#AM_Equality: May 19, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC celebrates the passage of the Jabara-Hayer No Hate Act in the House; How to prioritize HIV in LGBTQ Asian and Pacific American Communities

HRC CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF THE JABARA-HEYER NO HATE ACT IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: “After everything our country has been through over the past year and a half — and for generations before that — it is refreshing to see Congress come together to pass the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act on a bipartisan basis,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “Hate is not an American value; equality, justice, fairness and freedom are. It’s important that our leaders are taking these steps to address hate and to gain a full, comprehensive understanding of where this problem lies in our society. Sophisticated and detailed crime reporting structures will give us the knowledge we need in order to start to solve it.” More from HRC.

PRIORITIZING ADDRESSING HIV IN LGBTQ ASIAN AND PACIFIC AMERICAN COMMUNITIES: In a guest blog post honoring National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Kenrick Ross, the new Executive Director of National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), writes, “Building on our work around HIV is and will continue to be among those priorities, as we invest in building true safety and sustainability for LGBTQ API communities.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS SERENITY HOLLIS, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN ALBANY, GEORGIA: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Serenity Hollis, a 24-year-old Black transgender woman who was shot and killed in Albany, Georgia, on May 8, 2021. “We’re less than half way through the year and we’re already on track to break 2020’s devastating record for incidents of fatal violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people,” HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “This outbreak of violence against transgender people, particularly Black trans women, must stop.” More from HRC.

THOUGH PROUD, MANY BLACK LGBTQ PEOPLE CANNOT BE FULLY THEMSELVES EVERYWHERE: New research from AARP found that “While Black LGBTQ participants feel pride in being an LGBTQ person, many cannot be fully themselves at work, school, or in their neighborhood. Transgender and non-binary participants report the least acceptance in the workplace, school, and their neighborhoods.” More from AARP.

UNITED AIRLINES HELPED THIS TRANS FLIGHT ATTENDANT FIND HER VOICE: Kayleigh Scott (@hayitskay97) embraces her transgender identity as a flight attendant at United Airlines. Since starting as a flight attendant in 2019, Kayleigh was able to come out “safely and confidently” in her role and identity. More from Out.

WITHOUT INCLUDING LGBTQ PEOPLE, THE PANDEMIC WILL NOT END: As vaccine awareness and information is on the rise throughout the U.S., it is more important than ever to ensure the inclusion of minority groups in the vaccine rollout. The marginalization that many LGBTQ people face has only been amplified in the pandemic and necessitates increased awareness of vaccine availability for LGBTQ people and people from marginalized communities. More from Advocate.


BEN PLATT JUST TOLD SOME HARD TRUTHS ABOUT BEING QUEER IN HOLLYWOOD: The star of Broadway hit and new movie Dear Evan Hansen and Netflix Original The Politician Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) weighed in on the debate about whether LGBTQ characters should only be portrayed by LGBTQ actors. “I feel like the attitude should be, wherever possible, especially if the story is really rooted in a queer background… we should be doing everything in our power to cast queer actors,” Platt told NME. More from them.


🏉 TRANSGENDER WOMEN ALLOWED TO PLAY RUGBY IN FRANCE AFTER UNANIMOUS FEDERATION VOTE: The French rugby federation is allowing transgender athletes to take part in French domestic rugby matches for the next season. The vote from the French Rugby Federation was unanimous in favor of the proposal from its Anti-Discrimination and Equal Treatment Commission. More from The Washington Post and BBC.

WHO IS FIGHTING THE ECONOMIC OPPRESSION OF LGBTQ PEOPLE?: With the economic devastation of the pandemic, many LGBTQ people around the world are struggling financially. Around the world, LGBTQ communities are seeing grassroots efforts to create economic opportunities for LGBTQ people in places like India, Nigeria, the U.S., Mexico and South Africa. More from Advocate.

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