May 2020 Edition
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We’re getting our newsletter to you a bit early this month to invite you to a special virtual event next week where we will be announcing ACAF’s 2020 Change-Makers! Check out the details below and we hope you’ll join us. Wishing you a happy and healthy Memorial Day Weekend!

You are Invited: 2020 Change-Makers Celebration

On May 28th at 2 PM ET, join All Children - All Families for the release of the 2020 edition of Celebrating Everyday Change-Makers in Child Welfare, our annual report spotlighting the organizations and professionals working every day to ensure LGBTQ youth and families are safe and healthy. During this challenging time, this event will share messages of hope and resilience from these change-makers and the youth and families they serve. It’s also a great way to learn more about the work of ACAF, especially if your organization is interested in coming onboard as a participant for 2021. We hope you’ll tune in!

Featured Speakers include: HRC President Alphonso David; ACAF Director Alison Delpercio, Dr. Yolanda Graham, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health; Nakiya Lynch, HRC Youth Ambassador & Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Youth Ambassador; and Ashley Rhodes-Courter, HRC Foundation Parents for Transgender Equality Council member and New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Three Little Words.”

Register today! You can also RSVP and share the event on Facebook.

HRC Responds to Final AFCARS Rule from HHS

HHS has published a final rule with revisions to AFCARS regulations. HRC’s Director of Government Affairs David Stacy responded to the rule which abandons data collection on the sexual orientation of youth in foster care and foster and adoptive parents and guardians: ““LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in foster care, and this attempt to erase them and important data on adoptive and foster parents undermines efforts to address the marginalization, harassment and discrimination that LGBTQ youth in foster care and families face.” Read more.

COVID-19: New HRC Research Brief on Risks Facing LGBTQ Children & Youth

This brief provides information about the risk that LGBTQ children and youth, of which there are at least 2 million in the United States alone, face amidst COVID-19, as well as resources available to them as they navigate these times.
“Home But Not Safe” NPR Article on LGBTQ Youth

Earlier this week, NPR explored the experiences some LGBTQ youth are navigating right now as they are home with rejecting family members. Read the full article.
LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Infographic

The Movement Advance Project developed this infographic to help build awareness of experiences of LGBTQ in child welfare systems. Download and share today.
ACAF Project Updates
The ACAF 2020 Annual Report will be released on May 28th!

Resource Spotlight
HRC has launched a new Trans Justice Newsletter to focus on trans and non-binary communities. Subscribe here.
June Webinars

June Observances

June - LGBTQ Pride Month
6/12 – Pulse Remembrance Day
6/27 – National HIV Testing Day
6/28 – Stonewall Riots Anniversary

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