Editorials

This weekend’s 9th annual Philly Trans March will take to West Philly’s streets in the name of justice, equity and liberation. On Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m. at Malcolm X Park, on 52nd and Pine streets, community members from Greater Philadelphia and beyond will gather to mourn, celebrate and demonstrate.

October is LGBTQ history month, which is very important to PGN. Each year, we work with LGBTQ-centered media outlets across the nation to provide diverse articles pertaining to our community’s history.

The summer hiatus for Pennsylvania’s House and Senate has come to an end. The General Assembly, the second-largest in the nation with 50 Senate members and 203 House of Representative members, is now in session.

Nizah Morris was a trans woman of color found with a fractured skull in 2002, shortly after receiving a “courtesy ride” from police. To date, her murder has not been solved. In April 2018, trans attorney Julie Chovanes filed a Right-to-Know request with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for the release of all Morris-related records. So far, the DA’s office, under Larry Krasner, has refused to release the records.

Late last month, NFL veteran, Ryan Russell, came out as bisexual. The former Dallas Cowboy and Tampa Bay Buccaneer told CNN, “Once I finally felt ready to come out and felt ready to express who I was, I just felt a weight lifted. I became a better brother. I became a better son. I believe I’ll be a better teammate.”

Russell’s coming out is important to many in the bisexual community — a demographic up against erasure, hypersexualization, misrepresentation, misunderstanding and, of course, biphobia.

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