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 […]

Homophobic graffiti found at Univ. following Pride flag theft

Ellensburg, WA – Central Washington University students, faculty, and staff woke up on October 23 to learn of a “heinous act” of homophobic and politically partisan vandalism at the campus library. Although the markings were quickly erased, questions of campus safety for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students remain. “It is important to state, unequivocally, that the propagation of hate will not be tolerated at our university,” wrote CWU President Jim Wohlpart in a campus-wide email. “Central Washington University has zero tolerance for any act of hate or aggression against any member of our LGBTQIA+ community or any other member […]

Young Lesbian diagnosed with homosexuality in Spain

Murcia, Spain – Sam Jones reports in The Guardian that a family and an LGBT collective in south-east Spain are demanding answers and an apology after a 19-year-old gay woman who visited a gynecologist over a menstrual condition was diagnosed with “homosexuality”. The woman went to an appointment at the Reina Sofía hospital in the city of Murcia. After being examined she was given a piece of paper that included the line: “Current illness: homosexual.” The woman’s mother told the online paper elDiario.es that the gynecologist had asked her daughter whether he could include her sexual orientation in his report, […]

President Biden states support on National Coming Out Day

Washington, D.C. – President Joe Biden issued the following statement recognizing National Coming Out Day on October 11, 2021: “My administration is committed to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people can live openly, proudly, and freely in every corner of our nation. Despite the extraordinary progress our nation has made, our work to ensure the full promise of equality is not yet done. Anti-LGBTQ+ bills still proliferate in state legislatures. Bullying and harassment — particularly of young transgender Americans and LGBTQ+ people of color — still abounds, diminishing our national character. From acting on Day One to prevent and combat discrimination to […]

Philadelphia Trans community holds annual Trans March

Philadelphia, PA – In the continued fight for transgender rights, roughly 200 people showed up to the annual Philly Trans March (PTM), the peaceful rally demanding justice, liberation, equity and safety for Philadelphia’s trans community, especially for queer and trans, Black and indigenous people of color (QTBIPOC). Trans activist of color Christian A’Xavier Lovehall founded PTM in 2011. Organizers and supporters assembled October 9 in Washington Square Park and wound their way around the Society Hill neighborhood, chanting in choral call and response and stopping at various intervals to have trans and nonbinary individuals address the crowd. PTM organizer Bri […]

Gay real estate agent killed by man unhappy with new home

Portsmouth, VA – Jackie Salo writes in the New York Post that an 84-year-old man gunned down his real estate agent in a murder-suicide — because he was upset over the Virginia home he’d just bought sight unseen, authorities said. Albert Baglione fatally shot realtor Soren Arn-Oelschlegel, 41, Friday night October 15 in the Portsmouth home the octogenarian had just bought, then called 911 and admitted, “I shot my realtor,” news station WAVY reported. When authorities arrived, they talked with Baglione, who was holding a weapon, police said. Minutes later, authorities heard a gunshot and discovered both men’s bodies, police […]

Buckingham Palace may be built on site of Gay brothel

London, England –  Alex Cooper writes in The Advocate that in the 1600s, a gay brothel may have occupied the location where Buckingham Palace now sites, according to some historians. The LGBTQ+ historian Norton Rictor wrote in 2013 that Gay cruising spots and brothels may have started operating in London around the start of the 17th century, reported PinkNews. The essay, “The Gay Subculture in Early Eighteenth-Century London,” noted that Clement Walker, an English politician, wrote in 1649 about brothels and gay male sex workers. He wrote that there were “new-erected sodoms and spintries at the Mulberry Garden at S. […]

Philadelphia installs historic LGBTQ markers

Philadelphia, PA – The installation of three LGBTQ+ historical markers in Philadelphia will make the City of Brotherly Love home to the most such markers in the world. The three markers honor Alain Locke, “Father of the Harlem Renaissance” writer, professor and philosopher; Gloria Casarez, Latinx and LGBTQ civil rights leader and the first director of Philly’s Office of LGBT Affairs; and the Philadelphia Gay News (PGN). Locke’s marker was installed Oct. 3, Casarez’s on Oct. 8, and PGN’s will be installed on Oct. 13. Two more markers commemorating LGBTQ activists and allies will be installed in Harrisburg on Oct. […]

March for women’s reproductive rights in Seattle

Seattle, WA – On Saturday, October 2, hundreds of people gathered in front of Seattle’s Westlake Center to protest recent attacks on women’s reproductive rights. Outrage sparked across the country after Texas passed the “heartbeat bill,” making it illegal for people in the state of Texas to receive an abortion after six weeks into their pregnancy. Although the law applies only to Texans, people across the country see it as an overt attack on women’s rights everywhere and fear it could lead to federal challenges against Roe v. Wade. Before an audience in pink hats, the gathering in Downtown Seattle […]