Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David and State Legislative Director Cathryn Oakley hosted a press call to preview the state legislative landscape for 2021. With a number of anti-LGBTQ bills being introduced, heard, and voted on now and in the coming months, Alphonso David and Cathryn Oakley discussed the recurring themes the Human Rights Campaign is seeing in anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country, and shared additional political and electoral context around these fights.
Upon viewing the state legislative landscape, it can be observed that national organizations are pushing anti-LGBTQ bills across the U.S. The discriminatory bills are mongered by fear, not facts, and the opposition to such bills has been becoming desperately vocal. Despite the broad popularity of supporting LGBTQ equality from the general American public and preference for pro-quality candidates – even by Republican voters – these bills still are being introduced. States who pass these anti-LGBTQ laws risk major harm to their queer residents’ lives. Bills like these have posed economic, reputational, and legal harm to states who consider passing them, as evidenced by the result of anti-LGBQT legislation in states such as North Carolina, Texas, Indiana, and Idaho, among others.
Fortunately, the HRC has a strong record of defeating anti-equality legislation in states. Their team is hard at work monitoring and leading the fight against anti-equality bills across the country this year. For example, senseless anti-transgender sports and medical care bills are being introduced in state legislatures across the country as the latest iteration of the political fight against LGBTQ equality. The HRC is looking lead LGBTQ+ friendly progress and combat National anti-LGBTQ+ groups like the Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom and the Eagle Forum who are leading the charge, rather than legislators or constituent concerns.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organizations working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
Listen to the full recording of today’s press call here.
Miss Meatface “Demure Debutante” featured in “Peep Show” The Untitled Space is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by artist Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, presented in collaboration with Fleur Du Mal. From December 11, 2019 – February 14, 2020 a selection of her photography including unique Polaroids, photographic prints on aluminum and photo printed ceramics will be on view at their lower east side pop-up gallery, “Peep Show” located at 175 Mott Street in Manhattan.
Kat Toronto aka “Miss Meatface” is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area who works in performance-based photography. She uses her often unsettling and surreal images to explore cultural ideals of feminine beauty and the objectification of women in a feminist society by toying with the push and pull of dominance and submission, as well as the acts of revealing and concealing. Diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer in 2010 that eventually led to a full hysterectomy in 2013, Kat uses the name “Miss Meatface” as an artistic and spiritual catalyst to delve into a complex set of questions about where she now fits into society as a woman. Kat currently resides in London, England.
Now live for bidding through February 11th at 5pm EST
The Untitled Space is pleased to present a benefit auction supporting Art4Equality in partnership with Paddle 8 which is now live for bidding until February 11, 2020.
The Art4Equality x Paddle8 Benefit Auction features more than 200 artworks by over 60 artists including Reisha Perlmutter, Hiba Schahbaz, Fahren Feingold, Indira Cesarine, Karen Bystedt, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Sarah Maple, Rebecca Leveille, Tara Lewis, Tina Maria Elena Bak, Lynn Bianchi, Leah Schrager, Katie Commodore, Annika Connor, Alexandra Rubinstein, Trina Merry, Victoria Selbach, and among many others coming together to raise funds for Art4Equality’s future programing and gender equality focused projects. Artist Reisha Perlmutter Featured in Art4Equality Benefit Paddle8 Auction.
ART4EQUALITY x PADDLE8 AUCTION ARTISTS
Alex Janero, Alexandra Rubinstein, Allie Fuller, Allison Hill-Egdar, Anna Cone, Anna Sampson, Anne Barlinckhoff, Annika Connor, Buket Savci, Cabell Molina, Camilla Marie Dahl, Cara Lien, Cavanagh Foyle, Dafna Steinberg, Danielle Siegelbaum, Dara Vandor, Dolly Faibyshev, Dominique Vitali, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Elisa Valenti, Ellen Stagg, Elsa Keefe, Fahren Feingold, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Hiba Schahbaz, Indira Cesarine, Ismael Guerrier, Jessica So Ren Tang, Judy Polstra, Karen Bystedt x Brad Branson, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Katie Commodore, Katy Itter, Katya Zvereva, Kaya Deckelbaum, Lauren Rinaldi, Leah Schrager, Lindsey Guile, Logan White, Lynn Bianchi, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Marcelo Daldoce, Meegan Barnes, Michael Liani, Natasha Wright, Nichole Washington, Peter Beard, Rachel Marks, Rebecca Leveille, Reisha Perlmutter, Robin Tewes, Sarah Maple, Sarah Weber, Savannah Spirit, Sebastian Perinotti, Shaina Craft, Shamona Stokes, Shohei Kondo, Stephanie Hanes, Tara Lewis, Tina Maria Elena Bak, Trina Merry, and Victoria Selbach.
Artist Allie Fuller Featured in Art4Equality Paddle8 Benefit Auction
Art4Equality is an initiative supporting gender equality themed art exhibitions and special projects including films and public art by female identifying artists and allies. The mission of Art4Equality is to create empowering artwork and exhibitions that can impact social change, raise awareness and inspire our community. Art4Equality additionally facilitates opportunities by providing mentorship to female identifying artists, as well as special programming such as panel discussions, performances, and educational art events. Art4Equality empowers by creating a platform for progress. By supporting the work of underrepresented and marginalized artists, Art4Equality demonstrates the value, quality, and diversity of their contributions to the community, encourages an inclusive dialogue, and promotes equality for all. Art4Equality is a sponsored initiative of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts service organization. Tax-deductible donations are accepted online. Learn More:
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The Untitled Space is an art gallery located in Tribeca, New York in a landmark building on Lispenard Street. Founded in 2015 by Indira Cesarine, the gallery features an ongoing curation of exhibits of emerging and established contemporary artists exploring conceptual framework and boundary-pushing ideology through mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and performance art. The gallery is committed to exploring new ideas vis-à-vis traditional and new mediums and highlights a program of women in art as well as special events aligned with our creative vision. Website