#AM_Equality: October 25, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC joins 10,000+ supporters to urge US protection for LGBTQI Afghans; HRC responds to Youngkin’s opposition to marriage equality

HRC GALVANIZES 10,000+ SUPPORTERS TO URGE BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT LGBTQI AFGHANS: “The 10,000+ people who signed our petition have demonstrated that they want the United States, long a beacon of refuge for those fleeing persecution, to take action to protect LGBTQI Afghans-- a vulnerable group who risk oppression, even death, simply for who they are or who they love. Now is the time for action,” said HRC Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). More from HRC and Washington Blade.

‘CAN YOU SEE ME?’ ASKS FIRST BLACK TRANS WOMAN ON THE HIV PRESIDENTIAL COUNCIL: Appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in August, HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her) is one of the highest-ranking Black transgender women in the United States government. More from TheHub.

HRC RESPONDS TO GLENN YOUNGKIN’S STATED OPPOSITION TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY: “Glenn Youngkin’s opposition to marriage equality is yet another example of how far outside the mainstream and out of touch Youngkin is -- not just with a large majority of Virginians, but the majority of Independents and Republicans who support marriage equality as well,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (@HRC_President, she/her). “His relentless anti-equality messaging as he closes out his campaign is proof that fundamental fairness and equality are at stake in this election.” More from HRC and Advocate.

NEW STUDY FINDS 285,000 AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE LGBTQ+ ADULTS LIVE IN THE U.S.: A new study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law found that an estimated 285,000 adults in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ+ and American Indian or Alaskan Native (AIAN). The study also found high rates of physical and sexual victimization and above-average rates of mental health concerns. More from Washington Blade.

DEMOCRATS PRESS BIDEN ADMIN TO LIFT EMBASSY BAN ON DISCUSSING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: State Department policy currently advises U.S. diplomats against taking a position on same-sex marriage abroad -- but Democrats want that to change. More from NBC News.




⛸ FIGURE SKATER JASON BROWN REFLECTS ON PUBLICLY COMING OUT: ‘I DIDN’T EVER QUESTION MY SEXUALITY’: “The LGBTQ+ community has always been a part of my life,” Jason Brown told PEOPLE magazine, expressing why LGBTQ+ visibility is so important to him. More from People.

BILLY PORTER CAME OUT AS HIV+ TO LIBERATE HIMSELF -- AND OTHERS -- FROM SHAME: Billy Porter (@thebillyporter) talks to Queerty as part of their 2021 Out For Good series, which recognizes public figures who’ve had come out and made a difference in the past year. More from Queerty.

🏁 THIS IS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE THE ONLY TRANS WOMAN IN ELITE MOTORSPORT: Endurance driver Charlie Martin, who wants to become the first transgender racer to compete in Le Mans, spoke to VICE WORLD about her coming out journey, her sporting career, and her advocacy. More from VICE.

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