- June 7, 2019
HORRIFIC -- DETROIT MAN CHARGED WITH TARGETING, MURDERING THREE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY WERE LGBTQ: Reports Ann Zaniewski (@AnnZaniewski) of the Detroit Free Press: “Devon Robinson, 19, of Detroit is facing three counts of first-degree murder in the May 25 shootings of Alunte Davis, 21, Paris Cameron, 20, and Timothy Blancher, 20, all of Detroit, in a home on Devonshire on the city's east side, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Thursday. Two other victims were also shot but survived.” Worthy's office said Davis and Blancher were gay men, and Cameron was a transgender woman. Robinson is expected to be arraigned this morning in District Court in Detroit. “This case illustrates the mortal danger faced by members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community, including transgender women of color," Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire said. Read the full story at the Detroit Free Press.
- And in North Carolina, Chanel Scurlock, a 23-year-old transgender woman, was found dead of gunshot wounds early Thursday in a field near Lumberton, according to reports. “RIP baby,” wrote a friend on Facebook. “ “You [lived] your life as you wanted. I’m proud of you for being unapologetically correct about your feelings and expectations of YOU.” Police told a local news outlet they have “great leads” in their investigation. More at the Advocate.
- Dallas police working with city’s LGBTQ leaders to address killings of transgender people. Police say they have four active murder investigations. More from ABC News.
This is horrific. We as a nation must confront this epidemic of hate violence before one more life is taken. https://t.co/YhWwO0NTml— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) June 7, 2019
We could not have a stronger or more steadfast champion fighting for LGBTQ Americans at this crucial moment in our nation's history than @SpeakerPelosi. Must-read interview in @metroweekly: https://t.co/UypMF44BsC— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) June 6, 2019
POLL SHOWS TEXAS VOTERS OPPOSE REFUSING SERVICE TO LGBTQ PEOPLE BY 3-1 MARGIN: When asked in a Quinnipiac University poll, “should businesses be allowed to refuse service to someone based on their sexual orientation or sexual identity?” 71 percent said no. Read more at the Austin American Statesman.
ICYMI -- ACTOR JAKE CHOI (@THEJAKECHOI) GIVES POWERFUL SPEECH ADVOCATING FOR LGBTQ YOUTH AT HRC COLUMBUS DINNER: "Tonight, I remember the kids like me growing up in all kinds of neighborhoods, some afraid, some lost and confused, some thrown out by their families because of who they are or who they love,” said Choi. “Some — too many — who have taken their own lives due to bullying either by peers or their families and relatives." More from Advocate.
DEFENSE DEPARTMENT CONTRADICTS TRUMP’S CLAIM ABOUT TRANSGENDER TROOPS: “The Military Health System covers all medically necessary treatments and prescription medications,” said Defense Department spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell, contradicting Trump’s claim that service-members are “not allowed to take any drugs.” More from Aaron Blake (@aaronblake) at The Washington Post.
PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP
FROM NYTIMES -- “STONEWALL RIOT APOLOGY: POLICE ACTIONS WERE ‘WRONG,’ COMMISSIONER ADMITS”: Read more at the New York Times.
“YOU DON’T GET TO PUT LGBTQ PEOPLE BACK IN THE SHADOWS” -- SINGER-SONGWRITER MELISSA ETHERIDGE ON STONEWALL 50: “To my children’s children, LGBTQ will be just another color in the crayon box of all kinds of beautiful mixes,” says Etheridge (@metheridge) to the Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman (@TimTeeman). Read more from The Daily Beast.
PRIDE IS FOR EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN EQUALITY: HRC shares five reasons why Pride is about everyone -- including millions of allies -- joining to celebrate our individuality and advocate for LGBTQ equality. More from HRC
OLYMPIANS TO SHARE THEIR PERSONAL STORIES TODAY AT OUTSPORT PRIDE: Nicole Branagh (@NicoleBranagh), Randy Gardner (@theRandyGardner) and Greg Louganis (@greglouganis) will share stories of glory and personal struggle as LGBTQ athletes. More from OutSports.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
“MY LIFE WILL BE OVER IF I’M DEPORTED TO KENYA” -- RUGBY PLAYER RECEIVES NOTICE TO LEAVE UK: “As a gay man, whose country of birth, Kenya, persecutes homosexuals, I felt my whole world collapse around me…” writes Bristol Biston’s (@bisonsrfc) Ken Marcharia in an oped. More from The Guardian.
GLOBAL PRIDE CELEBRATIONS TAKE PLACE AMID EFFORTS TO DECRIMINALIZE SAME-SEX RELATIONS: More from the Washington Blade.
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Oprah Magazine spotlights groundbreaking role of transgender actress and model Isis King (@MsIsisKing) in Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us”; Advocate features cover story of Nafessa Williams (@NafessaWilliams) on being television’s first Black lesbian superhero
In our new cover story, @BlackLightning's @NafessaWilliams talks to @DeliciousDiane what it means to play TV's first Black lesbian superhero: "Every day I feel so honored to be giving a voice to this character." https://t.co/sby1Yulq4g pic.twitter.com/PQr7JaGJEV— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) June 6, 2019