#AM_Equality: September 21, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC salutes yesterday’s 10th anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; pro-equality marches in Ukraine

🎖️ HRC SALUTES YESTERDAY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPEAL OF “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL.”: LGBTQ+ services members who enlisted and commissioned did so to protect our nation's most fundamental values. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was a disservice to those values and the LGBTQ+ service members who stood up to protect them,” JoDee Winterhof (@JoDeelive, she/her), HRC Senior Vice President, Policy & Political Affairs. “DADT’s repeal was a meaningful first step towards adequately honoring the selfless service of those in uniform. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to have stood alongside our partners and our members to help usher in its end.” More from HRC.

  • Yesterday, President Biden recognized the 10th anniversary of the end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: More from Washington Blade.

HRC AND TRANSCANWORK ANNOUNCE TRANSGENDER JOB FAIR IN LOS ANGELES: “It is already widely known that the transgender and non-binary communities face heightened levels of discrimination across all facets of society -- while national unemployment rates have skyrocketed over the past 18 months, these folks now face compounded, threatening circumstances that contribute to further marginalization, economic oppression, and financial insecurity,” said RaShawn Hawkins (she/her), HRC Workplace Equality Deputy Director. “Creating safe spaces for transgender and non-binary job seekers is critical to ensuring that they may begin a career with affirming, inclusive employers.” More from HRC and Los Angeles Blade.

AMERICA’S INCOMING LGBTQ+ RIGHTS ENVOY SAYS ACTIVISTS ARE “MOST IMPORTANT TOOL” FOR CHANGE: Jessica Stern will become the second U.S. Special Envoy focused on LGBTQ+ rights. According to the White House, the aim of Stern’s role is to “bring together like-minded governments, civil society organizations, corporations and international organizations to uphold dignity and equality for all.” More from LGBTQ Nation.

LGBTQ+ VETERANS DISCHARGED FOR THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR HIV STATUS CAN APPLY FOR FULL BENEFITS: American military veterans who were given less-than-honorable discharges for their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status are eligible to apply for a discharge upgrade or full benefits under a Veterans Affairs (VA) application of policy. More from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Newsweek, Military Times and HRC.


SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTH AFTER TAKING PRIDE TO THE NEXT LEVEL: The Giants’ LGBTQ+ outreach demonstrates how a team adopting a 21st century mentality can be successful both on and off the field. More from Outsports.

DUA SALEH IS STILL BREAKING BOUNDARIES ON SEX EDUCATION: Dua Saleh (@doitlikedua) is wowing audiences and promoting non-binary visibility with their role in Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’ as Cal Bowman. In an article appearing in them, Naveen Kumar (@Mr_NaveenKumar) explains how Saleh’s character serves, in part, as a vehicle for the season’s insightful exploration of gender identity and expression. More from them.

📽️ ONCE UPON A TIME IN LOS ANGELES DOCUMENTARY LOOKS AT LGBTQ+ HISTORY: Director Gregorio Davila’s ‘L.A. A Queer History’ shares stories of LGBTQ+ life in Los Angeles long before Stonewall through interviews, archival footage and photographs. More from Los Angeles Blade.

RUPAUL’S 11 EMMY AWARDS ENDED UP THE ONLY LGBTQ+ BIG WINS: While RuPaul’s Drag Race won big at the Emmys, there were several other opportunities to make history for LGBTQ+ performers which the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences missed. More from Los Angeles Blade.


THOUSANDS MARCH FOR LGBTQ+ RIGHTS IN UKRAINE DESPITE SOME OPPOSITION: Over the weekend, upwards of 7,000 people marched peacefully through the Ukrainian capital on Sunday in an annual LGBTQ+ pride parade. More from Reuters.

OPINION: RECENT CHINESE CRACKDOWN SETS SIGHTS ON LGBTQ+ CITIZENS: In July, Tencent Holdings Ltd. deleted dozens of LGBTQ+ accounts run by university students from its WeChat social media platform; now films and social media platforms continue to face removal or strict censorship from the government. More from Bloomberg.


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