40 Weeks Later, No One Has Been Charged With the Murders of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson

*Trigger Warning: Violence, Family Rejection* The bodies were impossible to miss. They were the first thing the beer-truck delivery man saw when he stepped out to haul the trash to the dumpster behind the little convenience store on Bolivar Point on Friday morning, March 7, 2014. They’d been left in a messy pile and could almost be mistaken for stacked mannequins if it weren’t for the trail of blood dribbling toward the street…

Within a few hours, investigators identified the victims as Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24 years old and from Houston. Crystal had been choked, but ultimately was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head. Britney died from severe head trauma, but the beating that killed her also broke her neck…

Britney and Crystal had been dating for about two years, and once the story broke that a lesbian couple had been found dead, it almost instantly became national news.

Read more at the Houston Press.

Mally H. hopes that Leelah Alcorn's suicide prompts a larger convo. (via NPR)

Mally H. hopes that Leelah Alcorn’s suicide prompts a larger convo. (via NPR)

After Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide, Trans Youth Fight Broader Bias

In a moment many have called “the transgender tipping point,” the news of Leelah Alcorn’s suicide and her plea that someone “fix society” for transgender people have garnered massive attention, moving from conversations on social media to national news outlets.

But for many transgender people in their teens and early 20s, the story of Alcorn’s death, while devastating, is not exactly news. Their social media feeds are too frequently populated with stories of violence, discrimination and oppression. For some, this story was so distressing they needed to create some emotional distance and couldn’t bring themselves to read the suicide note. Others went to vigils and posted their own stories of coming out or facing bigotry.

Continue reading at NPR.

WATCH: How One Trans Businesswoman is Helping Others Turn Their Life Around

via MSNBC.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Ousts Anti-Gay Fire Chief

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired by Mayor Kasim Reed today, the day Cochran was to return to work after a 30-day suspension without pay for going against city policy by writing a book that included comparing homosexuality to bestiality. Reed made the announcement this afternoon at a press conference at City Hall…

“His personal religious beliefs are not the issue at all despite the number of comments and emails I have been receiving on a daily basis,” Reed said at a packed press conference. “His judgment and ability to manage the department was the subject of this inquiry.” Reed named Deputy Chief Joel C. Baker as the interim fire chief.

More from The Georgia Voice.


Baby Girl Among First in the Nation in 2015, Infant, Moms Doing Fine at CarolinaEast

The first baby born in Craven County in 2015 at least ties for first baby born in North Carolina and the continental United States.

But beautiful baby Aviyonnah Kiara Bryant-Grant also comes into a family that further singles her out as remarkable.

Born just as the clock struck midnight in a CarolinaEast Medical Center delivery room in New Bern, Aviyonnah’s birth information lists her mother as Shanae Grant, and Grant’s “significant other” as Beatrice Bryant, a New Bern native and a woman who has two sons of her own. The family now lives in Vanceboro…

Thursday, the proud pair held and hugged new 19¾-inch Aviyonnah as a same sex couple.

More from The Sun Journal.

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