#AM_Equality: May 26, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Join HRC for a discussion on the importance of gender affirming care; Kristen Clarke confirmed

TONIGHT -- JOIN US FOR A DISCUSSION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GENDER AFFIRMING CARE: Transgender and non-binary people, particularly trans and non-binary youth, are under attack in states all over this country, and bills are being advanced and passed that would take away access to life-saving gender-affirming care and criminalize doctors and parents who provide it. Join the Human Rights Campaign for a frank discussion about the reality and benefits of gender-affirming care.More from HRC.

KRISTEN CLARKE CONFIRMED AS ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION: Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) will become the first Black woman to lead the civil rights division of the Department of Justice, and will help ensure all marginalized communities are treated equally under the law. More from The New York Times and HRC.

NASHVILLE DA WON’T ENFORCE ‘HATE’ BILL REQUIRING BUSINESSES TO POST SIGNS FOR TRANSGENDER BATHROOM ACCESS: “I believe every person is welcome and valued in Nashville. Enforcement of transphobic or homophobic laws is contrary to those values,” District Attorney General Glenn Funk said in a statement Monday. "My office will not promote hate.” More from The Tennessean and News Channel 5.

ROXANE GAY, GIGI GORGEOUS, WILSON CRUZ AND OTHERS DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH IN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: In an event hosted by PEOPLE and Bring Change to Mind, Roxane Gay (@rgay), Gigi Gorgeous (@TheGigiGorgeous), Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) and others came together for a candid discussion about mental health and the LGBTQ community. More from PEOPLE.

TRANS YOUTH LESS LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE SUICIDAL IDEATION WHEN THEIR GENDER IS AFFIRMED: A new study from The Trevor Project on LGBTQ youth mental underscores how supporting trans and non-binary folks save lives. More from them.

HRC MOURNS THOMAS HARDIN, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN SOUTH CAROLINA: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Thomas Hardin, a 35-year-old Black transgender woman, who was killed on May 2 in York, South Carolina. “In May alone, we know of the violent deaths of at least eight transgender or gender non-conforming people. This level of violence is both heartbreaking and horrifying. None of these individuals, including Thomas Hardin, deserved to have their lives cut short,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “Our hearts go out to all of her friends, family and community. We need everyone to speak up in defense of transgender and gender non-conforming lives.” More from Advocate and HRC.

🌈 17 BRANDS SUPPORTING LGBTQ PRIDE IN STYLE: From Bombas to Tevas, numerous organizations have taken the initiative to feature their support for the LGBTQ community. More from Good Morning America.

PENN STATE REMOVING BINARY GENDER LANGUAGE FROM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: In an effort to promote an inclusive campus culture, the change will feature they/them pronouns in place of he/him or she/her in course and program descriptions. More from The Hill.

📺 GET CULTURED

🎀 LEGALLY BLONDE LIVE-READ HAS AN ALL-LGBTQ CAST WITH ALEXANDRA GREY, JEN RICHARDS, AND MORE: More from Entertainment Weekly.

🏆 DAN LEVY, ‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ WIN 8 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS: LGBTQ actor, writer and director Dan Levy (@danjlevy) won eight more awards last week for his work in the hit series Schitt’s Creek. More from Out.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

OUTCRY AFTER 21 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN GHANA FOR “ADVOCATING LGBTQ ACTIVITIES”: Since Friday police in Ghana have held 21 people for “advocating LGBTQ activities.” The arrests came after a group of journalists in Ghana were attending an event by Rightify Ghana, which was held to provide training for activists and paralegals that support LGBTQ people. More from The Guardian, Los Angeles Blade, and them.

HOW THIS QUEER VIETNAMESE ATHLETE WENT FROM HOMELESSNESS TO INTERNATIONAL ADVOCATE: Amazin LêThi (@amazinlethi) is making history as a bodybuilder and LGBTQ advocate, helping organize the first “Spirit Day” under the Obama Administration to celebrate AAPI Americans in the LGBTQ community. More from Outsports.

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