New FBI hate crimes report shows increase in anti-LGBTQ attacks; HRC releases call to action supporting trans and gender-expansive youth
NEW FBI HATE CRIMES REPORT SHOWS INCREASES IN ANTI-LGBTQ ATTACKS: The report shows that hate crimes based on sexual orientation represent 16.8% of hate crimes, the third largest category after race and religion. The report also shows an uptick in gender identity based hate crimes rising from 4.2% in 2018 to 4.8% in 2019. Said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “Yet another year with alarming levels of bias-motivated crimes underscores just how urgent it is to address this hate crimes epidemic. This year, we saw a tragic new record of fatal violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people in this country, particularly against Black and Brown transgender women.” More from HRC and The Advocate.
HRC ENDORSES DAVID CICILLINE FOR ASSISTANT SPEAKER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: “Rep. David Cicilline has been a steadfast and vital voice in Congress for the LGBTQ community, and the Human Rights Campaign is proud to support his bid for assistant speaker of the House,” said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. “Rep. Cicilline has been the only LGBTQ voice at the leadership table and led the House’s effort to pass the Equality Act last year. He has advocated for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people – both within Congress and without. For all the fights we have ahead, we are proud to support him.” More from HRC.
HRC RELEASES CALL TO ACTION TO SUPPORT TRANS AND GENDER-EXPANSIVE CHILDREN AND YOUTH: The call to action, “Parents of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Students Respond to the CDC’s Latest Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Data”, is written by HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality National Council, and lays out the stark realities facing trans and gender-expansive youth in high schools across the U.S. and a call to action to support them inside and outside the classroom. More from HRC.
HRC HOSTS SEVERAL EVENTS TO HONOR TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK THIS WEEK: Read more and see the full list of events from HRC.
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ZANELE MUHOLI’S PHOTOGRAPHS CELEBRATE BLACK LGBTQ BEAUTY: South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s (@muholizanele) upcoming exhibition in London features breathtaking depictions and statements regarding the nuances of their Black queer identity. More from W Magazine.
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THIS INTERSEX CHILD IS ON A MISSION TO INFORM: Nine-year-old Wen Long van Knippenberg is on a mission to educate her fellow pupils about her life as an intersex child in the Netherlands. More from The Jakarta Post.
HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES CRUSADE AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE: The Hungarian Judicial Committee of Parliament has moved to abolish the Equal Treatment Authority, a body was established in 2005 with a broad mandate to investigate claims of discrimination on the grounds of sex, race/ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. More from Háttér Society.
ANGOLA TO ADD PROTECTIONS FOR SEXUAL ORIENTATION TO COUNTRY’S PENAL CODE: The penal code was amended and passed in January 2019 and will go into effect February 2021 with expanded protections from discrimination. More from Equal Eyes.