HRC mourns Sara Blackwood, trans woman killed in Indianapolis; Biden speaks out for trans lives at Thursday town hall
HRC MOURNS SARA BLACKWOOD, TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN INDIANAPOLIS ON OCTOBER 11: In an injustice compounding this tragedy, Sara was initially misgendered by police and has been misnamed and misgendered in some media reports following her death. “Six transgender woman have been killed over the last 23 days — which is just over three weeks — in this country. This violence is heartbreaking and horrifying. It must end,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “We are mourning Sara’s loss along with her friends and family, including her domestic partner Avery, who are all in our thoughts. As we take time to remember Sara, we’ll keep fighting for the lives for all trans and gender non-conforming people.” More from HRC.
WITH BARRETT NOMINATION, A D.C. CONSERVATIVE POWER COUPLE NEARS ITS DREAM: “Carrie and Roger Severino are interested in remaking the legal and regulatory landscape of this country in their image,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from The New York Times.
NEW YORK GOVERNOR CUOMO APPOINTS HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID TO COMMISSION TO OVERSEE CREATION OF JUSTICE GINSBURG STATUE IN BROOKLYN: David will serve on the commission alongside Justice Ginsburg’s children and family members as well as honorary members Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Letitia James and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. More from HRC and The New York Times.
FRIDAY FEATURE -- BIDEN SPEAKS OUT FOR TRANS LIVES, CONDEMNS EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AT THURSDAY TOWN HALL: More from HRC.
EXPANDING, DIVERSIFYING LGBTQ CAUCUS IN CONGRESS A KEY MISSION IN 2020: “It’s important in the short term, to have LGBTQ people in the room where decisions are being made,” said HRC Campaign Director Geoff Wetrosky (@gwetrosky). “And in the longer term, it’s incredibly important for particularly LGBTQ youth to see themselves represented in the halls of Congress — or in state legislatures or in city halls — and know that they too can do whatever they want in their future and that their sexual orientation or gender identity is not a barrier to their future success.” More from The Washington Blade.
“TRUMP PRIDE” ROUNDTABLE DRAWS CRITICISM: “The Trump-Pence record is nothing to be proud of — it has actively endangered LGBTQ lives while we still have so much to accomplish,” said HRC Arizona State Director Bridget Sharpe (@bridgetsharpeAZ). “Starting outreach in mid-October will not cut it, and LGBTQ and pro-equality voters will send Trump and Pence packing in November in favor of true allies and champions of equality in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.” More from AZCentral.
🌏 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
MASS CONVICTIONS FOR HOMOSEXUALITY IN ALGERIA: An Algerian court sentenced two men to prison terms and 42 others to suspended terms after mass arrests at what the police alleged was a “gay wedding.” More from Human Rights Watch.
CONGRATS TO HRC FRIENDS & FAMILY ON TONY NOMINATIONS! More from HRC.