#AM_Equality: May 8, 2020

by HRC Staff

Today -- HRC & GLSEN to hold virtual LGBTQ+ graduation ceremony; Ruth Bader Ginsburg tops The Advocate’s Women of the Year issue.

TODAY -- REP. MAXINE WATERS, JOSIE TOTAH, D.J. “SHANGELA” PIERCE, BOB THE DRAG QUEEN, EUREKA TO SPEAK AT HRC AND GLSEN VIRTUAL LGBTQ+ GRADUATION CEREMONY: The ceremony will honor the nearly half a million LGBTQ+ students HRC estimates are graduating this spring, who may be impacted by school and graduation cancellations and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Those interested can register for the event here. More from HRC

HRC DEMANDS ACTION AFTER THE KILLING OF AHMAUD ARBERY: “Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down for being a Black man, period,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Yet again, racism has led to the unjust death of a Black man in our country. This is unconscionable, and we cannot allow racism and our woefully inadequate criminal justice system to lead to another mother losing her son or another community in mourning. Ahmaud’s killers must be brought to justice, and an important piece of that is bringing Georgia into the 21st century by passing a hate crimes prevention law.” Read more HRC

FRIDAY FEATURE -- HRC WELCOMES JENNIFER FIORE AS NEW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING: “I could not be more thrilled to welcome Jennifer to the HRC family,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Jennifer brings significant political and advocacy experience to this role, as well as a true passion for fighting for what is right. Her talent and vision will greatly enhance HRC’s ability to tell our story and show why our work remains more critical than ever during a time when the LGBTQ community is under attack and the most important election of our lifetime is just around the corner.” Fiore (@jennifer_fiore) joins HRC after decades working on the cutting edge of media, technology and politics. She most recently served as a senior advisor for communications and digital on Secretary Julián Castro’s presidential campaign and previously served in the Obama administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. More from HRC

BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN’S DEATH IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI UNDER INVESTIGATION: The death of Nina Pop 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 and the Associated Press

MORE THAN 50 ORGANIZATIONS SEND LETTER URGING WHITE HOUSE’S COVID-19 TASK FORCE TO HEED LESSONS LEARNED FROM HIV EPIDEMIC: “As representatives of the community fighting HIV, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and tuberculosis (TB), our organizations have more than three decades of lessons learned about how to stem the tide of deadly pandemics,” the letter reads. “We also know the devastation that is caused when these best practices are not followed and American lives are unnecessarily lost.” More from Metro Weekly.

NEW REPORT REVEALS THAT NONRELIGIOUS LGBTQ PEOPLE FACE DISCRIMINATION, STIGMA: “LGBTQ young people face significant family rejection that results in a greater rate of negative psychological outcomes,” states the report. “Similarly, nonreligious LGBTQ survey participants were more likely to have unsupportive parents.” More from The Advocate

HRC DONATES 15,000 FACE MASKS TO 50 ORGANIZATIONS IN NEED: Read more from the Washington Blade

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SAN FRANCISCO LGBTQ HISTORY MUSEUM BUILDING PLAN ON HOLD DUE TO GLOBAL PANDEMIC: The museum would have been the first full-scale LGBTQ history museum in the U.S. More from Bay Area Reporter

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The Advocate announces Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is topping its Women of the Year issue

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