Exactly one year ago, David Kato, a longtime advocate and friend, was bludgeoned to death in his home in the middle of the day. He was murdered just days after he had won a court case against a Ugandan newspaper that had published his photo — along with those of 99 other alleged supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality — next to a noose and the directive “Hang Them.”
President of the NAACP, Benjamin Jealous will deliver the keynote speech at a national conference on rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
In response to the recent hazing death of gay Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major Robert Champion Jr., the school’s LGBT Pride Student Union spoke out about the lack of LGBT-inclusion on campus. In an op-ed that ran today in the Tallahassee Democrat, the student organization wrote: “FAMU is many great things. But one thing FAMU is not, is inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.”
Proof of Hollywood’s committment to its tradition of honoring the same Black images also came via the blatant disregard for Dee Rees’ breakout indie film Pariah. Despite widespread acclaim (including a shoutout from Meryl Streep in her recent Golden Globes acceptance speech), the film received nary a nomination in any category, the most glaring omission being Adepero Oduye for Best Actress.
On Thursday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a ceremonial signing for H.3810, “An Act Relative To Gender Identity,” which now legally protects transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, education, employment and credit. The new law also provides additional civil rights and protections from hate crimes.
Gov. Chris Christie today nominated an openly gay African-American Republican mayor and a Korean-American assistant attorney general to the state’s highest court.