HRC AND SHOWTIME® ANNOUNCE RECIPIENTS OF QUEER TO STAY, SMALL BUSINESS GRANT FUNDING: “It is crucial to preserve affirming, welcoming spaces and services for LGBTQ+ people. This initiative celebrates and supports the community by identifying and donating to multiply marginalized LGBTQ+ owned, and serving, small businesses around the country,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Nicole Cozier. “We are thrilled to work with SHOWTIME once again to ensure that LGBTQ+ patrons, employees and business owners continue to occupy spaces freely, openly and as their authentic selves.” More from HRC.
The awardees of “Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative” include: Al’s on 7th (Birmingham, AL), Arledge Comics (Port Orchard, WA), BUDDY’S (Houston, TX), Our Place (Birmingham, AL), Club OMG (San Francisco, CA), Cowlick (Brooklyn, NY), Cubbyhole (New York, NY), Cuties (Los Angeles, CA), Ellen D. Management (Los Angeles, CA), Gossip Grill (San Diego, CA), The Lipstick Lounge (Nashville, TN), Nickel Diner (Los Angeles, CA), Rebirth Garments (Chicago, IL), Roscoe’s Tavern (Chicago, IL), Spectrum: The Other Clinic (Hattiesburg, MS), Stuzo Clothing (Los Angeles, CA), Sweetlime Alterations (Cleveland, OH), TAGG Magazine (Washington, DC), The Fireplace (Washington, DC) and Wang Chung’s (Honolulu, HI).
TWO HRC STAFF HONORED ON POZ 100 LIST FOR 2021: The 2021 POZ 100 list celebrates HIV and AIDS advocates, and two HRC staffers made the list. HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her) and HRC Alabama State Director Carmarion D. Anderson-Harvey (@cander01, she/her) were honored for the work they do to expand LGBTQ+ equality in the South and uplift the transgender community. More from POZ Magazine.
AHEAD OF NCAA SPECIAL CONVENTION, HRC & ATHLETE ALLY LETTER PROMPTS DISCUSSION ABOUT ABSENT NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS IN NEW NCAA CONSTITUTION: HRC responded to the NCAA’s Robert Gates after he suggested that rhetoric on diversity can replace previously existing non-discrimination policy in the NCAA constitution. This comes after HRC and Athlete Ally sent a letter to the NCAA calling on it to include non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ and transgender student-athletes. More from HRC.
AMERICA’S ONLY LGBTQ+ HISTORIC DISTRICT IS FALLING APART: “It’s high time for the NPS to take responsibility for preserving this site of national significance for LGBTQ history, women’s history, and bohemian and countercultural history,” said LGBTQ+ historian Gerard Koskovich. “The apparent federal obfuscation, foot-dragging and practice if not policy of demolition by neglect with regard to Druid Heights is a scandal.” More from VICE.
WHAT LGBTQ+, NATIVE AMERICAN AND OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS LEARNED FROM BLACK PROTESTERS: More from USA Today.
📚 TODAY: JOIN HRC FOR A READING OF “CALVIN” AND PANEL DISCUSSION: More from HRC.
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MTV EMAS ANNOUNCE 5 LGBTQ+ ACTIVISTS AS GENERATION CHANGE HONOREES: As part of MTV’s EMAs, five LGBTQ+ activists were named as Generation Change Honorees. They include Amir Ashour (Iraq), Matthew Blaise (Nigeria), Sage Dolan-Sandrino (United States), Erika Hilton (Brazil) and Viktória Radványi (Hungary). More from TeenVogue.
🎙OUT 76ERS BROADCASTER KATE SCOTT SETS EXAMPLE FOR LGBTQ+ ANNOUNCERS: More from Outsports.
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NEW GAY DATING SHOW HOPES TO PROMOTE LGBTQ+ ACCEPTANCE IN HONG KONG: More from The Advocate.
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