#AM_Equality: September 15, 2021

by HRC staff

#AM_Equality: HRC honors and celebrates Latinx Heritage Month; HRC launches LGBTQ+ leadership program ACTIVATE

HRC HONORS AND CELEBRATES LATINX HERITAGE MONTH WITH THE LAUNCH OF ITS LATINX AND PROUD CAMPAIGN: The Human Rights Campaign is honoring the start of Latinx Heritage Month, which begins today, September 15, and runs until October 15, by launching its celebratory campaign titled Latinx and Proud. Latinx and Proud is a month-long celebration of Latinx folks, communities and cultures and their impact on the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS DISAYA MONAEE, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Disaya Monaee, a 32-year-old Black transgender woman who was fatally shot in Chicago, Illinois on September 6. “The epidemic of violence plaguing the transgender community, particularly Black transgender women, is appalling. It is often the result of a toxic combination of transphobia, racism and misogyny,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1, she/her). “We must do more to protect trans lives and provide resources to support the trans community.” More from HRC and Advocate.

🏄 LGBTQ+ SURF GROUP CHALLENGES NORMS, MAKES ‘MAGIC’ IN THE WATER: Kyla Langen and their partner Nic Brisebois co-founded Queer Surf Club (@queersurfclub), a group to help LGBTQ+ people learn to surf and join a welcoming community while riding waves. More from NBC News.

FIRST OUT TRANS BISHOP INSTALLED BY LUTHERAN DENOMINATION: Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer (@mmrohrer) made history last weekend as the first openly transgender Bishop to be installed by a Lutheran Denomination. Rohrer was the first out trans pastor ordained by the ELCA back in 2006. More from Advocate.

💰 INCLUSIVE POLICIES, SUPPORT SERVICES CAN HELP CLOSE ECONOMIC GAPS FOR LGBTQ+ ADULTS: The gap in economic inequality has widened for LGBTQ+ adults during the pandemic. Lisa Deadrick found experts who weighed in on why this gap has grown and what can be done about it. More from San Diego Tribune.

⚖️ WINNING HIS LANDMARK LAWSUIT DIDN’T MAKE GAVIN GRIMM RICH.: Nico Lang interviewed Gavin Grimm and discussed the frustration and challenges he’s facing after settling his landmark lawsuit for 1.3 million dollars -- and only requesting $1. More from them.

⚡ HRC FOUNDATION LAUNCHES APPLICATION FOR ACTIVATE PROGRAM: ACTIVATE is an in-depth professional development fellowship that provides the core skills needed to land leadership roles in the LGBTQ+ nonprofit sector. More from HRC.


HRC CONGRATULATES GOV. NEWSOM ON REJECTION OF RECALL EFFORT: “The people of California have spoken. Gov. Newsom’s leadership during these challenging times and his record as a staunch champion of LGBTQ+ equality are undeniable,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy & Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “From signing legislation to protect and advance the rights of transgender Californians to expanding access to HIV prevention medication and helping lead California through the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ+ people, Gov. Newsom has been and will continue to be a leader and advocate for the 1.6 million LGBTQ+ Californians. We look forward to continuing our work to advance equality alongside Governor Newsom.” More from HRC.

HRC PAC ENDORSES STATEWIDE PRO-EQUALITY CANDIDATES AHEAD OF VIRGINIA GENERAL ELECTION: Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) announced its endorsement of three pro-equality statewide candidates in Virginia: Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) for Governor, Hala Ayala (@HalaAyala) for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General Mark Herring (@AGMarkHerring) for re-election. More from HRC.


🏈 CARL NASSIB FORCES GAME-WINNING FUMBLE AS RAIDERS WIN FIRST-EVER NFL GAME WITH AN OUT GAY PLAYER: “Hollywood couldn’t have written a better ending than this game for Nassib, the Raiders and the LGBTQ community,” writes Cyd Zeigler (@CydZeigler), after Carl Nassib became the first out gay player to play in the NFL. More from Outsports and CNN.


LGBTQ+ KOREANS EAGER FOR ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BILL: South Koreans have no legal protections on the basis of sexual and gender identity. But that might be changing soon. More from TIME.


Farhad Dadyburjor (@farhadJD) describes his experience growing up as a gay man in India and how attitudes have changed. More from Advocate.

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