#AM_Equality: October 19, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: U.S. regains seat on U.N. Human Rights Council; the impact of HRC’s at-home HIV testing kits; Chicago Sky win WNBA title

🩺 HIV SELF-TESTING KITS WILL HAVE MULTIPLIER EFFECT FOR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES, ADVOCATES SAY: “Stigma plays a huge role in access to care—or lack of access,” said HRC Director of HIV and Health Equity J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall (@McCantsPearsall, he/him). “People who have health care sometimes don’t use it because of fear.” More from The Body Pro.

👑 13 LGBTQ+ ROYALS YOU DIDN’T LEARN ABOUT IN HISTORY CLASS: From Emperor Ai of China’s Han Dynasty to Sweden’s Queen Christina, NBC put together a list of notable LGBTQ+ royals throughout history. More from NBC News.

U.S. REGAINS SEAT ON U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: “More broadly, we will promote respect for fundamental freedoms and women’s rights, and oppose religious intolerance, racial and ethnic injustices, and violence and discrimination against members of minority groups, including LGBTQI+ persons and persons with disabilities,” said Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. More from The New York Times.

📍 IN THE STATES

🏳️‍⚧️ TEXAS BILL BANNING TRANSGENDER STUDENTS IN SCHOOL SPORTS HEADS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK: “That it’s taken them four sessions in a GOP trifecta shows how serious the opposition to this bill is,” said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Kate Oakley (@CthrynOkly). More from NBC News, Metro Weekly and VICE.

OPINION: EQUALITY DELAYED IS EQUALITY DENIED: More from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

📺 GET CULTURED

🏀🏆 CHICAGO SKY TAKES HOME FIRST WNBA TITLE WITH THREE OUT LGBTQ+ PLAYERS: Over the weekend, the Chicago Sky (@chicagosky) took home the first WNBA title for the franchise. This was made possible, in part, thanks to three out LGBTQ+ members of the team. More from Outsports.

📽️ SUNDANCE INSTITUTE LAUNCHES NEW FELLOWSHIP FOR TRANSGENDER STORYTELLERS OF THE GLOBAL MAJORITY: Yesterday, the Sundance Institute unveiled a new intensive fellowship focused on transgender filmmakers of color. This fellowship will contribute to the Sundance Institute’s development programs for historically excluded artists. More from The Hollywood Reporter.

🏈 JON GRUDEN WAS A BIGGER DISTRACTION THAN CARL NASSIB EVER WAS: More from Outsports.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

⚖️ NAMIBIAN COURT GRANTS CITIZENSHIP TO GAY COUPLE’S SON IN LGBTQ+ RIGHTS CASE: Last week, a Namibian court ruled that the son of a gay couple is a Namibian citizen by descent. The couple, Namibian citizen Philip Luhl and his Mexican husband, Guillermo Delgado, had their son via a surrogate in South Africa in 2019. More from Advocate.

🩺 INDIA’S MEDICAL CURRICULUM GETS LGBTQ+ UPDATE: India’s National Medical Commission recently ordered a revision of textbooks and curricula that mandates publishers and medical schools remove “discriminatory and unscientific” depictions of LGBTQ+ individuals. More from Human Rights Watch.

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