Latvian Gay man dies from burns in homophobic attack

Tukums, Latvia – Josh Milton reports for Pink News that a gay man from Tukums, Latvia, died of burns April 28 that nearly covered his entire body after a disgruntled neighbor allegedly doused him with flammable liquid. Normunds Kindzulis, a 29-year-old medical assistant, suffered burns on 85 per cent of his body on April 23 in the sleepy, historic town filled with red-bricked churches and wood-carding mills. But after a scuffle allegedly broke out in the apartment complex he lived in, he had his clothing soaked with fuel and was lit on fire in what advocates are urging the police […]

Pose creator Canals talks about difficulty getting it made

San Francisco, CA – David Reddish reports for Queerty that on the eve of the debut of Pose‘s final season, series creator Steven Canals has opened up about the difficulty in getting the show made, the decision to end it after three seasons, and the original, much darker concept for the story. In a new interview with DigitalSpy, Canals reiterated that it took years to get Pose greenlit. Agents, studio bosses, and just about everyone else discouraged him from trying to make a show about the ballroom scene. “I would say about 50% were giving me some version of: ‘It’s […]

Black women, Black Trans women, and murder

Seattle. WA – In 2020, 350 Transgender people were killed worldwide. A fifth of them were in their own homes, and 44 of these killings happened here in the United States. This year has already produced a more than 100% increase in these murders in this country, and we are barely five months in. As of March 2021, there have been at least 11 compared to the same time last year, when there had been only three. Last year, 98% of murders of Transgender people happened to Trans women or Trans-feminine people, and following last year’s trend, more than half […]

Calls mount for Lesbian Sheriff of King Co., Wash. to resign

Seattle, WA – After serving in the King County Sheriff’s Office for 32 years and running against the incumbent, Mitzi Johanknecht made history in 2017 as the first woman and openly Gay person to be elected to the position of sheriff, a sensational moment for the LGBTQ+ community. However, Johanknecht is now facing numerous demands from King County officials to resign. A recently surfaced internal email sent by the sheriff has put her fitness to lead the Sheriff’s Office into question. The message regards her response to the $5 million settlement between her office and the family of Tommy Le, […]

The Pride Center of Maryland (PCOM) Launches First Billboard Campaign

Baltimore- The Pride Center of Maryland (PCOM), the state’s oldest and largest sexual and gender minority (SGM) serving organization has released its first ever series of billboard campaigns. Despite the pandemic the organization, now in its 45th year, remains active, serving a still growing number of same-gender-loving (SGL), gay, lesbian, bisexual trans and gender nuanced cultures, ethnicities, individuals and families. Merrick Moses, chairman of PCOM’s board, expressed, “Like most organizations that have been around as long as we have, challenges have emerged. However, I am proud to report that PCOM has never been in better hands, never stronger. Our very diverse […]

Gay teen suspended for nail polish gets dress code changed

Clyde, TX – David Reddish reports in Queerty that there is welcome news out of Clyde, Texas: Trevor Wilkinson, a gay teenager suspended from school for wearing nail polish, has convinced the local school board to introduce and accept a gender-neutral dress code. The Clyde School Board voted April 19 to accept the new, gender-neutral language in the student handbook. The same standards now apply to students of all genders. “It is with great honor that I am pleased to announce that Clyde High School’s dress code is officially gender-neutral forever,” Wilkinson told local TV station KTXS. “I’m at a […]

Most Americans oppose laws limiting Transgender rights

Poughkeepsie, NY – Matthew Wexler writes for Edge Media Network that it seems as if every day another state, school district or local government is shepherding discriminatory bills through legislation, but a new poll conducted by PBS NewsHour, NPR, and Marist found that “two-thirds of Americans are against laws that would limit transgender rights,” reports PBS. A recent Gallop poll reports that only .6% of U.S. adults identify as transgender, but for Gen Z (born between 1997-2002), that number jumps to 1.8%. The PBS article positions the latest trends as a “culture war.” “The parties are speaking to their base […]

British anti-Trans group LGB Alliance gets nonprofit status

London, England – A British anti-Transgender group known as the LGB Alliance has been granted “charity” status – the equivalent of nonprofit status in the US. In British law, a charity is established to provide a public benefit to at least a substantial section of the population. In return, it is entitled to legal tax benefits. The Charity Commission, the government department that registers and regulates charities in England and Wales, confirmed to Pink News that it approved the LGB Alliance for listing in the register of public charities. The Commission acknowledged that the group is controversial and admitted that […]

Gay and Trans ‘panic defense’ is often a scam, study shows

Los Angeles, CA – A new study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law on instances where gay and/or trans panic defenses have been used indicates that, in many cases, defendants in those cases where neither surprised nor panicked to learn their victims were transgender. In fact, the study shows, such cases often involve robbery or a pre-existing relationship between victim and defendant. Gay and trans panic defensed first began appearing in court cases in the 1960s, according to a press release on the study, and continue to be used today, and in some cases, those defendants […]

FEMA to reimburse for COVID-19-related funeral costs

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced that it will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral costs that took place after January 20, 2020. This reimbursement operation went into effect on April 12, 2021, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The announcement also came after the US COVID-19 death toll exceeded 500,000 American residents, and it continues to climb. FEMA, which operates under the US Department of Homeland Security, said in its statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. […]