#AM_Equality: May 6, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC Mourns Jahaira Dealto; ‘Queer Love in Color’ photo book celebrates diverse LGBTQ relationships

HRC MOURNS JAHAIRA DEALTO, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE AND TRANSGENDER WOMAN OF COLOR KILLED IN BOSTON: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jahaira DeAlto, a 42-year-old transgender woman of color, who was killed on May 2 in Boston, Massachusetts. Jahaira was a well-known and beloved transgender advocate, advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and member of the ballroom community in the Boston area.“In the last few days and weeks, we’ve received reports of numerous transgender people who have been killed,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “Every time a transgender or gender non-conforming person’s life is cut short, it is a tragedy. Jahaira was an integral member of many communities in Boston, legendary for ‘Everyday Realness’ in the ballroom community, and she will be greatly missed.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS KERI WASHINGTON, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN CLEARWATER, FLORIDA: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Keri Washington, a 49-year-old Black transgender woman, who was found dead in Clearwater, Florida, on May 1, 2021. “Our community is yet again in mourning as a result of senseless acts of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper. “Keri was at least the fourth transgender woman killed in less than 10 days, each of them Black or Brown. We urge everyone to end the stigma against transgender people, and to destroy the roots of transphobia and racism that fuel this violence.” More from HRC.

ELLIOT PAGE SITS DOWN WITH OPRAH: COMING OUT “REALLY FELT IMPERATIVE” GIVEN BACKLASH AGAINST TRANS YOUTH: In an interview with Oprah (@Oprah), Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) opened up about using his voice and celebrity to speak out in support of trans youth. “‘In this time we’re in right now, and especially with this horrible backlash we’re seeing toward trans people, and particularly trans youth, it really felt imperative’ to open up about his identity and experience,” Page shared.More from them.

📷 ‘QUEER LOVE IN COLOR’: PHOTO BOOK CELEBRATES DIVERSE LGBTQ RELATIONSHIPS: Journalist Jamal Jordan (@lostblackboy) travelled the world in search of LGBTQ couples of color, and the result is an incredible book ‘Queer Love in Color’. More from NBC.

DELRAY BEACH MOVES FORWARD WITH PLANS FOR LGBTQ STREETSCAPE: Delray Beach City, Florida, is moving forward with plans to create a pride-themed streetscape in Pineapple Grove. More from Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.

📍 IN THE STATES

TENNESSEE REPUBLICANS BLOCK RESOLUTION HONORING LGBTQ COUNTRY STAR: Republicans in Tennessee have “concerns” about honoring LGBTQ country star TJ Osborne (@tjosborne) and decided against honoring him. Osborne, of Grammy-nominated country duo Brothers Osborne, came out as gay earlier this year and is one of only a few openly LGBTQ country stars signed to a major record label. More from Metro Weekly, HuffPost and The Hill.

👑 OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ELECTS LGBTQ COUPLE AS PROM ROYALTY: Parents in Kings Mills, Ohio, are upset by the news that an LGBTQ couple was celebrated as prom royalty, while the winning couple says the backlash from adults does not represent how their peers feel. More from The Hill.

US APPEALS COURT CONSIDERS IDAHO TRANSGENDER ATHLETES BAN: More from NBC.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

CZECH REPUBLIC SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BILL UNCERTAIN FOLLOWING FIRST VOTE: Last week, the Czech Republic’s Lower House of Parliament passes a bill in favor of same-sex marriage legislation. This bill faces an uncertain future as President Milos Zeman has promised to veto the same-sex marriage bill if it is passed. More from Gay Times.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN’S MURDER SPARKS RENEWED OUTRAGE IN EL SALVADOR: Zashy Zuley del Cid was shot in San Miguel, El Salvador, on April 24. Approximately, 151 LGBTQ people between 2018 and September 2019 said they were forcibly displaced from their homes. Trans women account for 67.5 % of these cases. More from Washington Blade.

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