#AM_Equality: May 4, 2021

by HRC staff

Kansas senate fails to override governor’s veto of anti-trans bill; five trans women of color have been killed in less than a month

KANSAS SENATE FAILS TO OVERRIDE GOVERNOR’S VETO OF ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILL: “Senate Bill 55 was a mean-spirited, divisive and unnecessary piece of legislation that would have threatened our successful efforts to recruit new businesses and jobs to Kansas. I will continue to use every tool I have to stop extremism and keep Kansas welcoming, inclusive and open for business,” Governor Kelly said. More from KMBC News.

TENNESSEE PASSES BILL REQUIRING BUSINESSES TO POST SIGNS SAYING THEY ALLOW TRANS PEOPLE TO USE THEIR RESTROOMS: The bill awaits the governor’s signature. Governor Lee has already signed other anti-LGBTQ bills into law this year. More from The Hill and HRC.

FIVE TRANS WOMEN OF COLOR HAVE BEEN KILLED IN LESS THAN A MONTH: As of April 28, at least five trans women of color have lost their lives to violence. Natalia “Smüt” Lopez is at least the 17th victim of anti-trans violence so far this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign, and one of several transgender women of color killed in recent weeks. More from them.

🥇 TRANS SOCIOLOGIST NAMED 2021-22 ANDREW CARNEGIE FELLOW: Swarthmore Associate Professor of Sociology Daniel Laurison (@Daniel_Laurison) has made history as the first openly transgender person to be awarded the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to study the most enduring issues in American society. More from Swarthmore News.

LGBTQ ADVOCATES REFLECT ON BIDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS: More from NBC.

FOR AAPI HERITAGE MONTH, HRC IS PARTNERING WITH ARTIST MEG EMIKO (@megemikoart):

RECORD NUMBERS OF GEN Z TEENS ARE COMING OUT TO THEIR PARENTS: More from them.

HRC SHARES A CAPTIVATING POEM FROM ONE OF OUR OWN: ICYMI, HRC celebrated National Poetry Month last month, an opportunity to celebrate the art form of poetry and highlight the creativity and impact of poets and poems. HRC’s Senior Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Nicole Cozier (@NicoleCozier) has long expressed her innermost feelings and thoughts through poetry since early on in her life. More from HRC.

📺 GET CULTURED

WORLD FAMOUS DRAG QUEENS TO JOIN 2021 DIGITAL DRAG FEST LINEUP: With another season of virtual events on the horizon, the 2021 Digital Drag Fest will be virtual later this month and feature queens including Trixie Mattel (@trixiemattel), Alaska (@Alaska5000) and Miz Cracker (@miz_cracker). More from Entertainment Weekly.

JANET MOCK ON THE FINAL SEASON OF “POSE”: When asked about the final season of “Pose” (@PoseOnFX), writer, director and executive producer Janet Mock (@janetmock) shared, “I felt that I had a responsibility -- I didn’t think that as this Black and Native Hawaiian trans woman that I had ended up here just to work,” she said in an interview. “I felt that there was more.” More from The New York Times.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

OUTPOURING OF GRIEF AFTER ALLEGED MURDER OF LEADING TONGAN LGBTQ ACTIVIST: Police in Tonga are investigating the death of Polikalepo Kefu, known affectionately as “Poli,” who was the president of Tonga Leitis Association, an organization dedicated to Tonga’s LGBTQ community by providing services and education on HIV & AIDS. More from The Guardian.

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