GLAAD has joined a coalition of national LGBT organizations, led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in issuing an open letter on justice for Trayvon Martin.
Jazzie Collins, a San Francisco transgender activist, died Thursday, July 11th, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. She had been in poor health for several weeks, and passed away surrounded by loving friends. The cause of her death is still being determined.
As equality for transgender Americans has come into focus with mainstream media exposure, more and more stories of blatant institutional discrimination against trans people have surfaced. However, the actions of the directors and staff running Florence House, a homeless shelter for women in Maine, exemplify behavior that is both affirming of transgender individuals' identities and conscious of their needs.
As we in the LGBT community eagerly awaited the decisions on gay marriage from the Supreme Court, we watched in horror as the Supremes struck down the formula for determining which jurisdictions would have to get prior approval before changing voter laws. Because of historic discrimination in these identified states and cities, the U.S. DOJ had the authority to challenge changes in voter laws.
In April of 2012, GLAAD and other national LGBT organizations stated that the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was a national call for action. This weekend when the man who killed Trayvon, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of all charges, we renew that call for action.