Philly police make arrest in murder of black trans woman

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia police made a swift arrest in the death of 29-year-old Mia Green, a transgender woman of color who was shot and killed in the Belmont area of West Philadelphia on September 28. Abdullah Ibn El-Amin Jaamia was charged for Green’s murder. Police apprehended Jaamia after initially pulling him over for running a stop sign in the vicinity of 41st Street and Westminster Avenue at around 8 a.m. Green, who was in the car at the time, was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the neck, according […]

Pioneering transgender activist Monica Roberts has died

Houston, TX – Monica Roberts, the pioneering transgender activist from Houston, has died, according to multiple reports on social media. Roberts founded the transgender news website TransGriot 15 years ago, and the blog has been winning awards since its inception. She also won numerous awards through the years for her work as an activist, and was a loud and proud voice fighting for the rights of the transgender community at the Texas State Capitol and beyond. In one of her last posts on social media, Roberts posted just two days ago, “Just hit me I’ve been voting in elections for […]

The 1953 Gay raid in Waco Texas

Waco, TX – On Saturday, April 11, 1953, nearly 70 gay men packed into a small four-room house at 2117 S. 19th St. in Waco, Texas, about 10 blocks from Baylor University. David Owen, a ministerial student at the Baptist school, had invited the men to attend the gathering, which was billed as an “interstate convention” that would culminate in a mock wedding ceremony for two men, one of whom would dress in drag as the bride. Suddenly, the doors opened, the windows were blocked and Waco police officers, assisted by a state trooper, arrested everyone. The men were booked […]

Pope Francis says Gay children are children of god

Vatican City – The National Catholic register reports that L’Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, has reported that Pope Francis “at the end of an audience” greeted a group of some 40 people, some of whom identify as LGBT, along with their parents. The pope told the parents that “God loves your children as they are” and “the Church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.” Although none of the reported words from Pope Francis are new, or doctrinally problematic, they have not been confirmed by the Holy See. But the episode […]

Egypt uses dating apps to entrap, torture LGBTQ people

Cairo, Egypt – The independent reports that in a brutal effort to “clear the streets” of the LGBT+ community, security forces are entrapping Egyptians using dating apps, throwing them into jail, and subjecting them to systematic torture and abuse, a new report has found. Using social media and apps such as Grindr, Egyptian police are creating fake profiles that they use to meet gay, lesbian, bi and trans people, at which point they are picked up off the street and arbitrarily arrested, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Police then unlawfully search through the content of their phones to justify […]

‘Holy Hell’ tells true story of a cult lead by Gay ex porn star

West Hollywood, CA – David Reddish write in Queerty about Director Will Allen documentary that depicts his own 20-year stint in a West Hollywood-based cult led by a former adult film performer. Comprised of interviews of former members, as well as copious home video footage shot by Allen, Holy Hell examines the rise of the Buddhafield, a combination of environmentalist commune and spiritual movement.             For gay men enduring the pain of the AIDS epidemic in the late 80s and early 1990s, it offers an accepting reprieve from an otherwise hostile religious landscape. A mysterious leader named Michel presides over […]

Massachusetts Gay Republican Michael Adams remembered

Boston, MA – This summer, Greater Boston’s LGBTQ community lost a pioneering and influential advocate with the death of Mitchell Adams from cancer on July 18. In 1992, while Adams was serving as the state’s Commissioner of Revenue under Gov. William Weld, he and his partner Kevin Smith made the bold decision to come out publicly in a Boston Globe interview. Smith, who predeceased Adams in 2014, was Weld’s Commissioner of the Division of Capital Planning and Operations at the time.             The Nov. 13, 1992 story’s awkward headline, “Two male Weld officials say they live as a couple,” reveals […]

Thomas & Alito criticize court’s same-sex marriage ruling

Washington, D.C. – Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, extremist members of the rightwing US Supreme Court have called for the reversal of the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in a concurring decision in a ruling that will allow a lawsuit against Kim Davis to go forward Davis is the former Rowan, Kentucky, county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to Gay couples that lawfully applied for them after the high court’s Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Davis claimed that her First Amendment free exercise of religion rights would be infringed if she were forced to issue licenses for […]

Biden slams Trump’s LGBTQ record at HRC virtual gala

Washington, D.C. – US Democratic nominee Joe Biden was one of the notable guests at HRC’s Unite For Equality online event last night. The LGBTI advocacy group – the biggest in the US – normally holds an annual, star-studded dinner and fundraiser. This year’s event had to go online because of COVID-19. Not surprisingly, Biden took the opportunity to denounce President Trump’s record on LGBTQ rights. He also pointed out how he would do better if elected President in November.             “We’re facing multiple crises — an epidemic, recession, racial injustice, climate change, wildfires, an assault on LGBTQ rights, declining […]

Trump nominates anti-LGBTQ extremist to replace Ginsberg

Washington, D.C. – Barely a week after the death of women’s and LGBTQ rights champion Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Donald Trump formally nominated Amy Coney Barrett and introduced her at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. Trump said his nominee is “a woman of …sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.” Barrett, who was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2017, is a darling of conservatives and is anti-gay and anti-abortion right. With the presidential election looming, Trump hopes to fill his third seat on the highest court in the land.             […]