#AM_Equality: HRC encourages LGBTQ+ people to sign up for health insurance; NFL logo designer comes out as transgender
🩺 HRC ENCOURAGES LGBTQ+ PEOPLE TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN DURING LGBTQ+ OPEN ENROLLMENT THEME WEEK: “A disproportionate share of LGBTQ+ people in the United States lack health coverage — this LGBTQ+ theme week from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service is a reminder to the community that it’s time to enroll in a plan, which for most people will come at a cost of less than $10 a month,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). More from HRC.
THIS GIVING TUESDAY, DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT WHEN GIVING TO HRC: Giving Tuesday is an annual philanthropic tradition for non-profit organizations. This Giving Tuesday, any donation to HRC’s Matching Gift Fund will DOUBLE its impact on the fight for equality. That means these gifts will be used to help expand HRC’s grassroots base and make our movement even stronger. More from HRC.
🏳️⚧️ NFL LOGO DESIGNER SCORES SUPPORT AFTER COMING OUT AS TRANSGENDER: “What I’m pleased to share is that as daunting as a task it was, I have the support and acceptance of my creative team and the league itself. That gives me strength to come out as transgender in the NFL,” said NFL senior designer Maureen Raisch. “We have an opportunity at the NFL to create change. At creative, we dream up the impossible, but for me, life imitated art. I stand here rebranded as my authentic self.” More from Outsports and Forbes.
📍 IN THE STATES
MANY OLDER QUEER ADULTS FACE ABUSE YET RARELY REPORT IT, STUDY FINDS: A survey conducted by Oregon’s Human Services Department has found that most older lesbian, gay, or bisexual people in the state have reported experiencing discrimination and many also reported experiencing elder abuse. More from The Advocate.
CARRIE MEEK, PIONEERING BLACK FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN, DIES: On Sunday, at the age of 95, former Congresswoman Carrie Meek of Florida passed away. Congresswoman Meek had a lifetime perfect score of 100 on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard which ranks legislators on their LGBTQ+ voting record. More from News 4 Jacksonville and The Associated Press.
Our HRC family mourns the loss of former Rep. Carrie Meek (D-FL). As a fierce advocate for our community, she spent her time in Congress fighting for the needs of LGBTQ+ people and marginalized communities. May her legacy shine as brightly as her advocacy.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) November 29, 2021
PA. COMMISSIONERS CALLED LGBTQ+ GATHERING A ‘HATE GROUP’ AND DENIED FUNDS TO LIBRARY WHERE IT WAS TO MEET. SO CITIZENS STEPPED IN: More from The Washington Post.
📺 GET CULTURED
🏒 ALL-TRANSGENDER HOCKEY TEAM TAKES THE ICE IN WISCONSIN: The Boston-based members of Team Trans (@teamtransicehockey), believed to be the first entirely trans sports team in the United States, recently reunited to participate in their second hockey tournament. More from NBC News.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
EMILIA SCHNEIDER, ELECTA PRIMERA MUJER TRANS DIPUTADA EN CHILE: Emilia Schneider (@emischneiderv) es la primera mujer abiertamente trans electa del Congreso en Chile. Schneider obtuvo 26,130 votos y representará el Distrito 10 de Santiago de Chile. Más de Tele Sur y CNN Chile.
TRANSGENDER WOMAN ELECTED TO CHILEAN CONGRESS: Emilia Schneider made history this month as the first openly transgender woman elected to the Chilean Congress. More from LGBTQ Nation.
⚖️ BOTSWANA COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS DECRIMINALIZATION RULING: Yesterday, the Botswana Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations in the country. More from Washington Blade and HRC.
DUTCH GOVERNMENT APOLOGIZES FOR DISCREDITED ANTI-TRANSGENDER LAW: Last weekend, the Dutch government made a public apology for a now-discredited and scrapped law that required transgender people to undergo surgery and sterilization if they wanted to change their gender on their birth certificate. More from The Associated Press and The Hill.
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