Debates are occurring across the country about bathrooms and how they should be used by people of transgender experience. Some states (like North Carolina) are attempting to pass laws that would require people to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth, regardless of how they identify today. Chicago has officially made their stance known – they’ll allow students and faculty to use the bathrooms for the genders they identify with rather than how they were assigned at birth.
“If you had one recommendation for recognizing the full identity and addressing the needs of transgender women, what would it be?”
This question was asked to trans activist Janet Mock on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the United Nations headquarters where she spoke on a panel about the need for more visibility of trans black women when talking about issues like homelessness, sex work, rape, and sexual assault.
The family of an 18-year-old who was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer in October publicly released the name of the shooter despite authorities withholding the information.
Officials were hesitant to release the officer’s name until a “threat assessment” was completed.
Actress Raven-Symone penned an open letter in response to bullying she has received after she told Oprah during an interview that she does not consider herself African American. The former Cosby kid posted the letter to her Facebook page.
Sports commentator Charles Barkley hasn’t come across a sensitive topic that he will not touch, and now he has voiced his opinion on what he calls a “dirty, dark secret” in the African-American community.
During an interview with a radio station in Philadelphia, Barkley expounded on claims that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was disliked by some of his teammates, partly because he wasn’t considered to be “black enough.”
The following post was written by Octavia Y. Lewis. It originally appeared on The Root under the title, “I’m Black, I’m Trans, I’m HIV-Positive, and I’m OK.”
By: Octavia Y. Lewis
My Thing Is: The black community is often accused of being closed-minded, but my experience has been the opposite. Thanks to the overwhelming support of friends, family, and mentors I’m happily working on being the best me I can be.
By: Terrence Chappell
This past Sunday, June 8, I hosted a brunch at my apartment in Chicago’s Edgewater community. I absolutely love having friends over and entertaining. I grew up watching my mom entertain, so this brunch brought it full circle, of course with the help of a few of her hosting secrets and nick-knacks. However, this brunch was a little different from past things I have hosted at my place. Comically titled A Banjee Black Gurl’s Brunch: BAPs Edition (Chapter 4), the brunch was a social outlet for gay black men to connect and enjoy one another.
R. Kelly’s youngest child recently came out as transgender on social media.
13-year-old Jaya has identified as male since age 6 or 7.
Singer, songwriter/producer Pharrell has had an amazing year. But tempers flared when the star released the cover for his new album, GIRL, and the flames have been reignited after comments about “The New Black” during an interview with Oprah made by the musician.
According to data analyzed by the Pew Research Center, millions of citizens in America counted in the 2000 census changed their race or Hispanic-origin categories when they filled out the forms in 2010.
Hispanics, Americans of mixed race, American Indians and Pacific Islanders were among the most likely to check difference boxes this time around.