#AM_Equality Tipsheet: February 28, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC President on Bloomberg’s apology for transphobic comments; Playwright Jeremy O. Harris writes on Black History Month

HRC PRESIDENT ON BLOOMBERG’S APOLOGY FOR TRANSPHOBIC COMMENTS: “HRC called on Mayor Bloomberg to apologize, and we are glad he did. He took the time to engage members of the transgender community and it’s heartening that he has realized his comments were unacceptable,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Today, Mayor Bloomberg and his campaign rededicated themselves to pursuing a safer, more inclusive future for the LGBTQ community, and for transgender people specifically. Our focus, alongside all the pro-equality candidates, remains on mobilizing the 57 million Equality Voters around the country to defeat Donald Trump and Mike Pence and reverse their administration’s many attacks on our community.” More from NewNowNext

ICYMI -- HRC LEGAL DIRECTOR SARAH WARBELOW (@SarahWarbelow) TESTIFIED YESTERDAY BEFORE THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE ON TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN’S ASSAULT ON LGBTQ RIGHTS: More from HRC and Washington Blade

FRIDAY FEELING -- AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH COMES TO A CLOSE, SLAVE PLAY PLAYWRIGHT JEREMY O. HARRIS WRITES ON WHAT THE MONTH MEANS TO HIM: Read Harris’s (@jeremyoharris) piece from HRC

ERICA SAUNDERS (@revericagrace) IS THE FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER PERSON IN THE U.S. TO BE ORDAINED IN THE BAPTIST FAITH AND LEAD A CONGREGATION IN A FORMAL CAPACITY: Read more of her story from Nico Lang (@Nico_Lang) at NewNowNext

IN THE STATES

TWO ALABAMA LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES APPROVED A TRANSPHOBIC BILL EARLIER THIS WEEK: The bill would block trans and non-binary youth from accessing medically necessary, gender-affirming care. Said HRC Alabama State Director Carmarion D. Anderson: “Anti-trans legislators in Alabama are once again targeting transgender and non-binary youth, spreading misinformation and using vicious, harmful rhetoric to advance an extremist agenda.” More from the Associated Press

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LONDON TO HOLD FIRST-EVER LGBTQ MUSLIM PRIDE FESTIVAL IN APRIL: More from PinkNews

DESPITE PROMISES FROM GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN ENGLAND TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO PREP BY APRIL, IMPLEMENTATION PLAN REMAINS UNCLEAR: More from PinkNews

GLOBAL MOMENTUM IS GROWING TO PROTECT LGBTQ PEOPLE FROM THE HARMFUL PRACTICE OF ‘CONVERSION THERAPY’: Nine countries are currently considering banning the practice. More from Openly

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The Advocate reports on new NBC musical dramedy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”; LGBTQ Nation features 10 Black LGBTQ YouTubers you should know

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