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ELIXHER | April 18, 2014

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Week in Review (August 11 – August 17)

Week in Review (August 11 – August 17)
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Transgender Woman Found Stabbed To Death On West Side

For the second time in four months, a transgender woman has been killed on the West Side. CBS 2′s Brad Edwards reports the 19-year-old victim was found dead Tuesday night in an abandoned building on the 4800 block of West Jackson Boulevard in the South Austin neighborhood.

More details at CBS Chicago.

South Africa and Queerness, Affirmation and My Glass Closet

South Africa is a beautiful place. Not just aesthetically – with lush rolling hills in the Western, Eastern Capes; flowing from behind new-born concrete jungles in Gauteng and Mpumalanga, beautiful beaches and oceans in the Capes, thick forests in the Northern Cape and even vast formidable deserts in the Sahara- but also in its rich culture, diversity and the warmth of its people. But there is also a very sinister side to the country…

Read on bklyn boihood’s ‘bois will be bois.’

Growing Up Gay in Camden: Remembering Wauynee Wallace, Who Was Murdered (and Remembering Myself)

Seventeen-year-old Wauynee Wallace was tragically killed in the city of Camden, N.J. the city that I often write about and proudly name as home. Today, however, my words are fueled by anger and disappointment, because someone in the neighborhood where I played, lived out my youthful days, and experienced community thought it OK to place a bullet in the back of the head of a young person who was budding with the potential to be an active citizen of our world…  Growing up young and gay in Camden takes courage, and you were brave. May we forever remember your name.

Read more over at the Huffington Post.

The Criminalization of HIV (and Why You Should Be Concerned)
Pop quiz: Which nation leads the world in the prosecutions of HIV exposure and/or transmission? Perennial human rights violators such as Russia, China, or dictatorships in the Middle East or Africa? Not even close.

The surprising answer: The United States.

In more than 60 nations it is a crime to expose another person to or transmit HIV. The United States has reportedly led the world with “thousands of prosecutions”, according to United Nations-backed Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

Continue reading on EBONY.com.

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