#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 26, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC Pres: “For too long, LGBTQ POC have been marginalized within our community”; Mattel unveils gender-neutral doll line

HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID IN USA TODAY -- “FOR TOO LONG, LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR HAVE BEEN MARGINALIZED IN OUR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE”: In an opinion piece for USA Today, David (@AlphonsoDavid) writes: “As the Human Rights Campaign approaches its 40th year, we have much to be proud of. But we also have to engage in real self-reflection to strengthen this organization in the decades ahead. We owe it to our 3 million members and supporters fighting each day to build on our momentum for change. We owe it to young LGBTQ people of color yearning to see themselves in us and in our work. And we owe it to ourselves, to our mission and to our organization to become stronger by coming together.” More from USA Today.

SATURDAY -- CHUCK SCHUMER TO SPEAK AT HRC’S NATIONAL DINNER: “From the earliest days of his political career, Senator Schumer has been a strong and unwavering ally in the fight for LGBTQ equality, both in New York and across the nation,” said HRC President Alphonso David . “From his early support of marriage equality in the Empire State to his commitment to pass the Equality Act in the Senate, we are grateful for his leadership and continued commitment to our community.” Schumer will join previously announced speakers, honorees and special guests including Ricky Martin, Dominique Jackson, Jake Choi, Ryan Russell and more. More from HRC.

PERSON OF INTEREST NAMED IN KILLING OF BEE SLATER, TRANS WOMAN IN FLORIDA: A man in the Belle Glade area has been named a “person of interest.” Police have also identified a second man who posted threatening messages directed at Slater before her death, but he has not been arrested or named a suspect. “In a lot of cases, the murder occurs in the context of underground economies, so they are very difficult to solve,” said HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). “Then in some cases, law enforcement just doesn’t put their full resources behind solving them.” More from The New York Times.

  • Man arrested in Dallas shooting of transgender woman. Domingo Ramirez-Cavente, 29, reportedly admitted to shouting slurs at a transgender woman before shooting at her on Friday night. The woman, who has not been identified publicly, survived. Ramirez-Cavente has been charged with aggravated assault, and Dallas police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. More from CBS and Newsweek.
  • Arrest made in 2018 shooting death of Celine Walker, a black trans woman in Jacksonville, Florida. Sean Bernard Phoenix, 21, was arrested on a warrant for murder, and faces additional charges of tampering with evidence and shooting deadly missiles. More from The Florida-Times Union.

THANKFUL THURSDAY -- MATTEL LAUNCHES GENDER-INCLUSIVE DOLL LINE: Wow -- I wish I had these as a kid! Each doll comes with two hairstyles and clothing items that allow a child to dress the doll in a variety of gender expressions. More from Mombian and The Washington Post.

HRC ANNOUNCES CARMARION D. ANDERSON AS ALABAMA STATE DIRECTOR: Said Anderson, who has managed local and national prevention initiatives focusing on HIV and AIDS and serves as the National Co-Minister and South Region Coordinator for TransSaints ministry of TFAM (The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries):  “Now more than ever, it’s important for our community to stand together against any attacks on LGBTQ people and work toward a more fair, equal Alabama for all. Additionally, it’s important for our movement to reflect the diversity and challenges of its members. As a transgender woman of color, this is personal, and I’m looking forward to getting to work.” More from HRC.


U.N. RIGHTS CHIEF MICHELE BACHELET TALKS ABOUT RISE IN ONLINE HATE SPEECH: Bachelet described how the LGBTQ population is disproportionately targeted by hate speech, and what we can do to end it. More from the United Nations.

INSIDE THE HORRIFYING ATTACKS ON LGBTQ RUSSIANS: An anti-LGBTQ extremist group known as “Pila,” or “Saw” in English, is claiming credit for the death of a LGBTQ advocate, and is sending disturbing photos and threats to others. More from Daria Litvinova (@dashalitvinovv) at Reuters.

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

Washington City Paper discusses the growing diversity of D.C.’s food scene and previews HRC’s annual Chefs for Equality event next month (get your tix now!!)

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