#AM_Equality: May 4, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC to hold virtual grad ceremony for LGBTQ+ high school & college seniors; Anderson Cooper welcomes in newborn son Wyatt Morgan Cooper.

THIS FRIDAY -- HRC & GLSEN TO HOLD VIRTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR LGBTQ+ HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE SENIORS: The event will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8 and will include many traditional elements of a graduation ceremony, including an official welcome from HRC President Alphonso David and GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard (@EByard), a commencement address, valedictorians for exceptional, dynamic LGBTQ+ students and music. Those interested can register for the event here. More from Atlanta Journal-Constitution

MUST-WATCH MONDAY -- ON SCRIPPS NATIONAL NEWS, HRC’S ELLEN KAHN SPEAKS ON CHALLENGES LGBTQ STUDENTS FACE AMID THE PANDEMIC: Watch here.

ASIAN AMERICAN GROUPS AND LGBTQ ALLIES CALL FOR RESPONSE TO ANTI-ASIAN HARASSMENT AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC: The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum launched a petition calling on Washington, DC Mayor Bowser to stand with the community amid these attacks. “Hate has no place in our country and Trump’s racist and divisive language only continues to place the Asian and Pacific Islander community — especially immigrants — at risk of violence and discrimination,” said HRC Press Secretary Viet Tran. “As many of us are fighting to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19, we must continue to stand up against the hate and violence against the Asian and Pacific Islander community.” More from Metro Weekly.

IN THE STATES 

CHARMAINE MCGUFFEY DEFEATS SHERIFF WHO FIRED HER IN OHIO DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY: More from The Advocate

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WELCOME WYATT MORGAN COOPER, CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER IS NOW A FATHER: More from The Advocate

NBC’S COUNCIL OF DADS FORWARDS LGBTQ VISIBILITY WITH REPRESENTATION OF BLACK GAY MEN: More from Instinct Magazine.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

POPE FRANCIS PROVIDES SUPPORT TO TRANS COMMUNITY NEAR ROME STRUGGLING DURING THE PANDEMIC: In the small town of Torvaianica, with the support of Pope Francis, the Rev. Andrea Conocchia turned his parish into a haven for 20 transgender women, most of them from Latin America. More from Religious News Service

EUROPEAN UNION URGED TO TAKE ACTION AS HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT PUSHES LEGISLATION TO END LEGAL RECOGNITION OF TRANS PEOPLE: More from Independent

TIJUANA SHELTER JARDÍN DE LAS MARIPOSAS PROVIDES SAFETY AND PROTECTION TO LGBTQ IMMIGRANTS: More from Washington Blade

FREDDY MCCONNELL, A TRANSGENDER MAN IN U.K. LOSES APPEAL TO BE LISTED AS A FATHER TO HIS SON: More from The New York Times

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OutSmart covers 16 LGBTQ music videos to watch; NewNowNext shares ten LGBTQ Asian and Asian American movies to stream

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