by HRC Staff •
Today -- House Judiciary Committee holds historic hearing on the bipartisan Equality Act; HRC celebrates National Poetry Month.
TODAY -- HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HOLDS HISTORIC HEARING ON THE BIPARTISAN EQUALITY ACT: “No one should have to fear discrimination or harassment because of who they are or whom they love,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “LGBTQ Americans still face real and persistent discrimination in their everyday lives, and their rights should not determined by what side of a city or state line they live on. It’s crucial that Congress advance the bipartisan Equality Act, and today’s historic hearing by the House Judiciary Committee is an important first step toward ensuring LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination across this country.” More from HRC.
It is past time for us to codify the #EqualityAct into law. I am proud to stand alongside @HRC and @SarahEMcBride in the fight for the full legal and social equality of the #LGBTQ community. pic.twitter.com/wEyoREQYDa— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) April 1, 2019
TODAY@ NOON CT -- TENNESSEE BUSINESS LEADERS AND LGBTQ ADVOCATES TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE OPPOSING ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS: The Tennessee Equality Project, faith leaders from diverse denominations and business will hold a press conference today to oppose extreme anti-LGBTQ bills including legislation that would create a broad license to discriminate against LGBTQ people for businesses and taxpayer-funded adoption agencies. All interested media should contact Nick Morrow (@NRMorrow) at email@example.com. More from The State and WKRN.
HRC MOURNS ASHANTI CARMON, TRANS WOMAN KILLED IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD: More from HRC, Bustle and NBC4.
.@HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ashanti Carmon, a Black transgender woman fatally shot yesterday in Maryland.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 31, 2019
As we honor #TransDayOfVisibility, we must address the epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets Black trans women. #SayHerName pic.twitter.com/6lK5AmSvYb
TUESDAY TWEET -- NEW HRC VIDEO FEATURES U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN (D-WI) ON THE NEED TO PASS THE EQUALITY ACT NOW:
“My message to other members of Congress is: This is the right thing to do and it’s long overdue.”— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 30, 2019
LGBTQ champion @SenatorBaldwin calls on Congress to pass the bipartisan #EqualityAct. It's time we add sexual orientation and gender identity to our existing civil rights laws. pic.twitter.com/6aEmC18yOe
HRC CELEBRATES NATIONAL POETRY MONTH -- AND EQUALITY -- WITH POEMS FROM CHILDREN, YOUTH AND LGBTQ POETS: HRC asked young people nationwide to write poems about what equality means to them, and to share them with us and you. Throughout April, HRC will also share LGBTQ poets who inspire our communities and the ways in which poetry can be an agent for social change. More from HRC.
NEW POLL SHOW MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE COMFORTABLE WITH A GAY OR LESBIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The polling did not include bisexual or transgender identity in the questioning. More from The Hill and Newsweek.
BREAKTHROUGH IN ORGAN TRANSPLANTS FOR HIV-POSITIVE PATIENTS: For the first time ever, surgeons have transplanted a kidney from a living HIV-positive donor to an HIV-positive recipient. The procedure took place at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and marks a breakthrough that advocates and medical professionals hope will help save lives and end stigma around HIV. More from The Washington Post.
AARP HIGHLIGHTS THE HISTORY OF THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT: “The 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising feels like a good time to take stock of how far we’ve come and how far we must go to ensure that all LGBT older adults are free to be their whole selves, in every community under the rainbow, without fear of any kind of discrimination,” said Dr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey (@drniiquartelai), AARP Senior Advisor & National LGBT Liaison. Read more from HRC and watch the video here.
REMEMBERING DR. VIRGINIA URIBE, LONGTIME ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQ YOUTH: Dr. Uribe was the Founder of Project 10, an organization that was the basis for Gay-Straight Alliances and works to ensure LGBTQ students are fully included and affirmed in public schools. More from the Los Angeles Blade.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
VICTORY -- SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LEGALIZED IN CAYMAN ISLANDS: More from the Washington Blade.
ECUADOR CONSTITUTIONAL COURT STARTS HEARING CASE FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: More from Gay Star News.
READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!
HRC features author Jacob Tobia (@jacobtobia) on the importance of non-binary and trans visibility; The Washington Post features Katherine Davis-Young’s (@KDYJournalist) story on cultural acceptance of LGBTQ Native Americans; New Orleans Advocate highlights Bryan Washington’s (@brywashing) writing, which offers powerful LGBTQ and immigrant persepctives; People uplifts the moving performance of American Idol’s Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (@jlloydharmon)
"If I can be open about it and vulnerable, then maybe that can bring hope to somebody else.”@AmericanIdol’s @jlloydharmon is living his life openly and authentically. ���� #AmericanIdolhttps://t.co/GhTeCkZB8Z— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 1, 2019
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