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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]