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Today, HRC announced its opposition to Tom Price's appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services. In a report and letter sent to Congress this morning, HRC cited his career-long record of opposing basic human rights for LGBTQ people.

Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, responded:

"Donald Trump has chosen a man to run the Department of Health and Human Services who is on the wrong side of just about every public health concern for LGBTQ people. Today too many LGBTQ people are still turned away from care, denied the right to visit loved ones and treated unfairly by their providers. We deserve a Secretary who will work to end discrimination, not one who has a history of demeaning and marginalizing LGBTQ people. For all of those reasons, and many more, we strongly oppose his appointment..

For more, check out HRC’s report: Tom Price: A History of Anti-LGBTQ Actions, which includes details about his extensive history of anti-LGBTQ lawmaking, including:

  • Price, like Jeff Sessions, voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act, referring to it as "thought crime" and referred to its passage as "immoral."
  • Price was a vocal opponent of repealing the discriminatory “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” ban
  • He referred to the notion that transgender people should have equal access to public facilities as "abuse and overreach of power"
  • The fringe Family Research Council wrote to its members: “As one of our good friends in Congress, Rep. Tim Price [sic] (R-GA), told me recently: If the homosexual Left succeeds and ENDA becomes law, you can "Just let your mind run wild and see the consequences: They are remarkably negative."
  • Price voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which include protections for LGBTQ people -- particularly concerning given HHS' recognition of domestic violence as a public health crisis.
  • He is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act, which provides essential health care for LGBTQ people
  • Price sponsored legislation to attempt to pre-empt Washington, D.C.'s recognition of marriages between same-sex couples.

Author: Rob Flaherty
Posted: January 18, 2017, 3:10 pm

Today, HRC Foundation released the results of a groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the United States.

The online survey, believed to be the largest ever of its kind, found that 70 percent of respondents have witnessed bullying, hate messages or harassment since the election, with racial bias the most common motive cited. More than a quarter of LGBTQ youth said they have been personally bullied or harassed since Election Day -- compared to 14 percent of non-LGBTQ youth -- with transgender young people most frequently targeted. Additionally, Hispanic and Latinx respondents were 20 percent more likely than other youth to report having been personally bullied, with harassment targeting both immigrant and nonimmigrant communities.

“Whether the threats come in their schools or from those holding the country's highest offices, no young person should be bullied or made to feel unsafe,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The alarming results of this groundbreaking survey underscore our fears about the damaging effect the recent election is having on our nation’s youth, and serve as a call to action to all of us committed to helping our young people thrive in an inclusive and supportive society.”

Vast numbers of young people also reported feeling nervous and hopeless post-election, with almost half of LGBTQ youth saying they have taken steps to hide who they are by delaying coming out, dressing differently or questioning their plans for the future. Hispanic and African American young people also reported changing their appearances and routines out of fear of harassment, and Muslim, Jewish and Hindu youth all described concealing symbols of their faith to avoid being targeted.

In responses to open-ended questions on the survey, many young people shared heart-wrenching stories of how the vicious campaign rhetoric had encouraged harassment and bullying. Wrote one Hispanic 18-year-old from Illinois, “My family and I go shopping and wash clothes at 2 a.m. to avoid seeing and hearing people’s comments.” A transgender youth from Idaho wrote that they and a Latinx friend were confronted at school by a fellow student who said, “Donald Trump is gonna deport wastes of space like you, and hopefully he does something about freaks like you too.”

Findings include:

  • Seventy percent of respondents reported witnessing bullying, hate messages or harassment during or since the 2016 election. Of those, 79 percent said such behaviors have been occurring more frequently since the onset of the presidential campaign.
  • Among young people who reported seeing bullying and harassment, 70 percent had witnessed incidents motivated by race or ethnicity, 63 percent had seen incidents motivated by sexual orientation, 59 percent had seen incidents motivated by immigration status, and 55 percent had witnessed incidents motivated by gender.
  • Over the past 30 days, about half of transgender youth reported feeling hopeless and worthless most or all of the time, and 70 percent said that these and similar feelings have increased in the past 30 days. Thirty-six percent had been personally bullied or harassed, and 56 percent had changed their self-expression or future plans because of the election.
  • Before Election Day 2016, more than half of survey respondents reported thinking about  the election every day, and a third thought about it several times each week.

In one encouraging finding, despite widespread post-election fear and anxiety, young people said they are more committed than ever to supporting others who are targeted for discrimination and harassment. Fifty-seven percent said that since Election Day, they more frequently feel motivated to help people in their community.

