#AM_Equality: November 18, 2020

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HRC releases guide helping educators advocate for LGBTQ students with disabilities; HRC mourns Scott DeVore, Lea Rayshon Daye

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN AND PARTNERS RELEASE GUIDE TO HELP EDUCATORS AND PARENTS ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities is a powerful new resource that provides educators and parents an overview of the rights of LGBTQ students with disabilities, as well as actionable recommendations on how to best support them. Said Vincent Pompei, director of HRC’s Youth Well-Being Program and annual Time to THRIVE conference.“Educators, school pyschologists, parents and other adult allies play an important role in ensuring the safety, inclusion and well-being of these students -- including developing Individualized Education Programs and 504 plans so they are free from discrimination, both because of their disability status and their LGBTQ identities.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS SCOTT DEVORE, ALSO KNOWN AS SCOTTLYNN KELLY DEVORE: “Every death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in the U.S. and around the world is a tragedy,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “This violence that we have seen so often this year results from stigma and bias against transgender and gender non-conforming people. It’s clear that we are not doing enough to stop this violence -- we need everyone to speak out and take action.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS LEA RAYSHON DAYE, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN CLEVELAND: “Our system failed Lea, as it has failed so many people, especially Black transgender women,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper. “We must demand change at every level throughout our institutions to ensure this never happens again. As we mourn Lea, we will keep fighting for transgender and gender non-conforming people.” More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- HOW A BIDEN PRESIDENCY COULD ADVANCE TRANSGENDER RIGHTS: The incoming Biden-Harris administration has pledged to reverse the Trump administration’s anti-trans policies and has pledged to work to end the epidemic of violence against transgender people, particularly women of color. More from The Washington Post.

KIRK COX DOUBLES DOWN ON ANTI-LGBTQ EXTREMISM: Anti-equality extremist Kirk Cox announced his candidacy for governor of Virginia, joining another anti-equality candidate Amanda Chase, who announced her intention to run in February. Cox doubled down on his intent to overturn the overwhelmingly popular Virginia Values Act, which strengthens and adds non-discrimination protections for all Virginians. Said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David: “In Kirk Cox and Amanda Chase’s Virginia, LGBTQ people would be given second class status. If elected as governor, they would reverse the progress we’ve made to advance fundamental equal rights for all including on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion.” 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. Press who are interested can RSVP to madeleine.roberts@hrc.org.

  • Today at 5 p.m. EST, HRC is hosting an Instagram Live with Delaware State Senator-elect Sarah McBride to discuss transgender rights and representation.
  • Today at 7 p.m. EST, HRC is also hosting a panel discussion of the documentary “Mama Gloria,” which tells the story of Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen.

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SCHITT’S CREEK STAR DAN LEVY MAKES HIS SEXIEST MAN ALIVE ISSUE DEBUT: Dan Levy (@danjlevy) will be featured in People’s Sexiest Man Alive Issue 2020. More from People.


LGBTQ ACTIVISTS WELCOME RAINBOW LIGHT SHOW IN POLAND: On Monday, several Polish cities illuminated buildings with rainbow colors in a gesture of solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Polish activists have been calling for the removal of a ban on same-sex marriage in the country. More from Openly.

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