#AM_Equality: May 25, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: One year after George Floyd’s murder, a nation mourns and reflects -- “May we never forget”

‘A PUBLIC LYNCHING’: BERNICE KING, CORY BOOKER, JULIAN CASTRO, ALPHONSO DAVID AND OTHER AMERICANS REFLECT ON GEORGE FLOYD: “I feel the urgency of a time when the value of Black lives are debated in public squares,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “I feel yanked out of my body, cast deeper into an unprotected class. I feel the whiplash of living in a country where the police are suspicious of my Blackness, while legislatures seek to erase LGBTQ lives.” More from USA Today.

HRC PRESIDENT PENS PIECE ON WHY WE MUST HOLD GEORGE FLOYD’S LEGACY CLOSE TO HEART: “I hold Floyd’s story as mythology, a fire to illuminate the origins of the LGBTQ rights movement which started as a fight for police accountability, a fire to breathe new life into the bodies of humans who have the power to eradicate police killings of Black people as a systemic outcome, a time that seems elusive but for our will to fight for it, precedent no longer withstanding.” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). More from HRC.

TENNESSEE MOVES TO THE FOREFRONT WITH ANTI-TRANSGENDER LAWS: With help from the pen of Gov. Bill Lee, Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have enacted five anti-trans bills into law. These lawmakers have been consistently dismissive toward concerns that these bills discriminate against an already vulnerable and often multiply marginalized group. More from The Washington Post.

🎙APA OUT LOUD: ‘HOMONYMS, AFTER TRAGEDY & OCEAN VUONG’ BY CAITLYN CLARK: HRC concluded its APA Out Loud video series celebrating Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month with Caitlyn Clark’s poem highlighting Korean customs and queer intersectionality. More from HRC.

HRC JOINS LEADING POLICY AND HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS IN CALL FOR LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE SEXUAL EDUCATION: “It is crucial for LGBTQ youth to learn about their sexuality, their bodies, their relationships, and to learn skills for making healthy decisions into adulthood,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “This report should serve as a tool to encourage educators to create and expand curricula to include the experiences of all marginalized communities.” More from HRC.

TONIGHT -- JOIN HRC FOR TRANS TALKS: HOUSE OF HRC: A discussion of the significance of ballroom culture with legendary ballroom guests. More from HRC.

📍 IN THE STATES

TEXAS ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILLS MUST BE REJECTED: More from CBS This Morning and HRC.

TEXAS’ NEAR-TOTAL ABORTION BAN WILL HAVE A MASSIVE EFFECT ON LGBTQ+ PEOPLE: More from them.

📺 GET CULTURED

🏔 NEW FILM ABOUT A GROUP OF LGBTQ CLIMBERS SUMMITING MOUNT HOOD HOPES TO CHALLENGE GENDER STEREOTYPES: A new documentary features LGBTQ athletes during the transformative experience of training for a difficult summit and coming to terms with their own diverse identities in a sport that predominately features white, heteronormative and able-bodied people. “Who’s on Top?” is narrated by George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) and available now on streaming services. More from Seattle Times.

🎵 AMORPHOUS, KEHLANI, LIL NAS X, AJA: 8 BEST NEW SONGS BY QUEER ARTISTS: With the start to summer, LGBTQ artists are bringing the heat. New singles from Kehlani (@kehlani) and Lil Nas X (@LilNasX) are just two of the many beats promising to help us dance our way into Pride Month. More from them.

🏀 SEIMONE AUGUSTUS (@seimoneaugustus), ONE OF THE GREATEST OUT LGBTQ ATHLETES OF ALL TIME, HAS RETIRED: More from Outsports.

🎵 LADY GAGA CELEBRATES BORN THIS WAY IN WEST HOLLYWOOD PRIDE KICK-OFF: Ten years after the initial release of Lady Gaga’s (@ladygaga) hit “Born This Way,” the City of West Hollywood is celebrating the anniversary with a street painting on Robertson Blvd in tribute to the LGBTQ community and the work she has done for the community. More from Washington Blade.

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