#AM_Equality: October 4, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC calls on NCAA to not host future ‘Final Four’ in states with anti-trans discrimination; HRC endorses Andrea Jenkins and Philippe Cunningham for re-election

🏀 HRC CALLS ON NCAA NOT TO HOST FUTURE ‘FINAL FOUR’ IN STATES WITH ANTI-TRANS DISCRIMINATION: “The time for the NCAA’s leadership on this issue is now. As the organization begins to contemplate a future of inclusion, HRC hopes the NCAA will be a partner in our fight to end legal discrimination against transgender youth.” More from HRC.

🌈 HRC CELEBRATES LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH: Started in 1994 by gay high school teacher Rodney Wilson of Missouri and some of his community members, LGBTQ+ History Month was founded with the hopes of giving LGBTQ+ kids a chance Wilson never had: to learn their history and see themselves in those who came before them. October was chosen because that was where National Coming Out Day already fell. More from HRC.

🏠 COVENANT HOUSE OPENING NEW LOW-BARRIER SHELTER FOR LGBTQ+ YOUTH: Covenant House, a nonprofit group with locations across the country, opened a new, low-barrier shelter for LGBTQ+ young people on Friday afternoon in the Deanwood neighborhood of Northeast Washington DC. More from The Washington Post.

QUEER RIGHTS ARE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS & REPRO RIGHTS ARE QUEER RIGHTS: Kierra Johnson (@kierradc), the Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, writes, “The same opponents of abortion rights are denying LGBTQ couples the right to provide loving homes as foster parents. The same opponents of contraceptive access are criminalizing the identities of trans children. The same opponents of comprehensive sex education are ready to deny health care to LGBTQ people in the name of religious freedom.” More from LGBTQ Nation.

📍 IN THE STATES

⚧️ TEXAS HAS CONSIDERED DOZENS OF ANTI-TRANS BILLS. THESE MOMS HAVE HELPED STOP THEM: Since January, Texas has considered 52 bills that target trans people, particularly youth. Parents like Rachael Gonzales, a mother of a trans child, have helped defeat all of the bills so far, but they worry about the future. More from NBC.

HRC ENDORSES MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCILOR ANDREA JENKINS FOR RE-ELECTION: “Her work advocating for and advancing LGBTQ+ equality has made a difference for the residents of the City of Minneapolis and across the state of Minnesota, home to more than 175,000 LGBTQ+ adults,” said HRC Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Councilor Jenkins for re-election to ensure Minneapolis continues to benefit from her remarkable leadership.” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCILOR PHILIPPE CUNNINGHAM FOR RE-ELECTION: “Councilor Cunningham’s historic election and focus on community-building during his time in office have made Minneapolis a stronger and more inclusive city,” said HRC Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “Cunningham’s advocacy on issues of LGBTQ+ equality have put important measures of progress front and center on the Minneapolis City Council and the Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse him for re-election so Minneapolis can continue to benefit from his leadership.” More from HRC.

📺 GET CULTURED

🧑‍🎤QUEER COMEDIAN SOPHIE SANTOS FINDS HUMOR IN LIFE IN NEW MEMOIR: The Lesbian Agenda host doesn’t shy away the cringy moments in her new memoir. More from Advocate.

🌈🧛🏽‍♀️ BLACK AS NIGHT IS A QUEER-INCLUSIVE VAMPIRE FILM WITH CRITICAL BITE: The film, part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse series, turns a new cultural lens on the vampire slayer tale. More from Advocate.

🌈 🧟 😱 13 QUEER HORROR FILMS & SHOWS TO STREAM THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON: If you’re in the mood for something spooky and scary this year, Mey Rude (@meyrude) has put together a list of the best LGBTQ-inclusive horror films and series for you. More from Out.

👑 THIS TRANSGENDER HOMECOMING QUEEN IS MAKING HISTORY: When 17-year-old Evan Bialosuknia was crowned homecoming queen at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida this year. The school rallied around her as she became the school’s first trans homecoming royalty in the school’s history -- and possibly the first in the state. More from Into.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

HUNGARIAN LGBTQ+ ACTIVIST AMONG TIME’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL: Dorottya Redai is a researcher at the CEU Democracy Institute in Budapest, an activist with the Labrisz Lesbian Association, and was recently added to TIME’s 100 most influential people list for 2021. More from ABC News.

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS CALL ON U.K. GOVERNMENT TO BAN ‘CONVERSION THERAPY’: More from The Guardian.

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