$50k Reward Offered in Aniya Parker Murder Case

It’s been just over a week since Aniya “Ballie” Parker, a 47-year-old transgender woman, was brutaly killed in East Hollywood. The Los Angeles City Council will announce on Friday during a press conference that police and community leaders are now offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her death, according to KTLA.

Read more at Colorlines.

lourdes-ashley-hunter-263x197National Coming Out Day: “Today I am Honoring My Truth”

National Coming Out day is celebrated as a time for many in the LGBT community to affirm and be affirmed in our truths.  As a Black trans woman, I can’t say that I have had the opportunity to “come out.” However, I have been “outed” countless times.  Until recently I never saw “coming out” or being trans as something to celebrate.  Structural violence manifests itself in ways that dismantle pipelines and pathways for trans people of color to live in their truths.

Continue reading on HRC’s blog.

A Win In Kenya For The Transgender Community

While the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community struggles to achieve basic human rights throughout Africa, transgender Kenyans have seen a powerful victory.

Transgender activist Audrey Mbugua won a seminal case against the Kenya National Examination Council on Tuesday, granting her legal recognition as a woman on her academic certificates…

The KNEC has 45 days to issue the name change. The High Court also ruled that the certificate be printed without a gender mark.

Watch the news break at Huffington Post.

Manonia Evans (left), 21, and Donna Burkett, 25, in a 1971 photo outside federal court after asking a judge to order Milwaukee County to give them a marriage license.

Manonia Evans (left), 21, and Donna Burkett, 25, in a 1971 photo outside federal court after asking a judge to order Milwaukee County to give them a marriage license.

Milwaukee Woman Broke Ground on Gay Marriage — in 1971

Donna Burkett made national news when she and the woman she loved applied for a marriage license in Milwaukee.

Their trip to the courthouse was not this week, when the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and four other states that tried clinging to their bans.

It was back in 1971 and, as you might guess, it didn’t go well. The two African-American women were trying to push open a door that would stay closed to gay and lesbian couples for decades more.

“I really didn’t care what the law was. We knew what we wanted to do,” Burkett said during an interview Monday at her downtown apartment.

Burkett, then 25, and her partner at the time, Manonia Evans, 21, were turned away at the county clerk’s office. They filed suit in federal court, seeking an order allowing them to marry. A judge dismissed the lawsuit in 1972, citing a lawyer’s failure to file written legal arguments.

More over at the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

LGBT Kids Of Color Are More Likely To Be Disciplined In School, Study Shows

Tanayshia Price, a 15-year-old black student who identifies as queer, says she has been suspended from school more times than she can count.

“I feel like the school district that I’m in, they don’t know how to handle everything that comes with the non-gender conforming or the kids that are minorities,” Price, who attends high school in northern California, told The Huffington Post. “They just know how to get rid of us.”

As a queer youth of color, Price faces unique challenges. Research shows that over 80 percent of LGBTQ students were verbally harassed at school over their sexual orientation in 2011. Another report released earlier this year by the Office of Civil Rights shows that black and Hispanic students are suspended from school at substantially higher rates than their white peers.

Two issue briefs released Wednesday expand upon these problems, demonstrating how issues surrounding school discipline uniquely impact LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth of color. The reports were co-authored by Crossroads Collaborative at the University of Arizona, which researches youth and sexuality, and the Gay Straight Alliance Network, the national organization that connects school-based Gay Straight Alliances.

More at HuffPo.

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