#AM_Equality: LGBTQ+ advocates meet with & urge federal lawmakers to pass The Equality Act; HRC slams passage of new Texas anti-trans sports ban bill
🏳️🌈 LGBTQ+ ADVOCATES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY MEET WITH AND URGE FEDERAL LAWMAKERS TO PASS EQUALITY ACT: “This is a pivotal moment in our history,” said HRC Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “The Senate has the opportunity to pass the Equality Act, legislation that will finally ensure LGBTQ+ people are treated equally under the law. We are grateful for all those who took the time to meet virtually today, as well as the Senators who are working day and night to get this bill signed into law.” More from HRC.
HRC SLAMS PASSAGE OF NEW TEXAS ANTI-TRANSGENDER SPORTS BAN BILL THROUGH NEWLY-INVENTED HOUSE COMMITTEE: “The Texas Legislature’s persistence in pursuing legislation that harms transgender youth reveals their perverse priorities,” said HRC Texas State Director Rebecca Marques (@_RebeccaMarques, she/her). “Rather than focus on fixing the fragile, failing electrical grid, or reversing the anti-abortion legislation that has brought international condemnation on the state, or committing to equitable redistricting, the Texas Legislature continues its myopic, dogged pursuit of making it painful to be a transgender young person in Texas. HRC will continue to speak out, show up, and fight to protect transgender youth.” More from HRC.
MAKING GEN Z FREE OF HIV: GENERATE is an HRC program that mentors and mobilizes LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18 to 24 who identify as Black or Latino to become peer facilitators by using “storytelling as a powerful tool for grassroots-level advocacy,” explains HRC Associate Director, HIV & Health Equity Vanessa Castro (she/her, @_castro_vanessa). “Our goal is to combat HIV stigma and discrimination, mobilize LGBTQ+ young people to elevate comprehensive HIV prevention efforts, and advocate for the dignity, rights and well-being of people living with and affected by HIV.” More from POZ.
🏆 HRC’S LESLIE HALL HONORED AS ACTIVIST OF THE DAY: Yesterday, HRC Director of the HBCU Program Leslie Hall (he/him, @lesliedhall) was honored Entertainment Network Live’s Activist of the Day. More from Entertainment Network Live.
HHS ANNOUNCES BILLIONS IN FUNDING FOR AMERICANS LIVING WITH HIV: Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a plan to disburse $2.21 billion to cities, counties, states and local community-based organizations in 2021; the money will fund treatment and services for hundreds of thousands of people. More from HIV Plus Magazine.
🎬 UNSUNG BLACK QUEER HERO PAULI MURRAY’S STORY IS FINALLY GETTING TOLD: A trailblazer for racial justice andgender equality, Pauli Murray is the subject of a new Amazon Studios documentary called ‘My Name Is Pauli Murray.’ More from Out.
📍 IN THE STATES
⚖️ FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS ENFORCEMENT OF TEXAS LAW BANNING ABORTION AS EARLY AS SIX WEEKS: Last night, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Pitman granted the Biden administration’s request to temporarily halt the law, clearing a path to restore access to abortion in Texas. More from The Washington Post.
🏳️⚧️ NATIONAL TRANS VISIBILITY MARCH 2021 TO BE HELD IN SACRAMENTO: The National Trans Visibility March, which is traditionally held in Washington D.C., has chosen the Sacramento LGBT Community Center (@SacLGBTCenter) as the lead collaborator in California for the 2021 march this Saturday. More from The Sacramento Bee.
📺 GET CULTURED
🤸 QUEER, NON-BINARY GYMNAST FINDS CONNECTION AND ACCEPTANCE AT ARIZONA STATE: More from Outsports.
NATALIA DYER, RACHEL KELLER AND DANNY RAMIREZ STARRING IN QUEER LOVE TRIANGLE DRAMA ‘CHESTNUT’: Natalia Dyer is starring alongside Rachel Keller and Danny Ramirez in “Chestnut,” a queer love triangle drama set in Philadelphia that marks the feature film debut of director Jac Cron. More from Variety.
TRANS MEN CAN OFFICIALLY COMPETE IN MR. GAY WORLD, THANKS TO A BLACK TRANS DRAG ARTIST: More from them.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
📝 FIVE UP-AND-COMING GEN Z POETS ENVISION THE FUTURE OF LGBTQ+ WRITING IN INDIA DURING LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH: In an interview with Jaishree Kumar (@jkwritesstuff), the group of five opened up about what it means to be an LGBTQ+ poet in India today. More from Vogue India.
🍁 THE INSIDE HISTORY OF TORONTO’S DEWSON HOUSE: Dewson House in Toronto, Canada is known as the “Grand Central Station for Toronto’s queers of colour” and a point of connection for Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community. More from CBC.
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