Today the US Supreme Court has ruled that LGBTQ+ workers cannot be fired for being LGBTQ. The Supreme court says that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based of of a person’s sex also includes gender identity and sexual orientation.
For many years folks have been fired and let go for their sexual orientation and gender identities. While some have been subtle others have been bold. While some employers have tried to cloak the dismissals with other things other employers have outright been clear.
Yes many folks live in states were they are seemingly protected by local laws. But we all know even then jobs have found ways to work around them. It was only necessary but in this time where oppression cannot be tolerated that a federal law was made to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
While this doesn’t excuse or dismiss Trump’s recent attack on trans-women’s rights The Supreme Court has give the country a step in the right direction.
A federal law will hopefully make it far more difficult to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the workplace.
Political Activist, Philosopher, and Author of over 10 books on class and feminism. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential civil right leaders in history.
LIL NAS X
Grammy winning Rapper, Singer, and Songwriter and 1st openly gay rapper nominated for top honors at the Grammys and 1st Openly gay artist to win a Country Music Association Award. With one of the most successful single in music history.
Former NBA Star who played 13 seasons. An all-American from Stanford University. He was Featured in Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Isis is actress, supermodel, and fashion designer. She was the 1st transwomen to compete on America’s Next Top Model. She currently stars in “When They See Us”
Luther is Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was also know as one of the most in-demand background vocalist in music history across multiple genres. He his regarded by many as one of the best male voices in music history.
Amaechi is a Psychologist, consultant, and former international Basketball star who played in France, Italy, Greece, the UK, and most notably in the United States’s NBA. He was on the Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, and the Cleveland Cavs.
Bennett is rapper, singer, and songwriter from Chicago. Although he is widely known as the brother of Chance The Rapper, Bennett created his own fanbase. Taylor has opened for Nas, continues a indie Hip Hop favorite, and sell out shows.
The architect of Rock and Roll and perhaps one of the most unappreciated singers of All-time. Little Richard was apart of many music icons starts. Many were in his band or doing musical covers of him including James Brown, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. He was instrumental in the early success of iconic band The Beetles.
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, but most notably in the mid-20th-century United States
This Oscar winning writer Daniels is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He produced Monster’s Ball, Empire, and Star. Lee also directed The Butler and Precious which won two awards.
Symone is Black TV Icon having starred in many iconic shows such as The Cosby Show, Thats So Raven, and Hanging with Mr. Cooper. She is an Award winning actress, singer, rapper, model, and producer. She is also a former host of long running talk show The View.
Civil Rights Leader who organized the Iconic MARCH ON WASHINGTON. Rustin was also a known Gay activist and right hand to Martin Luther King Jr.
Author, Poet, Social Activist, Novelist, and Playwright. Hughes was one of the prominent leaders of the Harlem Renaissance.
Janelle is a Billboard and MTV Award winning singer, rapper, actress, songwriter, and producer. She starred in the record making Moonlight and the storytelling movies such as Hidden Figures and Harriet.
J AUGUST RICHARDS
Richards is an Emmy nominated actor who starred in WB’s Angel and Marvels’s Agents of Sheild. He now stars in ground breaking TV Show “Council of Dads”.
The 1st African American women elected to the House of Representatives and 1st and so far only Black women Governor of Texas as she was sworn in for one day.
Janet is the first black trans-women to host a television host. She is also writer, director, producer, activist, and actress. Mock most successful piece of written work is the best selling book “Redefining Realness”.
He is journalist with his on show on CNN. Lemon is one of the most unapologetic and bold political commentators on television.
The most popular female blues singer of the 1920’s and 30’s. She is known as the Empress of the Blues.
Lorde was a feminist, civil rights activist, writer, and womanist. She was fierce poet who spoke to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and homophibia.
Thompson is singer and actress. She is well known for here strong role as Valkyrie in the Marvel Universe. She has starred on many wide regarded projects including Dear White People, Selma, and Creed. She had a lead role in the Men In Black comeback film and now stars in Westworld.
MARSHA P. JOHNSON
Marsha P. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen. Known as an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Johnson was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969
Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason”, along with other singles “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Crossroads”, “New Beginning”, and “Telling Stories”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award–winning artist.
Sheryl is an American former professional basketball player. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and was named one of the league’s Top 15 Players of All Time at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game.
Wanda Yvette Sykes is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America.
is an American actress and singer. Stenberg’s work includes roles in feature films such as The Hungar Games and The Hate U Give. Stenberg was included in Time’s list of Most Influential Teens and Oprah’s Supersoal 100 list.
