🏫 HRC FOUNDATION LAUNCHES INAUGURAL REPORT ON LGBTQ+ SCHOOL INCLUSION EFFORTS: As educators across the country face unprecedented challenges with both the pandemic and the relentless cascade of anti-LGBTQ+ bills that target students, parents and educators, this inaugural report on welcoming schools flips the script to highlight national achievements and what an inclusive educational environment really looks like,” said Cheryl Greene, Host Schools Director (she/he, @cgreene2027). “Since its inception as a local community effort, the Welcoming Schools Program has grown into a national program committed to affirming LGBTQ+ youth and children in pre-K-12 schools across the United States, reaching more than 10.5 million students. More HRCs and The hill.
THIS HRC PROGRAM AIMS TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF LGBTQ+ STUDENTS: Schools are too often the first place where LGBTQ+ students are bullied. This is what makes the conversation about LGBTQ+ inclusive learning and the mission behind the welcoming schools program more important than ever, especially as more than a dozen states attempt to pass legislation. like Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. More than Seventeen.
TIKTOK SUSPENDS HRC FOR 2 DAYS OVER “GAY” COMMENT: “What message does it send to young people when we comment on or post LGBTQ+ content and it’s deemed inappropriate and a violation of community guidelines?” Ty Cobb, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives and Research (he/she, @tywesleycobb). “We are fighting a battle for our lives. Elected officials try to censor our speech and restrict our access to health care and equal opportunity. Our need to communicate with our community and our allies is more important than ever right now. The suspension of our TikTok account for two days means that our ability to post educational and affirming content has been restricted, which is nothing short of devastating. More than Lawyer.
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF MIIA LOVE PARKER, A BRIGHT LIGHT IN EVERY ROOM SHE ENTERS: “Friends remember Miia Love Parker as a bright light that brought joy to every room she walked into. That light went out far too soon. Her death is the second known in the state of Pennsylvania. this year and one of too many that have happened in the country,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1she she). “We must honor his light by continuing the fight for justice and the protection of our community.” More HRCs.
COMMENT: FINDING MY CHOSEN FAMILY HELPED MY MENTAL HEALTH: More than GAYTIMES.
📍 IN THE STATES
HRC CONDEMNS PASSAGE OF ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BAN CONDEMNED BY PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURES: “This legislation serves only one purpose – to advance the selfish political goals of anti-LGBTQ+ lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House at the expense of young transgender Pennsylvanians,” said Ryan Matthews, Pennsylvania State Director at HRC (he/him). “House leadership knows this bill is going nowhere – Governor Tom Wolf would veto it if it ever landed on his desk. This type of legislation, which targets a marginalized population without doing any good, is simply part of a coordinated national campaign to incite hatred and attract extremist votes, and it has no place in this state. The Pennsylvania Senate should do the right thing here and reject this bigoted attack. More HRCs.
RED STATES PUSH ON LGBTQ+ RESTRICTIONS AS EDUCATION BATTLES INTENSIFY: “They just kept pivoting until they could find the one thing that they thought would capture the public’s imagination and turn them against LGBTQ+ equality and acceptance,” said Cathryn Oakley, HRC State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel (@CthrynOklyshe she). “They cared about women’s sport for as long as it was politically expedient.” More than the New York Times.
WHY ARE QUEER NIGHTCLUB IN BROOKLYN ATTACKED? : More than rolling stone.
📺 GET CULTURED
AS MORE AMERICANS THAN EVER IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ+, THE MUSEUM’S EXHIBITS FEATURE THE HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY: As America’s LGBTQ+ Museum prepares to open in New York in 2024, museums that focus on LGBTQ+ history and culture play a pivotal role for LGBTQ+ communities as they face historical erasure and legislative attacks. More than USA today.
🏖 THIS BEACH IN MEXICO IS AN LGBTQ+ HAVEN. BUT CAN IT LAST? : Along the Pacific coast of Mexico there is a quiet cove with a beach called Playa del Amor (love beach). For decades, this beach has been a haven for local LGBTQ+ people. Now it’s under threat as new residents and foreign investment in the area threaten the magic and relative anonymity that made the beach special. More than The New York Times.
🏈 MICHAEL SAM GETS COACHING JOB WITH BARCELONA DRAGONS: More than outdoor sports
🍻 BARRACKS ROW’S NEW LGBTQ+ OWNED BAR HAS PETE BUTTIGIEG AS A CLIENT: More than Eater.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
POLISH LGBTQ+ LIBRARY HELPS QUEER UKRAINIANS NAVIGATE SAFELY THROUGH NOTORIOUS “LGBTQ+ FREE ZONES”: More than PinkNews.