JOE BIDEN ISSUES FIRST PRIDE MONTH PROCLAMATION TO HONOR LGBTQ PEOPLE

President Joe Biden issued his first Pride month proclamation today to honor LGBTQ “individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically.” While former President Barack Obama issued similar proclamations, Donald Trump did not. Like Obama, Biden touts the advances made by the LGBTQ community over recent years, from Supreme Court victories to legislative advances….

LIL NAS X EXPLAINS TO KIDS WHAT IT MEANS TO COME OUT OF THE CLOSET

Lil Nas X appeared on the kids’ show Arts & Raps to draw a portrait with the two pint-sized hosts when he got an unexpected question. What does it mean to come out of the closet? Picking his words carefully for a younger audience, Nas responded, “It means you’re like, ‘Hey everybody, I’m this thing, and you…

BLACK TRANS WOMAN JAIDA PETERSON KILLED IN NORTH CAROLINA

Jaida Peterson, who was Black and transgender, was found dead in a hotel room in North Carolina on Sunday, April 4. But it took time for the transgender community to be aware of her passing because she was misgendered and deadnamed in local media. Police arrived at a hotel in Charlotte that day at 1:45…

DR. RACHEL LEVINE MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST TRANS OFFICIAL CONFIRMED BY SENATE

Dr. Rachel Levine has been confirmed in a bipartisan Senate vote to be assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Levine’s historic nomination has now also earned her the distinction of being the first transgender federal official to be confirmed. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined all Democrats…

RITCHE TORRES IS PROPOSTING LEGISLATION THAT WILL INCLUDE LGBTQ BUSINESSES IN CREDIT REGULATIONS

Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), the first out gay Afro-Latinx member of Congress, is introducing legislation that will explicitly include LGBTQ-owned businesses in federal regulations for financial institutions regarding data and other information they compile. The LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act seeks to amend section 1071 of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which…

BILLY PORTER REMINDS US THAT LGBTQ PEOPLE MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE ELECTION

The LGBTQ community made a major impact on the outcomes of the 2020 election season. LGBTQ Nation analysis of data revealed that without LGBTQ voters in key states, Donald Trump likely would have won reelection as President, for example. Further reviews have also concluded that Trump could have won again, if not for the force of LGBTQ voters all over the…

MURDER OF GENDER NON-CONFORMING TEEN WAS BROADCAST ON FACEBOOK

Jaheim “Bella” Pugh was just 19 when he was gunned down at a party on Sunday, December 13. Pugh – a gender non-conforming individual who used both he/him and she/her pronouns – was the only fatality among the three people injured in the shooting. Pugh’s family is certain that he was targeted because of his…