This Emmy winning screenwriter, producer, and actress is constantly building her legacy. Creator of The Chi, Boomerang series, and Twenties. Lena wrote and produced the cultural hit Queen & Slim. Currently Waithe has a recurring role on popular HBO show Westworld.
Keith Boykin is a broadcaster, journalist, author, and political commentator. He was editor of The Daily Voice, a CNBC contributor, a CNN political commentator, and a co-host of the BET TV talk show My Two Cents.
RuPaul is the World’s most famous drag queen, an actor, model, singer, songwriter, and television personality. He created the smash hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he has received six Primetime Emmy Awards. He had his own successful talk show, Netflix series, and appeared in countless films.
Emmy nominated Keke is a singer, songwriter, actress, and television host. She has appeared in films such as the classic Akeelah and the Bee. She had her own talk show before currently becoming a co-host on ABC’s Strahan, Sara, and Keke. Palmar is also know for her rolls in Scream Queens, Madea’s Family Reunion, and Scream.
B Slade is a Steller Award winner singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, rapper, producer, former Pastor, and activist. He is crosses many genres and his album “Out the Box” has been considered one of the best gospel albums of all time.
Alicia is an editorial writer and civil rights activist. She know widely for being one the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement
Harris is a Grammy nominated rapper, actress, and theater star. She’s sold over 2 million records and is one of the most influential women in Hip Hop history.
The ICONIC Jospehine Baker was gem. This American born French entertainer was also a civil rights Activist and French Resistance Agent. She was the 1st African American to star in a Major Motion Picture.
The ESPY award winning Sam was an All American football standout that played for both the NFL and CFL and GQ Man of the Year. He currently travels around the world as a motivational speaker and author. Sam also competed on a season of Dancing with The Stars.
LZ is a journalist, actor , and senior writer for ESPN’s The Magazine. He is also a co-host on SportsNation, Mornings with Keyshawn, and LZ and Travis on ESPN. Granderson is also a occasional commentator for CNN.
Willow is a singer, songwriter, producer, actress and co-host of hit show Red Table Talk. She is the Daughter of Iconic couple Will and Jada Smith and sister to Trey and often queer cited Jaden.
The Grammy and Brit award winning Ocean is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and photographer. His album “Blonde” debuted at #1 and was certified Platinum.
She is a actress, writer, radio presenter, model, competition show judge, producer and activist. She was the star of the popular series The Good Place and now serves as executive for the HBO Max series Legendary.
The Emmy winning producer Lavern is also an actress and LGBTQ+ Activist. She was the 1st transgender actress nominated for an acting Emmy. She is the first Trans-women to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan.
Ryan is a former NFL defensive end who played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Buffalo Bills.
SYD THE KID
LA born Grammy nominated singer and songwriter and founding member of the hit group “The Internet”. Syd is also a former member of the super group collective Odd Future with the likes of Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, and others.
Patterson is BET award winning singer, songwriter, and actor. He is cherished song writer with credits included “Baby” by Brandy and “Momma” by Kendrick Lamar. He is also known for his time on hit show Kids Incoprated w/ Fergie, Mario Lopez, and Shanice. He is one of the first openly gay male soul/R&B singers.
MA is rapper and entrepreneur. She rose to fame with the quadruple platinum single “Ooouuu”. Young MA is also the founder of KWEENZ Foundation for those experiencing grief and trauma.
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
Carver was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century. He was also an inventor and widely known for his discovery of the many uses of the peanut.
Burke was the 1st openly gay MLB player in history. He and player Dusty Baker are widely created for inventing the HIGH FIVE. He played for the Oakland Athletics and LA Dodgers.
Eli an creative MC and innovative Singer forged in the fires of Philadelphia. His fresh and eclectic energy is the perfect vibe for current times. His Soundcloud is a treasure and Quarantine Dreams is a must listen. You’ll find yourself drifted into a music oasis.
Mookie is a St.Louis breed R&B/Soul artist with a whole lot of drive and ambition. He has a clean, new sound yet still gives us glimpses of 2000’s R&B. He is able to succeed while giving life to the new generation and those before them. Tolliver’s music is a reminder that R&B is still alive and evolving. This well done duet with So So Def’s Dondria is a sweet song and great preview of his vibe.
