Chevron’s $3 Million Backfires in Richmond Election

Richmond [California] voters handed Chevron a resounding rejection in Tuesday’s election, defeating all four candidates supported by the oil giant despite Chevron outspending its opponents by a 20-to-1 margin.

Voters elected City Councilman Tom Butt as mayor and outgoing mayor Gayle McLaughlin, incumbent Jovanka Beckles and retired teacher Eduardo Martinez to the City Council, giving the panel a potential 6-1 left-leaning majority…

Incumbents Jim Rogers and Corky Boozé also lost. Boozé, who had previously been supported with Chevron money, had been in the news for his ongoing disputes with the city over his salvage yard, as well as his frequent clashes with Beckles, who was a target of harassment during council meetings because she is a lesbian.

Read more at SF Gate.

Muriel Bowser: The Right Leader for Right Now

I’m an openly black lesbian and with my wife, Robin, we have raised four sons in this city. We are enjoying being grandparents to three beautiful little ones. I operate a project management consulting firm from my home office in the Southeast D.C. neighborhood of Congress Heights. We are proudly supporting Council member Muriel Bowser for mayor because she understands the issues that we care about —health, education, safe streets, small businesses and job creation.

Continue reading over at the Washington Blade.

Local Orgs. Collaborate on Events for Trans Awareness Month

November is Transgender Awareness Month. This is a time for individuals and communities to celebrate the diversity of the transgender community, acknowledge the meaningful contributions of transgender people, and raise awareness to the challenges transgender individuals still face for feeling safe and protected in their communities. This year, Body Image 4 Justice, the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC), the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), and others have teamed up to host a series of events to celebrate Transgender Awareness Month in the Boston area.

More from The Rainbow Times.

Ashley Sherman

Ashley Sherman

And Now There Are Ten – RIP Ashley Sherman

We have lost another transsister to anti-trans violence.

Location this time was Indianapolis, IN, in the Tudor Park Condominiums on the eastern side of the city, and sadly it’s another trans woman of color..

25 year old Ashley Sherman was found at that location early Monday [October 27] morning by a patrolling police officer.

She had been shot in the head, and police are trying to ascertain whether she was killed there or was brought there from another location. While police are saying this was a homicide, as usual they are not investigating it as a hate crime.

Read more at TransGriot.

The New Civil Rights Leaders

Black women helped launch the Civil Rights Movement in 1955. Today, we are still leading the charge. Meet six activists who are as fearless as our forebears.

Je-Shawna Wholley: National Black Justice Coalition

Though Je-Shawna Wholley had come out as a lesbian to high school friends when she was 16, she hid her sexual identity from her mother and the Army, which had recruited her with the suggestion that she apply for an ROTC scholarship to Texas A&M University.

“I knew I couldn’t be out in the military,” says Wholley, 25, who was part of Naval ROTC in college. “I was the only Black woman in my fleet, and one of two Black people, period. I felt invisible and silenced, having to deal with sexism, homophobia and racism at the same time.”

Wholley eventually transferred to Spelman, and thought that being in a new environment would allow her to be her authentic self. But when she received the orientation letter, she noted that it required students to wear skirts that week. “I had to purchase enough skirts to meet the requirement,” says Wholley, “and I was wondering what would have happened with my girlfriend, who identified as masculine, if they made her wear a dress or skirt.”

Read more on Essence.com.

A Local Activist Is Bringing Ferguson’s Lessons Home To Boston

fter Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a white police officer in August, the word “Ferguson”—the name of the small Missouri suburb where Brown was shot—was on an entire nation’s lips. It was as if a national dictionary had automatically added it to the population’s linguistic toolkit for discussing America’s racial landscape. Ferguson became the key word for an ongoing cultural conversation about difference, power, and equality. It became a hotbed of protests and activism…

And it was exactly where Daunasia Yancey wanted to be.

“If you asked my family, they’d say I’ve always been an activist,” said the 22-year-old Boston native.

More at The Heights.

New Orleans LGBT Youth Of Color with BreakOUT! Declare “We Deserve Better”

reakOUT! is a youth-founded, youth-led organization seeking to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, in order to build a safer and more just community. With the support of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, BreakOUT! members developed and implemented the survey [“We Deserve Better: A Report on Policing in New Orleans By and For Queer and Trans Youth of Color”], compiled and analyzed the data, and launched a campaign to win justice for queer and trans youth of color in the criminal justice system.

Details on Autostraddle.

A Local Start-Up is Tackling Transgender Unemployment

“Why do most people use the internet?” asks Angelica Ross as she begins a presentation on freelancing.

Her audience, comprised of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people interested in technology, is silent. “Facebook, Twitter, social media, right?” Ross suggests, to scattered nods around the room. “And those can be business tools. Social media, the internet, it’s all a tool—and it can be used to invest in yourself.”

Investing in oneself is a significant part of Ross’s framework: as CEO and executive director of Chicago-based TransTech Social Enterprises, she is determined to help transgender and LGBQ people develop the skills they need to be financially independent. “We’re not here to save anyone,” Ross says in a promotional video on the organization’s site. “We’re here to empower.”

Continue reading at the Chicago Reader.

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