#AM_Equality: October 22, 2021

by HRC Staff

HRC endorses Shontel Brown in Ohio’s 11th congressional race; hundreds rally in Netflix walkout over Chappelle special debate

TRANS KIDS WOULD BE KICKED OFF SPORTS TEAMS UNDER TEXAS BILL: HRC has been on the ground working alongside partners to help defeat this dangerous legislation. “We’re going to make sure that Texas and all of the states of the United States are a place that you can grow up and be your full self, and be supported and safe.” Rebecca Marques, HRC’s Texas State Director (@_RebeccaMarques, she/her), said in a powerful message to Texas’s transgender students. More from NBC Washington.

HRC AND UDC HOST EVENT RECOGNIZING LGBTQ+ SUPPORT AT HBCUS: The Human Rights Campaign and the University of the District of Columbia hosted one of seven HBCU Outloud day events on Wednesday. The event works to “celebrate LGBTQ+ people and develop innovative inclusion efforts” at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. More from Washington Blade and HRC.

HRC MOURNS ZOELLA “ZOEY” ROSE MARTINEZ, LATINA TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: “With one month until Transgender Day of Remembrance, we’re already on track to identify more incidents of fatal violence than last year’s record high. Zoey’s life was cut far too short, a reflection of a culture that views transgender and non-binary people as disposable,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “In statehouses and in the media, this year has also seen a record number of attacks against transgender and non-binary people. We must acknowledge their humanity, and put an end to the devaluation of our lives.” More from HRC.

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON REVEALS RENAMED ORG ON INTERNATIONAL PRONOUNS DAY: On Wednesday, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita announced that the organization they founded in 2012, Tie The Knot, will now be called Pronoun (@PronounOrg) and will focus on issues that stretch beyond marriage equality. Additionally, Pronoun will donate $125,000 to the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBTQ+ organizations. More from Advocate.

HUNDREDS RALLY IN NETFLIX WALKOUT OVER CHAPPELLE SPECIAL DEBATE: More from Variety and Advocate.

💜 HRC CELEBRATES GLAAD SPIRIT DAY TO STAND AGAINST ALL THAT MARGINALIZES LGBTQ+ PEOPLE: More from HRC.

📍 IN THE STATES

🗳️ HRC ENDORSES SHONTEL BROWN IN RACE FOR OHIO’S 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SEAT: “Congress has a unique opportunity in this moment to make big strides toward full equality under the law by passing the Equality Act and other key LGBTQ+ rights and protections,” said HRC Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “By electing Shontel Brown to Congress, Ohio voters will ensure that the voices working toward change only become louder and more powerful.” More from HRC.

🩺 TRANSHEALTH WANTS TO REVOLUTIONIZE CARE FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: In a three-story brick building in Northampton, Massachusetts, a team of nearly all LGBTQ+ clinicians are making history -- establishing the first rural transgender health clinic in the United States and the first health care organization led entirely by LGBTQ+ individuals focusing exclusively on transgender care. More from 19th* News.

📺 GET CULTURED

🏳️‍⚧️ JAMIE LEE CURTIS AND HER DAUGHTER SHARE ABOUT RUBY'S JOURNEY COMING OUT AS TRANS: More from People.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: PETE AND CHASTEN BUTTIGIEG ONLY FOUND OUT THEY WERE BECOMING DADS TO TWINS 24 HRS IN ADVANCE: Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg talks about the approximately 24-hour advance notice he and his partner, Chasten, received before becoming dads to twins. More from Queerty and Advocate.

SHANGELA REFLECTS ON EMBRACING YOUR TRUE SELF: ‘YOU CAN MAKE IT, BABY’: Shangela, an actor and drag artist who competed on three seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, wrote a personal essay for “Good Morning America,” reflecting on coming to terms with their sexuality and queer identity. More from GMA.

🏈 UCONN HUSKIES ARE HOSTING THEIR FIRST-EVER LGBTQ+ PRIDE NIGHT: UCONN’s football team will host their first LGBTQ+ Pride night Friday at their home game against Middle Tennessee State, wearing Pride stickers on their helmets to celebrate. More from Outsports.

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