#AM_Equality: May 31, 2022 – Human Rights Campaign

COMMENT: I ​​LOVE DEFINE MYSELF AS “PANSEXUAL” — SOMETIMES LABELS CAN BE USEFUL: For many members of the LGBTQ+ community, finding a label that works for them can be daunting. Nyanda Foday, former Birmingham Young Poet Laureate (@NyandaIsAPoet) explains how labeling yourself can be useful and how to find the label that works best for you, i.e. if you want one. More GAYTIMES.

⚽ AMERICAN SOCCER HAS OFFICIALLY BANNED ANTI-LGBTQ+ SONGS: The organization’s new policy will penalize clubs and promoters who engage in or permit offensive chanting related to sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Failure to comply with the new policy will result in heavy fines and bans. More outdoor sports.

📍 IN THE STATES

BLACK TRANS YOUTH TARGET IN INDIANA SCHOOLS SPORTS BILL: Due to a higher risk of mental health issues in addition to increasing violence against black trans people across the country, black trans youth are already a disproportionately vulnerable group. Now, with anti-trans sports bills passing in many states, advocates are concerned for the safety and health of black trans children. “In 2022, we are already discussing the importance of safety for all trans people in this country, and the urgent need for protective policy that ensures our well-being and prosperity,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper (@MsToriCooper1she she). More the Black Wall Street Times.

LOUISIANA RE-APPROVES ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BILL, SETTING UP VETO FIGHT: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed a similar bill last year. More Lawyer.

📺 GET CULTURED

LGBTQ+ ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST LAVERNE COX HONORED WITH HER OWN BARBIE DOLL: This will be the first time Mattel has released a Barbie inspired by a transgender woman. More USA today and The Washington Post.

🎬 FRAMELINE ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP FOR 2022 LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL: The Frameline Film Festival, which is the largest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, will take place from June 16 to 26. The San Francisco Bay Area festival will feature 125 films from around the world. There will also be a streaming option for those not in the Bay Area. More than frame line and EDGE Multimedia Network.

🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY

ADVOCACY GROUPS IN SENEGAL DEMAND BETTER TREATMENT OF LGBTQ+ DETAINEES: According to the founder of the Collectif Free du Sénégal, Souleymane Diouf, LGBTQ+ detainees are often subjected to physical and sexual violence by inmates and guards. Senegalese officials and anti-LGBTQ+ groups continue to push for even tougher legislation regarding same-sex relationships. More the WAshington Blade.

LITHUANIAN LEGISLATIVES AGREE TO CONSIDER SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIP DRAFT LAW: More AlJazeera.

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