#AM_Equality: May 13, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC plans to target Equality Voters in the November elections; New HRC data shows LGBTQ people facing higher unemployment rates

HRC PLANS TO TARGET EQUALITY VOTERS FOR THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER ELECTIONS: Parents like Chelsa Morrison, who has a transgender child, know firsthand how damaging the Trump-Pence administration’s attacks on the LGBTQ community have been. That’s why HRC is working to ensure pro-equality candidates are elected up and down the ballot in November. “Our lives are on the line,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “I’ve been a civil rights advocate for 20 years. I have never seen it as bad as it is now. We have someone who is sitting in the White House who is looking to erase LGBTQ people. He is advancing policy after policy to strip away our protections and to treat us as second-class citizens.” Read the full piece from Nico Lang (@Nico_Lang) at VICE.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID RESPONDS TO PASSING OF AIMEE STEPHENS: Yesterday, David responded to the tragic news that Aimee Stephens, plaintiff in R.G. & G.R. HARRIS FUNERAL HOMES v. EEOC and AIMEE STEPHENS, passed away. “Aimee Stephens will be remembered as a trailblazer. All of us in the LGBTQ community owe her immense gratitude for her bravery in standing up for the right of LGBTQ people to live as ourselves at work and in every aspect of our lives,” said David. “After being fired by her employer when she told them she was transgender, she was determined to fight back and took her case all the way to the Supreme Court, where it is pending. Aimee will always be a hero to transgender and non-binary people and to the entire LGBTQ community. We share our deepest condolences with all of her friends and family, and especially her wife, Donna Stephens.” More from HRC, The Advocate and them.

  • For reporters covering the transgender community, HRC has a brief Guide to Getting Transgender Coverage Right. The LGBTQ community deserves competent reporting, and the report covers the eight things reporters covering transgender people should know, including avoiding deadnaming. Read the full guide here.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- NEW HRC DATA SHOWS LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE FACING HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DURING COVID-19: “It is unfortunate, but not surprising, to see how COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ community,” said Senior Adviser for Communications Elizabeth Bibi (@elizlbibi). “Understanding the impact this virus is having on our community is crucial so that we can be best prepared to weather this crisis and work together on how to recover.” Read more from Julie Moreau (@JEMoreau) at NBC News and from The Hill.

HRC IS JOINING COALITION PARTNERS IN A TWITTER CHAT TODAY AT 2 P.M. EDT ABOUT HOW TO DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH WITH OTHERS: More from HRC.

CDC INCLUDES TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE IN DATA TRACKING THE RATE OF HIV INFECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME: Read more from the Washington Blade.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

BRAZIL’S SUPREME COURT HAS RULED THAT BANNING MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN FROM DONATING BLOOD IS UNCONSITUTIONAL: Read more from the Washington Blade.

WASHINGTON BLADE HOSTS CHAT BETWEEN THE BLADE’S MICHAEL LAVERS (@mklavers81) AND YARIEL VALDÉS GONZÁLEZ (@valdes_yariel), A GAY JOURNALIST FROM CUBA: Watch here.

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Metro Weekly celebrates the portraits of Photographer & Art Director Todd Franson (@toddfranson); WTKR profiles Queen Mary, a drag queen in Virginia who is making “fabulous face shields” to support non-profits

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