#AM_Equality: President Biden rounds out team to take on HIV and AIDS domestically, globally with HRC’s Tori Cooper
BIDEN ROUNDS OUT TEAM TO TAKE ON HIV AND AIDS DOMESTICALLY, GLOBALLY: With the goal of beating HIV by 2025 domestically and a pledge for a renewed effort to fight the disease globally, President Biden has put in place officials charged with making that happen. This includes HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her), who is among eight new members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. More from Washington Blade.
👨👨👧 KYLE CASEY CHU PENS POWERFUL PIECE ON QUEER MILLENNIALS BECOMING FAMILY CARE GIVERS: Kyle Casey Chu (@kylecchu) writes about experiencing isolation as an LGBTQ+ millennial aging into the role of family caregiver. More from them.
📍 IN THE STATES
FLORIDA LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE BILLS TO BAN ‘GAY/TRANS PANIC DEFENSE’: Brody Levesque (@BrodyLevesque) reports on a bill that, if signed into law, would make Florida the 16th state to ban the use of “gay/trans panic defense.” The legislation would prohibit defendants from using “nonviolent sexual advance or specified perceptions or beliefs about another” to excuse or justify criminal conduct. More from LA Blade.
📺 GET CULTURED
🎥 LGBTQ+ LED MULTITUDE FILMS OPENS NEW DOORS FOR FILMMAKERS: The LGBTQ+ led Multitude Films, founded in 2016, is focused on giving underrepresented voices a platform. More from Variety.
⚽💍 SOCCER STAR AND LGBTQ+ ACTIVIST JOANNA LOHMAN TIES THE KNOT: Last weekend, retired NWSL legend Joanna Lohman (@joannalohman) married her now-wife Melodie George in an intimate ceremony. More from Outsports.
⚧️ ⛹️♂️FOLLOWING DEATH OF HIS SISTER, REGGIE BULLOCK BECAME A POWERFUL ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQ+ RIGHTS: On July 16, 2014, Mia Henderson was murdered just for being transgender. The tragedy spurred her brother Reggie Bullock(@ReggieBullock35), a Dallas Maverick (@dallasmavs), to become a vocal advocate for LBGTQ+ rights. More from Dallas Mavericks.
🤼 PRO WRESTLING AFTER DARK’S ‘TASTE THE RAINBOW’ IS ALL ABOUT PRIDE: Brian Bell (@WonderboyOTM) talks about how Pro Wrestling After Dark (PWAD) is ringing in LGBTQ+ History Month with a new a Pride-themed show that will bring together some of the top names in LGBTQ+ pro wrestling. More from Outsports.
📚 12 NEW LGBTQ+ BOOKS TO CHECK OUT: This list features LGBTQ+ books from a variety of genres that are available now and some that are now available for pre-order. More from Bookriot.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
🌈 ⚖️ COLOMBIA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY CONGRESSMAN TO SEEK RE-ELECTION: The first openly gay man elected to Colombia’s congress is running for a second term in 2022. Toro, 38, is a member of the center-left party Alianza Verde, or Green Alliance. More from Washington Blade.