Actor Brian Michael Smith of Queen Sugar Comes Out As Trans

Ava DuVernay’s show "Queen Sugar" has been critically acclaimed as one of the best dramas on TV. She brings complex characters and nuanced stories to all her projects and is willing to push us to think bigger about the diversity of the black experience in America.

Trans Couple Pause Transition To Become Parents

For couple Liam Johnson, 20, and Racquelle Trammell, 30, their biological daughter’s first birthday is a celebration they thought they might never experience.

After meeting through a mutual friend in 2011, the couple started dating and quickly realised their relationship was serious. Although they both wanted to have a family, it was a tough decision to halt their transitioning in order to have a baby.

Liam identifies as a man but he is still able to get pregnant and give birth naturally. Racquelle had to stop taking oestrogen to ensure her sperm could fertilise an egg.

Trans man posts inspiring image marking one year on testosterone

Many transgender people find support and comfort from those who have already embarked on their trans journey.
One trans man inspiring people around the globe is Dallas, Texas-based Kristian Starla.

A barber by trade, he this week posted the latest in a series of inspiring images to Instagram. This one documented some of the changes his body has undergone since he began taking testosterone supplements one year ago.

He tells GSN he began his transition journey in March 2016, after staring research back in 2014.

Police Say Trans Woman's Murder Sparked By Beef Between 2 Trans Groups

The weekend fatal shooting of a teen at an apartment complex near downtown Athens was the culmination of a feud between two transgender groups, Athens-Clarke County police confirmed Wednesday.

Ava Le’Ray Barrin, was killed Sunday morning by a single gunshot fired by 21-year-old Jalen Breon Brown in the parking lot of Riverview Apartments on College Avenue, police said.

Ebony Morgan of Virginia 15th Trans Woman Killed In US This Year

A transgender woman has been shot to death in Virginia becoming the 15th transgender person to be killed in the United States this year.

28-year-old Ebony Morgan was shot multiple times in the early hours of Sunday morning.

She was found alive in Lynchburg and transported to the hospital, but was soon pronounced dead.

Police are currently investigating whether the shooting was a hate crime.

Lynchburg Police Sgt. Bryan Williams said that there was no “indication one way or another” what the motivation was.

17-year-old trans woman Ava Le’Ray Barrin is youngest killed in US this year

A 17-year-old trans woman has been shot dead in Georgia – becoming the 14th trans person killed in the US since the turn of the year.

Ava Le’Ray Barrin was killed following an alleged altercation in the car park of Riverview Apartments, a building on the edge of Athens.

Athens-Clarke police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 21-year-old Jalen Breon Brown took out a gun and shot Barrin.

Police responding to the incident found Barrin at the scene not breathing, having sustained a single gunshot wound to the side of the chest.

Trans Model Laith Ashley Drops New Single "Before You Go"

Its a lil Pop and a lil R&B. We like it though! Who knew Laith could sing? This is a nice summer jam to add to your playlist. This is Laith's second single, the first was "Can't Wait" was released back in March. Take a listen below and be sure to hear the rest of Laith's music on Soundcloud.

"Laverne Cox Day" Declared In New York City

New York City has officially declared that it has a day to celebrate out trans actor Laverne Cox.
The city’s mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement this week that June 22 would be known as Laverne Cox Day.

Cox, also present at the Mansion, said: “Can you believe that a black transgender woman from Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother has a day in New York City named after her?”

Going on, Cox called for reforms in policing and civil liberties in the US.

She also honoured Philando Castile and also called for transgender bathroom rights to be protected.

DC Trans Woman Says She Was Denied Entry To Park at 14th On LGBT Night

Just when you thought it was safe to go out in DC again. We're going to run out of places to boycott if these DC club owners don't get their acts together. In a post published to Facebook earlier today Rashad Ross says his trans friend Alesha wasn't allowed to enter popular Sunday Night hot spot Park at 14. During the week Park is a straight spot but on Sunday Night's club promoter Daryl Wilson takes over and the kids flock out in droves.

Trans Woman Sues McDonald's Over Workplace Sexual Harassment

A trans woman is suing McDonald’s over alleged sexual harassment which included having her genitals groped and being forced to use a broom closet as a bathroom.

La’Ray Reed, from Wayne County, Michigan, said she considered suicide during the period of abuse, but she was fired after telling her superiors about the harassment.

She was dismissed despite performing to a “satisfactory to exemplary manner,” according to the civil rights suit she has filed.