#AM_Equality: October 21, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC Foundation hosts 2nd annual #HBCUOutLoud Day; HRC Pres Alphonso David writes in The Hill on the importance of the LGBTQ vote

HRC FOUNDATION HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL #HBCUOUTLOUD DAY: “#HBCUOutLoud Day is a time to celebrate HBCU LGBTQ resilience,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The Human Rights Campaign established the day as a way to provide the HBCU community with an opportunity to show their pride and chart a path for even greater LGBTQ inclusion on their campuses. The day is an opportunity for HBCU students, alumni and allies to connect over their unique shared experiences and explore solutions to the challenges facing HBCUs and Black LGBTQ people.” More from HRC.

  • As a part of #HBCUOutLoud Day, at 1 p.m. EDT, HRC is hosting #VoteOutLoud2020, a discussion on the importance of voting, the issues at stake in the presidential election and continuing the fight for Black LGBTQ liberation after the election. In addition, several HBCUs are independently hosting events to honor the day. See a full list of events here.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID WRITES FOR THE HILL ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LGBTQ PEOPLE TURNING OUT TO VOTE: “It is crucial that LGBTQ voters turn out this year,” writes David. “As a former mayor in Indiana and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and many others have already warned: make no mistake, LGBTQ rights are on the ballot this year, and unless we show up to support candidates who will be our champions in Congress, we will lose decades of hard-fought progress.” Read the full op-ed here.

HRC CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL PRONOUNS DAY: “Using the correct pronouns not only shows that we recognize others for who they are, but it’s also a sign of respect and courtesy,” said HRC Alabama State Director Carmarion D. Anderson-Harvey (@cander01). More from ABC News.

AMY CONEY BARRETT WAS A TRUSTEE AT A SCHOOL WITH ANTI-LGBTQ POLICIES: “AP’s bombshell story shows yet again that LGBTQ rights -- our marriages, our families, our health care and our youth -- are at risk with Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination. There is no room for hate or discrimination on the Supreme Court,” said HRC President Alphonso David. More from the Associated Press and HRC.

  • HRC recently released a report on Amy Coney Barrett’s troubling record. Read the full report here.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WEDNESDAY -- BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER: “When one of us is killed, it impacts our community much more differently… And then when there’s 20 and 25 and 30 of us... [more than] 30 lives lost in one year really impacts the larger community,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “We have to prioritize through a lens of equity and justice, we have to prioritize the lives of Black trans people, and particularly Black trans women. Saying it reinforces that our lives do indeed matter.” More from Nightline.

POMPEO SPEECH TO ANTI-LGBTQ GROUP RAISED INTERNAL CONCERNS AT STATE DEPARTMENT: State Department employees voiced their concerns ahead of a Florida event held in conjunction with a group that promotes for conversation therapy for LGBTQ individuals. “The Florida Family Policy Council is an anti-LGBTQ extremist group that has sought to undermine and attack our community’s most vulnerable at every opportunity,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from Miami Herald.

HRC RELEASES NEXT EDITION OF THE TRANS JUSTICE NEWSLETTER: Read more here, and subscribe to the newsletter here.

LGBTQ COMMUNITY FEARS “RELENTLESS” ATTACKS, UNCERTAIN FUTURE UNDER TRUMP: “In essence, what [Trump] instructed the military to do is to make it impossible for trans people to serve in their gender identity within the military or to be able to access jobs within the military if they’re transgender,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow (@SarahWarbelow). More from Asbury Park Press.

  • For a record of the Trump-Pence administration’s attacks on the LGBTQ community, visit “Trump’s Timeline of Hate” from HRC

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NEW SERIES “EQUAL” FOCUSES ON U.S. LGBTQ MOVEMENT BEFORE STONEWALL: Samira Wiley and Billy Porter are featured in the series, which uses archival footage and modern-day recreations to depict some of the lesser-known moments in LGBTQ history from the 1950s and 1960s. More from Reuters.

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