#AM_Equality: September 25, 2020

by HRC Staff

“Unite for Equality” Live; HRC launches new education campaign amplifying trans & non-binary voices

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LAST NIGHT, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN HELD STAR-STUDDED “UNITE FOR EQUALITY LIVE” NATIONAL EVENT: Human Rights Campaign “Unite for Equality Live” National Event featured remarks from HRC friends and family, including Vice President Joe Biden (@JoeBiden), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) and Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten), Dominique Jackson (@tyraaross), Annette Bening, Titus Burgess (@Instatituss), and Yeardley Smith (@YeardleySmith). More from The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Blade, Gay Times and NBC.

  • “Our lives depend on what we do now, more than ever before. In the next few weeks, we have the opportunity to take control of our democracy,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@alphonsodavid). More from HRC.
  • You can see the full list of remarks from the event here.

HRC ANNOUNCES NEW EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IN COLLABORATION WITH WARNER MEDIA TO STOP STIGMA, SAVE LIVES: The campaign, featuring Pose’s Dominique Jackson, works to break the connection between anti-trans stigma and violence against the transgender and non-binary community by amplifying everyday stories of resilience, joy and humanity through a series of short PSAs. More from HRC, Variety and Metro Weekly.

  • Said HRC President Alphonso David: “With this video campaign, the Human Rights Campaign is working to break down the stigma that contributes to the often-fatal violence that transgender and non-binary people face every day. We hope that when people watch these videos, they will see themselves reflected in the humanity of these individuals.”
  • You can watch the first PSA here.

KATELYN BURNS (@transscribe) WRITES FOR VOX ON THE LONG HISTORY OF TRANS VOTERS’ DISENFRANCHISEMENT: More in Vox.

HRC MOURNS AERRION BURNETT, BLACK TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN MISSOURI: “Black transgender women are being killed at horrifying rates in this country,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “We need everyone -- from community organizers to those in the highest levels of our government -- to take action to end this epidemic of violence. As we remember [Aerrion], we continue to call for justice for all trans and gender non-conforming people.” More from HRC.

“WE ARE EVERYWHERE”: HOW RURAL QUEER COMMUNITIES CONNECT THROUGH STORYTELLING: More in National Geographic.

SORAYA SANTIAGO, PUERTO RICAN LGBTQ ICON, DIES AT 73: “Those were doors I opened, and I hope to keep opening more doors so that the community can keep establishing itself where it should be and not where people want it to be,” Santiago was once quoted as saying. More in ABC News.

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HALLMARK CASTS MEAN GIRLS’ JONATHAN BENNETT (@JonathanBennett) IN 1ST GAY CHRISTMAS MOVIE: More from The Advocate.

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