Trans Activist Tiq Milan Explains the Importance of #Pride

June is Pride month which means that annual celebrations are happening in LGBTQIA+ communities, homes, and cities all over the country. While many are preparing to attend parades and other events, the country and world are steel in mourning after the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando which directly targeted queer folx. So, while this month is meant for celebration, there is still a deep sadness so many of us feel. In this video with NBC OUT, activist Tiq Milan discusses what Pride means to him and why we must celebrate through pain.

Goddess Diamond Is The 14th Known Trans Person Murdered in 2016

**Trigger warning: this story describes violence against a Black trans woman and her murder.**

Trans women continue to be targeted for violence, hatred, and harm in the United States. Sadly, these issues and altercations all too often end in homicide. The fourteenth known trans person was killed in New Orleans on June 9th. Her name was Goddess Diamond even though the New Orleans Advocate has reported her death while misgendering her and using her previous name.

Movement for Black Lives Yields New Targets of the State

By Lamont Lilly

During the height of the Ferguson Rebellion in late summer 2014, youth organizer, Joshua Williams quickly rose to the call of duty. In the aftermath of Officer Darren Wilson’s brutal murder of unarmed Black teenager, Mike Brown, 19-year-old Williams, stepped forward in the most dedicated and courageous way possible – on the front lines.

NYPD Conducts Manhunt For Teen Who Escapes Arrest After Skipping $2.75 Subway Fare

Rhamar Perkins, 16, took advantage of a rookie NYPD officer’s sensibilities this past week and escaped after he was arrested for skipping out on a $2.75 subway fare.

He was initially taken into custody by a veteran officer and their partner, but asked to go to the bathroom once the veteran left the room and asked her partner to watch him. He then snuck out of the back door and sparked a manhunt that lasted for hours, according to New York Daily News.

Violent Arrest Of Black Teen In Madison, Wisconsin Spurs Protests

Trigger warning: This story details police violence against a teenage Black woman. There are links to videos of the physically violent arrest.

A recent video posted to Facebook showed the brutal arrest of a 18-year-old woman, identified by local news media as Genele Laird, outside of the East Towne Mall in Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday, according to WKOW – 27 News. Now, the community and others who love her are demanding answers from local police authorities as to why she was forcefully and violently arrested.

The Senate’s Failure To Pass Gun Laws Is An Embarrassment

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate completely failed to pass any of the four proposed amendments concerning gun laws in this country. They were concerned with gun sales, background checks, and the accessibility of weapons to those people on the government’s radar. Even after experiencing the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in recent U.S. history, the two sides found no room to compromise.

Oakland’s Police Department Is A Cautionary Tale For Other Cities

The police department in Oakland, California is currently in what can only be called one of the biggest upheavals in recent memory. In just 8 days, three different police chiefs have stepped down from the position following the revelation of  both a sex scandal and an investigation into racist text messages, according to CNN.

Mayor Libby Schaaf is in the middle of an uphill battle to transform a department that was apparently run more like a frat house than anything else. But this may be a case other police departments should watch closely because it could become an example of how to (or not to) move forward in their own districts.

Xenia Rubinos Brings Afro-Latina Fire With New Album ‘Black Terry Cat’

By: Sam Fleming

Xenia Rubinos is a singer, occasional rapper, and multi-instrumentalist from Hartford, Connecticut. Her newest album, Black Terry Cat, blends her Puerto Rican and Cuban roots with more contemporary R&B grooves. It represents an intense exploration of identity, while also giving us a lot of catchy summer jams.

Rubinos dances between Spanish and English while telling stories of her youth, police brutality, and the overuse of social media. Whether you choose to read into her lyrics or not, Black Terry Cat is a complex, beautiful and engaging experience.

A Case for A National Juneteenth Holiday

This past Sunday, June 19th, African Americans across the nation celebrated Juneteeth, a holiday commemorating black freedom from slavery in the United States. This holiday is observed in 45 states across the country, yet it has not been deemed a national holiday by the federal government. Juneteenth celebrates black American independence—perhaps a greater victory than July 4th, since the United States’ promise of liberty and justice for all was threatened by the practice of slavery until the end of the Civil War