HRC REMEMBERS CIVIL RIGHTS ICON CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS: “Congressman John Lewis is a hero and civil rights icon who pushed our country closer to the promise of a more perfect union,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “Future generations will learn how he faced down discrimination with courage and defiance, boldly challenging the United States to envision a future where every person, no matter their race, sexual orientation or gender identity, has an equal chance at the American Dream. His legacy will live on in the work we do every day to further his mission and continue to get into ‘good trouble’ in the name of equality and justice. We join the nation in mourning the loss of this giant, and share our deepest condolences with Congressman Lewis’ family and loved ones.” More from HRC and USA Today.
- David also joined MSNBC and ABC’s Good Morning America this weekend to celebrate Congressman John Lewis’s activism, life and legacy.
HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON CALLING DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO ENFORCE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S BOSTOCK DECISION: “Last month, the Supreme Court determined in a historic ruling that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are against the law and affirmed that no one should be denied a job or fired simply because of who they are or whom they love,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The Department of Justice must act immediately to enforce the Bostock decision across the federal government to provide protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity with regards to all laws and regulations that prohibit sex discrimination. The Court has spoken and the Trump administration must comply.” Read more from HRC.
MUST-WATCH MONDAY — HRC RUNS PSA ON COX COMMUNICATIONS CABLE NETWORKS IN SUPPORT OF LGBTQ PEOPLE OF COLOR: “As our nation continues to battle the dueling epidemics of COVID-19, violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people and racism, especially anti-Blackness, it is more important than ever to focus on maintaining good mental health, as well as reaching out to our communities to ask for and give our support,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The LGBTQ community, and especially LGBTQ people of color, face disproportionate mental health struggles due to oppression, discrimination, increased levels of poverty and decreased access to health care. As a community, we must all do our part to support an end to these epidemics, and support one another as we do.” Read more from HRC.
HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT’S DECISION TO TEMPORARILY BLOCK PEOPLE WITH FELONY CONVICTIONS FROM VOTING IN FLORIDA: More here.
Let’s be clear: SCOTUS just upheld a modern-day poll tax in Florida, which disenfranchises thousands from voting. We cannot let this attack on voting rights stand. We must keep fighting so that we all have a voice in the future of our democracy. https://t.co/tYrwSAx8Tc
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) July 16, 2020
HRC RESPONDS TO RELEASE OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON UNALIENABLE RIGHTS: On Thursday, the Commission of Unalienable Rights under the U.S. Department of State released a report titled Report of the Commission of Unalienable Rights. The report is flawed and shows no serious efforts to advance human rights. “From day one, the Trump-Pence administration has been retreating from and undermining the global framework for human rights established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “Representation on the commission was designed to produce this flawed report, excluding human rights experts from inside and outside the government. No one should take this report as a serious effort to advance human rights.” More from HRC.
HRC MOURNS MARILYN CAZARES, TRANS LATINA KILLED IN BRAWLEY, CALIFORNIA: “This crime must be investigated with the utmost thoroughness, care and humanity. Marilyn Cazares was a human being, a beloved member of her family and the Brawley community,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1). “HRC has heard that Cazares was experiencing homelessness, furthering some of the societal barriers that put the transgender and gender non-conforming communities at risk of extreme violence. One way to truly bring justice for Cazares’ death would be to work to end homelessness — which disproportionately affects young LGBTQ people — and to provide more transgender-affirming resources for those experiencing homelessness.” Read more from HRC.
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NEW REPORT FINDS THAT NEARLY ONE IN THREE LGBTQ PEOPLE LIVE IN THE U.S. SOUTH: While the South is often seen as unwelcoming to LGBTQ people, there are many LGBTQ advocates of color who are doing the work on the ground to ensure that LGBTQ people can find community and be welcomed. Read more from USA Today.
ELECTIONS MATTER — ALLEGHENY CITY COUNCIL PASSES TRANS-INCLUSIVE NON-DISCRIMINATION HEALTH CARE ORDINANCE: More from HRC.
�� Allegheny County Council just passed an ordinance that strengthens protections for everyone, including LGBTQ people, in medical care facilities.
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— HRC in Pennsylvania (@HRC_PA) July 16, 2020
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HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE REMOVAL OF DEATH PENALTY FOR SAME-SEX RELATIONS IN SUDAN: “The removal of the draconian penalty of death and flogging for consensual same-sex sexual relations in Sudan is an important step in the global fight for LGBTQ dignity and equality,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “But, to be clear, the fight is far from over. Same-sex relationships are still criminalized in Sudan, as they are in 69 countries around the world. And at least nine other countries still allow the death penalty as a punishment for same-sex relationships. We must continue to be vigilant in fighting for all LGBTQ people to be treated with the dignity that we deserve.” Read more from New York Daily News and HRC.
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