Wrote one 15-year-old from North Carolina: “The best way for adults to reassure youth, especially minorities, is to get involved in the community and take action to make the world a better place, whether it is through volunteering at a homeless shelter, working on a campaign, or something else. Actions speak louder than words.”

Respondents were solicited through HRC’s social media channels and those of partner organizations, including Mental Health America, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Southern Poverty Law Center, True Colors Fund and The Trevor Project.

To acknowledge the very real fears young people are experiencing, and help them cope with the fallout from the election, HRC is recommending five things you can do today to support LGBTQ youth. Find the list here. Read the full survey results here.


Author: Allison Turner
Posted: January 18, 2017, 3:00 pm

HRC OPPOSES TOM PRICE FOR HHS SECRETARY: Yesterday, HRC sent a letter of opposition to Congressional offices regarding Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. In the letter, HRC President Chad Griffin lays out Price’s decades-long career of opposition to LGBTQ equality and the stakes for the LGBTQ community if he is confirmed. Partnering with anti-LGBTQ organizations, Representative Price has vocally opposed legislation that would protect our community not only from discrimination, but also from acts of violence. He has also dedicated the past seven years to systematically undermining the Affordable Care Act -- one of the most significant tools this country has ever had to combat health disparities in our community. Perhaps most troubling is his belief that LGBTQ people, equality, and same-sex relationships have negative public health and economic implications for the nation. More from TIME.

FOLLOWING HEARING, QUESTIONS REMAIN FOR BETSY DEVOS: At yesterday’s hearing, Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nomination for Secretary of Education, rejected the dangerous practice of conversion therapy and distanced herself from the extremist organizations that practice it. However, many questions remain unanswered. David Stacy, Government Affairs Director of the Human Rights Campaign said, “[W]ill she protect LGBTQ young people and commit to keeping crucial protections in place for transgender students? That is a key, critical question and should be an easy answer. Does she reject Focus on the Family’s call for the Department of Education to rescind guidance ensuring the safety of transgender students? Will she reject attempts by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to have taxpayers foot the bill for discrimination against LGBTQ students and families?” Here are some of the facts:

●DeVos' personal foundation has donated $275,000 to Focus on the Family, an organization that promotes, among other things, conversion therapy

●DeVos’ personal foundation has donated $15,000 to the Becket Foundation, an organization that advocates for taxpayers funding discriminatory schools

●DeVos’ personal foundation has donated $65,000 to the Thomas More Law Center, an organization that represented organizations that challenged the constitutionality of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

New survey finds LGBTQ youth bullied and harassed post-election. No young person should face this hate. https://t.co/SEGNn51fiV

— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) January 18, 2017

GROUNDBREAKING HRC SURVEY OF 50,000+ YOUNG PEOPLE REVEALS TROUBLING POST-ELECTION SPIKE IN BULLYING, HARASSMENT: Today, HRC released the results of a survey -- believed to be the largest ever of its kind -- of tens of thousands of young people ages 13-18 revealing the deeply damaging fallout the November election has had on youth across the United States. The online survey found that 70 percent of respondents have witnessed bullying, hate messages or harassment since the election, with racial bias the most common motive cited. More than a quarter of LGBTQ youth said they have been personally bullied or harassed since Election Day -- compared to 14 percent of non-LGBTQ youth -- with transgender young people most frequently targeted. Additionally, Hispanic and Latinx respondents were 20 percent more likely than other youth to report having been personally bullied, with harassment targeting both immigrant and nonimmigrant communities.

“Whether the threats come in their schools or from those holding the country's highest offices, no young person should be bullied or made to feel unsafe,” said HRC President Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin). “The alarming results of this groundbreaking survey underscore our fears about the damaging effect the recent election is having on our nation’s youth, and serve as a call to action to all of us committed to helping our young people thrive in an inclusive and supportive society.”

Read more about the survey and its results here, and go here to for guidance on what adults can do to acknowledge the very real fears young people are experiencing, and help them cope with the fallout from the election.

TODAY -- HEARINGS BEGIN FOR NIKKI HALEY, TRUMP’S UN AMBASSADOR PICK: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley appears today before Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a hearing on her nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. During Obama’s presidency, the United States has strongly advocated for LGBTQ rights in the UN. Recently, it created and twice protected a new watchdog position devoted to advancing LGBTQ rights; released a first-of-its-kind report on violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ community; and launched the UN Free & Equal campaign and the ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ initiative.

