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,”…

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…

OPRAH, MOONLIGHT’S TARELL McCRANEY HAVE CREATED SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

Many things come to mind when watching OWN’s new drama, David Makes Man. It’s evident the show is a natural evolution for its creator, out Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and executive producer Oprah Winfrey; two iconoclasts behind numerous unflinching narratives of Black life. The other point that resonates with this terrific show is how much TV has…

WHY THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY TURNED A HUMAN RIGHT INTO A HOLIDAY

It’s another year. It’s time again to slice and dice what it means to celebrate Pride. LGBTQ elders might shame younger folks for not knowing how good they have it, while independent queers might shame corporate ones for poisoning our culture. Ultimately, everyone will struggle to discuss what Pride should be. But no matter how…

WHEN I THINK ABOUT PULSE, I THINK ABOUT NUMBERS

Three years have passed since the June 12, 2016, attack on Pulse Nightclub. We have made it 1,096 days since that morning, and yet the memory still stings like an infected wound. I’ve thought about the attack every single day since that morning, reflecting on it at least 1,096 times since day one. Immediately after…