#AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile #SayHisName

We cannot be silent.

If you are more outraged by people having control over their own reproductive health care than you are by black people being shot, you have a problem.

If you are more outraged by a private email server than by black people being shot, you have a problem.

If you are more outraged by a same-sex couple holding hands or a trans person using a bathroom than by black people being shot, you have a problem.

If you are more outraged by calls for respect and kindness than you are by black people being shot, you have a problem.

If you are not outraged by any of those former things but also aren’t outraged by black people being shot, you have a problem.

And if you are outraged by black people being shot, we still have a problem. This country still has a problem that must be named and addressed.

How can anyone deny that our society devalues the lives and worth of black people when its not only so clearly happening in front of us, but also such a defining aspect of our history?

‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬

2013 LGBT Accomplishments and More

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2013 has been a powerful year of accomplishments for the members of the LGBT community. It has also been a great year as a self identified transgender man and open bisexual in New York City.  Here are some of the international, national and city LGBT moments of 2013 (not in any particular order)

  • Aziz Ansari Took Down Homophobia in 2 minutes flat
  • Barilla Pasta’s CEO learned NOT to mess with the LGBT community
  • Orange is the New Black and Laverne Cox become the first mainstream scripted television series too cast a transwoman of color in a leading role
  • GLAAD Expanded it’s mission to include Trans* Rights
  • Steamy Photo- Shoot featuring Ines Rau a Transwoman, made waves
  • Chelsea Manning bravely opened up about her gender identity
  • Kristen Beek became the first Transgender Navy SEAL to come out after her service
  • Islan Neetles death sparked calls from Politicians to Pass GENDA (Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act)
  • Same Love- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • The Boy Scouts will allow gay boys too be scouts
  • NBA Jason Collins Came out
  • Pope Francis “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge”
  • Jodie Foster Came Out
  • 75% of Millennial Came Out in Support of Marriage Equality
  • DOMA and Prop 8 struck down on the same day
  • Bryan John Ellicott and the HRC
  • July 7th Launch of this Blog
  • New Jersey, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Utah
  • Colorado allows Civil Unions
  • Republican Rob Portman came out in Support of his gay son & Marriage Equality
  • Raven Simone Came Out on twitter
  • Edie Windsor @ NYC Pride
  • Tim Cook Came Out in Support of ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act)
  • France, New Zealand, England and Wales, Uruguay all got Marriage Equality
  • Germany offers a third gender option on birth certificates
  • GQ Magazine Germany shot straight allies committed to Ending Homophobia
  • Australia’s PM took down every argument against Marriage Equality in One Speech
  • Activist fought back against Russia Anti-Gay Law
  • President Obama appointed Gay Athlete Billy Jean to Represent USA in the Sochi Olympics

Rally Today at City Hall

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Today members of the Communities United for Police Reform calling the City to drop the appeal on stop and frisk and to let the much needed reforms proceed. On October 31st 2013 a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted the City’s motion to stay the District Court’s remedial decision pending appeal, and ordered a new District Court judge to oversee the case.

Mayor- elect Bill de Blasio says he will drop the appeal in regards to the Floyd case, when he officially goes into office on the first of January. The community until that time needs to keep the pressure both on Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner of the NYPD Ray Kelly that Stop and Frisk in this current administration is unconstitutional.