#AM_Equality: May 3, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month; What Biden’s speech means to transgender Americans

HRC CELEBRATES AAPI HERITAGE MONTH: More from HRC.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID DISCUSSED BIDEN’S NATIONAL ADDRESS ON MSNBC: In an interview on MSNBC’s the Sunday Show, HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) and Mara Keisling (@MaraKeisling) discuss Republican bills targeting trans people and applaud the fight against these state legislature maneuvers. More from MSNBC.

WHAT BIDEN’S SPEECH MEANS TO THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: When President Biden said, “To all the transgender Americans watching at home, especially the young people who are so brave, I want you to know that your president has your back,” it was a moment of recognition, acceptance and visibility. More from USA Today.

👑 OHIO HIGH SCHOOL VOTES A LESBIAN COUPLE AS PROM ROYALTY: In one of the most conservative counties in Ohio, Kings High School voted a queer couple as their prom royalty. They are the first openly LGBTQ couple to be elected prom king and queen in the Kings Local School District, and they’ve received a wave of support. More from NBC.

🩺 TRANS PEOPLE WITH ACCESS TO GENDER AFFIRMING CARE HAVE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH, STUDY FINDS: A groundbreaking study found that transgender people who had received one or more gender-affirming surgical procedures had a 42% reduction in the odds of experiencing psychological distress over the past month. They were also 44% less likely to have experienced suicidal ideation over the past year. The study, titled “Association Between Gender-Affirming Surgeries and Mental Health Outcomes,” was published last week in the national peer-reviewed journal JAMA Surgery. More from them.

📍 IN THE STATES

🏳️‍⚧️ MASSIVE TRANS FLAG BILLBOARD IS GIVING KIDS HOPE AND PUTTING PRESSURE ON ALABAMA REPUBLICANS: A billboard sporting the trans flag beside Highway 280 in Birmingham, Alabama implores state legislators and voters to stop persecuting transgender youth. Magic City Acceptance Center (@MCACBham), which serves LGBTQ youth, is behind the project. More from LGBTQ Nation.

📺 GET CULTURED

🎵 HAYLEY KIYOKO IS BACK WITH “FOUND MY FRIENDS” VIDEO: In her newest single, Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) sings about needing someone in her life, and realizing she has herself. It’s a powerful message of self-love with a classic Kiyoko Bop. More from Out.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

VERDICT DUE SOON IN KILLING OF LGBTQ RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN BANGLADESH: More from Benar News.

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