#AM_Equality Tipsheet: March 6, 2020

by HRC Staff

Memo reveals inhuman conditions at New Mexico detention center; HRC to honor actress and activist Selenis Leyva at 2020 Houston Dinner

SECRET MEMO REVEALS INHUMANE HEALTH CONDITIONS FOR TRANS PEOPLE AT THE CIBOLA COUNTY CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN NEW MEXICO: “This is yet another horrifying example of the way this administration has abused and neglected transgender people—this time again in ICE detention,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Donald Trump has shown repeatedly that he does not care about trans people’s health, safety or wellbeing.” The memo was first obtained by Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) of BuzzFeed. More from Muri Assunção (@MuriAssuncao) from the New York Daily News.

HRC TO HONOR ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST SELENIS LEYVA (@selenis_leyva) WITH THE ALLY FOR EQUALITY AWARD AT THE 23RD ANNUAL HRC HOUSTON DINNER: “Selenis Leyva is an incredibly talented actress who has used her platform to lift up the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “On the page, screen and beyond, Selenis is leaving an indelible mark on our arts and culture while proudly standing as a fierce ally for LGBTQ loved ones and our entire community.” More from HRC

FRIDAY FEATURE -- A Q&A WITH HRC’S MILAGROS CHIRINOS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: BUILDING A WELCOMING GLOBAL WORKPLACE: “A great start [to make workplaces more welcoming and inclusive to all employees] resides in the implementation of inclusive policies and practices,” shares Chirinos, who is the associate director for the global workplace equality program at HRC (@MChirinos84). “Established policies can help guide an organization determined to foster a culture where diversity is fully embraced -- and real change starts when leadership fully embraces these policies.” More from HRC

LGBTQ VOTERS TURNED OUT IN RECORD NUMBERS ON SUPER TUESDAY: “All of the data from this year’s presidential primary, the 2018 midterms, and the 2016 presidential election shows the LGBTQ voting bloc is growing and that LGBTQ voters are difference-makers and a constituency to court,” Geoff Wetrosky (@gwetrosky), a campaign director at the Human Rights Campaign told Vox. “We turn out at rates much higher than the general public, and we overwhelmingly support pro-equality candidates.” More from Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) at Vox

MAJOR IDAHO BUSINESSES COME OUT AGAINST STATE’S ANTI-TRANSGENDER BILLS: More from Idaho Press and Idaho Statesman

HIV PREVENTION EFFORTS WILL BE SUPPORTED FROM FRANCHISE OF PHARMACIES: A large number of independent pharmacies will provide HIV prevention drug donated by Gilead Sciences, Inc. at no cost to the federal government and will also provide patient counseling and take steps to help patients better adhere to their drug regimen. More from Shira Stein (@shiramstein) at Bloomberg Law.

WHAT PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW CORONAVIRUS: “For an HIV patient who is on stable antiretroviral therapy and has a normal CD4 count, their risk may be slightly increased,” said Steve Pergam of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (@PergamIC). “People often lump HIV patients with other immunosuppressed patients, but HIV is a different disease than it was years ago. For people who have a reconstituted immune system because of treatment, I think the risk is not going to be tremendously different.” More from Liz Highleyman (@LizHIVHep) from POZ.

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE ALLYSHIP, ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP OF ELIZABETH WARREN: More from HRC

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HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID JOINS THE NEW YORK RANGERS FOR A CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP: More from HRC and NHL.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

TOKYO HIGH COURT SUPPORTS LEGAL BENEFITS FOR SAME-SEX PARNTERSHIPS: More from Nippon

WASHINGTON BLADE CONTRIBUTOR WHO WON ASYLUM IN U.S. RELEASED FROM ICE CUSTODY: More from Michael K. Lavers (@mklavers81) at Washington Blade.

LITHUANIAN PRESIDENT HOPEFUL THAT A CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING ON LGBTQ NON-DISCRIMINATION WILL HELP PROMOTE LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE: More from The Baltic Times.

CHILEAN TRANS STUDENT LEADER LENDS VOICE TO ACTIVISM: More from Reuters.

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Honoring Women’s History Month, TIME shares an inspiring list of 100 women of the year since 1920s; The Washington Post announces that writer and “Cape Up” podcast host Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) will receive Randy Shilts Award for LGBTQ coverage

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