#AM_Equality: May 14, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC condemns Puerto Rican legislature’s attempt to roll back LGBTQ rights; HRC is all in for the 2020 elections!

HRC CONDEMNS PUERTO RICAN LEGISLATURE’S ATTEMPT TO ROLL BACK LGBTQ RIGHTS: The rewritten Code passed through the Puerto Rico Senate this week and will now be considered by the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. “Puerto Ricans deserve a fair, transparent ratification process of their Civil Code, not a rushed, backroom deal by the legislature,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “We condemn anti-equality leaders’ furtive attempts to use this process as a way to target LGBTQ Puerto Ricans. Governor Wanda Vazquez must stand up for LGBTQ Puerto Ricans and for democracy by slowing down this process and allowing all to participate in shaping the future of the island.” Read more from HRC in English and Español and from Primera Hora en Español

HRC RESPONDS TO HHS RULE REMOVING SEXUAL ORIENTATION DATA COLLECTION FROM VITAL FEDERAL CHILD WELFARE REPORTING SYSTEM: The final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would abandon data collection on the sexual orientation of youth in foster care and foster and adoptive parents and guardians in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System. “In the midst of a global pandemic, the Trump-Pence administration chose to target some of the most vulnerable youth in the foster care system,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). “LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care, and this attempt to erase them and important data on adoptive and foster parents undermines efforts to address the marginalization, harassment and discrimination that LGBTQ youth in foster care and families face.” Read more from HRC

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Wherever you are, you can fight for equality with HRC. Get involved in HRC’s efforts ahead of the 2020 elections by clicking here

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, TRUMP ANNOUNCED HIS OPPOSITION TO THE EQUALITY ACT: Since then, he has continued to use the levers of his administration to continue to oppose LGBTQ equality in the workplace. Read about his attacks on LGBTQ equality in the workplace here

TODAY AT 3 P.M. ET -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINS NATIVE SON FOUNDER EMIL WILBEKIN (@EmilWilbekin) FOR AN INTERVIEW ON BLACK ENTERPRISE’S “THE NEW NORM” WITH SELENA HILL (@MsSelenaHill): David and Wilbekin will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Black and LGBTQ communities, the importance of inclusive data collection and the unconscionable killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The interview will stream on Black Enterprise’s Instagram. More from HRC

  • Last month, HRC joined Native Son and Color of Change in advocating for the release of demographic data on COVID-19. Sign the petition here, and learn more about HRC’s response to COVID-19 here.
  • The National Black Justice Coalition and Black Policy Lab have announced that they’re launching a joint initiative to gather data on how COVID-19 is impacting Black LGBTQ people. More from Dallas Voice

HRC MOURNS THE LOSS OF BECKETT CYPHER: More from HRC and CBS News

IN THE STATES

INVISIBLE HISTORIES PROJECT, A BIRMINGHAM, ALA.-BASED NON-PROFIT, RECEIVES AN AWARD FOR ITS WORK ARCHIVING LGBTQ HISTORY IN THE SOUTH: Read more here and from the Associated Press

GET CULTURED - Entertainment, arts and sports news!

TALK SHOW “A LITTLE LATE WITH LILLY SINGH” HAS BEEN RENEWED FOR A SECOND SEASON: Singh (@Lilly) is the first openly bisexual woman and first person of Indian and South Asian descent to host a network late-night talk show. Read more from Variety

HUNTER HUNT-HENDRIX, VOCALIST OF THE BAND LITURGY (@LITVRGY), COMES OUT, SAYING “I AM A WOMAN”: Read her moving post at the band’s Twitter

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The New Yorker interviews openly queer musician Mike Hadreas (@perfumegenius) about his newest album; PinkNews reports that dance groups for LGBTQ older adults have gone virtual

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