#AM_Equality: May 26, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC endorses Ritchie Torres, Georgette Gómez for Congress; HRC celebrates marriage equality in Costa Rica.

HRC ENDORSES RITCHIE TORRES FOR CONGRESS: “Council Member Ritchie Torres has broken barriers before and he can do it again,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “As the first LGBTQ elected official in the Bronx, Torres made history and set a new standard for what leadership looks like in the borough. Not only do we have the opportunity to make history in New York, but we also can keep Rev. Ruben Díaz, Sr. out of Congress. Díaz is one of the most virulently anti-equality and anti-choice Democrats that New York has seen in a generation, lacking respect for even the basic humanity of LGBTQ people.” More from HRC

HRC ENDORSES GEORGETTE GÓMEZ FOR CONGRESS: “Georgette Gómez is a true changemaker and a champion of the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Whether it was against deep-pocketed special interests or outsiders dictating what San Diegans needed, Gómez has always worked harder and smarter to achieve real change for San Diego. We have the opportunity to make history in California and HRC is proud to endorse and work with an incredible leader like Georgette Gómez.” More from HRC

THURSDAY -- CELEBRATE CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS WITH HRC: HRC’s All Children - All Families (ACAF) program invites you to join the virtual release event for their 2020 annual report on Thursday, May 28th at 2 PM ET. The report celebrates 100 organizations that worked to transform their policies and practices over the last year -- with ACAF’s guidance and support -- to provide truly welcoming and affirming services for LGBTQ youth and families. Register today and download this PDF for more information

HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID AND CHASTEN BUTTIGIEG ON INSTAGRAM LIVE: 

SUNDAY WAS PAN VISIBILITY DAY! May 24 marks Pansexual Visibility Day -- a day for our community to uplift, elevate and celebrate those who identify as pansexual. Pan people’s sexuality can often be erased when they are assumed to be either gay or straight, or when their pan identity isn’t taken seriously, so it’s essential to make sure that we uplift the voices of pan people. More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS MCKINSLEY LAKEITH LINCOLN, BLACK LGBTQ PERSON KILLED IN LOUISIANA: “Time and time again, we have seen Black people, LGBTQ people and especially Black LGBTQ people violently killed for living their truth,” said Tori Cooper, HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative 

(@MsToriCooper1). “The Human Rights Campaign is standing with Lincoln’s family and friends in mourning today, and joins advocates and the National Black Justice Coalition in demanding a thorough investigation in this case, and into why Lincoln’s family was not informed of their loved one’s death.” More from HRC

CONGRESSMAN ALAN LOWENTHAL (D-CA) INTRODUCES BILL TO HONOR BILLIE JEAN KING WITH CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL: More from Orange County Breeze.

IN THE STATES

LAMBDA LEGAL IS FIGHTING TO OVERTURN A LAW THAT BLOCKS TRANS IDAHOANS FROM CHANGING THEIR GENDER MARKER: “We know that when identity documents out trans people, the community knows these stories of people being harassed, discriminated against and threatened with violence in those situations,” said Nora Huppert, a Renberg fellow at Lambda Legal and one of the lawyers working on the case. More from American Independent.

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TONIGHT -- PRIDELAND PREMIERES ON PBS VOICES WITH POSE’S DYLLÓN BURNSIDE (@dyllonburnside): More from NewNowNext and HRC

JUST SAM (@CoJustsam) BECOMES FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ PERSON TO WIN AMERICAN IDOL: She is also the first woman of color to win in seven years. More from ABC News Radio.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HRC CELEBRATES MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN COSTA RICA: “Today, Costa Rica has made history, bringing marriage equality to Central America for the first time,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Costa Rica’s LGBTQ community has worked tirelessly for years to make today a reality. This victory is theirs and it inspires the entire global LGBTQ community to continue fighting to move equality forward.” More from Reuters and HRC

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HRC reflects on Ramadan with Imam Abdullah Antepli (@aantepli); The Conversation looks at how to overcome challenges to caring for LGBTQ people in palliative care; Seventeen highlights the diversity of Pride flags; Insider shares LGBTQ romantic comedies you should watch; Washington Blade speaks with LGBTQ Ugandans about their experiences during COVID-19; them reports on United Methodist pastor Rev. Ray McKinnon of Charlotte, NC of his support for the LGBTQ community

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