OBAMA’S UNPARALLELED LGBTQ LEGACY: There is no doubt that gains the LGBTQ community has made under President Obama will be a defining part his legacy. Vox’s German Lopez (@GermanLopez) chronicles the historic advances under President Obama, and the work that must continue. Lopez interviews leading voices advocating for LGBTQ advocacy, including HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. More from Vox.

RESOURCES FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN WAKE OF TRUMP: As Inauguration Day approaches, many in the LGBTQ community are feeling anxious about their rights under a Trump Administration -- especially those who are also part of other communities the president-elect has marginalized, including  immigrants, Muslims and women. Nidhi Prakash (@NidhiPrakash) of Fusion looks at ways people can transform fear into action over the next four years, and provides an extensive reading list and resources for people looking for information and opportunities for advocacy. Read the full piece at Fusion.

PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTES PORTION OF CHELSEA MANNING’S REMAINING SENTENCE: With this decision, Pvt. Manning will be released in May of this year. As Pvt. Manning serves the remainder of her sentence, she deserves the same thing that any incarcerated person does -- appropriate and competent medical care, including transition related care,  and protection from discrimination and violence.  There is a clear legal consensus that it is the government’s responsibility to provide medically necessary care for transgender people and the military has an obligation to follow those guidelines. More from HRC.

Breaking: President Obama commutes a large portion of Private Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence. https://t.co/xDJPWwY91S pic.twitter.com/kmzxAQsGAo

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 17, 2017

MOONLIGHT, SETH MEYERS AND MERYL STREEP TO BE HONORED AT HRC GREATER NEW YORK GALA: Both the groundbreaking film Moonlight and comedian Seth Meyers will be honored at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. As previously announced, HRC will also honor critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep at the event, which raises crucial funds in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. More from HRC and The Associated Press.

.@HRC is honored to present @MoonlightMov with the HRC Visionary Arts Award at the @HRCGreaterNY Gala next month https://t.co/nIER4mP5cJ pic.twitter.com/QdyKAg0FAd

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 17, 2017

.@SethMeyers consistently speaks out against discrimination. @HRC is honored to present him with the Equality Award https://t.co/nIER4mP5cJ pic.twitter.com/cBt1JgCa3k

— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 17, 2017

CHARLOTTE REAL ESTATE EXECS CALL FOR HB2 REPEAL: A coalition of Charlotte-area commercial real estate executives is calling for the repeal of the dangerous and discriminatory HB2 -- noting its devastating effects on North Carolina’s LGBTQ community and the ongoing harm it's inflicting on the state’s economy. More from The Charlotte Observer.

INDIANA REPUBLICAN PUTS THE BRAKES ON ANTI-TRANSGENDER STATE BILL: Republican State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, who chairs the Indiana House Public Health Committee, released a statement last week asserting that she will not give an anti-transgender bill a hearing. The bill in question would deny Hoosiers the right to change the gender on their birth certificates. More from Indy Star.

GLSEN MARKS “NO NAME-CALLING WEEK”: This week, GLSEN, which works to end bullying and harassment in schools, is sponsoring “No Name-Calling Week” in schools across the nation. The week, GLSEN says, celebrates kindness and provides an opportunity to show allyship to LGBTQ students, particularly transgender and gender nonconforming students, as well as LGBTQ students of color. GLSEN previously joined a group of education-related organizations calling on school leaders and educators to respond to numerous reports of violence, harassment, and intimidation that have occurred since the presidential election.

IRELAND TO ALLOW MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN TO DONATE BLOOD AFTER ONE YEAR OF ABSTINENCE: This week, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service changed a rule regarding blood donations from men who have sex with men, now requiring them to undergo a one year period of abstinence from same-sex sexual activity. Such donations were previously banned. While an improvement, this remains an unacceptable solution that stigmatizes LGBTQ people while restricting the blood supply. More from Irish Times.

READING RAINBOW

The New York Times shares a list of banned books they encourage parents to share with their children, including multiple books with LGBTQ content such as  I Am Jazz, by HRC Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__)... BuzzFeed talks to a lesbian couple challenging people’s notions of gender expression while pregnant… NowThisNews shares the history of Planned Parenthood in a new video with a star-studded cast of narrators…

Have news? Send us your news and tips at AMEquality@hrc.org. Click here to subscribe to #AM_Equality and follow @HRC for all the latest news. Thanks for reading!


Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 18, 2017, 3:00 pm

HRC’s groundbreaking post-election survey of more than 50,000 youth reveals that on the eve of the Trump Administration, LGBTQ youth report a troubling spike in bullying and harassment, and say they are afraid and anxious about what their futures might hold. They also tell us that young people are being targeted based on race, religion, immigration status, and LGBTQ identity, a deeply alarming fallout from the November election.

It’s important to acknowledge these fears and be on the lookout for those at risk. Every single one of us can play a role in instilling hope in the hearts and minds of the young people in our lives, particularly during these uncertain and unsettling times.

Here are five steps you can take today to support LGBTQ youth.

1. Listen to LGBTQ youth.

As one survey respondent said, “Adults can help by being understanding…” Take the time to listen and learn from LGBTQ youth. This survey and HRC’s 2012 survey of 10,000+ LGBTQ youth shed light on the experiences of LGBTQ youth and what we can all do to support them. Keep in mind that LGBTQ youth are diverse. Read HRC’s guide on supporting transgender youth or information on the experiences of bisexual youth and LGBTQ youth of color. Once you’ve done that, take the time to educate others.

2. Be a role model for kindness and inclusion.

“Don’t tolerate any kind of hateful speech,” stressed one survey participant. Speak up if you hear “That’s so gay” or other anti-LGBTQ comments from young people in your lives and be prepared for questions and put-downs on gender. Seventy percent of youth respondents reported witnessing incidents of race-based bullying and harassment. Take advantage of resources like this one from the Southern Poverty Law Center to learn how to speak up against everyday bigotry.

3. Show young people that they can be authentic around you.

Almost half of the LGBTQ youth surveyed say they’ve muted their self-expression or are re-thinking their future plans because of the election. Look for ways that you can demonstrate to the young people in your life that they can be themselves around you. Talk about how there is no “one way” to be a boy or a girl, for example, and avoid making assumptions about a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. If you’re not LGBTQ, come out as a supporter of LGBTQ equality.

4. Take action at the local level to create safe spaces.

More than half of LGBTQ youth say they are now more motivated than ever to help others. Let’s make sure that they feel empowered to do so. Consider your community and some of the places where youth spend time -- are they safe for LGBTQ youth? How can you make a difference? For example, consider contacting your local school board and encouraging members to adopt inclusive policies. Be ready to share resources with young people who have experienced harassment or violence. If you work with youth -- as a teacher, counselor, social worker or other professional -- consider attending the Time To THRIVE conference in April to learn best practices in creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth.

5. Stay informed and get involved in the fights ahead.

We face a long and difficult fight ahead to protect the historic progress we’ve made toward ensuring full LGBTQ equality. Join the fight and stay updated on HRC’s local, state and federal advocacy. LGBTQ youth are counting on you.


Author: Alison Delpercio
Posted: January 18, 2017, 2:40 pm

This evening HRC responded to Betsy DeVos’ hearing for Education Secretary.

David Stacy, Government Affairs Director of the Human Rights Campaign, responded:

"It’s good that Betsy DeVos rejects the dangerous practice of conversion therapy and is distancing herself from extremist organizations that practice it. But will she protect LGBTQ young people and commit to keeping crucial protections in place for transgender students? That is a key, critical question and should be an easy answer. Does she reject Focus on the Family’s call for the Department of Education to rescind guidance ensuring the safety of transgender students? Will she reject attempts by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to have taxpayers foot the bill for discrimination against LGBTQ students and families? We still don’t know those answers and we must. The next Secretary of Education deserves a thorough vetting and this drive-by hearing is inadequate and inexcusable."

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND:

  • DeVos personal foundation has donated $275,000 to Focus on the Family, an organization that promotes, among other things, conversion therapy
  • DeVos’ personal foundation has donated $15,000 to the Becket Foundation, an organization that advocates for taxpayers funding discriminatory schools
  • DeVos’ personal foundation has donated $65,000 to the Thomas More Law Center, an organization that represented organizations that challenged the constitutionality of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Author: David Stacy
Posted: January 18, 2017, 12:51 am

Today, HRC released the following statement following President Obama’s decision to commute a large portion of Private (Pvt.) Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence.

“President Obama has a strong record regarding the humane treatment of prisoners and a long commitment to LGBTQ equality,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “The decision to commute Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s remaining sentence – after she served nearly 7 years for her crimes – reflects that record. We hope Pvt. Manning soon can access the care and treatment that she, and every transgender person, deserves.”

