#AM_Equality: September 28, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: Report finds there are 2.3 million LGBTQ+ Latinx adults in U.S.; two trans women elected to Parliament in Germany

REPORT FINDS THERE ARE 2.3 MILLION LGBTQ+ LATINX ADULTS IN AMERICA: A new report from the Williams Institute found that of the 11.3 million LGBTQ+ adults living in America, at least 2.3 million are Latinx. Additionally, the report looked at statistics relating to mental health, access to healthcare and economic characteristics More from Williams Institute.

🚔 POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS U.S. ARE MANDATING LGBTQ+ TRAINING: “Not only can training help the LGBTQ community, but it can help police departments do their job better, especially those that are really invested in community policing,”said Christy Mallory, Legal Director at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute. “These trainings can really help get to a place where LGBTQ communities feel comfortable working with law enforcement, and actually enable police to do their jobs better and more safely.” More from NBC News.

🩺 GOP BILL WOULD DEFUND HEALTH CARE RESEARCH FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH: Last week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill that would end public funding for research on transgender youth health care. Specifically, the legislation would “prohibit the use of federal funds for gender transition in minors.” More from American Independent.

FROM HOLLYWOOD TO CAPITOL HILL, HERE ARE 12 LGBTQ+ LATINX TRAILBLAZERS: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cynthia Silva (@ItsCynthiaSilva) put together a list of 12 LGBTQ+ Latinx trailblazers. More from NBC News.

📍 IN THE STATES

“BLACK TRANS WOMEN LIKE ME ARE DYING IN TEXAS DUE TO POLITICAL GAMES”: In a commentary by Diamond Stylz (@DiamondStylz), she writes “I urge every ally and LGB person to join me in holding lawmakers accountable and calling out dangerous rhetoric as the violent threat it is. We must implore them to reject harmful anti-transgender legislation and focus on advancing strong nondiscrimination policies like the Equality Act and investing in programs our communities need to thrive.” More from Advocate.

✈️ CALIFORNIA BANS STATE-FUNDED TRAVEL TO OHIO DUE TO ANTI-LGBTQ+ LAW: On Friday, California’s Attorney General announced that California will restrict state-funded travel to Ohio due to Ohio’s passage of the “Medical Practitioner Conscience” clause in June, which has been called a “license to discriminate.” More from Cleveland Scene.

🌈 NEW MINNEAPOLIS NONPROFIT LAUNCHES LGBTQ+ MENTORING PROGRAM, ONE OF FEW IN U.S.: A new Minneapolis-based nonprofit called Queerspace Collective (@QueerspaceC) is filling a crucial void in LGBTQ+ mentoring programs. The program is hoping to expand nationally in the coming years. More from StarTribune.

ALABAMA NONPROFIT EARNS GRANT TO HELP DOCUMENT LGBTQ+ HISTORY IN SOUTH: Invisible Histories Project, a nonprofit organization that documents the history of LGBTQ+ people in the South, was awarded a $600,000 grant to document LGBTQ+ history in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle. More from AL.

CHARLESTON PRIDE’S ‘REAL RAINBOW ROW’ TOUR EXPLORES CITY’S LGBTQ+ HISTORY SUNDAY: As part of Charleston Pride week, the tour will take participants through the cities historic districts telling the often-untold stories of Charleston’s LGBTQ+ community. More from Charleston City Paper.

📺 GET CULTURED

NON-BINARY CHARACTERS LIKE ‘GONZO-RELLA’ ARE LIGHTING UP CHILDREN’S TV AND ENCOURAGING SELF-ACCEPTANCE: For children whose gender expression may not fit the preconceived notions of boy or girl, it can be significant to see themselves reflected onscreen. More from CNN.

TIKTOK’S ELDERQUEER CREATORS BRING LGBTQ+ HISTORY TO LIFE: A community of older LGBTQ+ TikTokers are sharing their life experiences with a younger generation seeking mentorship. More from them.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

🗳️ TWO TRANSGENDER WOMEN WIN SEATS IN THE NEXT GERMAN PARLIAMENT: Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik made history yesterday as they won seats in the German Bundestag Parliament. More from The New York Times and Reuters.

🏫 SCOTLAND IS NOW THE FIRST COUNTRY TO REQUIRE LGBTQ+ HISTORY IN SCHOOLS: More from them.

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