#AM_Equality: November 18, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Marking the deadliest year on record, HRC announces annual report on fatal violence; HRC launches 10th edition Municipal Equality Index

MARKING THE DEADLIEST YEAR ON RECORD, HRC ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF ANNUAL REPORT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE: “Each year, transgender and non-binary people gather together to mourn those lost and hope for a more peaceful future,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “On the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we must all reaffirm our commitment to fighting on every front necessary to ensure our transgender siblings’ deaths will not be forgotten. We will honor their lives and their memories with action.” More from HRC.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, 100+ U.S. CITIES ACHIEVE TOP SCORE ON HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN LGBTQ+ MUNICIPAL EQUALITY INDEX: “LGBTQ+ people are everywhere -- in every city, county and ZIP code. Throughout its 10 year history, the Municipal Equality Index has been centered on supporting and celebrating the work municipalities do to serve LGBTQ+ people in the places they call home,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “This year, state-wide lawmakers have zeroed in on attacking transgender and non-binary children -- for no reason other than in an effort to harm and erase them. Local leaders, however, have continued to move the needle of progress forward, and by doing so, they have spurred economic growth by signaling to residents, visitors and employers that their city is open to everyone.” More from HRC.

TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE SO MUCH MORE THAN YOUR AWARENESS: Cis people are more aware of transgender folks’ existence than ever before. Them reporter James Factora (@jamesfactora) asks an important question -- does it matter? More from them.

AS YOU ARE BAR, AN INCLUSIVE QUEER SPACE, IS BOUND FOR BARRACKS ROW: The co-founders of As You Are Bar (@asyouarebar) just signed the lease for a space which will have two separate areas — a cafe and nighttime lounge on the first level and an upstairs dance floor open to patrons 18+. More from Washington City Paper.

TRANSGENDER ARMY VETERAN REJECTED BY ‘DOZENS’ OF LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES HIGHLIGHTS RISING ISSUE BEFORE OPERATORS: Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) says specialized inclusivity training can help providers avoid such situations. More from McKnights Long-Term Care News.

📍 IN THE STATES

NY GOV. HOCHUL SIGNS LGBTQ+ BILLS EXPANDING PRONOUN PROTECTIONS: “As we witness attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and protections around the country, New York is once again declaring that we are a state for all -- one where we don’t needlessly criminalize victims and where our trans, gender non-binary and gender non-conforming communities are affirmed,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. More from New York Daily News.

SAME-SEX COUPLES IN CERTAIN STATES MAY GET A TAX BREAK FROM BUILD BACK BETTER ACT: More from NBC News.

ILLINOIS STUDENTS RALLY TO DEFEND LGBTQ+ BOOK: More from CNN and The Hill.

📺 GET CULTURED

NO STRAIGHT LINES: ALISON BECHDEL AND THE UNSTOPPABLE RISE OF QUEER COMICS: More from The Guardian.

WATCH TIKTOK STARS “THE OLD GAYS” STEAL HEARTS ON TODAY SHOW: More from TODAY.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

💍SWISS GOVERNMENT TO OFFICIATE SAME-SEX MARRIAGES STARTING JULY 1, 2022: Yesterday, Switzerland’s executive body announced that same-sex couples can get married starting on July 1 next year, making good on the resounding support Swiss voters expressed in a referendum. More from Associated Press.


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