#AM_Equality: October 6, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: The Equality Act is good for business & would ensure protection of most vulnerable; new mural celebrating trans lives in Philadelphia

CONSERVATIVE BUSINESS GROUPS SUPPORT EQUALITY ACT AS GOOD FOR BUSINESS AND U.S.: In a commentary, Trey Grayson -- a former Republican Secretary of State in Kentucky -- wrote “LGBTQ people are our friends, neighbors, family members, and coworkers. They deserve equal dignity and respect. They work hard to earn a living, provide for their families, and offer an invaluable contribution to strengthening our economy. The next few months are critical for our nation’s economic recovery, and it warrants an all-hands-on-deck, pro-business, and pro-worker approach.” More from Fortune.

🎨 “WE ARE UNIVERSAL” MURAL IN FISHTOWN CELEBRATES TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: A mural by Kah Yangni (@kahyangni) in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia celebrates the transgender community. The mural is painted along an exterior wall of Morris Home -- the only residential recovery program in the country specifically catering to transgender communities. More from Axios.

THE EQUALITY ACT WOULD ENSURE PROTECTION OF MOST VULNERABLE: “It’s time for Catholics and other religious people to claim their faith as a message of unity, inclusion, and service. It’s time to act for LGBTQ equality under the law,” writes Joan Campanaro, in a guest column. “It’s time for the Equality Act.” More from Orlando Sentinel.


BRETMAN ROCK IS PLAYBOY’S FIRST OUT GAY MALE COVER STAR: Bretman Rock (@bretmanrock) has made history as the first openly gay male cover star of Playboy Magazine. More from them and NBC News.

👑 RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE WINNERS UNITE FOR LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE: “THE FIGHT IS STILL THERE”: Five winners, including Symone, Jaida Essence Hall, Yvie Oddly, Monét X Change and BeBe Zahara Benet, were part of a reunion to honor their LGBTQ+ heroes of color. More from Entertainment Weekly.

🎬 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE MCU’S FIRST OPENLY GAY SUPER-POWERED CHARACTER: Brian Tyree Henry’s character Phastos is making history within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the first openly gay super-powered character. More from NPR.


52 COUNTRIES CALL UPON U.N. TO PROTECT INTERSEX RIGHTS: Last week, Fifty-two countries signed a statement that urges the U.N. Human Rights Council to protect the rights of intersex people. “We call on all member states to take measures to combat violence and discrimination against intersex persons, develop policies in close consultations with those affected, ensure accountability, reverse discriminatory laws and provide victims with access to remedy,” said U.N. Austrian Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger. More from Washington Blade.

🍁⚖️ INTENTIONAL MISGENDERING IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, CANADIAN COURT RULES: Last week, a British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled in favor of Jessie Nelson, a restaurant worker who filed a complaint against their former employer, Buono Osteria. Nelson, who is non-binary and genderfluid, claimed the British Columbia Italian restaurant discriminated against them by intentionally using incorrect pronouns. More from them.

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