#AM_Equality: October 27, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: A record number of LGBTQ+ candidates are running for office in 2021; HRC lifts up voices of Virginia’s LGBTQ+ voters

🗳 ‘RAINBOW WAVE’: A RECORD NUMBER OF LGBTQ+ CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN 2021: At least 410 LGBTQ+ candidates ran or are running for office in 2021, a 7% increase over the last odd-numbered election year of 2019, according to a new report from the LGBTQ Victory Fund. “With LGBTQ lives increasingly used as a political weapon in school boards, city councils and state legislatures across America, LGBTQ people are motivated and stepping up to run in historic numbers,” said President and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund Annise Parker. More from USA Today.

THIS QUEER ARAB-LATINA IS UPLIFTING MARGINALIZED VOICES AROUND HER: Imxn Abdul (@theimxnabdul) is making waves as a queer activist, storyteller and creative by uplifting marginalized voices. More from Popsugar.

HRC HOSTS PRESS CONFERENCE TO FEATURE VIRGINIA’S LGBTQ+ VOTERS: In a press conference hosted by HRC, some of Virginia’s LGBTQ+ voters reacted to the Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Younkin’s opposition to marriage equality. More from HRC and 13 News Now.

📍 IN THE STATES

ICYMI -- GREG ABBOTT SIGNS TEXAS’S FIRST STATEWIDE ANTI-TRANSGENDER BILL: On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that bans transgender K-12 students from playing on the sports teams which match their gender identity. More from 19th* News.

📺 GET CULTURED

⚽ AUSTRALIAN PRO FOOTBALLER JOSH CAVALLO ANNOUNCES HE IS GAY: Australian professional footballer Josh Cavallo (@JoshuaCavallo) announced that he is gay. “I’m a footballer and I’m gay,” Cavallo said in the emotional video titled ‘Josh’s Truth.’ “All I want to do is play football and be treated equally.” More from CNN and Axios.

📚 ALAN CUMMING IS JUST TRYING TO NORMALIZE BEING A HOT MESS: In his second memoir, “Baggage: Tales From a Fully Packed Life,” Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) talks about owning your journey, and the complexity and connection of the experiences we carry with us. More from Shondaland.

DUSTY BAKER’S SUPPORT OF GAY BASEBALL PLAYERS GOES BACK TO GLENN BURKE: The 2021 World Series features a matchup between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves. While both teams have a mixed record on LGBTQ+ acceptance, Dusty Baker, who manages the Astros, has long been an exception. More from Outsports.

📖 HANNAH KENT ON HER NEW QUEER HISTORICAL ROMANCE: The Australian author Hannah Kent speaks about her newest work, Devotion, which traces a queer love letter from 1830s Prussia to the South Australian frontier. More from The Guardian.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

UN HOGAR PARA JÓVENES LGBTQ+ EN ABANDONO YA FUNCIONA EN EL SALVADOR: Hogar Santa Marta es un proyecto de la Iglesia Episcopal Angelicana (IAES) del país que protege a los jóvenes LGBTQ+ en El Salvador. “Queremos dar como iglesia, una respuesta a las personas LGBTQ que han sufrido violaciones a sus derechos humanos,” dijo Juan David Alvarado de la IAES. Más de Washington Blade.

U.K. CHURCH LEADERS CRITICISE GHANAIAN BISHOPS FOR SUPPORT OF ANTI-LGBTQ+ LAW: Yesterday, Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the global Anglican church, Stephen Cottrell, the archbishop of York, and other Church of England bishops, tweeted their concerns to put pressure on Ghanian Bishops to take action. More from The Guardian.

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