#AM_Equality: November 30, 2020

by HRC staff

HRC on Joe Biden’s historic cabinet; HRC President applauds historic appointment of queer women to White House comms team

HRC ON JOE BIDEN’S HISTORIC CABINET: “With the historic nomination and appointments of key members to his cabinet, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are returning experienced and diverse leadership to the White House and our government,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Together, these unquestionably qualified leaders will work to build back our economy and advance America’s moral leadership at home and abroad.” More from HRC.

HRC, MEDIA MATTERS AND TRANS JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION RELEASE FAQ FOR REPORTERS WRITING ABOUT ANTI-TRANS VIOLENCE:FAQ for Reporters Writing about Anti-Trans Violence” includes answers to questions that are often raised when reporters are covering violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people and provides additional resources for reporters. More from HRC.

HRC RESPONDS TO NEWS THAT FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP WANTED TO LIGHT WHITE HOUSE IN RAINBOW COLORS DURING PRIDE MONTH: “This news is just too little too late and directly contrary to 4 years of discriminatory and oppressive anti-LGBTQ policies from the Trump administration,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “This election, LGBTQ people made their voices heard loud and clear, turning out in record numbers to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.” More from HRC, the Washington Blade and Metro Weekly.

HRC PRESIDENT APPLAUDS HISTORIC APPOINTMENT OF QUEER WOMEN TO WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM: The historic senior communications team, who are all women, includes Karine Jean-Pierre and Pili Tobar, both queer women of color.

MONDAY MUST-READ -- PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN PLANS TO MOVE QUICKLY TO PROTECT AND ADVANCE LGBTQ RIGHTS ONCE IN OFFICE: The plans include passing the Equality Act, a bill that would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs and jury service. “Anti-equality forces are trying to use the framework of religious liberty to strip away individual rights,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from the Associated Press.

  • Earlier in November, HRC released the Blueprint for Positive Change 2020, an important brief that includes 85 individual policy recommendations, reaching across the federal government, aimed at bettering the daily lives of LGBTQ people at home and abroad. More from HRC and LGBTQ Nation.

HRC MOURNS YUNIESKI CAREY HERRERA, ASIA JYNAÉ FOSTER AND CHAE’MESHIA SIMMS: Herrera’s, Foster’s and Simms’ deaths are believed to be at least the 37th, 38th and 39th violent deaths of transgender or gender non-conforming people this year in the U.S. HRC was also recently made aware of the death of Skylar Heath, a 20-year-old Black transgender woman in Miami, Florida. HRC has officially recorded more violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people than any year since we began tracking this violence in 2013. More from HRC.

HORRIBLE -- LAVERNE COX TARGETED IN TRANSPHOBIC ATTACK WHILE WALKING IN A PARK WITH A FRIEND: Cox has shared that she is “in shock” but physically okay. More from USA Today.

ON FRIDAY, HRC MARKED NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY: As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, it is helpful to reflect on Two Spirit and LGBTQ identities in Native American communities, beginning during pre-colonial times, and the impact of colonialism on these identities today. More from HRC.

  • Research from The Trevor Project has found that LGBTQ Native American youth face a higher suicide risk. More from them..

AS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH COMES TO A CLOSE, CHECK OUT THESE FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW OR DO ABOUT ADOPTION: More from HRC.

MOST AMERICANS WANT PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE, A BIDEN ADMINISTRATION COULD MAKE THAT A REALITY: More from USA Today.

STUDY BY PALM CENTER SHOWS THAT THE TRUMP-PENCE BAN ON TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS HAS HARMED MILITARY READINESS: “The transgender ban has harmed military readiness across the board. That’s what happens when the military needlessly discriminates against people who are qualified to serve,” said Alan M. Steinman, a former U.S. Coast Guard director of health and safety. More from The Washington Post.

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A.M. Equality