#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 4, 2020

by HRC Staff

LGBTQ voters turn out in historic numbers on Super Tuesday; VA bans so-called “conversion therapy” to protect LGBTQ youth

VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE BANS SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY” TO PROTECT LGBTQ YOUTH: Virginia is the 20th state and the first Southern state to ban the discredited and dangerous practice. More from NewNowNext and Out.

LGBTQ VOTERS TURN OUT IN HISTORIC NUMBERS ON SUPER TUESDAY: In Super Tuesday states alone, 4,339,000 LGBTQ Voters & 21,153,000 Equality Voters cast their ballots. Last night, LGBTQ people nearly doubled their representation in the electorate according to NBC exit polling. “LGBTQ people showed up in record numbers and cemented our status as a crucial constituency to court,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “The 11 million LGBTQ voters and 57 million Equality Voters — LGBTQ people and our allies — are ready to oust the Trump-Pence administration and elect a true ally in the White House.” More from NBC and HRC

HRC ON CHRISTY SMITH’S STRONG PERFORMANCE IN HER BID FOR CA’S 25TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: “Tonight’s results show that voters in California’s twenty-fifth want a strong, pro-equality ally in Congress,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Smith’s message of fairness and equality and her track record championing LGBTQ equality resonated with voters and brings us one step closer to ensuring we maintain our pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.” More from HRC

WHAT WE’RE READING WEDNESDAY -- HRC YOUTH AMBASSADOR AVI NEWLYN PACHECO ON EMPOWERING LGBTQ YOUTH TO EMBRACE THEIR AUTHENTIC SELVES: Pacheco shares that he wants to send a message of self-acceptance of “being able to own who you are and embrace all those things that make you different.” Read more from Julie Wotton-Greener (@julieswooton) at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

HRC’S STATE EQUALITY INDEX REPORT HIGHLIGHTS LATEST PROTECTIONS FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from WCPO.

LGBTQ YOUTH FIGHT FOR EQUALITY IN SEX ED IN SOUTH CAROLINA CLASSROOMS: “[It’s] frustrating to be in a classroom with my friends, with my peers and to feel that me and my fellow LGBTQ classmates are not being given equal treatment and equal education in regards to health and sex ed,” said Eli Bundy, a 15-year-old sophomore at Charleston County School of the Arts. “So not only is there the primary effect of not be[ing] given sex education, but then also the secondary effect of feeling rejected and not accepted in your school environment.” More from Hannah Hageman (@hannah_hagemann) at NPR.

MARYLAND HOUSE PASSES BILL EASING REQUIREMENTS FOR LEGAL NAME CHANGES: Members of the transgender community said the previous requirements prevented them from changing their names out of fear or lack of privacy. The bill now heads to the Senate committee. More from 47 ABC.

2020 CENSUS TO INCLUDE SAME-SEX COUPLES, THOUGH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO FULLY INCLUDE LGBTQ PEOPLE: More from Elvia Malagón (@ElviaMalagon) at the Chicago Tribune.

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PUERTO RICAN ARTIST BAD BUNNY (@sanbenito) OPENS UP ABOUT LABELING HIS SEXUALITY: “It does not define me,” he says of his sexuality. “At the end of the day, I don’t know if in 20 years I will like a man. One never knows in life.” More from Los Angeles Times and Queerty.

MISS UTAH, RACHEL SLAWSON (@salty_rachel), WILL MAKE HISTORY AS FIRST LGBTQ WOMAN TO COMPETE AT MISS USA: Slawson is a proud bisexual woman. Erin O’Flaherty (@ErinROFlaherty), who is a lesbian, competed in the 2017 Miss America pagent. More from ABC4

PRIDE SOURCE INTERVIEWS ACTOR WILSON CRUZ (@wcruz73) ON NEW LGBTQ DOCUMENTARY, VISIBILITY ON AND OFF THE SCREEN: Wilson was the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay series regular in a leading role on television. More from Chris Azzopardi (@chrisazzopardi) at Pride Source.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

LGBTQ ACTIVISTS FROM KOSOVO AND SERBIA ARE USING DRAG TO UNITE THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES: More from BBC

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