#AM_Equality: September 16, 2020

by HRC Staff

Facebook adds a “fact check” to anti-transgender ads in Michigan; Sarah McBride wins DE primary after leading a history-making campaign

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No place for hate, no place for lies. Yesterday, Facebook added a “fact check” to anti-transgender ads in Michigan aiming to spread lies and misrepresent the transgender community.

Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “While this is a great first step, we will continue to dialogue with Twitter, YouTube, and other social media platforms to ensure that APP and their misleading advertisements are labeled for the misinformation they are or removed entirely.” More here.

HRC’S OWN SARAH MCBRIDE WINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR DELAWARE’S 1ST STATE SENATE DISTRICT AFTER LEADING A HISTORY-MAKING CAMPAIGN: “Sarah McBride is one of the most impressive people I have had the privilege to meet,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “From her brilliant policy expertise to her ability to inspire and empathize, Sarah is the epitome of what can make an elected official great. Tonight, she takes the first step on what I expect to be a storied career in the public realm.” More from HRC, Delaware State News, The Daily Beast and The New York Times.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- YOUNG LGBTQ VOTERS OF COLOR POISED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS ELECTION: About 9 million LGBTQ adults are eligible to vote, and nearly half of them are under age 35. More from The Nation.

HRC MARKS BISEXUAL AWARENESS WEEK 2020: The week provides a vital opportunity to highlight the stories of bisexual, pansexual, queer and sexually fluid people. Also known as #BiWeek, which culminates on Wednesday, September 23 with Bi Visibility Day, this is an opportunity to raise awareness of the unique issues facing the bi+ community and celebrate our triumphs. More from HRC.

ICYMI -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON WHY REPRESENTATION MATTERS AT THE SALESFORCE (@salesforce) RACIAL EQUALITY SUMMIT: Watch David chat with Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) and Perla Tamez on the importance of voter rights and using our voice in civic engagement to create positive social change. Watch it here.

GEO NEPTUNE (@passamahottie) IS FIRST OPENLY TRANS PERSON ELECTED TO PUBLIC OFFICE IN MAINE: Neptune is a Two-Spirit artist and educator and a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. More from Maine Public Radio.

🌏 GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

UN CONDEMNS KILLING OF LGBT ACTIVIST IN NORTHERN MEXICO: Mireya Rodríguez Lemus was found dead in her home on September 2. She was at least the seventh rights activist killed in Mexico so far in 2020. More from AP News.

BOTSWANA GROUP WORKS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR TRANS, INTERSEX PEOPLE: African Women for Sexual Health and Gender (AWOSHe) Managing Director and HRC Global Alumni Hazel Mokgathi told the Washington Blade that it is important for Batswana advocacy groups to continue “bringing gaps between public health dispensation and SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression) minorities.”

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MARRIED ACTORS BEN LEWIS (@benlewishere) AND BLAKE LEE TO STAR IN CHRISTMAS LIFETIME MOVIE: The two actors have been tapped to partake in Lifetime’s first holiday movie with a lead LGBTQ storyline. More from TV Line.

QUEER COUNTRY STAR AND ARTIST LIL NAS X (@LilNasX) TO RELEASE NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK, C IS FOR COUNTRY: More from them.

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