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September 2020 Edition
 
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Welcome to the start of Fall! We hope that everyone is doing their best to stay healthy and safe as the weather cools down. This month HRC paid tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. HRC President Alphonso David reflected on her legacy, “Today, we lost an unqualified, undisputed hero. She wasn’t just an iconic jurist, Justice Ginsburg was a force for good -- a force for bringing this country closer to delivering on its promise of equality for all.” Read HRC’s full statement.

Supporting Your LGBTQ Workers

Child Welfare Workforce Development Month comes to a close today -- have you reflected on the ways your workplace is supporting your LGBTQ employees? If you want to learn more, watch our on-demand webinar, “Becoming An Employer of Choice for the LGBTQ Community.” Designed for agency leaders, the webinar provides an overview of key policies and benefits for LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace, common workplace challenges faced by LGBTQ people and strategies for LGBTQ employee recruitment.

New Research on LGBTQ Parenting

A new longitudinal research study from Dr. Rachel Farr at the University of Kentucky compared behavioral outcomes of children with same-gender parents to those of children with different-gender parents. The study concluded that stress was the best predictor of children’s behavioral problems and the sexual orientation of parents was unrelated to behavioral outcomes. This supports the existing literature that has consistently found that children with same-gender parents are just as well off as children with different-gender parents. The study is also the first one of its kind to follow children adopted by lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parents from early to middle childhood. Read the article to learn more details about the new study.

CDC Data Show Increased Rates of Bullying for LGBTQ Youth

In August, the CDC released the 2019 findings from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey. The numbers show that LGBTQ youth experience increased rates of bullying, violence and suicidality. HRC’s Ellen Kahn reflected on the findings, “This data continues to make clear a truth that we’ve long known -- that LGBTQ students are not getting the support, affirmation and safety they need and deserve. We must ensure that adults are doing everything possible to support LGBTQ youth, especially those who are living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities.” Read an analysis of the survey results.

Organizations Suing the Trump Administration for Ending Data Collection on LGBTQ &
Tribal Identity of Youth in Foster Care

Multiple child welfare, tribal and LGBTQ organizations are suing the Department of Health and Human Services for changing the rule that allows foster care workers to ask about youth’s sexual orientation and tribal identity. LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, and one of the most important ways to track the impact of the system on their health and well-being is through data collection. The organizations involved in the lawsuit are True Colors, Inc., Ark of Freedom Alliance, the Detroit-area Ruth Ellis Center, the California Tribal Families Coalition, Yurok Tribe, Cherokee Nation, and Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Learn more about the plaintiffs, the lawsuit, and the response of these organizations.

Recipients of HRC & SHOWTIME’s “Queer to Stay” 

You may remember reading about HRC and SHOWTIME’s “Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative” in the July newsletter. The program launched over the summer with the goal of supporting and preserving businesses that specifically serve the LGBTQ+ community, focusing on LGBTQ+ women, people of color, and the transgender community. The awardees of this initiative were announced earlier this month and received a donation to support their work. Congratulations to all of these organizations!

ACAF Project Updates

The 2021 participation cycle will launch in October. Stay tuned for more information!

 
Resource Spotlight
 
Visit HRC’s Voting Center for mail-in ballot info and to confirm your voter registration status today!

October Observances
 
Oct – LGBT History Month
Oct – Global Diversity Awareness Month
10/8 – International Lesbian Day
10/11 – National Coming Out Day
10/15 – National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
10/15 – Spirit Day
10/21 – International Pronouns Day
10/26 – Intersex Awareness Day
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