#AM_Equality: HRC condemns Oklahoma State Senate for passing anti-equality legislation in violation of federal civil rights law
REMEMBERING NEDRA SEQUENCE MORRIS, A “STRONG, OPINIONATED” BLACK TRANS WOMAN: “Nedra ‘Sequence’ Morris was a well-loved and respected member of her community. She touched so many people’s lives with her kindness and fiery personality. Her horrific death is yet another example of the epidemic of violence targeting Black transgender and non-binary people. We all hope for justice to be served and for Sequence’s friends and family to find peace and closure,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). More from HRC.
LGBTQ+ STUDENTS MORE LIKELY TO LEAVE HOME FOR COLLEGE IN MORE WELCOMING STATES: A study conducted by the Williams Institute found 21.5% of LGBTQ+ students attending undergraduate or graduate programs reported choosing a university in a different city or state to find a friendlier LGBTQ+ environment. 32.6% of LGBTQ+ students said they chose a university away from their hometowns in order to get away from their family, compared to 14.1% of non-LGBTQ+ students. More from NBC News.
✨ FRIDAY FEATURE: Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock, he/they) is a journalist, educator and audio producer. He is the host of the award-winning podcast Gender Reveal and a co-founder of both the Trans Journalists Association and Sylveon Consulting (a firm focused on trans equity in media). Tuck has been featured as a gender educator by the New York Times, NPR, and the Washington Post, as well as at universities such as NYU, Northwestern, Reed College, and the New School.
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📍 IN THE STATES
HRC CONDEMNS OKLAHOMA STATE SENATE FOR PASSING ANTI-EQUALITY LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAW: “Legislators in Oklahoma have been relentless in their attacks against the LGBTQ+ community - they’ve already passed legislation that prohibits transgender students from being able to play sports at school, and they’ve made it impossible for non-binary people to correct their identity documents,” said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley (@CthrynOkly, she/her). “These legislators can try, but they will never erase LGBTQ+ people - and we won’t stop fighting back.” More from HRC.
BREAKING: The Oklahoma legislature just passed a total ban on abortion, enforced by private citizens.— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) May 19, 2022
This ban will take effect as soon as the governor signs the bill, making Oklahoma the first state to outlaw abortion entirely — even while Roe v. Wade still stands.
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📺 GET CULTURED
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🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
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