#AM_Equality: October 25, 2019 – Human Rights Campaign

HRC & CNN’S EQUALITY TOWN HALL UNDERSCORES WHY WE MUST FIGHT TO ENSURE A PRO-EQUALITY PRESIDENT IS ELECTED IN 2020: “This room is filled with people who demonstrate the resilience of our community, the power of our pride & our capacity to make change,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). More from HRC

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ACTOR AMBER HEARD PENS OP-ED FOR TEEN VOGUE ON WHAT THE THREE LGBTQ EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS SUPREME COURT CASES MEAN FOR BI+ PEOPLE: “Imagine if you were a bisexual person and when you are hired, you put a photo of your girlfriend on your desk,” writes Heard (@realamberheard). “That relationship ends, a new one begins, and a new photo appears. What if you are fired because the gender of your partner has changed?” Read the full op-ed from Teen Vogue

ICE OFFICIALS DELETED SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF ROXSANA HERNÁNDEZ, A TRANS ASYLUM SEEKER WHO DIED IN ICE CUSTODY: More from Adolfo Flores (@aflores) at BuzzFeed

FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY — LGBTQ ELDERS ARE FINDING COMMUNITY IN AFFIRMING, INCLUSIVE HOUSING: “This place affords me the chance to be human,” said Suz Atlas, who lives in an LGBTQ-inclusive housing complex in Philadelphia with her partner, Mary Groce (@MaryGroce). “I don’t have to hide. I can be myself.” More from NBC Out.

  • HRC and SAGE recently announced a partnership on a first-ever nationwide assessment of care facilities serving older LGBTQ people, the Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI). Learn more here

VOTING IN SPECIAL ELECTION BEGINS FOR TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 28: HRC, Equality Texas and the Texas Freedom Network have endorsed out candidate Eliz Markowitz in the special election on Nov. 5. Learn how to get involved here, and read more from the Houston Chronicle

HRC MARKS DIWALI WITH ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICANS COMING OUT RESOURCE: “Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a time to be with family. Our new Coming Out Guide supports LGBTQ South Asians to navigate their coming out process so all our families have full love and acceptance for all their family members,” said Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director. More from HRC

HRC ASSOCIATE LEGAL DIRECTOR ROBIN MARIL JOINED ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE YESTERDAY TO DISCUSS ANTI-LGBTQ JUDICIAL NOMINEE STEVEN MENASHI: Watch the conversation here

U.N. INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY CALLS FOR ENDING CRIMINALIZATION OF LGBTQ PEOPLE: More here.

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ACTOR ALEX DIAZ CONFIRMS HE IS BISEXUAL IN EMOTIONAL POST: “Never again will I be shackled by the fear of what might be said about who I am for fear of losing my career and instead, I will seek help, heal, and champion change, acceptance, and representation for the bisexual community and/or anyone who is met with prejudice in our society,” wrote Diaz (@alexandermcdizz). More from PinkNews

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

CORRESPONDENT JAMES LONGMAN PENS A POWERFUL PIECE ON HIS RECENT EXPERIENCE IN CHECHNYA FOR ABC NEWS: Writes Longman (@JamesAALongman): “Authorities are accused of arresting LGBTQ people, often having entrapped them in the first place, and subjecting them to… abuses. The authorities deny all this, and have famously said gay people don’t even exist — part of the reason I later thought it would be valid to bring up my own sexuality. I am gay.” Read the full piece from ABC News

NEW WILLIAMS INSTITUTE STUDY RANKS LEVEL OF LGBTQ ACCEPTANCE IN NATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD: More from The Advocate

GEORGIAN TRANSGENDER MAN APPEALS TO EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AFTER LOCAL COURTS REFUSED TO ALLOW GENDER MARKER CHANGE: Nicolo’s appeals to change the gender marker on his official government documents to match his gender identity were denied without gender confirmation surgery. More from OC Media

READING RAINBOW – Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

NBC Out expands its list of must-read books for LGBTQ History Month

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