DOMINIQUE LUCIOUS, BLACK TRANS WOMAN, KILLED IN MISSOURI

Dominque Lucious, a 26-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot to death Thursday in Springfield, Mo. This is at least the 13th violent death of a trans, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming person in the U.S. this year. Charles Nelson, 28, was arrested the same day, and he is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action, the Springfield…

FAMILY OF BULLIED GAY TEEN WHO KILLED HIMSELF IS SUING SCHOOL DISTRICT

The parents of a Huntsville, Ala., teen who killed himself in 2019 after being bullied at school for being gay are now suing that school district, reports AL.com, a website for several Alabama newspapers. Relatives of Nigel Shelby, who was 14 when he died, hope to prove that the school is responsible for civil rights violations and Shelby’s…

TRANS WOMAN KILLED BY L.A. MOTORIST WAS FLEEING ATTACKERS, FAMILY SAYS

A transgender Latinx woman died when struck by a car after being harassed last week in Los Angeles, and friends, family, and activists say her death should be investigated as a murder and a hate crime. Rayanna Pardo, 26, was killed on the city’s east side Wednesday night, L.A. TV station KCBS reports. Security video shows her…

HOUSE PASSES EQUALITY ACT; NOW ON TO SENATE

The U.S. House of Representatives has once again passed the Equality Act, a comprehensive LGBTQ+ civil rights bill. The House had approved the bill in 2019, but it never came to a vote in the Senate, which had a Republican majority then. Supporters are hoping for a better outcome this year, as the Senate is split 50-50…

GAY REP. MALCOLM KENYATTA RUNNING FOR U.S. SENATE

Pennsylvania state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is running for U.S. senator. Kenyatta, a Black gay man who’s considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, made the announcement Thursday on The ReidOut on MSNBC. “There nothing’s written on a tablet somewhere that says America has to succeed,” he told host Joy Reid. “You know, America succeeds because every…

TRANSGENDER WOMAN CHYNA CARRILLO BEATEN TO DEATH IN PENNSYLVANIA

A Latinx transgender woman was beaten to death in Pennsylvania by a man who’d been imprisoned for killing his wife. Police were called Thursday to a house in New Wilmington Borough, where they found a man beating Chyna Carrillo with a blunt object, local paper New Castle News reports. They ordered the man to cease, but he…

EQUALITY ACT REINTRODUCED IN U.S. HOUSE; VOTE NEXT WEEK

The Equality Act, which would ban anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination throughout the nation, was formally reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday. The act would amend existing civil rights laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition to…

HOW TRANS ACTOR BRIAN MICHAEL SMITH SHAPED HIS HISTORIC TV CHARACTER

The history of trans representation in Hollywood is bumpy, to say the least. While we can now celebrate shows like Pose on FX and the recent hit series Veneno on HBO Max — an entire series based on the life of the Spanish trans icon Cristina “La Veneno” Ortiz Rodríguez — there are just as many examples that feature…

BLACK TRANS WOMEN SHOT TO DEATH IN GEORGIA & MISSISSIPPI

Black transgender women were shot to death in Georgia and Mississippi in January, meaning that at least four trans Americans have died by violence in the first month of the year. Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, 30, was fatally shot in her apartment in Atlanta January 17, but media reports of her death have come out in…

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THREE NATIONAL LGBTQ ORGS HAVE BLACK LEADERS

The election of Kamala Harris as the first female, Black, South Asian vice president was a joyous and noteworthy event. Indeed, the Biden administration has already shown itself to be the antithesis of the blatant racism of the previous four years. New leadership demands new ways of operating, new ways of governing, and new ways to confront…