WATCH INAUGURAL POET AMANDA GORMAN READ ‘THE HILL WE CLIMB’

Amanda Gordan gave a stirring reading at the Wednesday inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The Los Angeles-based poet — who at age 22 is the youngest inaugural poet in history — read her poem “The Hill We Climb,” which addressed the violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago. The text…

GLAAD TV REPORT: LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION, DRIVEN BY FOUR CREATORS, DIPS

For the first time in years, LGBTQ+ representation on television has fallen. According to GLAAD’s lates Where We Are on TV report, 70 of the 773 series regular characters on 2020 broadcast TV’s scripted prime-time shows could be classified as members of the community (9.1 percent). That’s a dip from last year’s all-time high of 10.2 percent….

ANDRA DAY IS RIVETING AS BI BLUES SINGER BILLIE HOLIDAY IN TIMELY FILM

The life of bisexual blues singer Billie Holiday has been covered in pop culture before. Diana Ross played her in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues, and Audra McDonald won a Tony Award for portraying her in the play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. But Lee Daniels’s The United States vs. Billie Holiday, starring a riveting Andra…

ARREST MADE IN THE OF VIRGINIA TRANS WOMAN CHAE’MESHIA SIMMS

An arrest has been made in connection with the killing of transgender woman Chae’Meshia Simms in Richmond, Va. The U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Ryejon Lee Thursday “on outstanding warrants for robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony,” Richmond TV station WTVR reports. Additional charges are pending. Simms, who was in…

LESBIAN HISTORY: BIDEN STAFFER KARIEN JEAN-PIERRE SPILLS TO LGBTQ&A

For the first time in U.S. history, all of the top communications roles in the incoming presidential administration will be filled by women — two of whom are queer women of color. Karine Jean-Pierre has been announced as the principal deputy press secretary in the White House and Pili Tobar will be the deputy White House communications director. …

LAVERNE COX & FRIENDS SUBJECTED TO ANTI-TRANS ATTACK IN L.A. PARK

Actress Laverne Cox and a friend were attacked by an anti-transgender assailant in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park over the weekend. Cox and her friend, whom she did not name, were having a socially distanced walk in the park Saturday when they were approached by a man who “very aggressively” asked for the time, she recounted…

ARREST MADE IN KILLING, MUTILATION OF PHLADELPHIA TRANS WOMAN

A suspect in the death and mutilation of Philadelphia transgender woman Dominique Rem’mie Fells has been arrested in Los Angeles. Akhenaton Jones, 36, was taken into custody in L.A. Monday night and will be extradited to Philadelphia, according to Philly TV station WCAU. Police had issued a warrant for his arrest in June, a few days after…

THIS ETSY AD FEATURING A BLACK GAY COUPLE WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE FEELS

Bringing your significant other home for the holidays to meet your family for the first time is always an awkward experience no matter what, but it can be even more nerve-wracking when you’re queer and you’re not sure how accepting certain relatives will be. Luckily though, thanks to a recent, queer-inclusive Etsy ad, we get…

MONDAIRE JONES, RITCHIE TORRES, GAY & POC HEAD TO CONGRESS

Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, two Democrats running for New York City-area U.S. House districts, claimed victory on Tuesday. Torres becomes the first LGBTQ+ Afro-Latinx person elected to Congress, and Jones joins Torres as one of the two first LGBTQ+ Black candidates elected to the the body. Both are gay men. Jones, who won in New York’s 17th…

HOW BIG A DEAL IS THE POPE’S CIVIL UNIONS COMMENT?

Pope Francis’s comments supporting civil unions appear to have been taken from a 2019 interview in which he reiterated the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to sexual relationships between people of the same gender. The opposition should surprise no one, as that is official church doctrine, but it provides context for Francis’s remarks. The clip of his civil…