#AM_Equality: July 24, 2020

#AM_Equality: July 24, 2020

HRC JOINED WITH AWARD-WINNING SINGER, ACTOR AND ACTIVIST BILLY PORTER (@theebillyporter) ON INSPIRING GOTV VIDEO: “With only 100 days until the 2020 election, it is more important than ever to recognize the importance of using both protest and the ballot box to make our voices heard in this upcoming election, the most important of our lifetimes,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “I am so proud to join with Billy, who has long been an outspoken advocate for what is right, in sharing this important and inspiring video. Billy’s voice helps us demonstrate the power of truly seeing beyond ourselves and using each of our individual experiences to make real change.” The video features Porter’s new cover of protest song “For What It’s Worth,” audio from David’s speech at HRC’s 2019 National Dinner and inspiring images of protest past and present. “For What It’s Worth” was originally written by Stephen Stills in 1966, at the height of the civil rights movement. More from HRC, Playbill and the Root.

HRC RESPONDS TO HUD PROPOSAL THAT WOULD GUT EQUAL ACCESS RULE, PUT TRANSGENDER LIVES AT RISK: “This is yet another instance of the administration’s blatant attacks on LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people, while needlessly putting lives at risk,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “They should reverse this proposal immediately. We will not accept yet another attack on us. We will hold them accountable at the ballot box.” More from HRC.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY — HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID REFLECTS ON ANNIVERSARY OF N.Y. MARRIAGE EQUALITY, HELPING LEAD THIS HISTORIC FIGHT: “I had the privilege of drafting the marriage equality law in New York, which provides that most basic of fundamental rights the court had denied us. The experience also reinforced a basic lesson our history had instilled in our movement: keep on fighting.” More from Shondaland.

IN THE STATES

HRC ENDORSES SLATE OF PRO-EQUALITY CHAMPIONS FOR FLORIDA LEGISLATURE: “Driving from Miami to Pensacola, an LGBTQ person would have different rights in every town, city or county they drove through,” said HRC Associate Regional Campaign Director Ryan Wilson. “That must change… In the coming weeks, HRC will mobilize the over 3.9 million Equality Voters across the state to ensure we have the strongest slate of pro-equality candidates to elect in November as possible.” More from HRC.

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ICYMI — HRC FOUNDATION AND FIT FOUNDATION HOSTED STAR-STUDDED TRIVIA NIGHT: Hosted by Derek Blasberg, YouTube’s Head of Fashion and Beauty, the event featured a glamorous roster of speakers and quiz masters, including HRC President Alphonso David, FIT President Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Veronica Webb, Jeffrey Banks, Fern Mallis, Debra Messing, Vanessa Williams, Tan France, James Turlington, Alton Mason, Hari Nef, Jacob Bixenman, Halima Aden and Ke’Andra Simone. More from HRC

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