#AM_Equality: November 3, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC vows to fight against Youngkin’s regressive agenda; election day produces LGBTQ+ first around the nation

HRC VOWS TO FIGHT AGAINST YOUNGKIN’S REGRESSIVE AGENDA: “Glenn Youngkin’s anti-equality, anti-choice, racist tactics sought to sow fear and confusion, turning Virginian against Virginian for political gain. His hateful policies and rhetoric will have a real, devastating impact on LGBTQ+ people, women, and people of color across the Commonwealth. This is particularly true for transgender young people and their parents, who have faced an onslaught of targeted attacks that have put them in danger in their schools and communities,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “Anti-equality extremists will continue to use bigotry to score political points. But we know that history has proven hate-filled electoral strategies ultimately stir the conscience of the nation. And we know it is not the time to give up the fight. The Human Rights Campaign will fight alongside our members and partners to block anti-equality policies and overcome the forces that are trying to drag us backwards. The movement for equality is on the right side of history. We’ve never backed down from a fight. We don’t intend to start now. Progress will prevail and our country will be stronger for it.” More from HRC.

ELECTION DAY PRODUCES LGBTQ+ FIRSTS AROUND THE NATION: Yesterday saw the election of Detroit’s first out City Council member, the reelection of trans woman Andrea Jenkins in Minneapolis, and other notable victories. “[Andrea Jenkins] has never stopped fighting on behalf of those on the margins of society and against the systemic racism and injustices that pervade our world,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “We congratulate her on her victory tonight. We look forward to continuing to work with her in the years to come.” More from The Advocate.

NYC ELECTS RECORD SIX OUT CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Last night, New Yorkers elected a record six city council members that are openly LGBTQ+. The winners are Crystal Hudson (District 35) and Kristin Richardson Jordan (District 9), the first two Black women from the LGBTQ+ community elected to the council; Lynn Schulman (District 29) and Tiffany Cabán (District 22), the first LGBTQ+ women elected to any public office from Queens; Chi Ossé (District 36), who, at 23, is the youngest person ever elected to the council; and Erik Bottcher (District 3), who will preserve LGBTQ+ representation in his district, which is home to the Stonewall Inn. More from The Advocate.

THE MEDIA OFTEN GETS TRANS STORIES WRONG. THIS GUIDE HOPES TO CHANGE THAT: A new media guide from The Transgender Law Center (TLC) media guides aims to improve coverage of trans communities and issues facing those communities. More from them.

⚖ SAME-SEX PARTNERS WIN SURVIVORS BENEFITS AFTER JUSTICE DEPT. DISMISSES LAWSUITS: Social Security survivors benefits will now be available to same-sex spouses and partners who had been denied access due to previous bans on same-sex marriage. More from NBC News.

📺 GET CULTURED

MEET THE QUEER TITANS OF MEDIA WHO MADE THIS YEAR’S OUT100: More from Out.

⚽ FIFA HANDS MEXICO TWO-MATCH FAN BAN FOR ANTI-GAY CHANTS IN CANADA, HONDURAS MATCHES: Mexico will have to play in an empty stadium for its next two World Cup-qualifying home games because of persistent anti-LGBTQ+ chants by fans, FIFA said on Monday. The Mexico football federation was also fined $110,000 for charges of “discriminatory behavior by supporters.” More from ESPN.

🎬 HERE’S EVERYTHING LGBTQ+ COMING TO STREAMING PLATFORMS IN NOVEMBER: More from Xtra.

💍 KRISTEN STEWART SAYS SHE AND DYLAN MEYER ‘ARE MARRYING,’ DETAILS MEYER’S PROPOSAL: Actress Kristen Stewert and screenwriter Dylan Meyer are newly engaged after having first met on a movie set seven years ago. More from People and Out.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

‘I FEEL INVISIBLE’: THE CHALLENGES OF BEING TRANS IN NIGERIA: More from Al Jazeera.


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