Houston Gay Pride Organizers Agree To Reschedule Parade To Avoid ‘ Juneteenth’ Conflict

Under intense pressure from African-American LGBT leaders and others, Pride Houston Inc. agreed Thursday night to reschedule the 2015 parade to avoid a conflict with Juneteenth, a nationally recognized holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the US.

As Towleroad reported Thursday, Pride Houston board members initially refused to reschedule the parade in a letter to African-American LGBT activists earlier this week. But pressure continued to build, and even the statewide group Equality Texas issued a statement Thursday calling for the parade to be rescheduled.

More over at Towleroad.

Is Saying Hello Sexual Harassment?

A video documenting a woman’s experience walking through the streets of New York City for a day went viral. The reason? In the space of 10 hours, she was harassed more than 100 times.

A lot of the comments the woman, Shoshana Roberts, receives in the video come in the form of “hello” or ”good morning.” On their own, these greetings could be seen as benign. This ambiguity provoked a debate about what counts as harassment.

What I find troubling in these conversations is society’s frequent inability to trust women’s knowledge and definitions of harassment. It is well documented that when women speak about their experiences of sexual harassment, objectification or abuse by men, they are often not believed. Anita Hill’s 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas is great example of this. They are told that they are exaggerating, confused, or are being dishonest and manipulative.

Continue reading on Reuters.

Black Transgender Woman Murdered In Tennessee

We’ve received some disheartening news out Nashville, Tennessee. Gizzy Fowler, a 24-year-old transgender woman, was found tragically shot to death. Initial police and media reports misidentified and misgendered the victim. The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition has confirmed her gender identity.

Read ELIXHER’s story here.

7 Women Beat Woman Unconscious Outside Village Lesbian Bar, Officials Say

Seven women in their 20s punched and kicked a 37-year-old woman outside a lesbian bar last weekend, seriously injuring her eye, police said. The victim was attacked outside Henrietta Hudson at 438 Hudson St. about 4 a.m. on Nov. 9, police said.

Details here.

Laverne Cox on Transgender Equality: ‘We Have a Long Way to Go in Terms of Public Policy’

For the past 24 years, Glamour Magazine has hosted the Women of the Year Awards honoring celebrities, politicians, and athletes, along with other inspiring and empowering women. In an exclusive interview series, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric goes backstage at Carnegie Hall to speak with some of the honorees of 2014. In this video, “Orange is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox sits down with her presenter, Jodie Foster to speak with Couric.

via Yahoo! News.

President of Lincoln University Slut-Shames Black Women, Incriminates Black Men, Asks for Silence Around Rape

The president of Lincoln University, an HBCU (and incidentally my grandfather’s alma mater), has managed not only to stick his foot in his mouth, but swallow the whole damn thing. The university is co-ed, but holds separate (but equal?) All Women’s and All Men’s convocations for incoming students. During the most recent All Women’s Convocation, President Robert R. Jennings suggested that women should not report incidents of rape for fear of ruining another Black man’s life by sending him to prison.

Read more at Autostraddle.

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