INDIANAPOLIS TRANS WOMAN SHOT TO DEATH; 33rd HOMOCIDE THIS YEAR

Another transgender American has died by violence, bringing this year’s total of trans or gender-nonconforming homicide victims in the nation to 33. Sara Blackwood, 29, was shot around 10 p.m. Sunday in Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Star reports. She died shortly afterward at a local hospital. Police said she was apparently walking home from work when she was…

DOZENS OF CELEBS TO TAKE STAND AGAINST BULLYING ON SPIRIT DAY

Dozens more celebrities have signed on to participate in Spirit Day, GLAAD’s annual campaign against anti-LGBTQ+ bullying, to be held Thursday. GLAAD today announced additional individual and corporate participants including TikTok, Jonathan Bennett, Ednita, Kany García, Jack Galinsky, Ty Herndon, Natalia Jiménez, Lali, Bright Light Bright Light, LeeAnne Locken, Countess LuAnn, the NFL, Thalia, Gloria…

WE NEED TO MOVE BEYOND COMING OUT & BEGIN INVITING IN

Today is National Coming Out day — a time that has historically been used to encourage queer people to tell their friends and families that we aren’t heterosexual, or cisgender, as power and privilege make that the default assumption. While it’s served as a helpful marker for many, it’s time to expand our understanding of what “coming out” really means —…

MARTIN JENKINS IS THE FIRST LGBTQ+ NOMINEE TO CALIF’S SUPREME COURT

Because my father died suddenly when I was young, and was the epitome of Catholic, I always envisioned that I would have a conversation with him, later in life, and awkwardly and uncomfortably tell him that I was gay. And I imagined him being extraordinary with the news. When I had the very meaningful opportunity…

BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMAN AERRION BURNETT KILLED IN MISSOURI

Aerrion Burnett, a 37-year-old Black transgender woman, was shot to death Saturday in Independence, Mo., becoming the 27th known trans homicide victim of 2020. Burnett, who lived in nearby Kansas City, was found dead on the side of the road about 3:40 a.m., TV station KMBC reports. It was two days before her 38th birthday. Friends and…

‘BLACK PANTHER’ STAR CHADWICK BOSEMAN DEAD AT 43

Chadwick Boseman, the rising star who shot to fame playing Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and the leading role in Black Panther, the first superhero of African descent in mainstream America comics, has died of colon cancer. He was 43. His publicist Nicki Firavante confirmed that the actor died at his Los Angeles home with his wife and…

SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION OF BLACK MEN, FROM MAPPLETHORPE TO CALVIN KLEIN

In our current moment there has been considerable debate around what is frequently referred to as “sexual racism,” a term that reacts to the romantic and erotic rejection of men of color by white gay men. These discussions describe, often in detail, the various forms of emotional injury in the digital realm of dating and…

THREE MORE TRANS AMERICANS HAVE BECOME HOMICIDE VICTIMS

From left: Trans Americans recently lost to violence include Queasha Hardy and Brian Powers; no photo was available of the third victim, Tiffany Harris. Two more transgender women have become homicide victims this week, and it’s also been reported that a trans man was shot to death in June. Tiffany Harris, 32, was stabbed to…

ALL STARS’ SHEA COULEE′ WILL DONATE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER WITH WINNINGS

The finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars was a reunion and a coronation all-in-one. The eliminated contestants, in a surprise appearance, joined the Top 3 — Shea Couleé, Jujubee, and Miz Cracker — for well-wishing and to say everything that was “left unsaid,” as RuPaul termed it. This conversation consisted mostly of India Ferrah, Alexis Mateo, and…

GLORY HOLES OFFICIALLY RECOMMENDED FOR SAFER SEX AMID THE PANDEMIC

Early on in the pandemic, the New York City Department of Health released a set of guidelines in a one-sheet aimed at addressing many of our sex-related questions, even though not much was known about the virus. As New York was heading into the first phase of reopening, an update to guidelines opened the door for glory…