#AM_Equality: May 13, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Bill from Rep. Ritchie Torres to help LGBTQ small-businesses clears committee; HRC endorses candidates in Virginia primary

REP. RITCHIE TORRES’ BILL TO COLLECT LGBTQ SMALL-BUSINESS LOAN DATA CLEARS COMMITTEE: The House Financial Services Committee passed a bill introduced by Rep. Ritchie Torres (@RepRitchie) to expand a data collection rule for financial institutions to include LGBTQ-owned businesses. This bill is called the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act, and it would amend part of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which requires financial institutions to collect data on credit applications submitted by minority- and women-owned small businesses. More from NBC.

A PLEA FOR THE EQUALITY ACT FROM THE MOM OF A TRANS DAUGHTER: In a heartfelt letter addressed to North Carolina Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the mother of a trans daughter explains the necessity of the Equality Act for families throughout America like hers. More from Advocate.

TODAY -- HRC PRESIDENT TO JOIN POLITICO NIGHTLY: DAYTIME EDITION: HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him) will deliver opening remarks at Politico’s (@politico) event featuring trans elected officials as we discuss visibility in politics and the road ahead. More information available here.

HRC MOURNS SOPHIE VÁSQUEZ, LATINA TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN GEORGIA: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sophie Vásquez, a 36-year-old Latina transgender woman who was shot and killed in Brookhaven, Georgia, on May 4. “We are heartbroken and frustrated that we continue to receive reports of fatal violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “Sophie had friends, family and a community that she was a part of, and she should never have been taken from them. We need everyone to continue to speak up in support of trans and gender non-conforming lives. It will take all of us to end the stigma that so many in the community face, and bring this violence to an end.” More from HRC.


HRC ANNOUNCES FIRST VIRGINIA PRIMARY LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS: “By electing and reelecting history-making legislators that better represent the diversity of Virginia, the Commonwealth has ushered in a series of new and long overdue rights and protections that have made Virginia more inclusive. HRC is proud to support Delegates Candi Mundon King (HD-2) (@CandiKingForHD2), Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31) (@guzman4virginia) and Dawn Adams (HD-68) (@DelDawnAdamsVA), who will continue to champion pro-equality measures and whose reelections are key to blocking the rollback of history-making progress made for more than 257,000 LGBTQ Virginians.” More from HRC.

VIRGINIA REPUBLICAN PARTY NOMINATES ANTI-LGBTQ CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR, LT. GOVERNOR AND ATTORNEY GENERAL: “Virginia Republicans have nominated three statewide candidates who have made their anti-LGBTQ views clear through both their words and actions. These candidates would take Virginia backwards and threaten the progress the state has made toward LGBTQ equality. In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, Virginia voters spoke loudly and clearly in support of a pro-equality agenda that advances the promise of equality for all, and we have no doubt that will continue this November when Virginians head to the polls. Virginia is not going backwards.” More from HRC.


ELLEN DEGENERES WILL END HER TALK SHOW NEXT YEAR: In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen DeGeneres announced that next year will be the end for her daytime talk show. More from The New York Times.

JOSHUA BASSETT OPENS UP ABOUT HIS SEXUALITY AFTER ‘COMING OUT’ VIDEO GOES VIRAL: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Joshua Bassett (@joshuatbassett) is making headlines after coming out in a recent interview in which he encouraged fans to “love who you love shamelessly.” More from HuffPost and LGBTQ Nation.



LGBTQ IRANIAN MAN DEAD IN ALLEGED ‘HONOR KILLING,’ RIGHTS GROUP SAYS: Ali Fazeli Monfared, a 20-year-old gay Iranian man, was allegedly killed in an “honor killing” by some of his male family members after they found out he was gay, according to an LGBTQ rights group in Iran and Turkey. More from NBC.

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