#AM_Equality: May 15, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC President Alphonso David joins Sunday vigil honoring LGBTQ lives lost in Puerto Rico; David interviewed by Black Enterprise magazine

HRC JOINS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS, OVER 100 ADDITIONAL ORGS IN CALLING FOR A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE KILLING OF AHMAUD ARBERY: The organizations are asking the Department of Justice to open a full hate crimes investigation into Arbery’s death. Read the full letter here

ICYMI -- HRC PRESIDENT JOINED BLACK ENTERPRISE MAGAZINE FOR A DISCUSSION ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE BLACK COMMUNITY: In the conversation with David, Native Son Founder Emil Wilbekin (@EmilWilbekin) and Black Enterprise’s Selena Hill (@MsSelenaHill), David (@AlphonsoDavid) said: “Demographic data will highlight the truth… The reason why people don’t want to release the data is that it will reflect the truth. People of color are disproportionately impacted by this virus. It illuminates a legacy of bias in our health care system… The LGBTQ community is more vulnerable to contracting the virus for both economic and health reasons. 17% lack health care. 1 in 5 LGBTQ people have not seen a doctor when they needed to because they couldn't afford it. 1 in 5 LGBTQ people live in poverty.” Watch the full interview here

  • 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.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- FIGHTING FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY THIS IDAHOTB: To mark this Sunday’s observance of the 2020 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), HRC sat down with Jean Freedberg (@FreedJean), HRC director of global partnerships, to discuss her work and how HRC Global is engaging with LGBTQ advocates around the world during the COVID-19 health crisis. Read more from HRC

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID WILL JOIN TELEMUNDO PR ON SUNDAY FOR A VIGIL HONORING LGBTQ LIVES LOST IN PUERTO RICO: The vigil will take place this Sunday, May 17, at 10:30 p.m. AT (which is 10:30 p.m. ET). Read more from HRC, and join the Sunday vigil virtually here

LEVI STRAUSS & CO. TO PROVIDE ALL PART-TIME WORKERS WITH PAID SICK LEAVE: The new policy will remain in place even after the COVID-19 health crisis ends. Read more here

HRC RELEASES NEW RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS ON SUPPORTING LGBTQ STUDENTS DURING DISTANCE LEARNING: More from HRC

IN THE STATES

PENNSYLVANIA WILL INCLUDE DATA ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION & GENDER IDENTITY WHEN COLLECTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19: More from the Pocono Record

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

WILLIAMS INSTITUTE RELEASES NEW SURVEY OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IN COLOMBIA: Among other findings, the survey showed that 35% of transgender people in Colombia have experienced so-called “conversion therapy.” Read more from Metro Weekly

IN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, LGBTQ PEOPLE ARE BEING BLAMED FOR COVID-19: In addition, often as a result, many LGBTQ people are also being outed to friends, family and coworkers. Read more from BuzzFeed

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!
Autostraddle interviews six LGBTQ authors on what it’s like to publish a book during COVID-19; Business Insider profiles seven trans musicians you should know 

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