#AM_Equality: May 7, 2021

by HRC staff

Puerto Rico is the epicenter of U.S. anti-trans violence; Why more LGBTQ people should run for office

PUERTO RICO IS THE EPICENTER OF U.S. ANTI-TRANS VIOLENCE: “The reasons we are seeing increased attacks on transgender and gender-nonconforming people is because they have been demonized and demoralized by the White House of the last four years,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “When you stigmatize and dehumanize people, it’s much easier for others to do the same.” More from USA Today.

IN THE FACE OF HATE, TRANS ATHLETES JUST WANT TO PLAY: “This is us wanting to be human. This is us wanting to be able to feel like we’re accepted,” says Sarah Huckman, a trans athlete from New Hampshire. More from them.

WHY LGBTQ PEOPLE SHOULD RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE: From Representative Ritchie Torres (@RepRitchie) of New York to Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), there are more LGBTQ folks in office than ever before. This rising trajectory of LGBTQ officials is something that HRC and other advocacy organizations see as an opportunity for equality and inclusion to thrive in America. More from The Body.

ONE THIRD OF LGBTQ COLLEGE STUDENTS EXPERIENCED HOUSING DISRUPTION DURING PANDEMIC: A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, conducted in collaboration with the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the educational opportunities, financial security and housing stability of many college students in the U.S., including an estimated 3.4 million LGBTQ students. More from Washington Blade.

TRANS STUDENTS SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO REPORT BEING HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19: A new report finds that LGBTQ students are vulnerable to a variety of COVID-related inequities, including disproportionate rates of hospitalization and widespread housing insecurity during the pandemic. More from them.



THIS NON-BINARY AND ASEXUAL SPORTSWRITER SEES THE POWER IN SHARING HER STORY: Julie Kliegman (@jmkliegman) is making waves with her coverage of mental illness and asexuality while working as the copy chief at Sports Illustrated. More from Outsports.

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