With this decision, Pvt. Manning will be released in May of this year. As Pvt. Manning serves the remainder of her sentence, she deserves the same thing that any incarcerated person does – appropriate and competent medical care and protection from discrimination and violence.  The care she receives should be something that she and her doctors – including professionals who understand transgender care – agree is best for her.  There is a clear legal consensus that it is the government’s responsibility to provide medically necessary care for transgender people and the military has an obligation to follow those guidelines.


Author: HRC staff
Posted: January 17, 2017, 10:20 pm

January 17, 2017

Last week marked the start of Tennessee’s 2017 legislative session. Last year, anti-equality lawmakers passed SB 1556, mean-spirited legislation that gives licensed counselors in a private practice cover to use personal or religious beliefs as an excuse to terminate care or refer away LGBTQ clients, as long as they refer the client to another counselor.

As legislators returned to the capital, anti-equality lawmakers continued the anti-LGBTQ legislative attacks by filing SB 1, a bill that further expands this discrimination, as well as two other bills that target LGBTQ Tennesseans and their families.  HRC is calling our members and supporters in Tennessee into action to oppose discriminatory legislation in your state. Take a stand: Sign HRC’s No Hate in My State Pledge.

HRC is on the ground and ready to fight against legislative attacks that discriminate against LGBTQ Tennesseans. HRC is working closely with our coalition partners at Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and ACLU of Tennessee to defeat legislation that threatens the rights of LGBTQ Tennesseans and their families.

Live in Tennessee and want to get more involved in the fight against anti-LGBTQ legislation? Contact HRC Regional Field Organizer Hope Jackson for more info.


Author: Hope Jackson
Posted: January 17, 2017, 9:46 pm

Marvell L. Terry II, HRC’s HIV & AIDS Project Manager, is featured on the cover and in the January issue of POZ magazine, an award-winning resource for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

The article, Southern Exposure, focuses on the unfortunate stigma black gay and bisexual men face in southern states and how it undermines their wellbeing and access to appropriate healthcare. The piece by Rod McCullom, also highlights a particularly staggering statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- more than 60 percent of all black gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in 2014 were living in the South.

Terry is working to combat stigma and raise the bar for education and awareness surrounding HIV. He spearheaded HRC’s innovative HIV 360° Fellowship Program, which has brought together 10 community-based leaders for a nine-month fellowship providing high-level training to elevate their work ending HIV in hard-hit U.S. communities. The program is made possible by the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Terry was also the face of HRC Foundation’s public education outreach campaign It’s Time to End Bad HIV Laws to raise awareness about the harms of HIV criminalization.

He is the founder of The Red Door Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the health outcomes of black gay and bisexual men in the Southeast region of the U.S., and created the annual Saving Ourselves Symposium held in Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry told POZ that his inspiration for stepping up to create the annual symposium for Southern black gay and bisexual men living with HIV was straightforward: “We are in a state of emergency, and I wanted to convey this.” The event, Terry said, is for those “who need to be at the table to decrease transmission in the South.”

In addition to its 360° Fellowship Program, HRC is also committed to expanding education in the South through its multi-year Project One America, a comprehensive campaign in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi working to reduce the stigma of HIV & AIDS and advancing awareness of treatment and prevention.

Southern Exposure: Structural, social and health barriers - fueled by conservative politics, racism and stigma - are challenging the black gay and bisexual men at the center of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the south. can be read in full here.

Learn more about HRC’s commitment to working with allies, partners, members and supporters to end the HIV epidemic and the stigma surrounding HIV & AIDS by visiting hrc.org/HIV.


Author: Emily Roberts
Posted: January 17, 2017, 8:00 pm

Last week, HRC hosted a reception to welcome Clifton “Clif” Cortez as the World Bank’s first Advisor on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). HRC, along with a number of other advocacy groups, played a key role in advocating for the creation of this position.

“We are so gratified that the Bank has taken this step to protect and defend the human rights of LGBTQ people wherever the Bank does its work,” Mary Beth Maxwell, HRC Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training, said at the event.

In this newly created position, Cortez will work to ensure that LGBTQ people are included in Bank activities. He will also serve as a liaison to LGBTQ groups. For example:

  • If the Bank helps build a school, educators should be required to welcome LGBTQ students and to address bullying appropriately.
  • If the Bank funds construction of a dam that requires communities to move out of the area, they should resettle LGBTQ people in places that are safe for them.
  • If the Bank helps fund a health clinic, it must ensure that LGBTQ people are not turned away or are made to feel stigmatized.

