Parting Frames of Empowerment

By : Jake Stevens
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The tone of issue 23.17’s cover story, “We Are All Mercedes Successful,” is obviously pretty heavy. We’re discussing the murders of 19 members of the trans community. How can it not be?

Death is no easy topic to talk about, especially when it involves the murder of your peers. We asked a lot of our trans brothers and sisters who gave us themselves for the story. We asked them to go to that mental place and tell us about the times that they didn’t feel safe. We asked them to stand in front of a camera and present an image of a person who’s fate they could easily share. We asked them to unapologetically present their authentic selves to the world through our readership and demand to be noticed. We asked for a lot. For some, it was understandably just too much, and I am especially grateful for all the people that made the decision to be a part of this story.

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Matt Bomer criticized for taking film role as transgender woman

By : Jeremy Williams
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Matt Bomer (American Horror Story, Magic Mike) has signed on to play a transgender woman in the upcoming drama Anything, based on the Tim McNeil play of the same name. McNeil will direct the adaptation.

The film will also star fellow AHS actor John Carroll Lynch as a Mississippi man who moves to Los Angeles after his wife dies and begins a relationship with Bomer’s character. The movie is executive produced by The Avengers‘ Mark Ruffalo.

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FBI won’t pursue hate crime charges in scalding assault on gay couple

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ATLANTA (AP) – The FBI has decided not to pursue hate crime charges against a Georgia man found guilty of throwing scalding water on a sleeping gay couple.

Martin Blackwell was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

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Court: LGBT parents can seek rights for non-biological kids

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York’s highest court has expanded the definition of parenthood by ruling Aug. 30 that former same-sex couples have the right to seek visitation and custody of children even when they aren’t the biological or adoptive parent.

The Court of Appeals decision resolves two cases of former unmarried same-sex couples in which the biological mothers kept the children and their ex-partners sought legal standing to see them. In one case, lower courts ruled the ex-partner had no standing. In the other, the ex-partner pays child support and was later granted visitation.

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Baltimore area healthcare clinic employees opt for union

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BALTIMORE (AP) – A Baltimore health clinic has voted for unionizing after five supervisors were fired amid efforts on behalf of the staff to organize.

Chase Brexton Health Care employees cast their ballots Aug. 25. The clinic caters primarily to poor populations without insurance, many of whom are HIV positive and members of the LGBT community.

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Pulse victims need more than the millions raised

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The OneOrlando Fund has raised $23 million and counting for Pulse nightclub shooting victims, but experts say the donations won’t be enough to completely offset medical and other expenses incurred from the mass shooting.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that as generous as the donations have been to aid victims of the June shooting that left 49 dead, it won’t be enough to cover all of their medical bills, long-term care and lost wages. In addition to worrying about their recovery, victims are now concerned by mounting medical bills and normal routine living expenses because many are still in treatment and have not yet been able to return to work.

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Transgender North Carolinians get restroom-access win

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal judge ruled Aug. 26 that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state’s bathroom-access measure violates federal law.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder temporarily blocked the University of North Carolina from making the three plaintiffs follow the restroom provision of the so-called HB2 law as the larger case makes its way to trial in November. His final decision on the law won’t come until after trial.

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Golden Girl leaves donation for LGBTQ homeless youth

By : Chelsea Santiago
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The Golden Girls quick witted star, Bea Arthur is helping bring new hope to LGBTQ homeless youth in the New York City’s East Village area.

The Bea Arthur Residence is under way, hopefully to be completed by February 2017, ans is named after the late actress who upon her death in 2009, donated $300,000 to the Ali Forney Center, according to dnainfo.com.

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Fire engulfs century-old LGBT church; no injuries

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A massive fire engulfed a century-old Gothic church that hosted many programs for young children and gay worshipers, but no injuries were reported.

The fire was reported Aug. 29 at a Presbyterian church in the city’s Overbrook neighborhood. Firefighters were on the scene in two minutes and needed about two hours to bring the fire under control.

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Watermark Giveaway: ‘Sordid Lives’ at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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Win a pair of tickets to see Sordid Lives at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House Friday, September 2 at 7:00 P.M.

The Friday performance will also feature a Talkback after the show with playwright and Sordid Lives creator Del Shores.

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Australia plan for vote on same-sex marriage hits stumbling block

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – The government’s plan to hold a popular vote on whether Australia should allow same-sex marriage suffered a setback Aug. 29 when a political party announced it would not support the proposed plebiscite.

The Nick Xenophon Team, which supports marriage equality, said its three senators would not support legislation to authorize the plebiscite, which would effectively become a 160 million Australian dollar ($120 million) opinion poll without legal weight. Even if most Australians voted for same-sex marriage, conservative government lawmakers could still block the reform in Parliament, the party said.

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City supports LGBT newspaper after explosion destroys box

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) – Rainbow flags are being flown in one New England city to support an LGBT publication after one of its newspaper boxes was destroyed in a possible hate crime.

City and community leaders unveiled a new box for The Rainbow Times Aug. 28 after the explosion in Salem, Massachusetts.

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