✊🏾 BLACK AIDS INSTITUTE MAKES HISTORY BY TAPPING TRANS WOMAN AS LEADER 🏳️‍⚧️

After the abrupt departure of Raniyah Copeland as CEO of the storied Black AIDS Institute, the nonprofit hired a trans woman to take her place, at least temporarily. The 23-year-old organization announced today that Toni Newman, currently the interim CEO at the San Francisco-based LGBTQ+ organization LYRIC, will soon be BAI’s new interim CEO. BAI also announced Dr. Kemal M….

🏳️‍⚧️ TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY ⚧

Today, the Human Rights Campaign honors International Transgender Day of Visibility. Held annually on March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledge the determination it takes to live openly and authentically. Advocates also lift up the violence and discrimination that many transgender and non-binary…

DR. RACHEL LEVINE MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST TRANS OFFICIAL CONFIRMED BY SENATE

Dr. Rachel Levine has been confirmed in a bipartisan Senate vote to be assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Levine’s historic nomination has now also earned her the distinction of being the first transgender federal official to be confirmed. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined all Democrats…

DWAYNE WADE OPENS UP ABOUT JOURNEY TO ACCEPTING TRANS CHILD, ZAYA

Over the past year and a half, the Wade-Union family has served as a possibility model for accepting families. In late 2019, Dwyane Wade began opening up about his then 12-year-old child referring to them with she/her pronouns before later revealing to the world that she would be called Zaya moving forward. Not long after, Zaya had a…

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK SERIES TWO HAS CROWNED ITS WINNER

After one of the most gripping, hilarious and drama-filled series in Drag Race HERstory, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series two has finally been crowned. At the end of it all, it was Scottish queen Lawrence Chaney who emerged victorious at the end of Thursday night’s finale episode, following in the footsteps of series one winner The…

HOUSE PASSES EQUALITY ACT; NOW ON TO SENATE

The U.S. House of Representatives has once again passed the Equality Act, a comprehensive LGBTQ+ civil rights bill. The House had approved the bill in 2019, but it never came to a vote in the Senate, which had a Republican majority then. Supporters are hoping for a better outcome this year, as the Senate is split 50-50…

EQUALITY ACT REINTRODUCED IN U.S. HOUSE; VOTE NEXT WEEK

The Equality Act, which would ban anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination throughout the nation, was formally reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday. The act would amend existing civil rights laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition to…