#AM_Equality: November 1, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC volunteers interviewed on MSNBC about importance of helping pro-equality candidates; HRC mourns Jessi Hart

HRC VOLUNTEERS INTERVIEWED IN VIRGINIA ON IMPORTANCE OF HELPING PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES: This weekend, HRC mobilized staff, volunteers and supporters to help get out the vote in Virginia ahead of a critical election. In an interview, HRC volunteers discussed the importance of helping pro-equality candidates like Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe). More from HRC.

  • TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY IN VIRGINIA, MANY STATES: Tuesday, November 2 is election day in many states, including Virginia, and the last opportunity for voters to vote in person. For more information, please visit hrc.org/vote.

HRC MOURNS JESSI HART, 42-YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN BANKS, OREGON: “Housing insecurity often places so many from our community in dangerous and concerning situations. Had Jessi Hart had access to secure housing, it is possible that she would still be with us today,” HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “As transgender people, we often face so many challenges and uncertainties, including housing and employment security, and, sadly, these situations can lead to greatly unfortunate outcomes. My heart and that of the community goes out to her son, Caleb.” More from HRC.

📚 OPINION: SCHOOLS ARE BANNING MY BOOK. BUT QUEER KIDS NEED QUEER STORIES: “Removing or restricting queer books in libraries and schools is like cutting a lifeline for queer youth, who might not yet even know what terms to ask Google to find out more about their own identities, bodies and health,” said non-binary and queer author Maia Kobabe (@redgoldsparks). More from The Washington Post.

OPINION: WE’RE LGBTQIA+ STUDENTS IN FAIRFAX COUNTY. WE’RE TIRED OF OUR LIVES BEING USED FOR POLITICAL GAIN: More from The Washington Post.

📍 IN THE STATES

📚 WYOMING LIBRARIANS WON’T BE CHARGED FOR MAKING SEX ED, LGBTQ+ THEMED BOOKS AVAILABLE: Last week, a prosecutor announced that they won’t charge library employees for making sex education and LGBTQ+ themed books available to young people. More from NBC News.

🌵 LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT ENRICHES LIVES THROUGH COMMUNITY: The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert (The Center) works to build a thriving community that is strong and inclusive in and around Palm Springs. “We work to enrich lives through a strong network,” said Lex Ortega, The Center’s director of community engagement. “Wherever they might be in their lives -- out, coming out or thinking about coming out, they can come to The Center and find resources.” More from Desert Sun.

📺 GET CULTURED

🩺🎬 ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ CASTS E.R. FIGHTMASTER AS FIRST NON-BINARY DOCTOR: Last week, the hit drama “Grey’s Anatomy” cast non-binary actor E.R. Fightmaster (@GenderlessGapAd) as a reoccurring character playing a non-binary doctor named Kai. More from Variety.

🎭 BROADWAY STARS UNITE TO CELEBRATE LGBTQ+ FAMILIES THROUGH SONG: Husbands Christopher and Clay Rice-Thomson are among those featured on “The Rainbow Lullaby,” a new album created for LGBTQ+ parents and their children. More from HuffPost.

🎬 KUMAIL NANJIANI RESPONDS TO CRITICS OF LGBTQ+ ETERNALS CHARACTER: ‘WE’RE UPSETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE’: More from People.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

POLISH PARLIAMENT DEBATES BILL BANNING LGBTQ+ PRIDE PARADES: On Friday, Poland’s parliament was set to vote on a law banning Pride parades and other public gestures in support of LGBTQ+ rights. More from DW and Amnesty International.

LGBTQ+ CONVERSION THERAPY IS STILL COMMON IN RUSSIA: More from FairPlanet.

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