#AM_Equality: September 1, 2021

by HRC staff

Hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people increased in 2020; Colorado’s child welfare system needs LGBTQ+ foster parents

LGBTQ+ PEOPLE OF COLOR FACE GREATEST RISK FROM SPIKE IN HATE CRIMES. WHY DOESN’T FBI DATA INCLUDE THEM?: More Americans were attacked based on their race, ethnicity or sexual orientation in 2020 than they were in 2019, according to new data on hate crimes released by the FBI on Monday. But as 19th* News reporter Orion Rumler (@i_oriion) notes, “the FBI’s interactive data doesn’t give a snapshot of the intersections, the race of people who also experienced violence stemming from anti-lesbian, gay or bisexual bias. Without that representative data, anecdotal experience is often the only way to advocate for change.” More from 19th* News and them.

THE BLACK TRANS ARCHIVE IS REVOLUTIONIZING HOW WE TELL LGBTQ+ HISTORY: Artist Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s project preserves the stories of the Black trans community. Through her new project, The Black Trans Archive, the artist, animator and archivist is preserving stories about the often-sidelined community. More from them.

🎺 THIS MARIACHI BAND BRINGS MEXICAN FOLKLORE TO THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY: Natalia Melendez is making history as the first known openly transgender member of a mariachi band. Mariachi Arcoíris (@mariacharcoiris) is an LGBTQ+ inclusive mariachi band based in Los Angeles. More from Regeneración.

  • EL MARIACHI ARCOÍRIS LLEVA EL FOLCLOR MEXICANO A LA COMUNIDAD LGBTI: Más de Regeneración.

🦸 MEET LA LA LIU, WHO TRANSFORMS INTO THE LATIN ASIAN LGBTQ+ SUPERHERO LÚZ: La La Liu is a Dominican Chinese woman superhero that was just introduced in the third issue of the “La Borinqueña” comic book series by Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez. More from NBC News.

📍 IN THE STATES

COLORADO’S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM NEEDS LGBTQ+ FOSTER PARENTS: While states don’t consistently collect information about a foster child’s sexual orientation or gender identity, smaller surveys consistently show that LGBTQ+ kids are overrepresented in the foster system. Jean-Phillipe Regis (they/them), HRC Foundation Associate Director, All Children - All Families, explains that LGBTQ+ kids are more likely to be estranged from their families because of their identities. “LGBTQ+ foster parents are so much more likely to just get those kids,” they say. More from 5280 Denver.

📺 GET CULTURED

🥇 LAUREN ROWLES, OUT ROWER, WON GOLD AT THE PARALYMPICS, AND MADE HISTORY: Team Great Britain’s Lauren Rowles (@itslaurenrowles) and her rowing partner are the first ever two-time Paralympic champions, world champions and European champions. More from Outsports.

🥉 OUT NON-BINARY AND QUEER ATHLETE ROBYN LAMBIRD MAKES HISTORY AT PARALYMPICS: Paralympian Robyn Lambird (@Robyn_lambird) made history on Sunday in what has already been a groundbreaking year for LGBTQ+ athletes. The Australian wheelchair athlete won bronze in the Women’s 100m T34, becoming the first non-binary person to earn a medal in the Paralympic Games. More from them.

‘POSE,’ ‘I MAY DESTROY YOU,’ ‘HACKS’ SWEEP LGBTQ+ CRITICS’ DORIAN TV AWARDS: “Hacks,” “I May Destroy You” and “Pose” were among the big winners at GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian TV Awards, which were awarded last weekend. More from USA Today.

‘DRAG RACE’ ALUM GIGI GOODE COMES OUT AS TRANS, NON-BINARY: Gigi Goode (@thegigigoode) has come out as trans and non-binary in an Instagram post. Goode notes in her Instagram video she still identities as genderfluid, but is “leaning more towards the non-binary side of that.” More from them and Out.

🥋 ALANA MALDONADO WON’T TAKE OFF HER GOLD MEDAL UNTIL SHE SEES HER GIRLFRIEND BACK HOME: Team Brazil’s Alana Maldonado (@wedjaps) won gold in judo at the Tokyo Paralympics and thanked her girlfriend in a heartfelt Instagram post afterward. More from Outsports.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

SIX SENTENCED TO DEATH IN BANGLADESH FOR KILLING OF LGBTQ+ RIGHTS ACTIVIST: The activist Xulhaz Mannan, who had started an LGBTQ+ magazine, was killed in 2016. Now, six men were convicted and sentenced to death on Tuesday over their involvement in the killing. More from The New York Times.

BIDEN URGED TO RAISE LGBTQ+ RIGHTS WITH UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT: In a letter, members of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus have urged President Biden to raise LGBTQ+ rights in a meeting with Ukranian President Volodymyr when they meet at the White House on Wednesday. More from Washington Blade.

‘GAY GAMES’ IN HONG KONG FACE ATTACKS AS CHINA’S PROXIES TARGET LGBTQ+ GROUPS: More from The Washington Post.

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