#AM_Equality: November 5, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: More than 1,000 LGBTQ+ elected officials to serve after election; HRC urgest U.S. House to pass Build Back Better Framework

HRC URGES THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO PASS THE BIDEN-HARRIS BUILD BACK BETTER FRAMEWORK: “The Human Rights Campaign commends President Biden for the bold vision of the Build Back Better framework and urges the U.S House of Representatives to pass it,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “Families in the United States are facing challenges every day. With 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ Americans living in poverty, these programs will be a game-changer in addressing the LGBTQ+ community’s lower educational attainment, higher unemployment and lack of health insurance coverage.” More from HRC.

🗳 AFTER ELECTION, MORE THAN 1,000 LGBTQ+ OFFICIALS WILL SERVE IN THE U.S.: Once this week’s election victors are sworn in, the U.S. will have elected more than 1,000 concurrently serving LGBTQ+ officials for the first time in history, according to the political action committee LGBTQ Victory Fund. At least 237 LGBTQ+ candidates were on the ballot -- an 18.5 percent increase since the last off-year election in 2019, according to the Victory Fund. More from NBC News and them.

🌎 THE NEXT GENERATION OF CLIMATE ACTIVISTS ARE QUEER: “Ecoactivism is an issue that generates communities and networks of young people interested in bettering their towns and countries, and these connections create support systems for queer people to find each other and work together to advocate for human rights,” said Eve Ettinger (@eve_ettinger). More from them.

FRIDAY FEATURE: Curtis M. Wong (@CurtisMWong, he/him) is a Senior Culture Reporter at HuffPost, where he covers breaking news, politics and entertainment impacting the LGBTQ+ community. He is HuffPost’s resident pop diva savant and Broadway enthusiast and has also written for Billboard and The Hartford Courant, among other publications.

Curtis M. Wong (he/him)

📍 IN THE STATES

FORT WORTH JUDGE RULES RELIGIOUS BUSINESSES CAN BE SHIELDED FROM LGBTQ+ DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS: More from Dallas News and The Hill.

VIRGINIA’S NEW GOVERNOR IS AN ANTI-LGBTQ+ NIGHTMARE:
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s opposition to marriage equality and opposition to the inclusion of transgender children in school sports are just two examples of why his leadership is unsettling for the LGBTQ+ community. More from them.

MURDER TRIAL FOR MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING TRANSGENDER WOMAN STARTS THIS WEEK: More from NBCDFW.

📺 GET CULTURED

💍⚽ JAPANESE TRANS PRO SOCCER PLAYER KUMI YOKOYAMA JUST GOT ENGAGED: NWSL and transgender pro soccer player Kumi Yokoyama (@yoko10_official) is now engaged to their partner after proposing in the Washington Spirit’s DC Stadium. More from Outsports.

15 LGBTQ+ ATHLETES WHO CAME OUT IN 2021 (SO FAR): More from Out.

🏎 SEBASTIAN VETTEL IS FIGHTING FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE FORMULA ONE: German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (@vettelofficial) has been fighting for LGBTQ+ equality while traveling the world on the elite Formula One circuit. While racing in Hungary, Vettel wore a “Same Love” T-shirt and a rainbow mask to protest recent anti-LGBTQ+ laws in Hungary. More from Xtra Magazine.

🚲 A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE GAVE ELITE CYCLIST CLAY DAVIES THE CLARITY TO COME OUT: More from Queerty.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

U.S. CONDEMNS BULGARIA LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY CENTER ATTACK: On Monday, the U.S. Embassy issued a statement condemning the attack on an LGBTQ+ community center. The statement was issued along with the Australian, Belgian, Canadian, Danish, French, Irish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and British embassies and read, “[we] strongly condemn the Oct. 30 attack against the Rainbow Hub, a home for Bulgarian organizations that promote equality and the protection of the rights of LGBTQI+ persons.” More from Washington Blade.


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