#AM_Equality: HRC hosted National Virtual Event ‘HRC in Action Live!’; HRC’s Tori Cooper in the spotlight as a history-maker
🌈 ICYMI: HRC HOSTED NATIONAL VIRTUAL EVENT ‘HRC IN ACTION LIVE!’: Last night, HRC streamed ‘HRC in Action Live!’ to celebrate the work of HRC staff, supporters and volunteers over the past year. The event featured HRC board members, HRC staff, artist Shea Diamond, Delegate Danica Roem, White House Director for Priority Placement Reggie Greer and more. More from HRC.
🏳️⚧️ SPOTLIGHT ON TRANSGENDER HISTORY-MAKER TORI COOPER: The Georgia Voice sat down with HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her) to discuss her new position on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and her work with HRC’s transgender Justice Initiative. More from The Georgia Voice.
BAYARD RUSTIN’S LIFE AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEGACY IN PHOTOS: The newest edition of Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin contains a visual history of the late Black gay civil rights pioneer and architect of the 1963 civil rights march. More from the Advocate.
HRC MOURNS JO ACKER, 26-YEAR-OLD TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN BOISE, IDAHO: “Losing yet another sister in the transgender community to such violent means is disheartening, and yet infuriating. The senseless violence against our community is alarming, but what is also alarming is the lack of comprehensive gun control legislation that puts all communities in immediate danger,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper. More from HRC.
⚖️ OP-ED: THE FEDERAL BENCH HAS A STAGGERING LACK OF LGBTQ+ JUDGES: With the judiciary failing to reflect the nation’s full diversity, Federal Court decisions can lack credibility. More from The Los Angeles Times.
📍 IN THE STATES
CELEBRATING THIS YEAR’S 2021 CHICAGO LGBTQ+ HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: The LGBTQ+ Hall of Fame has honored people and organizations that have made an impact on the community in Chicago for 30 years. More from Axios.
TEXAS JUST KEEPS GETTING WORSE: Texas lawmakers are reaching new lows -- attempting to invalidate same-sex marriages and investigating LGBTQ+ books in school libraries. More from them.
BETTER PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ+ DETAINEES SOUGHT AFTER TRANSGENDER TEEN SAYS SHE WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AT BALTIMORE JAIL: Transgender rights advocates have called for Maryland to do more to protect the safety of trans inmates detained at state facilities. More from Baltimore Sun and Yahoo! News.
📺 GET CULTURED
🏃 THE SPORTS WORLD IS FINALLY CATCHING UP TO THE GREATNESS OF CHRIS MOSIER AND CECÉ TELFER: Trans triathlete Chris Mosier -- who qualified in 2015 for a spot on Team USA’s sprint duathlon men’s team to become the first out trans athlete on a U.S. national team -- spoke with trans runner CeCé Telfer on the obstacles Telfer faces on and off the track. More from LGBTQNation.
🎬 FROM CAMPY SLASHERS TO VAMPIRE EROTICA, THESE QUEER HORROR FILMS ARE FRIGHTENINGLY FUN: More from NBC.
🐅 JOE EXOTIC RETURNS IN ‘TIGER KING 2’: More from Queerty.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
ICYMI -- HRC COALITION DELIVERS 10,500 SIGNATURES TO BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT LGBTQ+ AFGHANS: More from Bay Area Reporter.
ITALIAN SENATE KILLS LGBTQ+ ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION: The Italian Senate blocked debate on a bill that would have updated Italy’s hate crimes and anti-discrimination law to cover LGBTQ+ people, essentially ending its chance of passing during this legislative session. More from the Advocate.
JAPAN ELECTION PLEDGES ON LGBTQ+ RIGHTS BOOST LEGISLATION HOPES: Six major opposition parties have promised to present bills to the Japanese parliament next year to help protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination and to legalize same-sex marriage. More from The Mainichi.
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