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Alabama lawmakers advance transgender students bathroom ban

February 23, 2022

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday night approved legislation that would bar transgender students from using school bathrooms and locker rooms that match their current gender identity. The bill mandates K-12 schools require students to use multi-person restrooms and locker rooms that match the sex on their original birth certificate. The Alabama House of…

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Committee moves transgender bill

February 10, 2022

By HEATHER GANN, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A bill moving to the Alabama Senate for a vote would make it a felony for a doctor to prescribe puberty blockers or hormones or perform surgery to aid in the gender transition of people 18 years old or younger.  Senate Bill 184, also known as…

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National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD): Work and Organizers to Follow in 2022

February 7, 2022

By GLAAD | February 7, 2022 By: Kayla Thompson, Eshe Ukweli, Serena Sonoma, and DaShawn Usher As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, today, February 7th, we turn our focus to National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NBHAAD). Today we commemorate and recognize the progress we’ve made in HIV prevention, treatment, and care over the last 40 years.…

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The Cry to Be Included

January 31, 2022

By: Raquel Willis “Let today be the last day that you ever doubt Black trans power,” I cried into a microphone in the summer of 2020. I was addressing a crowd of nearly 15,000 people dressed in varying shades of white outside the Brooklyn Museum. Our uniform paid homage to a 1917 NAACP silent march…

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Federal Court Blocks Alabama’s New Congressional Map, Orders Lawmakers to Draw Map with Two Majority-Black Districts

January 24, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A federal court today struck down Alabama’s newly drawn congressional map. As a result of the preliminary injunction, the state Legislature must draft a new congressional map that complies with the Voting Rights Act by including two districts where Black voters have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. The ruling…

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Say Their Names: 2021 was a deadly year for Black and Brown trans, gender non-conforming people

December 29, 2021

That number has continued to grow since the organization started collecting the data in 2013 and to date a majority of the lives taken are Black and Latinx trans women. A segment of the community who remain vulnerable due to extreme racism and poverty. In the same vein, HRC through its tracking also issued a…

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Mayor speaks out after transgender advocacy group says employee was harassed at downtown hotel

December 23, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed spoke out on social media after a group visiting the capital city was reportedly discriminated against. Reed said in a tweet Wednesday he was disappointed to hear about the treatment of members of the The Knights & Orchids Society, also known as TKO, during their recent visit.…

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TKO Youth Ambassadors: Reclaiming Spaces

December 13, 2021

If you missed the open mic this past Saturday, you missed a reclaiming of power among Black queer & trans youth. You missed the amazing talent and the beauty of this amazing space. These are the moments we remember and hold ?❤️ Below is a repost from 1977 Books Instagram: Feeling so grateful and grounded…

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Transgender people in ‘survival mode’ as violence rises, anti-trans bills become law

November 19, 2021

Transgender activists say it’s been a heavy year, but they are leaning into community-safety building initiatives in the face of record violence. Nov. 19, 2021, 7:58 AM CST / Updated Nov. 19, 2021, 9:17 AM CSTBy Jo Yurcaba On Saturday, Que Bell will help lead a vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance to honor the memory…

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2021 Has Been A Deadly Year For Transgender People

November 14, 2021

2021 isn’t over, but 45 transgender people have been killed in the United States this year. On November 9th, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) reported that more transgender and nonbinary people died in 2021 than in any year the organization had previously recorded. The HRC began tracking this data in 2013. Many Transgender People…

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