We find the week’s top Black queer and trans women stories and more so you don’t have to. Got a news item or commentary to add to our roundup? Post the link in the comments. 

Kim Jones

Kim Jones, Rest in Power

Lesbian Gunned Down in North Philly

A North Philadelphia lesbian was shot in broad daylight [Tuesday, January 13] morning while on her way to work. Kim Jones, 56, was shot in the head at 9:30 a.m. while she was standing on the corner of 12th and Jefferson streets near Temple University, waiting to take the bus to work, police said. The gunman came up behind Jones, who was wearing headphones, and shot her point-blank in the back of the head.

Investigators believe Jones was targeted, but a motive had not been announced as of press time. “She had her purse, she had her cellphone, she had jewelry on, none of which was taken, none of which was disturbed,” said Homicide Capt. James Clark in a press conference Tuesday. Officer Tanya Little, a police spokesperson, said investigators are aware that Jones, who married her partner last month, was a lesbian, and do not yet know if that could have played a role in her killing. “Investigators have not ruled out anything at this point,” Little said.

More from Philadelphia Gay News.

Fix Society, Not Trans People!

Lourdes Hunter last [Saturday, January 10] cut loose a powerful speech during a Washington, DC rally attended by over 200 people organized to call for justice for Leelah Alcorn…

“I am here to tell you that we don’t need to be fixed,” she said in the speech. “What is wrong is society’s depraved indifference, willful ignorance, complicity, and inactive engagement with the systems that deny trans people our humanity and our right to life.”

via TransGriot.

The Top 5 LGBT Issues for 2015

This year promises to be an important one for LGBT communities. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is poised to strike down same-sex marriage bans in the South, one of the last bastions of such legislation in the country. And a wave of change has swept through American pop culture…

Of course this doesn’t mean that everything is great for LGBT folks. Underneath these headline-grabbing stories lay decades of systemic inequity that shape the lives of queer and transgender people of color. Here are five issues to follow in 2015.

Read more at Colorlines.

Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional (And 3 Ways to Practice It)

[W]ithout an intersectional lens, our movements cannot be truly anti-oppressive because it is not, in fact, possible to tease apart the oppressions that people are experiencing. Racism for women of color cannot be separated from their gendered oppression. A Trans person with a disability cannot choose which part of their identity is most in need of liberation.

Yet there is regularly confusion about what intersectionality really is.

Continue reading at Everyday Feminism.


Black Weirdo of the Week #55: Ryann

Name: Ryann Makenzi Holmes
From: the DMV

Born in DC, raised outside of the city in MD, been living in Brooklyn for a decade. I mostly just care about being a good human/alien, and making the world awesome in the ways that I can. I’m BLACK, queer, adventurous, and a bunch of other things.

Read Ryan’s profile here.

The Transgender Drinking Point: Here’s To the Trans Femme Revolution of 2015

I was sitting at a bar in San Francisco recently when a handsome young man sat next to me and the usual song and dance occurred. It resulted in the offer of a drink and extended conversation. Eventually, with one finger on my pepper spray, I told him I was a trans woman. I was waiting for the shock but he still didn’t get it. “What’s that mean?” he asked.

“Like Laverne Cox,” I replied. “Don’t you watch Orange Is the New Black?”

This answer has replaced my usual tutorial in which I have to turn gender & sexuality professor and lecture over a now-warm passionfruit Cosmopolitan. Because now, suddenly, I exist in the imagination of the world. Not just as a ghost, but as a human being with a point of reference. I suddenly have a visible narrative and it’s more than the Chupacabra of gender, swooping down to tempt your husband into tranny porn and steal away your kids into the apocalyptic abyss of the wrong toy aisle. With this new point of reference, though, I begin to wonder: what will be my place in the American landscape as women like me become more and more visible?

Continue reading at Black Girl Dangerous.

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