#AM_Equality: May 6, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC endorses Vice President Joe Biden for president.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN ENDORSES VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT: “Vice President Joe Biden is the leader our community and our country need at this moment,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “His dedication to advancing LGBTQ equality, even when it was unpopular to do so, has pushed our country and our movement forward. This November, the stakes could not be higher. Far too many LGBTQ people, and particularly those who are most vulnerable, face discrimination, intimidation, and violence simply because of who they are and who they love. But rather than have our backs, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have spent the last three and a half years rolling back and rescinding protections for LGBTQ people. Joe Biden will be a president who stands up for all of us.” More from HRC, Associated Press and CNN.

  • The announcement of the endorsement coincides with the eighth anniversary of Biden coming out in favor of marriage equality on “Meet the Press.” Read more in the Washington Blade.
  • On Morning Joe, David announces HRC’s endorsement of Biden for president and why we must pull the emergency break on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that will hold them accountable. More here.

HRC AND TRANS CAN WORK LAUNCH ‘WHO’S HIRING’ WEB SERIES TO SHARE OPPORTUNITIES, RESOURCES WITH TRANS JOB-SEEKERS: As part of HRC’s new Transgender Justice Initiative, the series will offer tips and resources for transgender and non-binary job seekers, who face disproportionate economic impact during COVID-19. “Transgender and non-binary people, particularly those of color, already experience higher unemployment and underemployment rates than their cisgender peers,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “With national unemployment soaring amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, the transgender and non-binary community stands to be further marginalized and cut off from economic security and opportunity.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS NINA POP, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN MISSOURI: “For the past four weeks, we have seen the deaths of five transgender women of color in this country. We are seeing an epidemic of violence that can no longer be ignored,” said Tori Cooper, HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative (@MsToriCooper1). Pop’s death is believed to be the at least tenth violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year in the U.S., and the fifth known violent death in the past month -- all transgender women of color. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- LGBTQ SENIORS IMPACTED BY “TRIPLE WHAMMY” AMIND THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN ISOLATION: “The two major issues facing LGBTQ elders right now are isolation and food,” said Michael Adams (@Adams_SAGEUSA), SAGE’s chief executive officer. “Older LGBTQ people have been told they are a high-risk group and to shelter in place. Many can’t go shopping or get food to eat. It’s a complete vicious circle, which for many people feels inescapable at this point.” More from The Daily Beast.

DESPITE MASSIVE SHORTAGES, GAY AND BI+ MEDICAL WORKERS ARE STILL BANNED FROM DONATING BLOOD: A report from HRC showed LGBTQ people in the U.S. are disproportionately likely to work in the medical field: 7.5% of all queer and trans people work in hospitals. Even though their labor is essential in responding to a pandemic, large segments of the LGBTQ community remain prevented from full participation. More from Vice.

IN THE STATES

BELFAST SENIOR TO GRADUATE AS MAINE’S FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER VALEDICTORIAN: More from Bangor Daily News.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TAIWAN REPORTS IMPROVED INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LGBTQ PEOPLE AND THEIR COLLEAGUES: More from Focus Taiwan.

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