#AM_Equality: October 18, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC urges Texas Gov. to veto discriminatory anti-trans ban; GMA’s Tony Morrison is Plus Magazine’s Person of the Year

HRC URGES TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT TO VETO DISCRIMINATORY ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BAN: “It is appalling that Governor Abbott repeatedly designated this a priority and legislators spent hundreds of legislative hours pushing a discriminatory bill targeting transgender youth,” said HRC Texas State Director Rebecca Marques (@_RebeccaMarques, she/her). “Bills that discriminate against LGTBQ+ people are opposed by the majority of Texans. And the majority of Texans support priorities that the legislature hasn’t addressed, like fixing the electrical grid instead of relentlessly pursuing a politically motivated radical legislative agenda.” More from HRC.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA’S TONY MORRISON IS WORKING TO HELP DEFEAT STIGMA: Good Morning America’s Tony Morrison (@THETonyMorrison) was recently named Plus Magazine’s Person of the Year. In an interview, Morrison opens up about the pain of HIV stigma and how he hopes to inspire others. More from HIV Plus Magazine.

HOW A NEW GENERATION OF AIDS MEMORIALS IS SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE EPIDEMIC: Public art installations and community-built memorials from New York to Seattle are shedding light on the HIV and AIDS epidemic with a new generation. More from them.

HRC MOURNS ROYAL POETICAL STARZ, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA: “Royal Starz was shot in broad daylight in her own car. She changed her name legally, but the police still misgendered her. Too often, transgender people are denied basic humanity even in death. Stories like these are an indictment of our society’s continued devaluation of Black trans lives,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “Royal deserved to live and pursue her dreams, but she became yet another victim of the horrific epidemic of violence against trans and non-binary people.” More from HRC.

‘IT’S JUST BEEN A LIVING NIGHTMARE’: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES ANTI-TRANS BILL, AND FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO COPE: Libby and her parents Rachel and Frank Gonzales, who are members on HRC Parents for Equality Council, continue the fight anti-trans bills in Texas. More from 19th News.


🎬 PATAGONIA’S NEW FILM ‘THEY/THEM’ CELEBRATES A TRANS CLIMBER’S INSPIRING JOURNEY: In ‘They/Them,’ a film from clothing brand Patagonia, the film follows the story of non-binary climber Lor Sabourin (@lor_sabourin) as they tell their story about personal challenges, building a climbing career and the pursuit of empathy and dignity. More from Fast Company.


⚽ JAMES ADCOCK: REFEREE SHARES HIS STORY ON NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY: James Adcock is a Premier League referee with more than 500 matches under his belt. Last week, Adcock shared his coming out story and what it means to bea publicly out figure who is part of one of the world’s most-watched soccer leagues. More from BBC.

🎬 THE NEW “SCREAM” MOVIE WILL FEATURE A QUEER BLACK WOMAN: The newest installment of the “Scream” series will introduce Mindy, a queer Black student played by Jasmin Savoy-Brown (@jasminsavoy). More from them.


✈️ THIS U.K. AIRLINE WILL NO LONGER ADDRESS PASSENGERS AS “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN”: British Airways will soon drop the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” in favor of the more inclusive “everyone” when addressing passengers on their flights. Other major airlines to adopt gender-neutral language include Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa and Air Malta. More from them.

U.S. REGAINS SEAT ON U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Thursday, the U.S. regained its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, three years after the Trump administration withdrew from the council. More from Washington Blade.

THIS RUSSIAN RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE KNOCKOFF COMPLETELY ERASES LGBTQ+ PEOPLE: The new knockoff Russian version of RuPaul’s Drag Race has angered many LGBTQ+ activists who believe the show exploits drag culture while discluding the country’s oppressed LGBTQ+ community. A disclaimer even aired before the first episode stating that the program is “not aimed at forming nontraditional sexual attitudes,” referencing Russia’s LGBTQ+ “propaganda” law. More from them.

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