#AM_Equality: May 18, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: NCAA violated its own anti-discrimination policy for championship host sites; Biden administration announced global LGBTQ priorities

🥎 HRC REACTS TO NCAA VIOLATING ITS OWN ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP HOST SITES: “The NCAA should be ashamed of themselves for violating their own policy by choosing to hold championships in states that are not healthy, safe, or free from discrimination for their athletes. It also undermines their commitment to transgender participation in NCAA events, for which they have had an inclusive policy for years,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “While we have remained hopeful about the NCAA stepping up to the plate and taking action like they have done in the past, they are willfully ignoring that commitment this time, despite repeated attempts by the Human Rights Campaign and others to communicate the harsh and harmful negative impacts of this legislation, which is not just pending but enacted into law in seven states, with South Dakota also creating two Executive Orders to similar discriminatory affect. Their words will not stop discrimination; only actions to deliver real consequences to states that dare to discriminate. The NCAA must face scrutiny and public pressure to do the right thing.” More from HRC and ESPN.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES NATIONAL PULSE MEMORIAL LEGISLATION: Last week, nearly five years since the tragedy at Pulse nightclub, H.R. 49, which would designate the National Pulse Memorial, passed the House of Representatives. More from HRC and them.

TODAY -- JOIN HRC FOR A CONVERSATION WITH LGBTQ YOUTH LEADERS: The LGBTQ Youth Advocate Panel: Nothing For Us, Without Us! will feature a diverse panel of LGBTQ youth with lived experience in child welfare, who will share their experiences, expertise and strategies to help social workers, foster parents, congregate care and other providers better meet the needs of the sexual and gender minority youth they serve. More from HRC.

BUCKNELL INVESTIGATING ‘HORRIFIC’ HARASSMENT OF LGBTQ STUDENTS: An incident being described as a “horrific” episode of harassment targeting LGBTQ students at Bucknell University is being investigated by university officials. In a letter to students, the university said a group of men “harassed and intimidated” residents of Fran’s House, a residence house for LGBTQ students, and tried to break into the building on Thursday night. More from The New York Times and NBC.

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES GLOBAL LGBTQ RIGHTS PRIORITIES: Last week, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the decriminalization of consensual same-sex sexual relations is one of the five priorities for the Biden administration in its efforts to promote LGBTQ rights abroad. More from Washington Blade.

MSNBC’S LGBTQ ‘CHARTTHROB’ STEVE KORNACKI INKS MEGA-DEAL: Beloved political correspondent and chart utilizer extraordinaire Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) has secured a “new multimillion-dollar four-year contract that will employ him across NBC Sports and its entertainment division in addition to NBC News, where he will be a mainstay of MSNBC’s political coverage,” the Los Angeles Times reports. More from Advocate.

📍 IN THE STATES

TENNESSEE GOV. LEE SIGNS ANTI-TRANSGENDER ‘BUSINESS BATHROOM BILL’ INTO LAW: “Gov. Lee’s decision to sign HB 1182 will cause real harm to transgender Tennesseans. Denying transgender people the ability to access a bathroom consistent with their gender identity is degrading and dehumanizing -- and can have real health and safety consequences,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “To be clear -- Tennessee residents will suffer economic, legal and reputational consequences of these bills and we will hold those who are indoctrinating hate into our laws accountable.” More from HRC and them.

📺 GET CULTURED

MISS UNIVERSE CONTESTANT FROM URUGUAY SUPPORTS LGBTQ COMMUNITY DURING COMPETITION: Uruguay’s contestant Lola de los Santos Bicco (@loladls19) featured a bold rainbow outfit with a floral crown and black boots. This was to support the LGBTQ community as she has long been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights. In addition to frequently posting messages of solidarity on social media, she was a judge at Miss Trans Star Uruguay, a beauty pageant for transgender women. More from CNN.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

BELGIAN GOVERNMENT COVERS BUILDINGS IN RAINBOW COLORS FOR IDAHOTB: “Love is love. In our country, everyone should be able to be themselves, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said, adding that the rainbow colors are a “powerful symbol” for that diversity. More from The Belgian Times.

LGBTQ PROTESTS IN ITALY: Protests were organized in over 50 cities in Italy this weekend over the postponement of a new gender law that criminalizes violence and hate speech targeting LGBTQ Italians. More from Bloomberg.

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