#AM_Equality: October 12, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: ‘You are perfect just as you are’ -- a message from HRC Interim President Joni Madison; President Biden highlights need for Equality Act

🏳️‍🌈 ICYMI: ‘YOU ARE PERFECT JUST AS YOU ARE’ -- A NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY MESSAGE FROM HRC INTERIM PRESIDENT JONI MADISON: “I, along with my colleagues, am doing what I can to make sure that you can live your truth in a world that is more just and more inclusive than the one I grew up in, more equal than the one we live in now,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “Today, and every day, know that you are perfect just as you are.” More from HRC.

📢 PRESIDENT BIDEN HIGHLIGHTS ANTI-LGBTQ+ BILLS, EQUALITY ACT ON COMING OUT DAY: “To LGBTQ+ people across the country, and especially those who are contemplating coming out: know that you are loved for who you are, you are admired for your courage, and you will have a community -- and a nation -- to welcome you,” said President Biden, in a statement from the White House. “My Administration will always have your back, and we will continue fighting for the full measure of equality, dignity, and respect you deserve.” More from The White House, The Hill and Axios.

21 PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME OUT SO FAR IN 2021: From LGBTQ+ reality star JoJo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa) to non-binary singer Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) and gay NFL player Carl Nassib (@carlnassib), NBC compiled a list of 21 notable coming-out stories so far this year. More from NBC News.

FOR MANY LGBTQ+ YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE, ‘COMING OUT’ ISN’T AN OPTION: For many, yesterday’s National Coming Out Day is an occasion to celebrate, but for many young people living in foster care, celebrating their identity openly could have dire consequences. More from USA Today.

THE HISTORY OF NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY CONTAINS BOTH PRIDE AND PAIN: “Just as conversations around LGBTQ+ awareness evolve, so do events that surround it,” Serena Sonoma said. “The more we are able to share our stories and highlight our own experiences, the more it urges others to stand in their own truths as well, I believe in this way Coming Out Day has evolved.” More from 19th* News.

🚀 SALLY RIDE WILL APPEAR ON LIMITED-RUN US QUARTER: In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. After Ride’s death in 2012, it was revealed that she was gay, and her life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of Ride from President Barack Obama in 2013. More from NPR.


⛸️ 🥉 ‘IT’S SO SCARY, BUT YOU FEEL SO POWERFUL’: OLYMPIAN ADAM RIPPON TELLS HIS COMING OUT STORY: Former Team USA figure skater and Olympic medalist Adam Rippon (@AdamRippon), who came out as gay in 2015, recently sat down with Lindsay du Plessis to talk about his coming out experience. More from ESPN.

NWSL AND WOMEN’S SOCCER ABUSE SCANDAL IS ABOUT MORE THAN SEXISM: Two weeks ago, the world of women’s soccer was rocked by a sexual abuse scandal. However, one aspect of the abuse described by the players has been under-discussed: homophobia. More from NBC.



SAMANTHA POWER MEETS WITH DOMINICAN LGBTQ+ ACTIVISTS: U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power met with LGBTQ+ activists in the Dominican Republic, stating she was “so glad to meet... activists fighting at local & national level for equality and dignity for all.” More from Washington Blade.

TOM DALEY WANTS THE OLYMPICS TO BAN COUNTRIES THAT PUNISH SAME-SEX SEXUAL CONDUCTWITH DEATH FROM OLYMPICS: After winning his first gold medal at this year’s Summer Olympics, diver Tom Daley is calling for an Olympic ban on all countries that criminalize same-sex relations. 10 countries that punish same-sex sexual conduct with death were allowed to compete at the Olympic Games. More from them and Out.

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