#AM_Equality: June 4, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: “We all have a role to play” in the fight against anti-trans legislation; Alphonso David on Bloomberg Quicktake

“WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY”: THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTI-TRANSGENDER LEGISLATION: “We all have to be comfortable having uncomfortable conversations. Engage with that member of your family who may be operating on misinformation or disinformation, and provide them with the facts,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “We all have to be actively invested in doing that in our families, in our communities, at our jobs, with our friends to make sure they understand how this fight is directly related to their quest for liberation. I cannot be free as a Black man if I’m not free as a gay man. I cannot be free as a gay man if I’m not free as a Black man. I cannot achieve equality as a gay man or a Black man if members of the white community, members of the non-LGBTQ community, don’t see me as a human being.” More from Elle.

TOMORROW -- 40 YEARS LATER, A NATIONAL OBSERVANCE LIVESTREAM: The National AIDS Memorial (@aids_memorial) will broadcast a moving ceremony at 2:30 pm PT/5:30 pm ET which will feature House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and other leaders from the AIDS movement. During the formal program, a wreath will be laid in the Circle of Friends. Invited dignitaries, special guests and artistic performers will share personal stories and expressions of hope, survival and resilience. More from The National Aids Memorial.

ALPHONSO DAVID ON HRC’S PLANS TO SUE THE STATE OF FLORIDA: During an interview with Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake), HRC President Alphonso David discussed how and why Florida’s anti-trans sports bill, signed into law on the first day of Pride Month, is a slap in the face to the LGBTQ community. More from Bloomberg Quicktake.

THE CHANCE TO CELEBRATE MY MEXICAN HERITAGE THROUGH A QUEER LENS: During both Immigrant Heritage Month and Pride Month, HRC Digital Media Manager Jose Soto has an “opportunity to celebrate the most influential and empowering aspects of my collective identity.” In this blog, Soto writes about living as both an immigrant and a member of the LGBTQ community and coming to terms with his identity. More from HRC.

BIDEN SEEKS TO RAMP UP MONEY TO BEAT HIV & AIDS IN BUDGET REQUEST: In an announcement last week, it was revealed that the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2022 proposal includes: “$246 million for domestic HIV testing, prevention and treatment programs for the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, which seeks to end HIV by 2030, and would also provide a general boost of $46 million to Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs and $20 million for HUD’s Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA).” More from Washington Blade.

MEET STELLA KEATING, THE 1ST TRANSGENDER TEEN TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE SENATE: Stella Keating (@Keating_Stella) was sought out by Sen. Durbin of Illinois to testify before the Senate on March 17. Sen. Durbin’s staff identified her through her work with GenderCool, a youth-led movement that seeks to combat biases and prejudices towards transgender and non-binary people. More from NBC.

BARRIER-BREAKING REP. RITCHIE TORRES WENT FROM PUBLIC HOUSING TO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: Rep. Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) became the first openly gay Afro-Latino in Congress after his win in the November election. More from NBC.

📍 IN THE STATES

FLORIDA GOV. RON DESANTIS VETOES MONEY FOR MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING FOR PULSE SHOOTING SURVIVORS: On the second day of Pride month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis axed $150,00 worth of funding for programs to support the LGBTQ community in Florida with two vetoes. More from Orlando Weekly.

📺 GET CULTURED

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL ALUM LIO TIPTON COMES OUT AS QUEER AND NON-BINARY: In an Instagram post, Lio Tipton (@LioTipton) came out as queer and non-binary. The former America’s Next Top Model star and actor came out earlier this week to celebrate Pride and bravely open up about their identity. More from E!.

DOVE CAMERON OPENS UP ABOUT BEING AFRAID TO COME OUT AS QUEER: More from Out and People.

‘CHANGING THE GAME’ GIVES TRANS HIGH-SCHOOL ATHLETES A FORUM TO TELL THEIR STORIES: More from HRC, CNN and The New York Times.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

GURGAON HOLDS HARYANA’S FIRST VACCINATION SESSION FOR TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY: India’s transgender community had the opportunity to get vaccinated in a safe and inclusive environment. More from Times of India.

TOKYO OLYMPICS COMMITTEE SILENT ON JAPAN LAWMAKERS’ ANTI-LGBTQ COMMENTS: More from Washington Blade.

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