FOR YOUR RADAR — HRC & NEA TO HOST JAZZ AND FRIENDS NATIONAL DAY OF SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY READINGS IN SUPPORT OF TRANS AND GENDER-EXPANSIVE YOUTH: On February 27, thousands of parents, educators, elected officials and allies will join in solidarity with transgender and gender-expansive students by hosting school and community readings of I Am Jazz, a children’s book by transgender teen trailblazer Jazz Jennings, as well as additional titles. The fifth annual Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings is sponsored by the Welcoming Schools Program at the HRC, and the National Educational Association. More from HRC.
NEW RESOURCE FROM HRC PREVIEWS THE 2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION: As state legislatures around the country consider legislation that impacts the LGBTQ community, HRC is watching closely to support pro-equality legislation and defeat legislators’ attempts to enshrine discrimination into law. Check out HRC’s 2020 state legislative preview here.
2020 STATEHOUSE ROUNDUP
ANTI-TRANS PROPOSED LEGISLATION IN OHIO ATTEMPTING TO LIMIT ACCESS TO GENDER-AFFIRMING CARE FOR TRANS AND NON-BINARY YOUTH: This proposed legislation, similar to the now-dead bill in South Dakota, is one of at least 20 bills filed in state legislatures across the country attempting to criminalize or severely limit access to gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary youth. More from Mic.
ADVOCATES IN ALABAMA MOURN THOSE LOST TO HATE CRIMES, RALLY FOR EQUALITY IN THE LAW: More from WSFA.
DC HEARING ON CARE FOR LGBTQ SENIORS AND SENIORS WITH HIV AMENDMENT ACT: Yesterday, there was a hearing in the D.C. Council about the bill to ensure LGBTQ seniors and seniors living with HIV do not have to go back into the closet once they need long-term care. More from Washington Blade.
THANKFUL THURSDAY — DWYANE WADE TALKS TRANS ALLYSHIP ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA:
“Have an open mind. Go out and research…This conversation is real. Our 12-year-old deals with this. This is her life every day. This is no game to us.”
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 19, 2020
PRO-EQUALITY U.S. REP. ABIGAIL SPANBERGER TO CONVENE TOUR FOCUSED ON CIVIL RIGHTS IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA: More from NBC 12.
PRONOUNS IN EMAIL SIGNATURES AND OTHER WAYS BUSINESSES ARE BECOMING MORE INCLUSIVE TO TRANS AND NON-BINARY WORKERS: Natalie Sherman (@shermannatalie) speaks to HRC Director of Workplace Equality Beck Bailey (@TheBeckBailey) for BBC.
- Another solution for displaying pronouns in college classrooms? Stickers! More from The New York Times.
NEW STUDIES SHOW LGBTQ PEOPLE MAY EXPERIENCE HIGHER RATES OF SKIN CANCER: More from Reuters.
OMAHA TRANSITIONAL LIVING HOME FOR FORMERLY-INCARCERATED BELIEVED TO BE FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY: More from KETV.
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BE EXTRA CAREFUL ABOUT MARRIAGE, BELIEVED TO BE BOLLYWOOD’S FIRST ROMCOM FEATURING A SAME-SEX ROMANCE, PREMIERES: More from France 24.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
PROPOSED LEGISLATION IN INDONESIA WOULD REQUIRE LGBTQ COMMUNITY TO “REPORT TO AUTHORITIES FOR REHABILITATION”: This troubling bill mandates dangerous “conversion therapy,” which poses devastating health risks for LGBTQ young people resulting in depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, homelessness and suicidal behavior. More from The Jakarta Post.
TRANS WOMAN IN BARBADOS FILES LEGAL CHALLENGE TO EMPLOYER: Alexa Hoffman’s case claims she was terminated from her job at Court Caribbean Law Practice after she changed her name. More from Erasing 76 Crimes.
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The Body interviews Emil Wilbekin (@EmilWilbekin), chief content officer of Afropunk.com and the founder of World of Wilbekin and Native Son; KING 5 News profiles a Seattle-based organization uplifting LGBTQ youth of faith