#AM_Equality October 5, 2020

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HRC’s Alphonso David delivered powerful remarks at the National Trans Visibility March; HRC marked National COVID-19 Remembrance Day

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MUST WATCH MONDAY -- HRC’S ALPHONSO DAVID AND TORI COOPER DELIVERED POWERFUL REMARKS AT THE NATIONAL TRANS VISIBILITY MARCH: “More than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. with no vaccine in sight, and we are confronting systemic racial injustice that Black and Brown people have endured for far too long in this country,” said David (@AlphonsoDavid). “And while trans and non-binary people -- especially Black trans women -- face horrific violence, anti-equality lawmakers continue to support laws and policies that discriminate against us.” Watch the full remarks here.

  • On Friday, the National Trans Visibility March named Alphonso David as a Torch Award Recipient, which honors individuals whose work has impacted the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people across the nation. More here.

HRC MARKS NATIONAL COVID-19 REMEMBRANCE TODAY: More here.

  • HRC recognized National COVID-19 Remembrance by sharing a virtual quilt. By telling their stories, we aim to honor the hundreds of thousands of people who have passed.

Listen to the voices of their loved ones. Don’t forget their names. Mourn together. #WeRemember. Watch on Twitter.

HRC MOURNS MICHELLE MICHELLYN RAMOS VARGAS, TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN PUERTO RICO: Vargas’ death is believed to be at least the 30th violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year in the U.S. “At least three transgender women have been killed in less than two weeks. This level of violence — any level of violence — is unacceptable,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). More from HRC and Washington Blade.

  • New study shows that LGBTQ people are four times as likely to be victims of violent crimes. More from Associated Press.

VOTERS IN KEY SWING STATES OVERWHELMING SUPPORT LGBTQ EQUALITY: Among Trump voters, at least 60 percent in each state said they felt transgender people should be able to live freely and openly, and 87 percent or more supported transgender access to medical care. More from 19th News.

COVID-19 DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTS LGBTQ LATINOS: A HRC survey shows that “40 percent of Latinx LGBTQ respondents had their work hours reduced due to COVID-19, compared to 32 percent of Latinx respondents, 27 percent of LGBTQ respondents and 21 percent of the general sample population. Read more from City Limits.

🇺🇸 IN THE STATES

HRC RESPONDS TO PHOENIX MAYORAL CANDIDATE MERISSA HAMILTON’S ANTI-LGBTQ COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK: “Merissa Hamilton’s disgraceful participation in this private, hateful anti-LGBTQ Facebook group is disqualifying,” said HRC Arizona State Director Bridget Sharpe (@bridgetsharpeAZ). “She and other anti-equality Arizona candidates are parroting the far-right conspiracy theories concocted by QAnon, a group the FBI has labelled ‘conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists’ and a 'domestic terror threat.’” More from HRC.

HRC ENDORSES…

GEORGIA CHAMPIONS FOR EQUALITY: “With patchwork protections at the state level, Georgia’s 356,000 LGBTQ residents still face legal discriminated in many areas of the law. ” said HRC Deputy Campaigns Director Hope Jackson. “We need to elect a pro-equality majority in the Georgia Legislature to advance key LGBTQ protections that will ensure every Georgian has full equality.” More from HRC.

MINNESOTA CHAMPIONS FOR EQUALITY: “Minnesota’s leadership on LGBTQ equality makes the state an example for the rest of the country, but the 175,000 LGBTQ Minnesotans who rely on these protections know how important it is for us to fight to keep them,” said HRC Associate Regional Campaigns Director Lindsey Clark. More from HRC.

KANSAS CHAMPIONS FOR EQUALITY: “We must break the anti-equality supermajority in the Kansas state legislature to give Gov. Laura Kelly the tools she needs to fight back for our community,” said HRC Associate Regional Campaign Director Lindsey Clark. More from HRC.

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BLACK IN FASHION COUNCIL SIGNED 70 BRANDS TO ITS PLEDGE TO ENSURE THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS MORE INCLUSIVE: HRC is supporting the Council’s work to create a report to track the work of companies that have signed on to and pledged to grow the representation of Black people in all areas and levels of their business. More from Harper's Bazaar.

🌏 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

STUDY FINDS THAT PANAMA’S GENDERED LOCKDOWN MEASURES PRODUCED INEQUALITIES AND INJUSTICES FOR COUNTRY’S TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: More from The Guardian.

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