LENA WAITHE & ALANA MAYO WERE MARRIED IN FRONT OF HARVEY MILK’S BUST

Writer, producer, and actor Lena Waithe appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’s show, where she shared with guest host John Legend that she and her longtime partner, Alana Mayo, were recently privately married at San Francisco City Hall in front of the bust of LGBTQ rights activist Harvey Milk. Waithe, whose Queen & Slim recently screened at AFI Fest,…

LIL NAS Z BECOMES FIRST OUT GAY MAN TO WIN @ CMAs

Lil Nas X continues to pave his way into history by way of “Old Town Road.” The country trap star just became the first openly gay man to win a Country Music Association Award. The record-breaking single by the out rapper and country star Billy Ray Cyrus won the award for musical event of the year. “I…

16 SIGNS YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS OVER

Not to start on a downer, but when you are dying, you will not remember the hours at the office or the many shoes you bought. You will remember the relationships — good, bad, and ugly — that sparked through your life. They are the most frustrating part of living, and they are absolutely what…

ATTACKER OF TRANS WOMAN MULAYSIA BOOKER GETS OFF WITH REDUCED CHARGE

The man charged with beating transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker at a Dallas apartment complex in April has been convicted of misdemeanor assault and sentenced to 300 days in jail. The verdict comes after a trial that saw the victim repeatedly deadnamed and misgendered by defense attorneys, who called the attack a fight between two men….

MATTEL UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST GENDER-NEUTRAL DOLL

Androgyny has found its space on the toy aisle. Mattel has officially launched the world’s first line of gender-neutral dolls, marketed as Creatable World. Promising to make “doll play more inclusive,” Mattel offers a kit that lets kids make a doll that’s male, female, or neither. “In our world, dolls are as limitless as the kids…

SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENT GRADUATES IN HEELS TO FIGHT HOMOPHOBIA

An out South African college student walked at his graduation in heels in an effort to fight homophobia. Letlhogonolo Masinga, a graduate of Northern Cape Tvet College, told the Soloman Star he wanted to show his pride in the face of hate against LGBTQ individuals. “People do not want to reveal their homosexuality because they fear being…

TRANSGENDER WOMAN JA’LEYAH-JAMAR MURDERED IN KANSAS

The 19th reported murder of a transgender American this year took place Friday in Kansas City, Kan., according to local activists. Kansas City police and local media have identified the victim, who was shot to death, as a 20-something man and used a male name, but friends, relatives, and activists have posted on social media that she…

BI YOUTH GETS 14 YEARS IN JAIL FOR KILLING TEEN HE CLAIMS BULLIED HIM

A bisexual New York City youth was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for killing a schoolmate who he said had bullied him severely. Abel Cedeno was convicted in July of first-degree manslaughter, assault, and criminal weapons possession for fatally stabbing 15-year-old Matthew McCree and seriously injuring Ariane LaBoy, then 16, in 2017 at the Urban…

LIL NAS X MAKES GAY HISTORY WITH CMA NOMINATION

The “Old Town Road” continues to lead toward wins in representation. The Country Music Awards nominated the track from Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus in the category of Musical Event of the Year. The move is notable from country music’s gatekeeper in two respects. First, the song’s classification as country rap, or country…

BLACK TRANS WOMAN SUES CIRCLE K FOR DISCRIMINATION & HARASSMENT

A Black transgender woman is suing the convenience store operator Circle K, saying she endured anti-trans and racial harassment while working at an outlet in Illinois. The suit filed Wednesday in federal court by Judi Brown says coworkers at a Circle K in Bolingbrook, a suburb of Chicago, called her “a man in a dress,”…