Editorials

When the story of Maurice “Reese” Willoughby’s apparent death by suicide broke, all outlets pushed forward the same narrative: his death came as the result of bullying received for his relationship with a trans woman.

Details were updated, noting his experiences with addiction and domestic abuse reported by his partner, Faith Palmer, but not before Palmer’s identity was misused.

PGN has covered various court cases this year that mention the Civil Rights Act and whether it covers LGBTQ individuals. Most recently has been the case of Aimee Stephens, a trans woman who was fired from her job as a funeral director due to her transition.

Gender noncomformity is not a new concept and living outside of the binaries is not a new identity, though the term nonbinary was coined more recently, growing more popular around 2014.

Fourteen Black trans women have been killed in the U.S. this year, including the most recent death of Pebbles LaDime in South Carolina on Aug. 4. This means all trans women who have been violently murdered in 2019 were Black. Locally, our community continues to mourn Tameka “Michelle” Washington, whose suspected murderer awaits trial.

After a weekend of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, an organization, Gays Against Guns, held a rally with some 300 members for gun control in Times Square.

The group, formed in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, does not only work against mass shootings but all gun-related violence, mainly targeting the NRA and GOP. After 30 lives were lost and countless more injured this weekend, in one event that could be prosecuted as a hate crime, and after Donald Trump confused Dayton for Toledo in a speech, the LGBTQ-plus community, oft a group victim to violence, is letting its voice be heard.

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