Record number of Fortune 500 companies now protect trans employees; Katie Sowers make history as first openly LGBTQ coach at Super Bowl
BLACK GAY TEENAGER SHOT AND KILLED IN LOUISIANA, FAMILY WANTS FBI INVESTIGATION, CITING LOCAL SHERIFF’S CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: Ja’Quarius Taylor, 17, described as “loving, funny and full of life”, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head near a lake on Jan 12, reports Jade Cunningham (@Cunningham_JL) of 4WWL in New Orleans. The family, from Washington Parish north of New Orleans, said in a statement issued by their attorney: “The family has a legal team to help ensure a full, fair, and just investigation is happening. We hope the FBI will get involved because of the perceived conflicts of interest and family relations the local sheriff may have. We're looking at this as a hate crime based on the race and sexual orientation of Ja'Quarius Taylor." Read and watch more at 4WWL.
RECORD NUMBER OF FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES NOW PROTECT TRANS EMPLOYEES: HRC’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index reports that 91% of Fortune 500 companies have explicit gender identity non-discrimination protections in their company policies. In total, 98% of the companies HRC reviewed offer similar protections for transgender employees, up from 5% in 2002. Read more from Sam Manzella (@_sammanzella) at NewNowNext.
WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- HRC IN DAVOS TO ADVOCATE FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY: HRC is in Davos this week for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting where government leaders, CEOs and other decision-makers gather to address the most pressing issues on the global agenda. HRC President Alphonso David, along with several HRC staffers, are on-the-ground to ensure that LGBTQ equality is at the forefront of that agenda. Also in Davos yesterday, HRC launched the 2020 Corporate Equality Index at an event hosted by the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality. More from HRC.
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY SIGNS LEGISLATION BANNING “LGBTQ PANIC” LEGAL DEFENSE: “We will always stand with our LGBTQ+ community and promote full equality for all our residents,” said Murphy (@GovMurphy). “‘LGBTQ panic’ defenses are rooted in homophobia and abhorrent excuses that should never be used to justify violence against vulnerable populations. With this new law, we are enacting critical measures to protect our friends and neighbors in the LGBTQ+ community.” More from NJ.gov.
HRC JOINS THOUSANDS OF LGBTQ ACTIVISTS FROM THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD AT 2020 CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE: More from Washington Blade.
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49ERS’ KATIE SOWERS TO MAKE HISTORY AS FIRST FEMALE AND OPENLY LGBTQ PERSON TO COACH AT A SUPER BOWL: "No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are," Sower (@KatieSowers) told Outsports in 2017 when she publicly came out. "There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation." Sower was the second woman hired as a full-time coach for an NFL team and the first openly LGBTQ coach in the league’s history. More from CBS.
POSE CO-CREATOR STEVEN CANALS TO PARTNER WITH 20TH CENTURY FOX TV: “I’m grateful to be partnering with 20th to continue creating original content that centers diverse voices and moves the industry’s needle toward more inclusion and equity,” Canals (@StevenCanals) told Deadline. Pose made history for featuring the largest number of trans actors ever cast in regular roles for a scripted series. More from Deadline.
BROADWAY POWER COUPLE RICHIE JACKSON AND JORDAN ROTH ON TRUMP ATTENDING THEIR WEDDING AND RAISING A GAY SON: Richie shares with The Daily Beast the experience of Trump attending his 2012 wedding as a friend of his new father-in-law, and writing Gay Like Me for his son, who is growing up the era of Trump-Pence. “It has been very painful,” Richie wrote, looking back at Trump’s attendance at the wedding. “It is a complete betrayal that some people in our family continue to support him.” More from Tim Teeman (@TimeTeeman) from The Daily Beast.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
KOSOVO BASIC COURT OF PRISHTINA AFFIRMS TRANSGENDER RIGHTS IN LANDMARK DECISION: In December, the court affirmed the right of transgender citizen Blert Morina to change his name and sex marker on personal identification documents. More from Kosovo 2.0.
OTTAWA TO BE HOME TO CANADA’S NEW LGBTQ NATIONAL MONUMENT: More from Ottawa Citizen.
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Entertainment Weekly reports that RuPaul’s Drag Race icon and superstar RuPaul (@RuPaul) to host SNL for the first time; Iowa Democrats shares a special message from LGBTQ and Deaf advocate Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) to Iowa voters
For the first time in #IACaucus history, we are offering people who need an accommodation a chance to request one for their caucus site. Just one more way these will be our most accessible caucuses in @iowademocrats history. Thank you @NyleDiMarco for helping to spread the word! https://t.co/knB0pxOm8M— Troy Price (@troymprice) January 21, 2020