#AM_Equality: September 14, 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HRC and Hopscotch unveil art installation in honor of the LGBTQ+ community; calls for a plan to protect LGBTQ+ Afghans

🎨 HRC & HOPSCOTCH UNVEIL ART INSTALLATION IN HONOR OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY: “Changing hearts and minds is the first step toward advancing equality -- reaching people through art and interactive experiences is an innovative way of directly connecting to communities,” said Kelli Stam, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Marketing & Partnerships. “This partnership with Hopscotch is an exciting opportunity to creatively portray different aspects of our community’s experiences, and I am hopeful this installation will shine a rainbow light on the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community.” More from HRC.

HRC AND OTHER ADVOCACY GROUPS URGE BIDEN TO DEVELOP PLAN TO PROTECT LGBTQ+ AFGHANS: HRC worked with The Council for Global Equality, Immigration Equality, the International Refugee Assistance Project, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration and Rainbow Railroad to pen a letter to President Biden. The letter calls for the Biden Administration to “prioritize the evacuation and resettlement of vulnerable refugee populations, including LGBTQI people, and ensure that any transitory stay in a third country is indeed temporary by expediting refugee processing.” More from Washington Blade and HRC.

LAPHONZA BUTLER NAMED AS PRESIDENT OF EMILY’S LIST: Laphonza Butler (@laphonzab), a labor leader turned strategist, will become the first woman of color -- and the first mother -- to lead Emily’s List. More from NPR, 19th* News and HRC.

YOUNG TRANS ATHLETES CAUGHT IN MIDDLE OF STATES’ DEBATES: “These bills have had a very negative impact,” said Amit Paley, CEO of The Trevor Project. “Words really do matter. We see from our research that the impact of these words has a harmful impact on the mental health of trans and non-binary young people and their sense of self.” More from ESPN.

🩺 IN JUST 5 YEARS, UNDETECTABLE = UNTRANSMITTABLE CHANGED HISTORY: “People have been living with HIV and taking their medicine and getting to viral suppression for many, many years and living and loving healthily and wholly without passing HIV to their sexual partners,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “And as a Black trans woman that’s so vitally important because so many folks I knew growing up and so many folks I came out with passed away before they got access to HIV medication or because they couldn’t get to an undetectable viral load.” More from Plus Magazine.



HARVEY GUILLÉN, OPENLY LGBTQ+ STAR OF ‘WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS,’ TALKS ABOUT HIS CAREER JOURNEY, SELF-ACCEPTANCE AND MORE: “I’m not waiting for people’s permission to be comfortable in my body, in my queerness, in my brownness,” said Guillén. More in the New York Times.


COLOMBIAN GROUPS WORK TO PREVENT ANTI-LGBTQ+ HOUSING DISCRIMINATION: A new campaign seeks to address discrimination by encouraging potential landlords to download a “Se Arrienda Sin Estereotipos” (For Rent Without Stereotyping) sign and display it outside their property. More from La Prensa Latina.

O.A.S. COMMISSION CALLS FOR VENEZUELA TO PROTECT LGBTQ+ RIGHTS: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called for Venezuela to do more to protect LGBTQ+ people from violence and discrimination. More from Washington Blade.

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