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On LGBTQ+ Equal Pay Day, the U.S. still doesn’t know the size of the wage gap
PBS Newshour & Ms.
Every year, a series of equal pay days mark the time it would take women to catch up with the wages that white men earned the year prior. But for the LGBTQ+ community, that measure doesn’t exist.

Twitterchat Supporting Trans and Nonbinary Youth Monday
Los Angeles Blade
It’s Pride Month and Rainbow Flags are visible everywhere. But 2021 is officially the worst year in recent history for anti-LGBTQ legislative attacks with more than 250 bills introduced or passed in statehouses around the country, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Financial Issues Facing LGBTQ+ Communities
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people have seen many historical, societal, and legal changes in recent years that grant them more equality and protection. Despite these advancements, they still face many unique challenges, including financial ones.

Biden administration extends housing protection to LGBTQ Americans
President Joe Biden has tasked executive agencies with digging into rules and regulations to root out discrimination. This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a move in that direction: expanding protections against housing discrimination to include LGBTQ people.

New census data reveals more details about LGBTQ community
The U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday some new data from the 2019 American Community Survey. In that data, the agency noted a change in the way it looks at households, adding an option for people to specify if their relationship was a same-sex marriage or partnership.

Grassroots Queer Nightlife Fund raises $160K in aid for workers
In a major example of how the Bay Area is coming together in a vacuum of political leadership and billionaire donors to take care of its own, the Queer Nightlife Fund announced today that it had raised $160,000 in funds through online efforts—and would begin disbursing grants to 176 local workers.

Hunky Jesus rises again! (Blessedly online)
One of the best things to come out of this awful nightmare is seeing everyone rush to help each other, leaping into the vacuum of economic leadership and tackling the grand scale of this situation’s disruption.

Online Extra: Queer Nightlife Fund disburses grants
Bay Area Reporter
Grants in the first round of applications for the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund are now being disbursed to 176 applicants, according to the organization that has thus far collected $160,000 in donations. More than 250 nightlife workers applied for funds.

Keeping nightlife alive: Event producers adjust, go virtual
Bay Area Reporter
The Covid-19 pandemic is hurting the community in more ways than one. Scores of businesses were forced to close their doors when the shelter in place orders from San Francisco Mayor London Breed and California Governor Gavin Newsom took effect.

LGBTQ+ nightlife community rallies to raise funds during coronavirus closures
It happened in a matter of days. First, events of more than 1,000 attendees were put on ice; then it was more than 250 people, and then 100. Finally, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sunday that all bars must close. And on Monday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed ordered residents to no longer leave their homes except for essential reasons — until April 7 at the earliest.