Reps. Barbara Lee and Alma Adams and Sens. Cory Booker and Mazie Hirono on May 18 introduced the Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act, which addresses “both education and access to care for young people, with a focus on those most impacted by barriers to sex education and sexual health services.” The legislation was introduced during Sex Ed for All Month, an effort by a national collaboration of 24 organizations advocating for accessible and equitable sex education in schools. But LGBTQ-inclusive sex education is not available for most students, especially for LGBTQ youth who are Black, Indigenous or other people of color..
Fashion house Calvin Klein revealed its 2021 Pride Collection of clothing and accessories, and let’s just say we’re ready to ride this rainbow. The extensive collection includes just about everything you might need for Pride, including bikinis and jockstraps, but also slides, bags, shirts, shorts, and hoodies to name a few. The jockstrap got introduced to the brand in 2019 for the Pride pack. They quickly became a staple and made a return not only for 2020, but were added into the holiday collection as Calvin Klein made its Pride collections year-round affairs.
The right wing has found its next target: breakfast. Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield declared war on cereal Tuesday night in an unhinged rant about breakfast cereals. Stinchfield used the attack on cereal as a proxy to attack the queer community over the production of a special edition cereal by Kellogg’s called Together with Pride. The cereal–a mix of rainbow cereal bites and glitter, will hit stores in June as a commemoration of pride month. The Kellogg’s mascot characters, including Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam, also pose on the front cover.
CBS’s flagship newsmagazine show 60 Minutes has been heavily criticized for airing a segment focused on the small minority of transgender people who regret their transition.
Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre just became the first gay woman to lead a White House press briefing in the James S. Brady Briefing Room on Wednesday and the second Black woman to do so. Jean-Pierre said, “It’s a real honor to be standing here today. Clearly the president believes that representation matters and I appreciate him giving me this opportunity.” The first Black woman to conduct a White House press briefing was Judy Smith in 1991, and the first LGBTQ person to conduct a White House press briefing was then Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz in 2014.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of a race massacre in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, which encompassed more than 35 city blocks of entirely Black-owned businesses. A beacon for African Americans looking to escape the discrimination and violence of the Jim Crow South and live a peaceful and safe life, the district was founded by Black men and women — many of whom were descendants of slaves — and became known as Black Wall Street. On May 31, 1921, racial tensions and violence with the neighboring White residents in Tulsa boiled over in a massacre. Hundreds of Greenwood’s Black residents were killed and the district was left in ashes. LGBTQ individuals are part of every community, and it is important to remember the history of oppression and violence against all members of our community. Especially in these times where Transgender Women of Color continue to be the targets of violence.
It’s time again for RuPaul to bring back her girls with RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 6. Just announced Wednesday, the new season will premiere on June 24 on Paramount+. The queens for this season’s competition are Rajah O’hara, Kylie Love (Formerly Sonique), Yara Sophia, Trinity K Bonet, Silky Ganache, Serena Cha Cha, Scarlet Envy, Pandora Boxx, Jiggly Caliente, Jan, Ginger Minj, Eureka O’Hara, and Akeria Davenport. Make sure to tune in nightly to Queer News Tonight for more updates on this and other stories of and for the LGBTQ community.
A poll released Wednesday raises serious questions about where the country stands on transgender equality. According to Gallup, which provides some of the only data on LGBTQ+ populations, the majority of Americans oppose transgender participation in sports. Just 34 percent of those surveyed said they supported trans athletes playing on teams that aligned with their “gender identity,” while 62 percent said they felt transgender people should have to compete on teams with athletes of their “birth gender.”
Like many other reality TV stars, there are various RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants who expanded their multimedia empires to OnlyFans. This platform provided a great way for Drag Race alumni to earn some money during the ongoing pandemic, as most of their live gigs had limited access or were outright canceled. For some, however, this was also an opportunity to express their identities and artistic visions in more intimate ways. If you’re not watching OnlyFans, you’re only getting half the glory, so make sure to follow your favorite Queens including Adore Delano, Aja, Ariel Versace, Milk, Dahlia Sin, Plastique Tiara, Sasha Belle, Shea Couleé, The Vixen, and Willam.