#AM_Equality October 14,2020

by HRC Staff

HRC responds to SCOTUS decision on Census; “No honey, you need to come out and vote.”

HRC RESPONDS TO SCOTUS DECISION ON CENSUS: Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a decision that allows the Trump administration to halt census counting early, reversing a lower court order that mandated extended counting. HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) said: “Today's Supreme Court decision has far-reaching implications, and once again allows the Trump administration to ignore the realities of the changing America we live in today. This administration has already tried to limit representation of marginalized communities and today's decision will mean an even less accurate representation in the final census result. With so much at stake, Americans should understand how urgent their vote in this election is as the last remaining tool we have to stop the Trump administration from running roughshod over LGBTQ people, women, BIPOC -- all marginalized communities -- and our shared values.” More from HRC.

OP-ED: MY DIFFICULT PREGNANCY IS BUT ONE REASON I OPPOSE AMY CONEY BARRETT’S NOMINATION: “At a time when reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality and access to health care seem so precarious, Barrett’s nomination is a looming danger to far too many. Her nomination, as a virulently anti-choice judge, is also a personal danger to people like me,” said Jennifer Pike Bailey, a senior public policy advocate for the Human Rights Campaign. More from IndyStar.

BAY AREA DRAG PERFORMERS ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO VOTE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION: One in five people in the LGBTQ community are not registered to vote. “When they don’t feel like they can make a change in the world, that’s when they're going to sit out the election,” said Juicy Liu (@realJuicyLiu), an ambassador for Drag Out the Vote. “I’m out here to tell them, ‘No honey. You need to come out and vote.’” More from ABC 7.

THIS FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND CAMPAIGN IS REACHING OUT TO LGBTQ LATINX VOTERS: The #VotaJota campaign is run by the LGBTQ advocacy group Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (@familiatqlm) and is reaching out to LGBTQ Latinx folks on Instagram, Spotify and Grindr. The campaign “plans to spend $30,000 to run the advertisements in the critical swing states of Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.” More from them.

WE HAVE THE RECEIPTS WEDNESDAY: Yesterday, Sen. Patrick Leahy questioned Amy Coney Barrett about her close ties with anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom. Barrett claimed that she was “not aware” of their horrific and harmful history. However, back on September 6, 2017, former Sen. Al Franken pressed Barrett about her affiliation with ADF, and was told about their dangerous anti-LGBTQ actions. Watch the video from HRC.

KENDALL STEPHENS SURVIVED A TRANSPHOBIC ATTACK IN HER OWN HOME: Kendall Stephens was studying at her home when a crowd outside her home forced their way inside and attacked Stephens because she is transgender. In the aftermath, she hopes “people understand that trans people everywhere are under siege due to rampant transphobia in the public.” Content warning: contains description of violence that may be difficult to read. More from HRC.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

HRC ENDORSES NEW SLATE OF CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES: “The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse today’s slate of candidates who will expand our pro-equality majority in Congress,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “These candidates represent the change we want to see, and we will be working hard to make sure they are elected and have the opportunity to fight for the full equality every LGBTQ American deserves.” More from HRC.

🌏 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ PEOPLE IN JAPAN STILL STRUGGLING FIVE YEARS AFTER ORDINANCE: Although dozens of municipalities are certifying same-gender partnerships, the central government has maintained its stance against recognizing same-sex marriages. The U.N. Human Rights Council in 2011 adopted a resolution that urged advanced nations to enact legislation to counter discrimination against LGB people. Japan is currently the only Group of Seven nation that has no legal protection systems for those individuals. More from Asahi Shimbun.

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