#AM_Equality: May 20, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Billy Porter opens up about HIV status; Demi Lovato comes out as non-binary

THE TREVOR PROJECT RELEASES 2021 NATIONAL SURVEY ON LGBTQ YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH: The Trevor Project (@TrevorProject) released its 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, which found that 75% of LGBTQ youth reported that they had experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at least once in their lifetime, and more than half said they experienced this discrimination in the past year. More from The Trevor Project and 19th News.

U.S. EXPANDS BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP OF BABIES BORN ABROAD TO SAME-SEX COUPLES: In a historic update to exisiting policy, the U.S. State Department made the decision to recognize U.S. citizenship of babies born abroad to same-sex married couples, regardless of whether an American parent is biologically related. More from HuffPost.

BILLY PORTER BREAKS A 14-YEAR SILENCE: “THIS IS WHAT HIV-POSITIVE LOOKS LIKE NOW”: In a beautiful interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) opened up for the first time since being diagnosed with HIV more than a decade ago. The ‘Pose’ star opened up about the shame that compelled him to hide his diagnosis from his castmates, collaborators and even his mother, and the responsibility that comes with speaking out: “The truth is healing.” More from The Hollywood Reporter.

DEMI LOVATO COMES OUT AS NON-BINARY: In the first episode of their new podcast 4D, Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) says “Over the past year and a half, I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflective work. And through this work, I’ve had the revelation that I identify as nonbinary. With that said, I’ll be officially changing my pronouns to they / them." More from NPR, USA Today and CNN.

A NEW CROWDSOURCING APP HOPES TO SERVE AS THE ‘GREEN BOOK’ FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR: The National Black Justice Coalition (@NBJContheMove) has launched a web-based app called “The Lavender Book,” which lists a variety of businesses and facilities throughout the U.S. that are safe and inclusive for LGBTQ people of color. More from TIME.

KIDS ARE COMING OUT EARLIER THAN EVER -- HERE’S HOW TO GIVE THEM THE SUPPORT THEY NEED: According to a 2020 report by the Williams Institute at UCLA, it’s estimated that 9.5% of 13- to 17-year-olds are LGBTQ and coming out earlier than ever. More from Health.com.


TO END HIV, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED IN TWO WORDS: MORE OPTIONS: As we get ready to observe the 40th anniversary of the first documented cases of AIDS on June 5, National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is the time for us to recognize the continued innovation and dedication of the scientific community to advance breakthroughs in HIV treatment and prevention -- and to keep talking about what else we need to do to end the epidemic. More from HRC.


TENNESSEE GOVERNOR LEE SIGNS ANTI-TRANS HEALTH CARE BILL INTO LAW: “Instead of focusing on real issues affecting the people of Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee and his fellow Republicans have shown they have no shame,” said Human Rights Campaign Associate Regional Campaign Director Melodía Gutiérrez (@mell0wdia, she/her). “The Governor has told transgender youth they can’t use the bathroom at school, they can’t play school sports alongside their peers and they can’t have LGBTQ people or issues discussed in the classroom, including in history or literature. Now he thinks he knows better than their doctors and parents, too. Shame on Governor Lee for letting anti-LGBTQ extremists make Tennessee their playground.” More from HRC.


🏀 THE 2021 WNBA SEASON WILL BE QUEER EXCELLENCE IN ACTION: If you like supporting LGBTQ+ athletes -- especially LGBTQ women -- this is the league for you. More from them.

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