It was June 28th, 1969, in the early morning hours when police began a surprise raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York. But the arrests didn’t go as planned when people started to fight back, which sparked the movement for LGBT rights in America known as the Stonewall Riots. Now in June, almost 50 […]
Madison-based poet and activist T.S. Banks’ work is in constant conversation with identity. Banks has navigated the space of being black, trans, queer, and disabled in the city of Madison, which is often times unsupportive of people with these intersectional identities. Banks splits his time between writing and working as a mental wellness advocate and […]
Up until this year, Andrea Jenkins was best known as a poet, multimedia artist, the University of Minnesota’s Oral Historian for the Transgender Oral History Project and LGBTQ activist. With the election on November 7th, Jenkins can now add another line to her resume: Minneapolis City Council member. Jenkins won her ward with almost 70% […]
The 2017 elections were also a coming-of-age party for the transgender community in local races across the U.S. Openly transgender candidates surged to victory in such diverse places as Minneapolis, Minnesota, Erie, Pennsylvania, Prince William County, Virginia, Palm Springs, California, Doraville, Georgia and Somersworth, New Hampshire. The TransUnited Political Action Committee introduced its Breakthrough Initiative, […]
If you’ve headed down East Washington Avenue toward the Capitol lately, you’ve likely seen a new mural proclaiming “you are beautiful.” It’s on the side of art space and venue Art In. Behind that colorful lettering and the friendly sentiment is a local effort that aims to empower marginalized youth, especially queer and transgender youth, […]
Janesville city council approved a new ordinance Monday establishing the right of transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Darien Lamen reports.