#AM_Equality: November 2, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: What Virginia’s election means for the LGBTQ+ community; HRC speaks out on SCOTUS hearing on Texas abortion ban

WHAT VIRGINIA’S ELECTIONS MEAN FOR THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY: Today is election day in Virginia and it’s the last chance for Virginians to vote for pro-equality candidates. The race for governor is critical as Virginia voters have the chance to elect Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) who is running against anti-LGBTQ+ opponent Glenn Youngkin. More from Metro Weekly.

  • 🗳 TODAY IS ELECTION DAY IN VIRGINIA: Today is the last chance for Virginia voters to make their voices heard to elect pro-equality candidates. Make a plan and vote by visiting hrc.org/vote.

⚖ HRC SPEAKS OUT ON SUPREME COURT HEARING ON TEXAS ABORTION BAN: “It is not only unconscionable that this law was passed by the Texas state legislature but that the Supreme Court allowed it to go into effect -- every day in Texas people are being stripped of their constitutional rights,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@sarahwarbelow, she/her). “The fact remains that this law is clearly unconstitutional, and it is time for the Court to prioritize long established constitutional rights by blocking the Texas law.” More from HRC.

🩺 A POSSIBLE “FUNCTIONAL CURE” FOR HIV WILL SOON BEGIN HUMAN TRIALS: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave approval to Excision Biotherapeutics to use its innovative HIV treatment, known as EBT-101, in Phase I/II human trials. More from them.

U.S. SENATE CONFIRMS FIRST OPENLY LGBTQ+ WOMAN APPEALS JUDGE: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Vermont state supreme court justice Beth Robinson, who will become the first openly LGBTQ+ woman to serve as a circuit judge. Robinson will serve on the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. More from Reuters and CNN.

⚖ SUPREME COURT WON’T TAKE UP CATHOLIC HOSPITAL APPEAL OVER SURGERY FOR TRANSGENDER MAN: Yesterday, the Supreme Court turned down an appeal from a Catholic hospital in California that was sued after refusing to perform a hysterectomy for a transgender man. More from NBC News and The Advocate.

LGBTQ+ PEOPLE WHO COME OUT LATER IN LIFE FACE UNIQUE OBSTACLES: More from The Associated Press.

📺 GET CULTURED

💍 KAL PENN REVEALS HE’S ENGAGED TO FIANCÉ JOSH AND DETAILS THEIR FIRST DATE IN NEW BOOK: In his new book “You Can’t Be Serious,” actor and former Obama staffer Kal Penn (@kalpenn) announced that he is engaged to his partner of 11 years, Josh. More from People, NBC News and HRC.

🏒 AFTER TWO YEARS, ALL TRANS HOCKEY TEAM IS GETTING BACK ON THE ICE: Two years ago, a hockey team made up entirely of transgender athletes was created, and now they are taking the ice after a pause due to the pandemic. They are known as Team Trans, and the team is slated to play a series in Madison, Wisc. during Trans Awareness Week. More from Outsports.

🏈 VIKINGS CELEBRATE GAY EMPLOYEE’S ENGAGEMENT WITH SHOUT-OUT: During Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Minnesota Vikings featured the news of openly gay Vikings employee Amy Werdine to her fiancé Colleen Caffrey. More from Outsports.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

BRITAIN EVACUATES 29 LGBTQ+ AFGHANS FLEEING TALIBAN RULE: Last Friday, a group of LGBTQ+ Afghans who fled their home country arrived in Britain as the first wave of evacuees the U.K.’s Foreign Office plans to relocate to British soil. More from The Washington Post.

DIRECTOR OF TUNISIAN LGBTQ+ GROUP ATTACKED: Badr Baabou is the director of Tunis-based LGBTQ+ group Damj Association for Justice and Equality and was brutally attacked in mid-October. More from Human Rights Watch.

BULGARIAN LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY CENTER ATTACKED, VANDALIZED: More from Washington Blade.

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