Trans murders may reach new high in 2021

Washington, D.C. – In 2020 the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recorded 44 known deaths of Transgender and gender-nonconforming people — which was greater than any year since the HRC first began tracking these rates in 2013 — but this year might break that record. With two months left in the year, violent murders of Transgender people are expected to reach an all-time high. The most recently reported HRC murder of a Transgender person was 39-year-old Rikkey Outumuro, who was shot in Centralia this past October. Outumuro is at least the 44th known violent killing of a Transgender or gender-nonconforming person […]

Hope for an HIV cure; 40 years and counting

Charlotte, NC – Forty years after the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the country and there are more than 35,000 new infections each year. (At the end of 2020 there were 31,676 people living with diagnosed HIV in Maryland and 724 new cases diagnosed during the year. Baltimore City and Prince George’s County had the highest infection rates.) Antiretroviral treatment, often known as ART, has drastically impacted treatment over the past decade, meaning that people with HIV can live long and healthy lives. While not a […]

Trump OK with Jan. 6 traitors that wanted to hang VP Pence

Washington, D.C. – Donald Trump isn’t willing to criticize any of his supporters, not even the ones who called for the death of his vice president, Mike Pence. In interview footage with ABC’s Jonathan Karl that was recorded in March but just released, Trump was asked about the Capitol insurrectionists who, on January 6, broke into the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections. The rioters looted the building as elected officials were whisked away by Capitol police and the Secret Service. And they constructed a makeshift noose and chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” since […]

Gay Mountaineers take rainbow flag to highest summits

Courmayeur, Italy – David Hudson reports for Queerty that a group of queer mountaineers recently took photos of themselves waving a rainbow flag at the top of Mont Blanc. The mountain is the highest peak in the Alps and Western Europe. The display of LGBTQ pride, which took place September 21, is part of a visibility campaign called Pink Summits. The campaign’s aim is for mountaineers to carry a rainbow flag to the highest mountains of each continent, including Everest, the so-called Seven Summits. Besides caring the flag, the mountaineers document their journey, share their experiences, fundraise for local LGBTQ+ […]

Some wins and some losses in November 5th election

Philadelphia, PA – Incumbent New Jersey governor Phil Murphy’s bid for re-election was supposed to be a walk in the reliably blue state — but the Democrat managed only a squeaker of a win late on Nov. 3. Murphy, who had trailed GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli early, won with a mere 50.2% of the vote. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over a million voters, Murphy made history as the first Democratic gubernatorial incumbent since 1977 to win re-election, if only by a percentage of a percentage. But the narrowness of the win had pundits shaking their heads […]

“Ex-Gay” Yiannopoulos speaks at Penn State; Baltimore next

State College, PA – “Ex-gay” activist Milo Yiannopoulos took his side show to Penn State Wednesday, November 3 for a “Pray The Gay Away” ceremony. The event was hosted by the controversial student group Uncensored America, which was created last year “to empower young Americans to fight for free speech in order to make American culture free and fun again,” according its website. According to the event’s page, the “ex-gay global political sensation” was to talk about everything from free speech to conversion therapy to hair style. Tickets ranged from $15-$55. Many students and faculty have voiced their opposition to […]

Australian soccer player is supported after coming out

Adelaide, Australia – Paul MacIness writes for The Guardian that Josh Cavallo, a full-back on the Adelaide United football (soccer) team has received support from the football (soccer) world after coming out. The support for Josh Cavallo was unanimous and vocal. Players lined up to congratulate the Adelaide United player. Their clubs did the same. Everyone from Gerard Piqué, a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a center-back for La Liga club Barcelona, wrote on Twitter, “I want to thank you for this step that you take. The world of football is far behind and you are helping us move […]

Professor quits after students protest her anti-trans views

Falmer, East Sussex, England – LGBT+ students at the University of Sussex have welcomed news that professor Kathleen Stock is to leave the institution. Students have been organizing under the slogan “Stock Out” since October 6, when they launched a campaign calling on the university to terminate Stock’s employment over her trans-exclusionary views and position as trustee of anti-trans charity LGB Alliance. On Wednesday October 28, vice chancellor Adam Tickell told staff and students that Stock “has decided to leave the university”. In a Twitter thread, Stock said she is “sad to announce” that she is leaving the University of […]

Angela Davis: Lesbian, radical feminist, still a revolutionary

Philadelphia, PA – “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” So said Angela Davis, 78, America’s most famous living revolutionary. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the most incendiary of the racist Jim Crow southern cities, in a neighborhood called “Dynamite Hill,” due to attacks on Black people by their white neighbors. Davis would rise to become an international beacon of anti-racist and feminist radicalism over decades, expanding her vision to include LGBTQ civil rights, Palestinian rights and her life’s work against […]

Texas governor signs anti-Trans sports bill after 3 attempts

Austin, TX – It only took him all of the 2021 regular session of the Texas Legislature and three special sessions, but Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, Oct. 25, finally got to sign into law a measure prohibiting transgender youth from playing sports in public schools on teams aligned with their gender identity. The new law, set to go into effect on Jan. 18, closes a loophole in UIL rules, which require students to compete in UIL sports according to the gender on their birth certificates but which do recognize birth certificates on which the gender markers have been legally […]