#AM_Equality: October 8, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC announces eight new members of Boards of Directors; HRC Equidad Chile survey is now open

HRC EQUIDAD CHILE WORKPLACE EQUALITY SURVEY IS NOW OPEN TO BUSINESSES & CORPORATIONS: “LGBTQ+ inclusive and welcoming workplaces are good for employee morale and the business’s bottom line by allowing companies to attract, retain and engage top talent while also maximizing their market opportunities,” said HRC Director of Workplace Equality Keisha Williams (@KeishaProWorker, she/her). “HRC Equidad CL has worked for three years to do just that -- create better, more desirable workplaces for LGBTQ+ employees in Chile. The LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately impacted by workplace discrimination and retaliation, which is why this program has been a game-changer in the day-to-day lives of Chilean LGBTQ+ workers.” More from HRC.

HRC ANNOUNCES EIGHT NEW MEMBERS OF BOARDS OF DIRECTORS: “These exceptional leaders bring a wealth of experience, passion and knowledge to our Boards of Directors, and I am thrilled by the opportunity to work closely with them going forward,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (she/her). “As we continue to confront the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this dynamic group of leaders will help us move our work fighting for full LGBTQ+ equality for everyone in our community, in all of our intersectional identities, forward. I am honored by their commitment to our movement.” More from HRC.

SEN. TAMMY BALDWIN LOOKS BACK ON BEING ‘THE FIRST’ THROUGHOUT CAREER: Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin (@tammybaldwin) has made history over the years as the first out LGBTQ+ woman elected to the House of Representatives in 1999 and the first out LGBTQ+ person elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. More from Advocate.

🌈 EQUALITY FORUM HONORS BUTTIGIEGES FOR LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH: The Equality Forum (@EqualityForum) granted Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) and Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) the International Role Model Award, which is a long-standing recognition of activists and allies who have advanced LGBTQ+ civil rights. More from Washington Blade.


🗳️ HRC ENDORSES NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY FOR RE-ELECTION: “Governor Phil Murphy is a national leader in advancing rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people,” said HRC Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her). “The re-election of Governor Murphy is crucial given the discriminatory rhetoric, record, and policy proposals put forth by his anti-equality opponent Jack Ciattarelli, whose vote against marriage equality and vow to eliminate the state’s LGBTQ+-inclusive curriculum make him a dangerous choice for the future of New Jersey.” More from HRC.

TEXAS MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO BARRING TRANS YOUTH FROM SPORTS: On Wednesday, a Texas Legislature committee heard testimony on a hateful and anti-LGBTQ+ bill meant to curb transgender athletes’ participation in school sports. More from NewNowNext, Metro Weekly and HRC.


🎭 ‘BROKEN FANTASIES’ SHOWCASES LGBTQ+ ACTORS OF COLOR: In “Broken Fantasies,” young LGBTQ+ actors of color perform scenes taken from their actual lives that include racism, homelessness, sexual abuse, substance abuse and coming out. More from Washington Blade.

🎬 WHAT ‘SEX EDUCATION’ GETS RIGHT ABOUT BLACK QUEER STORIES: In an interview by Ruth Etiesit Samuel (@ruthesamuel), writer Temi Wilkey (@twilkeyway) and breakout star Dua Saleh (@doitlikedua) discuss how Season 3 of the Netflix series tells Black queer stories through a nuanced lens. More from HuffPost.

🎵 WHAT LIL NAS X’S ‘MONTERO’ MEANS TO THE YOUNG, BLACK & QUEER: A COMING OUT STORY: “With every track on the album, he invites us on the journey as he takes control of his story and stakes out space where being Black and queer isn’t a reason to disappear or hide parts of himself in order to be successful, or more importantly, be loved -- by lovers, by family, by his peers, by Black people, by other queer people, and ultimately, by himself,” writes Amber J. Phillips (@AmberAbundance). More from Refinery29.



FRANCE IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO OUTLAWING CONVERSION THERAPY AFTER UNANIMOUS VOTE: France’s National Assembly, the lower house of its parliament, voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass Bill 673, which would punish medical professionals caught administering conversion therapy. More from them and The Washington Post.

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