#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 11, 2020

by HRC Staff

HRC mourns trans man killed in Puerto Rico; Inside efforts to preserve trans history

HRC IS HOSTING TWO PRESS CALLS TO REVEAL THE BUSINESS IMPACT OF ANTI-LGBTQ STATE BILLS: A national business letter is calling for lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of bills that target LGBTQ people, and transgender children in particular. In this letter, which was organized by America Competes and HRC,  business leaders stressed the importance of fairness and opportunity for their customers, their employees and their employees’ families.

  • In Alabama, HB303/SB219 will intensify the many challenges already facing Alabama’s transgender youth. HRC is hosting a call at 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET). Contact press@hrc.org for more details, including call-in information.
  • In Arizona, the legislature is considering a bill that will require transgender students at public schools to participate on sports teams according to their sex assigned at birth, and not according to the gender they identify as now. HRC will also release polling about Arizonans’ opinions of the bill and their legislators. The call will take place at 11:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET). Contact press@hrc.org for more details, including call-in information.

HRC MOURNS YAMPI MÉNDEZ AROCHO, TRANS MAN KILLED IN PUERTO RICO: Yampi Méndez Arocho, a 19-year-old transgender man killed in Moca, Puerto Rico, on March 5. On social media, Arocho shared his love for basketball and the NBA -- donning Miami Heat apparel. The biography line on his Facebook reads simply, “Humility Prevails.” Local LGBTQ advocates are calling for authorities to thoroughly investigate this crime, including an investigation into whether or not this was a bias-motivated crime. More from HRC.

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- PREVENTION STARTS WITH US, A SPOTLIGHT ON YESTERDAY’S NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV & AIDS AWARENESS DAY: Women and Girls HIV & AIDS Awareness Day falls during Women’s History Month. Annually on March 10, we commemorate this day and bring awareness to the HIV epidemic and how it affects women and girls around the world. More from HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Intiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1) at HRC

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: President Obama highlighted the benefits of this act in a new video. More from CNN.

IN THE STATES 

HRC ALABAMA ELEVATE FELLOWS ATTEND 23RD ANNUAL HIV AWARENESS DAY AT THE MONTGOMERY STATE HOUSE: More from HRC

ICYMI -- HRC ANNOUNCES HONOREES FOR 25TH ANNUAL NASHVILLE DINNER: More from HRC and All Access.

  • To request media credentials, please email your full name, outlet affiliation, role and cell phone number to viet.tran@hrc.org

GET CULTURED - Entertainment, arts and sports news!

ASIAN LGBTQ ATHLETE AND ACTIVIST AMAZIN LÊTHỊ (@AMAZINLETHI) HONORED AT BROOKLYN NETS PRIDE NIGHT: More from Gay Times.

THE DIGITAL TRANSGENDER ARCHIVE IS WORKING TO PRESERVE TRANS HISTORY AROUND THE WORLD: The archive was founded and directed by K.J. Rawson, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross. More from them. 

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TWO LESBIANS FROM PAKISTAN DENIED ASYLUM IN U.K., MAY BE DEPORTED: Samina Iqbal, 52, and Nazia Iqbal, 48, have been living in Stockport in Manchester for the past decade. More from Pink News.

ON BEING LGBTQ IN POLAND’S “LGBTQ-FREE” ZONES: More from Channel 4.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Washington Blade sits down with Yariel Valdés González, a reporter who was recently released from ICE custody; NewNowNext spotlights podcast guide to LGBTQ women in history; Today shares how Nancy Dawson launched Transform Cincy, a nonprofit for trans teens to find a new wardrobe for free

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