#AM_Equality: May 12, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC launches ‘APA OUT LOUD’ in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; Instagram introduces pronouns feature

HRC LAUNCHES ‘APA OUT LOUD’ IN HONOR OF ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: HRC, in partnership with Asian American Writers’ Workshop (@aaww) and Youth Speaks (@youthspeaks), introduced APA OUT LOUD, a spoken word video series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). The series, which will appear on HRC’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, features three young LGBTQ APA spoken word artists, Lauren Bullock, Caitlyn Clark and Jireh Deng, performing original works that bring visibility to the legacy of issues impacting people who live at the intersections of LGBTQ and APA identities. More from HRC.

INSTAGRAM INTRODUCES A NEW FEATURE THAT ALLOWS USERS TO EASILY DISPLAY THEIR PRONOUNS: Instagram users in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia can now display their pronouns on their profile with a new feature. Users can choose to share their pronouns with followers or publicly in an effort to create a more inclusive digital environment. More from Popsugar.

U.S. LUTHERAN CHURCH ELECTS ITS FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER BISHOP: A pastor in California became the first openly transgender person elected to the role of bishop in a major American Christian denomination. Rev. Megan Roher (@mmrohrer) will make history during their six-year term as bishop of the Sacramento-based Sierra Pacific synod. More from The New York Times, Out and them.

WHY THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S EMBRACE OF TRANSGENDER RIGHTS ISN’T CONTROVERSIAL: The steps taken by the Biden administration to advance LGBTQ rights are both groundbreaking and not particularly controversial with a majority of Americans supporting legislation like the Equality Act. The transformation of Biden’s stance on LGBTQ issues was front-page news in 2012, but in 2021 he is doing what most Americans expect from any Democratic administration. More from The Washington Post: Opinion.

🎓 TODAY -- HRC TO HOST LAVENDER GRADUATION TO CELEBRATE BLACK LGBTQ FOLKS FROM HBCU PROGRAMS: More from HRC.

SOCIAL MEDIA HATE SPEECH, HARASSMENT ‘SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM’ FOR LGBTQ USERS: A new report from GLAAD found that top social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. The report says “Of special concern, the prevalence and intensity of hate speech and harassment stands out as the most significant problem in urgent need of improvement.” More from NPR and NBC.

DEAR ADULTS: IF YOU’RE NOT FIGHTING FOR TRANS KIDS’ RIGHTS, PLEASE START: The Human Rights Campaign has been clear that these bills are unlikely to be passed and that they are not popular or supported, even among many far right voters, suggesting that the goal of the bills lies elsewhere. According to polling conducted by HRC and Hart Research Group , “at least 60% of Trump voters across each of the 10 swing states say transgender people should be able to live freely and openly.” The same poll demonstrates that at least 87% of all respondents indicate that trans people should have access to equal health care, with many of the states breaking at least 90% support. More from HuffPost.

HRC MOURNS WHISPERING WIND BEAR SPIRIT, INDIGENOUS NON-BINARY PERSON KILLED IN PENNSYLVANIA: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Whispering Wind Bear Spirit, a 41-year-old Indigenous non-binary person shot to death in York, Pennsylvania. “We continue to receive reports of transgender and non-binary people who have been killed in the last few weeks,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “This violence is heartbreaking and unacceptable. Our hearts go out to everyone in Whispering Wind Bear Spirit’s community. Everyone must speak up in support of trans and non-binary lives and take action to help bring this violence to an end.” More from HRC.

📍 IN THE STATES

NCAA UNDER PRESSURE FROM LGBTQ ORGS TO DENY CHAMPIONSHIPS TO TRANS BAN STATES: The NCAA is expected to announce the locations for upcoming NCAA championships and tournaments this weekend. Of the seven states that have so far either outlawed or appear ready to ban trans student-athletes, five are potential hosts: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee and Texas. In addition to Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee, three more states -- Idaho, Mississippi and West Virginia -- already have anti-trans laws on the books; South Dakota has an executive order and Florida and Texas are on the verge of joining the list. More from Outsports.

📺 GET CULTURED

🎭 LAVERNE COX NAMED RED CARPET HOST OF ‘LIVE FROM E!’: As Hollywood slowly gears up for a season of red carpet premieres, NBC Universal names trans actress and activist Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) as the next host of Live from E!. More from Variety.

🎨 ALISON BECHDEL’S SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH: In an interview about an upcoming book, cartoonist and Tony Award-winning creator Alison Bechdel (@AlisonBechdel) discussed bodily movement, aging and death, gender and Charles Atlas’ muscles. More from Shondaland.

HOW LGBTQ WOMEN AND ALLIES ARE RESHAPING PRO SPORTS: More from Edge Media Network.

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