TikTok BANS MISGENDERING & DEADNAMING

Social media giant TikTok updated its community guidelines to explicitly ban certain types of anti-LGBTQ content. In a move to add “clarity on the types of hateful ideologies prohibited on our platform,” the updated guidelines now ban deadnaming, using a transgender person’s pre-transition name; and misgendering, using incorrect pronouns. Content supporting or promoting conversion therapy is also…

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#10: RNC creates Pride outreach coalition Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, in a video announcement at a Log Cabin Republicans dinner honoring Melania Trump and attended by former President Trump, announced the creation of the LGBTQ outreach Pride coalition — much to the consternation of internal critics. Following calls on her to resign from…

THRIVE SS LAUCHES NEW APP SUPPORTING BLACK GAY MEN WITH HIV

THRIVE SS started in 2015 as an online support group for Black men-loving-men (MLM) who were living with HIV in Atlanta, housed in private Facebook groups. In only six years, the group has exploded into a brick-and-mortar organization with more than 20 employees, 1,200 members, and a 5,600 square foot office in East Point. Since…

ATLANTA BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN DEMANDS END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK TRANS PEOPLE

An Atlanta advocacy group has created a billboard campaign that demands an end to violence against Black transgender people. The I Am Human Foundation campaign debuted in January, and features billboards with the slogan “Black trans lives matter” against the backdrop of the trans Pride flag. The billboards also contain the hashtag “stop the violence.” Alex Santiago,…

LIL NAS X IS THE SECOND GAY MAN TO HAVE SONG CERTIFIED DIAMOND

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has reached diamond status, making the Atlanta rapper only the second openly gay man to do so, according to Out. The song has sold ten million units—including both digital downloads and streaming units on Spotify—giving the track diamond status. “Old Town Road,” which features country legend Billy Ray Cyrus, is…

TYLER PERRY’S ATALANTA STUDIO TO HOUSE HOMELESS LGBTQ YOUTH

Tyler Perry’s historic studio in Atlanta will be more than just for shooting films: the complex will house a shelter and community center for women and LGBTQ homeless youth. The 330-acre building houses a dozen sound stages named after black Hollywood legends, like Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and Spike Lee, and will soon house the shelter. “I…