#AM Equality November 10, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC President Alphonso David on ACA SCOTUS arguments; Etsy’s newest holiday commercial will warm your heart

TODAY -- THE SUPREME COURT IS HEARING ARGUMENTS ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Arguments are being heard this morning in California v. Texas, which will determine the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “Among other things, the ACA has prevented health insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, a critical safeguard as the COVID-19 pandemic roils our country, with 10 million cases reported to date. It has been vital to countless LGBTQ individuals in the United States, who are less likely than the general population to have access to health insurance and who face entrenched discrimination in access to health care. Now, after many years of trying, Republicans have shepherded a case with dubious legal reasoning to the Supreme Court, which could invalidate this landmark legislation, without any regard for those left without the ACA’s protections, and without a plan with which to replace it.” More from HRC.

ICYMI -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINED “THE SPECIAL REPORT WITH AREVA MARTIN”: David (@AlphonsoDavid) discussed the historic nature of the 2020 election and emphasized that the majority of LGBTQ voters support pro-equality candidates. Watch here (begins at 32:58).

  • Early exit polls showed that LGBTQ voters were fired up and turned out in record-high numbers, nearly double their proportion of the population. More from HRC.

HRC EQUIDAD CL CONTINUES TO GROW LGBT-INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES IN CHILE: In partnership with Fundación Iguales (@IgualesChile), Chile’s largest LGBT advocacy group, HRC has established a pioneering initiative to assess and promote the best LGBT-inclusive policies and practices in Chilean workplaces. As the third launch of the Chilean-based survey approaches, HRC sat down with Emilio Maldonado, Implementing Partner of HRC Equidad CL and representative of Fundación Iguales, to talk about the success, progress and the future of the program. Read the interview from HRC in English and Spanish.

“NEW GEORGIA” -- HOW STACEY ABRAMS HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR A DEMOCRATIC VICTORY: Abrams and her team identified 1.7 million new voters, including young Georgians, Black voters and those new to the state who are twice as likely to vote Democratic than Republican. More from Reuters.

  • HRC was honored to work with Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight Action to protect access to the ballot box. Learn more about HRC and Fair Fight’s partnership from The Washington Post and in a video from HRC.

TUESDAY TWEET -- ETSY’S NEWEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIAL WILL MELT YOUR HEART: Watch here.

HIV ORGS CONGRATULATE JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS: The leaders of HIV advocacy organizations offered congratulations, along with their insights on the challenges that awaited and the goals that are within reach. More from Poz.

HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE HARVARD SECRET COURT OF 1920 BY PASSING THE EQUALITY ACT, WRITES ADVOCATE IN POWERFUL OP-ED: On May 23, 1920, then-Harvard University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell convened a tribunal to investigate eight students, a recent graduate and an assistant professor who were all suspected of being LGBTQ -- ultimately destroying the lives of those investigated. Diego Garcia Blum, student body president at Harvard Kennedy School and a member of HRC’s National Board of Governors, explains how the United States still lacks the comprehensive federal discrimination protections that would have prevented this tragedy. More from Washington Blade.

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HOW A BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WILL HELP SHAPE LGBTQ SPORTS: More from Outsports.

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HUNGARY CONTINUES ITS ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACKS WITH CALLS FROM DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO OUTLAW “GENDER PROPAGANDA”: More from Reuters.

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