While we’ve never including a Gospel artist we decided to make a no question addition this time around. You see Douglas’s sound is a breath of fresh air. A coming of age sound by someone you can feel is coming into their own. Like every genre even gospel must evolve. And with artist such as Leandria Johnson and Jonathan McReynolds bringing vulnerability and transparency to the genre it makes room for artist like Rodney to come right behind. This new wave of gospel is getting new, younger, and lost listeners to tune in. Check out his new single “I’ll Worship You”
Instagram : @rodney.douglasjr_
This vocal beast will take you across the world and back with his vocal acrobatics. His melodic sound, creative rifts and intricate runs are distinct and carefully crafted. Tre has an ear almost like the vocal bible herself Brandy. When he sings live its an experience you’ll never forget. His single “Up 2 You” is a soothing and balanced tune that raises patiently and hits you with beautiful background vocals to make you want to sing along.
Instagram : @tre4rmdc
5. ELLAE REID
Ellae (L.A) Reid is a singer, MC, and songwriter in Dallas, Texas. His sound is a blend of R&B Soul and Indie Hip Hop. Reid’s music is vulnerable, lyrically intriguing, and can take you on a genre roller-coaster. His new song ” Myselfish” is a surprising anthem for self care and accountability.
Gutta is an example of how art changes things. This rapper has seen some intense things growing up in Virginia. He himself spent many years in and out of prison. Since returning home he his devoted his self to the music and creative lane. Now his music may not be for the PG ears or those that cringe with certain words but if you can handle it this is som good stuff. His visuals are mad crazy, hip, fun, and fascinating. There’s plenty of music to choose from and plenty of videos to tease your mind.
In a shocking video being circulated online a local LGBTQ+ bar owner and staff seem to be unnecessarily shot at by local police for attempting to support protesters. The local LGBT+ bar was passing out water, snacks, and even set up a first aid station for protestors.
The day before this incident transpired the local bar was vandalized with a white supremacist symbol and broken windows. So the owner and staff decided to stay Sunday and perhaps prevent folks from doing more harm to the business.
So while at the building to ensure no additional vandalism they also extended support to protesters. According to Lemuel they had been there for almost 7 hours, before police came.
We the police arrive according to what we see in the video posted the officers can be heard shouting “Move!”
After the police shout you then hear “This is my business, I rent this place.” From bar owner Lemuel
The officer responds again with : You’ve been told. I don’t care where you go, you gotta go.”
And shortly after things seem to take a completely irrational and unnecessary turn.
The officer yells … “ The game is over. Get out!” and proceeds with what seems to be to shots, from what it looks like a shot gun.
The name of the bar is Ruby Deluxe, a bar catering to LGBTQ people on South Salisbury Street, partly to deter vandals. Let’s show our love and support!
So yesterday as the 13 year old was celebrating their birthday Stepmother Gabrielle Union makes a post … and then this happens :
Harper repeatedly emphasizes he/him vibes. He starts with Young man proceeds to instruct Zaya to read a book called “Letters to a Young Brother”
I don’t know about you but that was a lot of WTF in just a few little words. There’s so much to unpack.
First of all … how old are you ?
I asked that because do you feel like you want to hear somebody whether they agree or not come at you like that when you were 13? On the one day that children and teens are always anxious and excited for? Probably not.
And secondly who are you and why do you feel like you have the space to do this?
And you didn’t just play it safe. You could’ve just referred to her as Zaya. You could’ve even used neutral pronouns. But you specifically and intentionally didn’t.
I heard that you were friends with Barack Obama and I hope that he’s giving you a real nice WTF talk right now.
Stay in your lane and allow Zaya to grow and blossom however they see fit. Stay in your lane and let Dwayne & Gabrielle raise their children.
Now let’s get into some of the folks who showed up for Zaya :
Somehow the noise turns down as when the violence against black women keeps turning up. Be it domestic, misogynistic, or racially systemic. The ball gets dropped and often times never picked up again. And that just isn’t a thing that should be happening.
So let’s talk about Breonna Taylor, a young aspiring nurse murdered by local police in her own home. At just 26 years old She was already a hero. Working in the Covid unit at her Louisville hospital. The police bust into her door in the middle of the night with an alleged search warrant. Only to find out that they were at the wrong apartment. But not before they took her life. Members of The Louisville Police Department Shot at Taylor more than eight times. You heard it right. The wrong address with extremely excessive force. Did Taylor intimidate them? Of course not. And if she did they should have never been on the force if they couldn’t access a situation properly.
While her family and legal team have filed a wrongful death lawsuit so much more accountability must follow. The lawsuit details in addition to all the details above that they barged in unannounced while the alleged culprit they were looking for was reportedly already in custody.
