#AM_Equality October 2, 2020

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: McConnell, Senate GOPs vote to strip Americans of health care yet again; HRC President David looks forward at the fight for LGBTQ rights

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MITCH MCCONNELL, SENATE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO STRIP AMERICANS OF HEALTH CARE YET AGAIN: Yesterday, HRC responded to the U.S. Senate’s failure to protect health care access for more than 100 million Americans and prevent the Trump-Pence administration from trying to strike the Affordable Care Act down through the courts in the middle of a pandemic. More from HRC.

  • Said HRC President Alphonso David (@alphonsodavid), “While people are suffering across the country, instead of offering aid, McConnell and Senate Republicans are rushing to confirm Amy Coney Barrett -- a Supreme Court nominee who could deal a fatal blow to people maintaining their basic health care. The last four years have been an assault on equality, health care and the civil rights of millions across the country -- an assault led by Donald Trump, Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell. We must Unite for Equality and hold them accountable this November at the ballot box.”

NEW VIDEO FROM NBC FEAT. HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID LOOKS AT THE PAST AND FUTURE OF THE FIGHT FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS: “We have to make sure that we learn from our history, but we’re not shackled by our history,” said David. “We have to make sure that our history informs our quest for true liberation.” Watch the video here.

TOMORROW -- HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID AND TORI COOPER TO DELIVER REMARKS DURING NATIONAL TRANS VISIBILITY MARCH: HRC President Alphonso David and HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper will speak at approximately 1:30-2:00 p.m. EDT. More here.

  • Press should RSVP to Elizabeth Bibi at elizabeth.bibi@hrc.org for a link to watch.
  • This evening at 7 p.m. EDT, David will also accept the 2020 Dr. Ron Simmons Community Pride Award at the National Trans Visibility March’s Torch Awards.

FRIDAY FEELING -- VANITA GUPTA, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS, WRITES ON THE POWER OF OUR DEMOCRACY: “Right now, the polls say Trump is losing the election. Fearful of losing, he is flexing power he doesn’t have to discourage people from exercising the power they do,” writes Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR). “But Trump succeeds only if voters fall prey to his intimidation tactics and decide not to cast their ballot. We cannot let this happen. Every vote matters. And if in November the people say Trump must go, he will have to go.” Read the full op-ed from The Washington Post.

HRC LEADS MORE THAN A DOZEN LGBTQ AND PROGRESSIVE ORGS IN URGING VP DEBATE MODERATOR TO ASK QUESTIONS ON LGBTQ ISSUES: More from Yahoo News, and read the full letter here.

HRC CELEBRATES LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH BY HONORING THESE TRAILBLAZING CANDIDATES: Nowhere is the progress that we’ve made clearer than in the out and proud LGBTQ candidates who are running for office this year. In 2020, with HRC endorsing 59 pro-equality LGBTQ candidates, we’re poised to elect another rainbow wave of candidates up and down the ballot, at all levels of government, from city halls to state legislatures to Congress. More from HRC.

NEW STUDY FROM THE TREVOR PROJECT FINDS LATINX LGBTQ YOUTH ARE AT A HIGHER RISK OF ATTEMPTING SUICIDE THAN THEIR STRAIGHT, CISGENDER PEERS: Read more from The Trevor Project and PopSugar.

  • Today at 1 p.m. EDT, HRC is partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide prevention for an Instagram live. More from HRC.

🌏 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

HORRIBLE -- LUIS ALMENDARES, A JOURNALIST IN HONDURAS WHO SPOKE OUT AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ VIOLENCE, HAS BEEN KILLED: More from the Washington Blade.

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