#AM_Equality: September 23, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC celebrates Bi+ Visibility Day 💗💜💙; HRC mourns Brianna Ulmer; HRC endorses Dr. Tyler Titus in PA; how ‘QueerTok’ is helping bi+ people overcome erasure; $2 million in new grants aimed for LGBTQ+ owned restaurants

💗💜💙 HRC RELEASES BI+ COMING OUT GUIDE IN COMMEMORATION OF BISEXUAL+ VISIBILITY DAY: “We celebrate the beauty, resiliency, and diversity of the bi+ community — no matter who you are or whom you love, your identities are valid, and you deserve the right to live openly as your authentic selves,” said HRC Interim President Joni Madison (she/her). “The bi+ community faces misguided stigma, skepticism and erasure, including from LGBTQ+ people, and often feel invisible or misunderstood within their own community. That’s why having the courage to live authentically, true to ourselves, is an immeasurable gift that we can give, not only to ourselves, but the entire community.” More from HRC.

HRC MOURNS DEATH OF BRIANNA ULMER, 25-YEAR-OLD BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED IN CHICAGO, IL: HRC is deeply saddened hear of the death of Briana Hamilton, a 25-year-old Black transgender woman who was fatally shot in Chicago, Illinois on September 17. Her mother writes that “Brianna was loved by many” and she was “amazing” and that “her memory will forever live on.” Hamilton’s death is at least the 37th violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2021 and the fourth in Chicago. More from HRC.

🗳️ HRC ENDORSES DR. TYLER TITUS FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE: “Dr. Tyler Titus has worked tirelessly on behalf of students, teachers, and families in Erie County and across Pennsylvania,” said HRC Pennsylvania State Director Ryan Matthews (he/him). “Their election and service as the Erie County Executive would make the county a safer and more equitable place for all people to live..” More from HRC and Your Erie News.

$2 MILLION IN NEW GRANTS AIMED FOR LGBTQ+OWNED AND ALLY RESTAURANTS: “America’s 1.4 million LGBTQ+-owned business owners have shown incredible resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, in turn, we can help them recover stronger than ever,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson. More from Yahoo! Finance.

NIAGARA FALLS WILL CELEBRATE BI+ VISIBILITY DAY WITH A STUNNING LIGHT SHOW: Today, Niagara Falls will be illuminated in the pink, purple and blue of the bi+ flag for 15 minutes to celebrate Bi+ Visibility Day. More from LGBTQ Nation.

📍 IN THE STATES

FOR TRANSGENDER TEXANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, ANOTHER SPECIAL SESSION MEANS ANOTHER FIGHT TO EXIST: Orion Rummler’s (@i_oriion) speaks to trans Texans and their families about the burden of repeatedly needing to speak out against anti-trans legislation. More from the 19th and them.

🎨 NEW CU BOULDER EXHIBIT CELEBRATES TRANSGENDER, GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE: A new exhibit at University of Colorado Boulder’s Norlin Library celebrates transgender and gender-nonconforming people by showcasing prints from artist Rae Senarighi’s “Transcend” portrait series. More from Daily Camera.

📺 GET CULTURED

💗💜💙 HOW ‘QUEERTOK’ IS HELPING BI+ PEOPLE OVERCOME ERASURE: As the coronavirus pandemic shuttered most physical LGBTQ+ spaces, bisexuals (and others in the community) were left feeling shut out. A part of TikTok -- also known as ‘QueerTok’ -- stepped in to provide a bit of reprieve when everyone was stuck inside. More from Cosmopolitan.

👢HOW BOWEN YANG’S EMMYS SILVER BOOTS WERE DESIGNED WITH QUEER ASIAN PRIDE: Famed shoe label designers Henry Bae and Shaobo Han reveal how they dressed SNL star Bowen Yang (@fayedunaway) in the scene-stealing silver boots he wore at the Emmy Awards. More from Daily Beast.

👭 ELVIRA, CASSANDRA PETERSON, COMES OUT AS LGBTQ+: Cassandra Peterson (@TheRealElvira) -- best known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark -- released her new memoir Yours Cruelly, Elvira this week, where she discusses her 19-year long relationship with a woman. More from Advocate.

💃 JOJO SIWA MAKES HISTORY IN “DANCING WITH THE STARS” DEBUT: “I’m really, really proud,” Jojo recounted after she made history as part of the first same-sex duo to ever compete on Dancing With the Stars during this week’s season premiere. More from them.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

SALVADORAN PRESIDENT RULES OUT ALLOWING ABORTION, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele recently stated that new constitutional reforms will send to Congress will not decriminalize abortion or legalize same-sex marriage. More from Openly.

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