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Selma featured in HBO series We’re Here

October 27, 2021

Selma is used to being a media backdrop for stories about the struggle for civil rights. Monday, the city will be featured in a national cable show about a different struggle: what it’s like to be Black and gay in a small city in the Deep South. Selma will be front and center in the…

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Trans student fatally shot in Mississippi remembered for ‘generous heart’

October 21, 2021

Mel Groves, a 25-year-old studying plant and soil science at Alcorn State University in Jackson, Mississippi, was the definition of a tree hugger, his friend Que Bell recalled. Bell and Groves met through a mutual friend. The three of them linked up because they were all Black transgender men around the same age. Bell said…

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The Pervasiveness Of Transgender Health Care Discrimination: Short Wave

September 13, 2021

A new report from the Center for American Progress finds that nearly half of transgender people have experienced mistreatment at the hands of a medical provider. NBC OUT reporter Jo Yurcaba explains the long-term impacts of this discrimination, plus a few potential solutions. The link to the podcast interview and full transcript are below: MADDIE…

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Meet the Black Trans-Led Group Offering Care Amid Alabama’s Anti-Trans Bills — Rewire News Group

September 3, 2021

Amid a deluge of attacks on LGBTQ+ and reproductive rights, a Black trans-led organization in Selma, Alabama, is doing the work of uplifting and mobilizing communities in the rural South. Systemic health and economic disparities leave many rural Black LGBTQ people behind, and so the Knights and Orchids Society (TKO) meets people where they are and provides…

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Montgomery City Council blocks anti-discrimination ordinance.

August 18, 2021

The Montgomery City Council voted down an anti-discrimination ordinance Tuesday night, leaving supporters of the ordinance in a stunned silence and prompting Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed to issue dire warnings about the message the council sent. The 5–4 vote against the measure, which would have offered protections for minorities in a wide range of city…

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