Car drives into Black Femme March killing nonbinary person

Seattle – Two people who identify as nonbinary and use they/them pronouns were protesting in the Black Femme March on July 4th when one was murdered and the other critical injured by a car that plowed into the demonstrators. Summer Taylor, 24, was killed and Diaz Love was critically injured when a driver, later identified as Dawit Kelete, drove into the demonstrators as they were dancing the Cupid Shuffle on the I-5 roadway. Both were taken to Harborview, where Taylor later died. Love remains in critical condition but is recovering. Kelete entered I-5 via an off-ramp and swerved around demonstrators’ […]

Philly was first to add black and brown stripes to pride flag

Philadelphia – One LGBTQ export is uniquely Philadelphia’s, and it has grown steadily more popular and relevant this year: the black and brown-striped rainbow flag. For the month of June, the Philadelphia Pride flag was shown across the country, raised in front of government buildings, donned by people participating in virtual pride events, and hung in the windows of homes. Most recently, the flag has been used in Black Lives Matter protests in myriad cities. “When I introduced this flag in 2017 to uplift the voices and experiences of LGBTQ people of color,” Amber Hikes said on Instagram, “I couldn’t […]

Audacious! Trump campaign sells Pride MAGA T-Shirts

  Washington, DC – Queerty notes that as Donald Trump flails and fails to confront any of an ever-growing number of major crises in the nation, his reelection campaign wants to sell supporters pride-themed t-shirts. The “Make America Great Again” shirts feature Trump’s slogan embossed in the rainbow colors of the pride flag. The campaign began selling the shirts last December. The description on the Trump website reads: “Show your support for the LGBT community and the 45th President with this exclusive Make America Great Again T-Shirt.” In another action that hardly showed support for our communities, the Trump administration […]

Effects of quarantine & increased isolation on LGBTQ teens

Phoenix – Since the stay-at-home order was enacted in Arizona on March 15th, the percentage of calls we are receiving from youths struggling with issues related to being LGBTQ has doubled compared to this time last year,” says social worker Nikki Kontz of Teen Lifeline, a teen suicide prevention project in Arizona. While many restrictive measures have been lifted, Arizona LGBTQ youth are still – for the most part – at home as their usual escapes such as school are still closed. Fortunately, many are sheltering in place with supportive families but – sadly – some are not. Echo staff […]

‘Walk the Moon’ frontman comes out

Cincinnati – Queerty reports that Nicholas Petricca, lead singer of the rock band Walk the Moon, has revealed he is bisexual in a post commemorating pride season. Petricca, who lends his vocals to the popular songs “One Foot,” “Shut Up and Dance,” and “Anna Sun,” shared his story via Instagram. “Hi, my name is Nicholas, I’m the lead singer of a band called Walk the Moon, and I’m bisexual,” Petricca declared in the video. “Today is the last day of Pride Month here in the year 2020 and I think it’s time that I said that. … My whole life […]

Protesters return to North Carolina town after ban blocked

Graham, North Carolina – The familiar cries of “No justice, no peace” returned to Graham on the afternoon of July 9th as more than 30 people gathered in front of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office. The sit-in was the first demonstration since a controversial protest ban enacted by the town of Graham and enforced by the sheriff’s office was lifted by a federal judge. Following back-to-back demonstrations calling for the removal of the Confederate statue in Graham, the Sheriff’s Office announced on June 26th that no protest permits would be issued within the city for the “foreseeable future,” and that […]

School Board passes resolution supporting LGBTQ students

Seattle – The Seattle School Board voted unanimously to enact a resolution “Affirming inclusion of our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and community.” The resolution would affect everything from new construction, classroom curriculum and result in the renaming of a school in honor of an LGBT individual in the state’s largest school district.        The resolution calls on the school district to audit schools to identify one gender-neutral restroom and to construct one such multi-stall bathroom in all new school construction. School staff will receive competency training on serving the LGBT community. History, English language arts, and other curriculum will be updated […]

These Are Unusual Times

Last month, I wrote about what it’s been like to work in a hospital during the time of COVID-19. What’s changed since then? I’d say quite a lot. The question really is, of all that has changed, what will stick? Basic change management principles tell us that when we make changes, we “unfreeze” and then “refreeze” after changes have been completed. This basic principle is very simplistic. Once reality sets in, we soon realize refreezing may not be possible depending on the scale and speed of changes. From my perspective, there are two major changes that have rocked all our […]

DuClaw Brewing Wins Top Marketing Honor for Creatively Inclusive Campaign

The American Marketing Association Baltimore Chapter (AMA Baltimore) announced the winners of its 2020 MX Awards on Thursday, June 25th at a virtual event attended by over 130 people. DuClaw Brewing took home the honor of winning the top Grand MX Award. Their “Sour Me Unicorn Farts” beer was the official beer of the 2019 inaugural Annapolis Pride, and DuClaw had an amazing photo shoot with the owner of Diablo doughnuts as part of the campaign. He was lying in a bathtub full of Fruity Pebbles inspired by Lizzo’s photo in a bathtub full of Skittles. “DuClaw has gone through […]

Pride at Work endorses Biden for President

Washington, D.C. – The Pride at Work National Executive Board voted Tuesday night, June 24, to endorse Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden for president in 2020. It is the first time the organization has ever endorsed a presidential candidate. “I am so proud to be a part of this dedicated and thoughtful team of LGBTQ labor leaders, especially as we make history by offering our first endorsement for president,” Pride at Work Co-President, Shellea Allen said and the vote to endorse. “Donald Trump is an unmitigated disaster for working people, for LGBTQ people, for immigrants, for Black […]