#AM_Equality: May 28, 2020

by HRC Staff

NEW HRC report shows increase in child welfare agencies working toward LGBTQ-inclusive care; HRC celebrates the life of Larry Kramer

NEW REPORT SHOWS 40% INCREASE IN CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES WORKING WITH HRC FOUNDATION TOWARD FULLY LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE & AFFIRMING CARE: Today, HRC Foundation released Change-Makers in Child Welfare 2020 -- a report highlighting the Foundation’s All Children -- All Families (ACAF) program’s partnership with 100 organizations across the country working to improve the services they provide to the LGBTQ community, including children in foster care and prospective foster and adoptive parents. “Today, children in foster care are facing a national crisis on top of a personal crisis. Our work to end anti-LGBTQ discrimination in child welfare is more important than ever,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The organizations highlighted in this report are working with the Human Rights Campaign to ensure anti-LGBTQ bias does not get in the way of life-saving services for children and families.” More from HRC

THURSDAY FEATURE -- HRC MOURNS THE LOST OF LEGENDARY ADVOCATE LARRY KRAMER: “At the beginning of the HIV and AIDS crisis -- when thousands of LGBTQ people and people of color were dying -- Larry Kramer spoke up when our government was silent,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Larry’s unending courage and tireless efforts helped awaken a nation to the urgent crisis of HIV and AIDS and brought us closer to a cure than ever before. Through his life and work, Larry Kramer inspired generations of advocates, many of whom are alive today because he dared to speak out and act up.” More from New York Daily News and HRC

HRC LAUNCHES VOTE EQUAL, VOTE SAFE INITIATIVE: “In the upcoming months, the Human Rights Campaign will work with leaders across the country to educate voters about how they can safely make their voices heard at the ballot box,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The Vote Equal, Vote Safe initiative will build on our proven relationships across the country to advocate for the increased funding and new regulations needed to ensure safe and flexible voting options.” More from Washington Blade and HRC

HRC ENDORSES...

PRO-EQUALITY LEADERS ACROSS CALIFORNIA: “LGBTQ people are facing severe economic consequences from the ongoing pandemic, working with fewer protections and dealing with disproportionate consequences compared to non-LGBTQ workers,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Now more than ever, we must work to ensure every American, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has the opportunity to operate from a level playing field.” Read the full endorsement list from HRC

REP. DINA TITUS FOR RE-ELECTION: “Last year, Rep. Dina Titus, and the pro-equality majority made history -- passing federal protections for LGBTQ people for the first time,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “We must ensure we maintain the pro-equality House majority and reelecting a true-ally like Rep. Dina Titus is absolutely crucial to that.” More from HRC

STUDY SHOWS MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS OF THE MILITARY SUPPORTS TRANSGENDER SERVICEMEMBERS: More from LAist.

IN THE STATES

TENNESSEE HOUSE RETURNS, CONTINUES WORK TO ADVANCE ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS: More from WDEF and Out & About Nashville.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

FRANCE ELECTS MARIE CAU AS ITS FIRST TRANSGENDER MAYOR: More from BBC and NBC

CANADIAN CITY BANS SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH: Calgary is the latest Canadian municipality to ban so-called “conversion therapy,” but a federal ban on the discredited practice has yet to be debated in the House of Commons. More from HuffPost

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