#AM_Equality: “Stop worrying about what happens if we let kids transition. Worry about what happens if we don’t.”

by HRC Staff

HRC, Freedom Oklahoma condemn Oklahoma legislators for proposal banning gender affirming care, weaponizing federal COVID relief funds

ICYMI: HRC, OVER 100 LGBTQ+, HEALTH, RELIGIOUS ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR INCREASED ACTION AND FUNDING TO COMBAT MPXV: More than 100 LGBTQ+ health and religious advocacy organizations urged elected leaders in a letter to provide more funding for treatment and testing, and asked that alternative names be used for the virus over stigmatization concerns. More from the Hill.

  • UNVACCINATED PEOPLE ARE 14 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO GET MPV: More from LGBTQNation.

HRC, FREEDOM OKLAHOMA CONDEMN OKLAHOMA LEGISLATORS FOR PROPOSAL BANNING GENDER AFFIRMING CARE, WEAPONIZING FEDERAL COVID RELIEF FUNDS: “Oklahoma legislators should be ashamed: they’re holding millions of dollars in desperately-needed COVID relief hostage so that they can, once again, demonstrate how much they dislike transgender youth. This is nothing more than extremist politicians using federal relief funds as a weapon to restrict life-saving care for transgender youth, an already vulnerable population who simply want access to medically necessary care,” said HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley (@CthrynOkly, she/her). More from HRC.

HRC DIRECTOR FOR TRANSGENDER JUSTICE INITIATIVE, TORI COOPER, FEATURED IN NATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL VIDEO: Watch here.

DOXXED DOCTORS, LIBRARY BOMB THREATS, AND ATTACKS ON PRIDE CENTERS: A WEEK IN ESCALATING ANTI-LGBTQ+ VIOLENCE: To offer a glimpse of the full scale of the threats occurring, the New Republic’s Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira) explores just one week of threats, from September 19 to September 25, 2022. More from the New Republic.

  • AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ASKS FBI TO INVESTIGATE THREATS OVER LGBTQ+ BOOKS: More from the Los Angeles Blade.

STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IF WE LET KIDS TRANSITION. WORRY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T: More from Vox.

THESE STATES HAD FEW, IF ANY, TRANS STUDENT-ATHLETES. THEY PASSED SPORTS BANS ANYWAY: Fischer Wells was the only trans student in Kentucky competing in high school sports — until the state legislature said she couldn’t. More from Huffpost.

LGBTQ+ STUDENTS WITH CAMPUS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES REPORT FEWER SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS, STILL FACE BARRIERS TO CARE: More from the Hill.

📍 IN THE STATES

HRC CONDEMNS MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE FOR ANOTHER ANTI-LGBTQ+ RESOLUTION: “Within two weeks, the Michigan legislature has passed two anti-LGBTQ+ resolutions. Radical politicians would rather obsess over and endanger LGBTQ+ youth than address the actual problems their constituents are facing. The legislature has made itself clear: it is not interested in the well-being of LGBTQ+ students,” said HRC Michigan State Director Amritha Venkataraman. More from HRC.

OKLAHOMA’S OU HEALTH CEASING SOME GENDER CARE AFTER FUNDS THREATENED: More from AP.

HRC TO HOST AANHPI & FRIENDS PHONE BANK TO RE-ELECT ANGIE CRAIG TO CONGRESS: More from HRC.

20 YEARS LATER, TRANS TEEN’S MURDER STILL SPURS CALLS FOR CHANGE: More from KRON4.

LGBTQ+ PEOPLE ARE PROTESTING IN HARLEM AS COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY TRIES TO BUY THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD: More from LGBTQNation.

📺 GET CULTURED

CONGRATS AMY! ‘JEOPARDY!’ CHAMP AMY SCHNEIDER SHARES PHOTOS OF HER WEDDING: More from NBC News.

OLYMPIAN AND LGBTQ+ LEADER GREG LOUGANIS SHARES LESSONS IN RESILIENCE: More from San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

QUEER FOR FEAR’: FROM DRACULA TO NORMAN BATES, NEW DOCUSERIES BRINGS HORROR OUT OF THE CLOSET: More from NBC News.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

THE ANTI-LGBTQ+ VIEWS OF ITALY’S LIKELY NEW LEADER, GIORGIA MELONI: More from the Times of Israel and the Advocate.

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