#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 27, 2019

by HRC Staff

HRC unveils new trans justice initiative; HRC & JVN join forces at U.S. Capitol for Equality Act, PrEP and trans military service.

EXCLUSIVE IN OUT MAGAZINE -- HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID UNVEILS ORGANIZATION’S TRANSGENDER JUSTICE INITATIVE: In an interview with Out Executive Editor Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_), David (@AlphonsoDavid) detailed how HRC is significantly expanding its work dedicated to justice for the transgender community. Said David: “[A]ll Americans, all [LGBTQ+] Americans, all trans people, are facing a national crisis, where the trans community has been under direct attack — whether we're talking in terms of economic opportunities, psychological support services, or public safety. I think, as the new president of the HRC, that we have an obligation to make sure that we are addressing some of those concerns that the transgender community faces.” Read the full interview with Out Magazine.

  • The organization will advance new initiatives that address the urgent needs of the transgender community, with specific attention to community members deeply impacted by racism, sexism and transphobia. This major effort will include a focus on economic empowerment; capacity-building programs; targeted task forces in communities hardest hit hard by the epidemic of anti-trans violence; and expanded public education campaigns. More from HRC.
  • HRC staff, members and supporters will join thousands of transgender advocates and allies at the National Trans Visibility March and Rally tomorrow in Washington, D.C. David and HRC Foundation Co-Chair Jodie Patterson will deliver remarks at the rally. 

TOMORROW -- HRC TO HOST 23RD ANNUAL NATIONAL DINNER, FEATURING NEW PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID, CHUCK SCHUMER, RICKY MARTIN, DOMINIQUE JACKSON AND MORE: Jake Choi and Ryan Russell will also speak. Special guests include Ana Ortiz and Eric Fanning. In addition, the dinner will feature Thelma Houston, Alice Smith, Dyllón Burnside, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington D.C. and the Heritage Signature Chorale, with Tony award-winning music collaborator Jason Michael Webb. More from HRC.

  • Media interested in covering the National Dinner, please RSVP to Nick Morrow at nick.morrow@hrc.org

CAN YOU BELIEVE? -- HRC & JVN JOIN LGBTQ ADVOCATES ACROSS THE U.S. ON CAPITOL HILL FOR LOBBY DAY: Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness (@JVN) yesterday joined HRC and hundreds of LGBTQ members and volunteers on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and encourage support for issues critical to the LGBTQ community -- including calling for the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act and opposing the Trump-Pence administration’s discriminatory ban on transgender servicemembers. More from HRC.

  • JVN recently joined Good Morning America to talk about HIV stigma and what we can all do to change the tide in the fight against HIV and AIDS. More from Good Morning America.

THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK, TRANSGENDER WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY: NYT’s Rick Rojas (@RaR) and Vanessa Swales (@Vanessa_Swales) expose this violence for what it is -- an epidemic created from transphobia, misogyny, racism and gun violence. “The prejudices don’t add upon one another, they multiply upon one another,” commented HRC’s Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride). This year alone, advocates have tracked at least 18 violent deaths in the trans community; 17 of these lives were Black transgender women. More from The New York Times

ARIZONA GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY REJECTS LGBTQ EQUALITY, THINKS BUSINESSES SHOULD BE GIVEN A LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE: In an interview with Out Magazine’s Matt Baume (@MattBaume), HRC Arizona State Director Justin Unga (@justinunga) had this to say about Ducey: “Governor Ducey’s Supreme Court [has] issued a license to discriminate against Arizona’s [LGBTQ] community in an alarming decision that puts the state’s people, reputation and economy at risk.” More from Out Magazine.

POSE’S INDYA MOORE COMES OUT AS A SURVIVOR OF “CONVERSION THERAPY”: In an interview with i-D, Moore (@IndyaMoore) shared their experience with the dangerous and debunked practice that aims to change a person’s gender identity or sexual orientaiton. Thank you to Moore for sharing your truth. More from Out Magazine.

WHAT ARE PRE-EMPTION BILLS AND HOW ARE ANTI-LGBTQ ELECTED OFFICIALS USING THEM TO HARM OUR COMMUNITY? Rebecca Isaacs, president of the Equality Federation, explains how state bills are being used to block municipal legislation that protects marginalized groups, including members of the LGBTQ community, people of color, women, immigrants and veterans in The Advocate.

HOW VIRGINIA DELEGATE DANICA ROEM IS FIGHTING FOR US ALL: Roem ran on a platform of improving key quality-of-life issues in Virginia’s 13th District -- traffic, jobs, health care and schools -- as well as being committed to making Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth for all, no matter where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or whom they love. She’s kept those promises. More from HRC.

TODAY IS NATIONAL GAY MEN’S HIV & AIDS AWARENESS DAY: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gay and bisexual men are the population most affected by HIV, comprising 70% of all new diagnoses in the U.S. in 2017. More from HRC.

THIS WEEK IS BANNED BOOKS WEEK: Among the most challenged books in the country -- those with formal requests to have them removed from schools and libraries — are titles with LGBTQ characters or content. Of the 11 most challenged books of 2018, HRC’s Welcoming Schools is proud to recommend three on our website.


REUTERS RELEASES FOOTAGE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST LGBTQ PEOPLE IN POLAND AT PRIDE: Watch the video here (warning, depictions of violence at link).

RUSSIAN SAME-SEX COUPLE TARGETED FOR BEING PARENTS AND RAISING CHILDREN SEEKING ASYLUM IN THE U.S.: Andrei Vaganov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were targeted by the government, which opened a criminal investigation against the two fathers, claiming they were forming “distorted ideas about family values in children.” More from The Moscow Times.

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In Forbes, Out Leadership Founder Todd Sears (@toddsears) turns HUD Sec. Ben Carson’s appalling transphobic comments into a teachable moment for the workplace; CBS Jacksonville interviews a local artist Erin Kendrick (@artisttypes) about creating portraits of Black, trans woman -- including those killed by violence in the area; Washington Blade celebrates its 50th anniversary; WESH tells the story of a gay servicemember who struggled with his mental health during the days of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

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