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Candra Keels

Candra Keels

Candra Keels, 20-Year-Old Queer Woman of Color, Murdered in Domestic Dispute

[Saturday, January 24], the family of 20-year-old Candra Keels of Rochester, NY are burying their loved one who was murdered allegedly at the hands of her girlfriend.

Officers responded to 15 Denver Street about 3 A.M. for the report of a fight. There they found Candra Keels with a stab wound to her torso area.

Keels was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

Sherrita Crumpler, 31, was arrested at the scene and charged with murder in the 2nd degree.

More from Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents.

Denver Residents Protest Police Killing of Queer Latina Teen

Residents in Denver are protesting the police killing of 17-year-old Jessie Hernandez, who was killed Monday after a confrontation with police.

via Colorlines.

Three Transgender Women of Color Were Murdered in January

Three transgender women of color have been murdered in the past three and a half weeks in Texas, Virginia and Kentucky, according to multiple news outlets.

According to BuzzFeed, Lamia Beard, 31, in Norfolk, Virginia, and Ty Underwood, 24, of Tyler, Texas, were both fatally shot a mere nine days apart on January 17 and January 26.

In addition, a recent report confirms that earlier this month on Jan. 9, another transgender woman, Ms. Edwards*, 20, was shot in killed in a Kentucky motel room. Louisville police believe that 20-year-old Henry Richard Gleaves is a suspect in Edwards’s murder.

And while three murders in one month is extremely high, this type of violence is not new or rare to the transgender community, especially among trans women of color.

Read more on BET.com. *ELIXHER EDITOR’S NOTE: We are still confirming how Edwards identified. Please contact us at info@elixher.com if you have any information. *

"Future goals." | Autostraddle

“Future goals.” | Autostraddle

Adventures in Baby-Making as a Single Black Lesbian

They say parenthood is full of surprises. They say it changes you in ways you’d never expect. They neglected to mention, however, that the path to parenthood itself can also change you and is full of surprises as well. I never thought I’d be trying to get pregnant. If you had told fifteen-year-old me that I would not only allow sperm inside me but that I would also pay thousands of dollars for said sperm, I’d have laughed you off the face of the planet. One, I have a very visceral negative reaction to even the idea of semen. And two, while I find pregnancy fascinating and beautiful, the idea of tiny fingers caressing my ribs from the inside freaks me out.

So how is it that I’ve found myself setting aside a couple of hundred dollars each month for the purpose of buying sperm and hopefully getting pregnant? A weird synergy between my identities and realities — a mix of being poor, having anxiety, being a queer person of color, and society’s biases against my identities — lead me to my current baby-making path.

Continue reading on Autostraddle.

Federal Judge Rules Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that the State of Alabama’s “Sanctity of Marriage Amendment” and the “Alabama Marriage Protection Act” are unconstitutional because they violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment…

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this month that it will take up the issue of whether gay couples have a fundamental right to marry and if states can ban such unions. That case is likely to be heard in March.

Details over at WSFA 12 News.

via Boston Magazine

via Boston Magazine

The Education of Daunasia Yancey

She’s young, Black, female, gay—and ready for her mug shot. Meet the new face of Boston’s civil rights movement.

Yancey has been an activist since she was 13 years old, when she fought to found a gay-straight alliance at her Newton middle school. She grew up in the post-Ellen era; gay marriage was sanctioned by law by the time she was in high school. Her political training came through local LGBT youth organizations, not from clergy fired in the kiln of the civil rights movement or seared by Boston’s busing crisis. She is heir to a protest culture that owes as much to feminism, ACT UP, and “Silence = Death” as to Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, at 22, she’s establishing herself as a leader in the growing movement against police brutality and racism.

More from Boston Magazine.

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