ community. I am grateful for the opportunity to sit down with him, and look forward to what promises to be a deeply impactful conversation.” Read more from HRC

  • The event will be livestreamed at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 13. More information can be found here

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID WRITES FOR THE ADVOCATE ON WHY WE MUST ELECT JOE BIDEN: “In the years since the Obama-Biden administration left office, we have witnessed cruel attacks on the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people, especially our transgender siblings, by the current occupant of the White House,” writes David. “The LGBTQ community, and millions more across our country, cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Our safety, economic security, health and lives are quite literally on the line. Now more than ever, we need a pro-equality president — and in Joe Biden we have that leader.” Read the full op-ed here

HRC MOURNS HELLE JAE O’REGAN, TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN SAN ANTONIO LAST WEEK: “For the past several weeks, we have learned of the violent deaths of transgender Americans at a rate that should be a shock and horror to every single person. We must all ask ourselves: ‘What am I doing to ensure a world where a person’s gender identity is not a potential death sentence?’” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “The Human Rights Campaign stands with Helle’s family and friends in mourning. Her death further underscores the dire and urgent need to end violence and discrimination against transgender people -- and especially against transgender women -- now.” Read more from HRC

  • Sadly, 2020 has already seen at least 11 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. More from HRC

TUESDAY TWEET -- SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO QUESTIONS FOR JERICHO BROWN!: On Wednesday at 6 p.m. EDT, HRC President Alphonso David is sitting down with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, and we want to hear from you! More from HRC

LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE BEING DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS: LGBTQ people are more vulnerable to the health risks of the virus and are more likely to work jobs in highly affected industries. Read more from USA Today, and read HRC’s research brief on the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ community here

  • See a full list of HRC’s efforts and resources around the COVID-19 pandemic here

LGBTQ-AFFIRMING CHURCH OPENS IN CHINATOWN IN NYC: Read more from NBC Out

  • Read more about HRC’s efforts to build connections and find common ground with communities of faith here

IN THE STATES

SOUTH CAROLINA LESBIAN COUPLE’S LAWSUIT AGAINST DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES MOVES FORWARD: The couple is challenging a federal waiver of a requirement that foster and adoption agencies accepting government funds may not discriminate on the basis of religion. The South Carolina agency argues they should not have to work with people who do not share their religious beliefs, even when they’re providing taxpayer-funded services, including people who are not evangelical Christians, who are single parents or who are same-sex couples. More from Metro Weekly

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