Activism Archive

Transgender Woman of Color Michelle Yasmine Payne Murdered Near Los Angeles

Saturday morning, the body of Michelle Vash Payne (who also went by Yasmine Payne) was found dead of multiple stab wounds when LA firefighters responded to a fire at her residence. Original reports offered conflicting information on Payne’s identity. She was 33 years old. From KTLA: Firefighters responded about 5:06 a.m. to the two-story structure
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First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is Not a Cultural Minority in Pittsburgh

  A recent letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Reverend Eric Andrae of First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how religious liberty protects the community. Reverend Andrae suggests that business owners should be allowed to refuse service when “morals and sexual behaviors” are part of the sales transaction. Or should an
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Municipal Government and Publicly Out LGBTQ Employees

Does it matter if local and regional government employers hire and appoint openly LGBTQ people to leadership roles? This question has launched many a Facebook chats, unleashing discussions on everything from outing people to privacy concerns to dislike of being labeled as “the gay <insert title>.” These are valid points to consider. In my mind,
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Another QTPOC Murder Underscores Epidemic of Violence

I saw a tweet when I slipped into my car after some grocery shopping. It was impossible, I thought to myself, that another transgender sibling was dead. Not again. I just wrote about two trans sisters who had been murdered as well as the murder of a lesbian and the death of a 51 year
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Ty Underwood Shot in Texas, 2nd Trans Woman of Color Murdered in 2015

Even more tragic news to share – this time 24 year-old Ty Underwood, a trans woman of color, was found shot to death Monday morning in Tyler, Texas. A woman called 911 saying a car had hit a telephone pole and that her children heard gunshots. Underwood’s roommate believes Underwood was targeted because she is
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Candra Keels, 20 Year Old Queer Woman of Color, Murdered in Domestic Dispute

This morning, the family of 20-year-old Candra Keels of Rochester, NY are burying their loved one who was murdered allegedly at the hands of her girlfriend. Officers responded to 15 Denver Street about 3 A.M. for the report of a fight. There they found Candra Keels with a stab wound to her torso area. Keels
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UPDATED: Trans Woman of Color Lamia Beard Murdered in Norfolk

Lamia Beard was just 30 years old. Her body was found Saturday morning, January 17. Her life and death were shown further disregard by police & media misgendering as well as victim blaming. From The Virginian Pilot: According to a news release, Beard was found shortly before 4 a.m. in the 700 block of E.
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The Legacy of Cathy Cairns

One year ago today, Cathy Cairns departed this life with her best friend at her side and the comfort of knowing her final wishes had been filled. Among those wishes was a desire to be buried with her parents - a wish you helped to fulfill with thousands of dollars in donations. As we wound
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