#AM_Equality: October 27, 2020

by HRC staff

Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation is a sham, threatens LGBTQ equality; One week out from election day

HRC: AMY CONEY BARRETT’S CONFIRMATION IS A SHAM, THREATENS LGBTQ EQUALITY: “Despite Amy Coney Barrett’s troubling anti-LGBTQ record and rhetoric, Senate Republicans rushed through the fastest Supreme Court confirmation process in modern history. This was a power grab, plain and simple, and voters must hold these Senators -- and Donald Trump -- accountable at the polls,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The process was a sham, the hearings were fast-tracked, and once again, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump have chosen power over people. We must reject this bald power grab and elect officials -- especially in the White House and the U.S. Senate -- who will ensure our judicial branch lives up to its potential. Voters should hold Sens. Daines, Ernst, Gardner, Graham, McSally, Sullivan and Tillis accountable at the ballot box. Our democracy and our lives depend on it.” More from HRC.

  • HRC recently released a report on Amy Coney Barrett’s troubling record. To read the full report, click here.

HRC AND GREATER JACKSON ART COUNCIL PARTNER ON #ARTOFVOTING PROJECT: The effort aims to encourage voter participation in Jackson. “The Human Rights Campaign is happy to partner with the Greater Jackson Arts Council to marry art and advocacy and encourage voter participation through the #ArtofVoting project,” said HRC Mississippi State Director Rob Hill (@RCH74). “We are grateful to the Greater Jackson Arts Council for funding this important endeavor and artist Eli Childers for his leadership and vision. We know that these artists’ works will have a positive impact on voter turnout in Mississippi and beyond.” More from HRC.

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FELONY DISENFRANCHISEMENT LAWS SUPPRESS THE VOICES OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, INCLUDING LGBTQ PEOPLE AND WOMEN: Girls are the fastest growing group in the juvenile justice system, and nearly 60% of them identify as LBTQ and gender non-conforming. LBTQ women of color are also at increased risk of arrest, incarceration and ultimately, disenfranchisement. Disenfranchisement and alienation from civic life are often additional penalties that trail these women -- in some cases for a lifetime. Read more from The Advocate.

FOR TRANSGENDER ACTIVISTS, ELECTION STOKES HOPES AND FEARS: 2020 has been the most violent year on record for trans and gender non-conforming Americans, which only raises the stakes for the upcoming election up and down the ballot. In the words of trans activist and HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride), “There has never been a moment in the fight for trans equality with such potential and at the same time such risk.” More from the Associated Press.

RESEARCH INTO THE DETERMINANTS OF GENDER IDENTITY DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD: More from Scientific American.

MEDICAL SCHOOLS MUST TEACH LGBTQ-SPECIFIC HEALTH CARE: Few medical schools offer classes that are specific to LGBTQ health care, and training opportunities after graduation are also rare. More from The Baltimore Sun.

LGBTQ ADVOCATE PENS OP-ED CALLING FOR A BAN ON THE SO-CALLED “LGBTQ PANIC DEFENSE”: “By accepting such arguments, courts basically declare that killing an LGBTQ person is less of a crime than killing a non-LGBTQ person, and that the victim is to be blamed for having ‘provoked’ the violence they experienced,” writes Jennifer Williams (@JenniferW1776). More from Al Jazeera.

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HOW LGBTQ CREATIVES ARE INNOVATING TV IN LOCKDOWN: With the production of most shows and movies halted due to the pandemic, LGBTQ creatives are innovating with remote shoots and virtual run-throughs. More from The Advocate.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ ADVOCATES HOLD COUNTER PROTEST AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ RALLY IN BARBADOS: Said HRC Global Innovator Ro-Ann Mohammed, “We have a strong LGBT community here, we always have been and always will, and it is important that our voices are heard in this conversation… LGBT people have always been a part of Caribbean culture and we have always contributed to the society.” More from Barbados Today.

CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS CAN NOW BE CONVERTED TO MARRIAGES IN NORTHERN IRELAND: More from Gay Times.

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