President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

This is a historic moment for all of us, LGBTQIA+ or otherwise.

President Obama, who has been arguably the strongest president yet in supporting and advocating for the rights of queer people, is designating a new Stonewall National Monument at the historic Stonewall Inn site in New York City. This is the same place that, in June 1969, erupted in violence when queer folx rebelled against police who were raiding the Stonewall Inn, a hangout and safe space for LGBTQIA+ people.

Janet Mock Discusses The Deeper Meanings Behind Stonewall

The Stonewall Riots, which erupted on June 28, 1969, were spurred as a response to the continued violence and repression against LGBTQIA+ – specifically from police authorities in New York City. In this video with Logo TV, activist and bestselling author Janet Mock explains why it wasn’t just the people present at the Stonewall uprising but also the people who were excluded from mainstream queer spaces that are important to understanding LGBTQIA+ resistance.

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.

Paul Quinn College Announces African-American Leadership Institute

Paul Quinn College has been playing a role in the advancement of black people since it was founded in 1872 to educate freed slaves. Today, it’s looking for new ways to innovate education and further prove the necessity of HBCU’s moving forward.

The college has recently announced a plan to introduce the African-American Leadership Institute (AALI) with the help of local politicians in the Dallas, TX area including State Senator Royce West.