#AM_Equality: HRC hails HHS decision to rescind discriminatory waivers; HRC remembers Angel Naira
‘TRAGIC AND DEEPLY UPSETTING’: 2021 DEADLIEST YEAR ON RECORD FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN US: “Dehumanizing rhetoric has real-life consequences for the transgender community,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “They have attacked transgender people’s right to health care, right to exist in public and right to live openly, with the ultimate goal of dehumanizing and erasing their lives and experiences.” More from USA Today.
HRC HAILS HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES DECISION TO RESCIND DISCRIMINATORY WAIVERS AND RECALIBRATE USE OF THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT: “These moves from the Department of Health and Human Services are great steps forward in putting a stop to discriminatory practices that far too many LGBTQ+ people and members of religious minorities currently face at the hands of federally funded organizations,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “Putting these guidelines into practice will help ensure that everyday people who need to access important social services won’t be turned away on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or religious affiliation.” More from HRC.
AHEAD OF TDOR, WE REMEMBER ANGEL NAIRA, BLACK TRANS WOMAN WHO “LOVED EVERYONE”: “It is devastating, but unsurprising that we are remembering yet another bright soul during Trans Week of Awareness and just days before Trans Day of Remembrance. The pace of deaths this year has been unrelenting,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “We’ve already recorded more cases this year than during the entirety of 2020. We must all commit not only to remembering those who have been taken from us, but to dismantling transphobia and improving the material conditions of trans and non-binary people to end this epidemic of violence.” More from HRC.
AS STATES PURSUE A WAVE OF ANTI-LGBTQ+ LAWS, CITIES MOVE IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION: “For 10 incredible years, the MEI has helped guide, shape and inspire more inclusive laws and policies in cities of all sizes in all parts of the country,” said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley (@CthrynOkly, she/her). “This program is one of the key ways HRC is able to impact the daily lives of our members, supporters and allies.” More from NBC News, The Advocate and The Hill.
🍷WITH OVER $100K IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO HRC, HOUSE WINE EARNS SOCIAL VISIONARY OF THE YEAR: “House Wine has always stood for authenticity and, as a brand, has been unapologetically bold,” said Brad Mayer, vice president of public relations and communications for Precept Wine, the parent company of House Wine. “Inclusion and acceptance of all kinds of love are worthy of celebration and we are thrilled to support the HRC and the LGBTQ+ community with our House Rainbow cans in this special partnership.” More from Wine Enthusiast.
✨ FRIDAY FEATURE: Canela “Cáne” López (he/they, @VCanelaLopez) is a Quechua trans masculine reporter for Insider writing about LGBTQ+ health, transitionary care, and sex work. When they aren’t writing about trans health, they enjoy cuddling with their pet rabbit Benito, tending to their house chickens, and generally being in queer and indigenous spaces.
Read their recommendation: “This story by James Factora and Wren Sanders at them. truly highlights the intersection of environmental issues and queerness. Their approach to the story puts a face to the fight for climate justice and highlights nine activists doing crucial work.”
Learn more about what inspires them: “For everyone wanting to get more invested and educated on queer indigenous issues, Bobby Sanchez is a Quechua Qariwarmi poet, rapper, and activist everyone should absolutely follow. They are doing so much for indigenous queer representation both on and offline. Everybody should listen to their Land Back anthem, ‘Quechua 101.’”
📍 IN THE STATES
THESE 8 US CITIES FAILED AN LGBTQ+ EQUALITY EVALUATION: “If you’re scoring a zero, it’s because you’re making that choice. There are definitely some low-hanging fruit ways to get off of that zero place,” said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley. “That is a statement on their end about how they’re willing to engage in these issues.” More from NBC News.
INSPIRE TREATMENT CENTER DIRECTOR HELPS LBGTQ+ ADDICTS FACE THEIR DEMONS: More from The Palm Beach Post.
📺 GET CULTURED
🏒 PENGUINS, SABRES TEAM UP FOR NHL’S SECOND JOINT PRIDE GAME: More from Outsports.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
UNDER PRESSURE, A RUSSIAN LGBTQ+ RIGHTS GROUP VOWS TO SOLDIER ON: More from France24.
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