#AM_Equality: May 16, 2022

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC and LGBTQ+ rights groups release joint statement on the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling on Gov. Abbotts anti-trans directive to DFPS

JUDGE HALTS ALABAMA LAW CRIMINALIZING PARENTS FOR OBTAINING ESSENTIAL MEDICAL CARE FOR THEIR TRANSGENDER CHILDREN: An Alabama federal district court judge has issued a ruling blocking enforcement of Alabama SB 184, a law criminalizing parents who seek to get essential medical care for their transgender children’s needs with up to 10 years in prison, while a legal challenge to the law proceeds. “Alabama is our home and we hope this cruel law will not be allowed to force us from it,” said James Zoe, father of 13-year-old Zachary of Birmingham. “We are fighting for our child and will continuing fighting so that he and all transgender youth in Alabama remain able to receive appropriate medical care.” More from HRC, Mother Jones, AP, CNN and AL.com.

10 KILLED, 3 WOUNDED IN RACIST SHOOTING AT BUFFALO SUPERMARKET, OFFICIALS SAY: A gunman embracing a white supremacist ideology opened fire yesterday afternoon at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding three more. The mass shooting was the deadliest in the United States this year and among a spate of racist attacks in recent years. More from NBC News and the New York Times.

PROTESTERS RALLY ACROSS NATION FOR ABORTION RIGHTS AFTER SUPREME COURT DRAFT OPINION LEAK: Thousands of protesters from across the U.S. gathered Saturday to march for Abortion rights. Rallies took place in New York, Texas, Washington D.C., Detroit, and more to show opposition to the draft decision leaked from the Supreme Court on May 2 and stand up for reproductive healthcare. Yesterday, we marched. Tomorrow, we keep fighting for reproductive rights for all,” said HRC on Twitter. More from USA Today.

URVASHI VAID, LEGENDARY ACTIVIST FOR LGBTQ+ CIVIL RIGHTS, DIES AT 63: Longtime activist Urvashi Vaid, a leader of many LGBTQ+ and other social justice organizations, has died at age 63 after a bout with cancer. Vaid, a legendary attorney, LGBTQ+ activist, and author, dedicated her life to fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and leaves a legacy of hard-fought progress and inclusion in her wake. More from the Advocate.

‘I REALIZED THAT I DON'T WANT TO DIE’: LGBTQ+ PEOPLE SHARE STORIES OF HOPE AFTER SUICIDAL IDEATION: LGBTQ+ people experience suicidal thoughts or seriously consider suicide at far greater numbers than cisgender and straight youth. Discrimination, family rejection and housing instability are among the key factors experts point to -- and though the pandemic could be making suicidality for LGBTQ+ youth worse, it was an ongoing problem long before COVID-19, writes Orion Rummler (@i_oriion). More from 19th News.

THE MOVEMENT TOWARDS ACCEPTANCE AND EQUITY IN THE LGBTQ+ HMONG COMMUNITY: More from Minnesota Public Radio.

HRC REMEMBERS THE ‘GLOWING SMILE’ OF RAY MUSCAT: More from HRC.

BILAL BAIG WANTS YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT TRANSITION IS A UNIVERSAL EXPERIENCE: More from TIME.

📍 IN THE STATES

HRC AND LGBTQ+ RIGHTS GROUPS RELEASE JOINT STATEMENT ON THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT’S RULING ON GOV. ABBOTTS ANTI-TRANS DIRECTIVE TO DFPS: Last week, the Texas Supreme Court weighed in on Gov. Abbott’s directive to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate parents that provide life-saving gender-affirming care to their children, ruling that the Governor ’s opinions do not change DFPS’s mandate. A coalition of organizations fighting for LGBTQ+ equality, including HRC, released a statement calling on DFPS to “end the investigations into trans kids and their families.” “Trans youth belong here in the state they call home, to live authentically as who they are, and have the right to bodily autonomy. The parents that protect and support them deserve to be celebrated not investigated.” More from txtranskids.org.

📺 GET CULTURED

‘SNL’ STAR BOWEN YANG SAYS LGBTQ+ BARS AND RESTAURANTS ARE ‘SO VITAL AND HAVE TO BE PROTECTED’: More from The Today Show.

HERE ARE ALL THE LGBTQ+ NOMINEES FOR THE 2022 MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS: More from Out.

📷 THE CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHER CREATING SPACE FOR QUEER EXPRESSION: More from i-D VICE.

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