There are no loopholes and there is no smoke to blow. The consequences should’ve came blunt, bold, firm, fast, and easy. And yet some people still don’t see the problem.
While there are many situations going on in our nation today we cannot forget to stand up for her story. We must give her story as much attention as we can. Because far too often black women in horrific situations fall victims to lost interest, outrage, and support. Many times they must have a male counterpart involved to even gain friction. It’s hurtful to see that misogyny peeks its head out even in situations of tragedy. Say her name and don’t lose the volume.
Just 24 hours ago another womxn became the victim of misguided anger, fear of self-reflection, and deeply embedded ignorance. Iyanna Dior is her name. A beautiful young lady of trans experience. Many of us watched with disgust and anguish as more than 15 people viciously attacked her. They attacked her with words. And they attacked her with fist.
As many of us search to find the details. The who, the what, the where, and the why? It could not have been more of a surprise and pain to find out it was in St.Paul/Minneapolis Area. With Minnesota as the heart of protest we would think it would include the life and the value of trans woman of color. And yet this makes it clear that we aren’t there yet. As we investigated the situation and found out more details they only became more hurtful. Did those things warrant this behavior? Or was it simply an opportunity to do what you wanted to do anyway? They said she hit a car? Is your car totaled? Is there more than 10 names on the cars title? She ran up and hit a young lady for no reason? Allegedly the young lady was 17 years old? Does that justify the beating? A Transwoman clearly smaller than 90 percent of both the men and women involved? It wasn’t because she’s trans we see transfolk all the time? Do you call those trans folks men and faggots all the time? He deserved it ? How about at the least you not misgender her? You know for us that grew up in tough neighborhoods I never knew it to be necessary for 15 people to do anything like that… you know what we called that some ***** ****.
Needless to say must be hurtful to be a trans person in these tough moments in history. What does it feel like to wake up every day not knowing if it will be your last ? What does it feel like to be standing between two guns . Your blackness. Your gender. Both of which the target of aggression. What must it feel like to stand up and fight for the very folks that are nearly exterminating your sisters and brothers.
Iyanna’s story is not an isolated incident. Every year dozens of trans women are murdered. They are beaten and it’s never discussed. They are judged for their survival. They are shamed for doing whatever it takes to stay alive. They are the objects of obsession. They are the fantasies that men are afraid of. They are sisters. They are mothers. They are friends. They are nurturers. They are survivors. They are fighters. They are human.
In a time where the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter Floats around social media the question must be asked… Do you mean it? Do black lives matter when they are of trans experience? Do black lives matter when they are queer folk? Do they even matter when they are women?
*** I must include that the BLM movement has contacted and said that the denounce the attack. ***
While those questions open so many doors and deserve their own conversations in this moment we say we see you Iyanna.
We see all trans women who live an everyday experience of war games. Where every moment they walk out the house could be their last day. We see you. But we are not enough. We must grow. And we must be louder. We cannot avoid these conversations. They cannot be brushed aside any longer. We cannot let people tell us when is the right time because it will never be the right time to have a conversation people never want to have. The assault on the lives of trans women can no longer be ignored.
You can DONATE To Transfolk of color who are victims of violence, sexual, mental, and emotional abuse via Venmo to @TRANS-Action
*** For context we have provided a brief piece of the video. Because we don’t support this behavior we have made it as brief as possible
“Please, I can’t breathe…” these words spoken by yet another Black man killed by police in America. I do not have the strength to watch another Black man be treated like a savage, like his cries of pain and lack of breath somehow tickled the racist ego of a white cop cracking the whip of his “power”. I have only seen a picture of a white cop with his knee on the neck of a Black man and that was enough! Images of strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees flood my mind. I am gripped by anxiety, anger, sadness, and fear. As a Black man, I am sick and tired of seeing Black men and women murdered at the hands of cops! I would love to say that the American policing system needs to be restructured, but the reality is, America needs restructuring. When do we stop marching to prove the humanity of a people? When do cops truly start to serve and protect the people! When will black skin not be a target on our chest? America, we cannot breathe!
As I scroll through my social media, I see my Black peers express the grave sadness and anger that grips their souls. I am overcome with heaviness and again I must figure out what to do. How do we respond? We watched as white people protested shutting down the nation for the sake of the health of the people, pulling up to government buildings with their guns in hand! Yet, they all made it home… Black people protest, and you pull out your war gear! You gas us and present us as angry Black people rioting on the media! You elected a president who not only spews racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, and pretty much HATE from his mouth and twitter, he also rallied the racist masses. When does it stop? America, we cannot breathe!