Cortez brings more than 20 years of professional experience to this position. He has worked at the United Nations Development Programme and at USAID, where he focused on health, HIV, sustainable development and the intersection of SOGI and development.

In his remarks, Cortez thanked HRC and laid out some of the key initiatives he plans to work on, particularly focusing on data and research.

“LGBTI people are currently invisible to government decision-makers and other policy leaders because of a dire lack of data,” he said.  “Data is necessary to provide texture and a clear narrative (about the experiences of LGBTI people)”

Referencing a paper the Bank released a few months ago, Cortez plans to focus on five specific areas to address the “LGBTI data gap”: Political and civic participation, economic well-being, personal security and violence, health and education.

The event also featured remarks from Anna Wellenstein, the Director of Strategy and Operations at the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.

“The World Bank understands that sexual and gender minorities are particularly important to our work,” Wellenstein said. “I am happy that the Bank has hired its first-ever Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisor, Clifton Cortez.”

HRC was honored to celebrate this great achievement and looks forward to working with Cortez and the Bank to continue advancing and protecting the human rights of LGBTQ people in the countries where the Bank operates.


Author: Jeremy Kadden
Posted: January 17, 2017, 6:44 pm

Today, HRC announced that both the groundbreaking film Moonlight and comedian Seth Meyers will be honored at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. As previously announced, HRC will also honor critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep at the event which raises crucial funds in the fight for full LGBTQ equality.

Moonlight has captured the hearts and minds of audiences across the country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The film triumphs in its portrayal of the struggles that many in this country face every day because of discriminatory barriers that still exist, especially if you’re young, African American, and LGBTQ. We are proud to recognize the brilliance of Moonlight with the HRC Visionary Arts Award and welcome playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney to accept the award.”

Moonlight, which tells the story of a young black gay man, is inspired by the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who will accept the award on behalf of the film. HRC recently sat down with the film’s writer and director, Barry Jenkins, as well as McCraney, to discuss the groundbreaking film and the issues of bullying and masculinity. Richard Brody of The New Yorker said, “Blasting aside conventions, archetypes, and stereotypes, Jenkins conjures the birth of an individual’s consciousness, the forging of a complex and multifaceted identity; he restores complexity to the very idea of identity, of the multiplicity as well as the singularity of being oneself—and he conveys his own primordial sense of wonder that art itself can conjure it.” Moonlight is the winner of the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama.

HRC also announced the organization will honor Emmy-Award winning writer Seth Meyers with the HRC Equality Award. Using his perfectly-timed wit and off-the-cuff satire, Meyers has helped to draw attention to discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people across the country, including North Carolina’s deeply discriminatory House Bill 2.

“Seth Meyers’ has wielded his talent and humor to raise awareness about deeply serious issues impacting LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Through his comedy, Meyers’ consistently speaks out against discrimination, exposing the false premises and irrational efforts by opponents of equality. We look forward to welcoming Seth Meyers to this year’s HRC Greater New York Gala and honoring him with the HRC Equality Award.”

Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He was named one TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014. He was also the former head writer for Saturday Night Live. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. Meyers also garnered 14 additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer in television.

In December, HRC announced that critically-acclaimed actress and LGBTQ-icon Meryl Streep will be honored at the event with the National Ally for Equality Award. For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television. An outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality, Streep credits childhood music teachers for helping to open her eyes to LGBTQ acceptance, including her gay piano teacher and his partner, and another transgender music teacher. “I just can't remember when LGBT people were not in my life,” Streep said an in interview.

The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. To purchase tickets for the #HRCGreaterNY gala, learn more about the event, ways to volunteer, and more, please visit www.HRCGreaterNY.org.


Author: Stephen Peters
Posted: January 17, 2017, 4:48 pm

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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 22, 2016, 4:03 am
The Orlando Massacre: A Reminder of the Dangers LGBT People Live With Every Day There have been scores of attacks on LGBT spaces, some of which received more attention than others. 06/12/2016 10:46 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Michelangelo Signorile, Editor-at-Large, HuffPost Queer Voices Queer Voices Editor-at-Large, The Huffington Post STEVE NESIUS / […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:17 pm
Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub “We are investigating this from all points of perspective as an act of terrorism.” 06/12/2016 09:28 am ET | Updated 5 minutes ago Nina Golgowski Trends reporter, The Huffington Post Sebastian Murdock Reporter, The Huffington Post Andy Campbell Reporter, The […]
Author: LDS Family Fellowship
Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
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Author: LDS Family Fellowship
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