The statue of liberty clearly has its foot on the necks of the masses she summons. We were not summoned; our ancestors were brought here like cargo and you still do not see us as human. SO, we learned to survive, fight, band together, and united against your systematic dehumanization and hate for the Black body. We lost great warriors during the fight. They were lynched, beat to death, raped, tossed into the Atlantic, shot, suffocated, and yet we still fight! Fighting to prove our humanity gifted to us by God! America, we cannot breathe!
Over the last two years I wanted to truly recognize the value and power within the pages of a written piece of art. So, I challenged myself to start reading more. I have always enjoyed books, but often I would start one and not even finish. So, I started with some well known Black Writers like Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Alex Haley, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and many more! These writers set the stage for my journey into understanding my world, my blackness, oppressive systems, my queerness, and the intersections I exist in. They gave insight, direction, and even tips on how to move about this society. Recently, I have gotten into some more current reads that I must share!
No Ashes In The Fire
Darnell Moore lays his life out before us in such a meticulous manner. His powerful use of words and imagery pulled me in close to the story. This book not only shares his personal journey but expresses how we as a society deal with those who exist along the margins. It challenged me to examine how I show up in spaces, how I impact society, and how an individual story can often be a shared story. As a Black Queer man this book is deeply personal.
How To Be An Antiracist
This piece by Ibram X. Kendi nourished my whole being. I feel this should be a must-read for every human on the earth. He is very strategic in how he dissects what it means to be racist and how we must work to dismantle it at its very core. He sheds light on the ways racist ideologies are leaked into the very ways of those who are oppressed. This book gave me an understanding of what it means to be an antiracist and how to apply antiracist practices into our daily lives. Again, I recommend this work for ALL HUMANS.
The Counter Culture Devotional
Often times faith is a battle for those who are LGBTQ. Our faith struggles aren’t always directly related to God but rather who man has taught us God is. We are taught how God thinks about us which lays a foundation for how many measure their worth and value. This devotional by Corey L. Scott is a critical tool to help you explain who God created you to be. Each devotion is easy to read and relatable. This work is equipped with daily reflections that take you even deeper into the journey toward discovering. This book has been beneficial in reaffirming my faith and the love God has for my black gay self!
All Boys Aren’t Blue
George M. Johnson gifted us with their story on April 28, 2020. I am currently still unwrapping this gift with the anticipation of a child of Christmas day. I can feel the passion that went into this piece as I read it. George shares their story in a very familiar way. At times it’s like we lived the same life, had the same grandmother, or recess time. I feel this book is critical for our young LGBTQIA community!
Take a moment and add these books to your shopping cart ASAP! I look forward to sharing more essential reads with you!
She’s jazzy, she’s funny, and she’s beautifully human. She wowed the world with her riffs, runs, and soulful sound. She changed the way we heard a City Called Heaven… and none of us will ever complain about it. But it wasn’t just a voice that told her story it was the extraordinary journey that she took to get there. We had a chance to talk and of course we asked when will we hear more…. and to my delight she said soon! She has one of the most technically sound soulful voices in the game and we can’t wait to see her show us just who she is…. Of course we’re gonna talk a little about her New album more in the future but until then check out this quick Q&A and tell me you don’t get a laugh or two!
Who is AMBER in 3 words? Amber: STRONG, MUSICAL, HILARIOUS
How did it feel to win Sunday Best? Amber: Phenomenal. Like the start of great things.
If you could do a project in any other genre what would it be? Amber: An R&B/Soul project for sure!
Are we getting new music and if so what can we expect? Amber: R&B …..SOUL ☺️
If you could redo the “Boy is Mine” who would you want to feature with? Amber: Jazmine Sullivan
How can we show you love? Amber: By following me on all your social sites , liking and sharing my post, and streaming my music! PERIOD
If you could share a message with the entire world right now what would it be? Amber: STAY IN THE HOUSE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. Sheesh. We gotta get through this and that’s the only way!
RAPID ROUND: Rules are Answer as fast as you can with 1 pass in your pocket. LETS GO
MICHAEL OR PRINCE? Michael FISH OR CHICKEN? Chicken DREAM DUET: Definitely BRANDY HIDDEN TALENT? I can pop my gum on every chew lol FAVE MOVIE? Sister Act 2 FAVE CITY TO TRAVEL TO? Dallas PETTIEST PET PEEVE? Spitting while you talk FAVE GOSPEL SONG? Anything by Karen Clark Sheard’s “Finally Karen” album