Monthly Archives: February 2014

Infographic: Schools Are Failing LGBT Youth and Funneling Them into Prison

Hostile school climates pave the way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth to spend less time in school and more time on the streets, thus increasing the likelihood of entering into the school-to-prison pipeline. By promoting safe, welcoming, and affirming school climates, policymakers and school administrators can ensure that LGBT youth—who all too often face harassment and discrimination in school—will excel.

Make no mistake, hostile school environments encompass much more than peer-on-peer bullying: dress codes, unenumerated policies, lack of access to LGBT resources, and zero tolerance policies, for example, all feed the school-to-prison pipeline.

View the infographic at the Center for American Progress.

How Hostile School Climate Perpetuates the School-to-Prison Pipeline for LGBT Youth

School discipline policies have been under heightened scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Education because of the disparate impact they have on students of color. Data released last spring by the Office for Civil Rights, or OCR, revealed that rigid school discipline policies—which lead to suspensions and expulsions of students for even the most minor offenses—perpetuate a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately criminalizes students of color and students with disabilities.

Download the full report the Center for American Progress.

LGBT couple launches new ‘Politini’ series with theGrio

It’s difficult to flip the television channel to MSNBC or click on your favorite political site and not see political powerhouses Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills.

And for good reason. The dynamic duo, married in 2010, continue to take the world by storm, changing the face of what it means to be black and LGBT one conversation at a time.

While our nation’s capital—or Poliwood as the couple affectionately calls the “new” Washington—has been known for its fifty-shades-of-grey suits and clutched pearls, the Moodie-Mills’ are catalyzing culture and shifting policy debates out loud and in color. And the world has taken notice.

Read the full article at The Grio.

Cis-to-Sis: An Open Letter to Janet Mock

"I was scared” continues to reverberate in my mind. All too often the LGBT community is not allowed to feel safe in spaces that society claims are available to us. But this article is not about sexual orientation. Quite frankly, it isn’t even necessarily about Piers Morgan. What it is, though, is an apology to you, Janet Mock, and the entire transgender community for cis people who simply refuse to acknowledge our undeserved privilege.

As I sit and write this article, Redefining Realness is positioned on the left-side of my dining room table while my last scoop of chocolate ice cream is on the right. Blankly staring at the words on this laptop, I am constantly reminded that transgender women, particularly transgender women of color, will have their identity challenged, criticized, and policed, even from alleged supporters. And for that Janet, I am sorry. I am sorry that you and your transgender sisters (of color) live in a world that simply will not allow you to navigate in a secure, affirming, and loving space free from cissexism, misogyny, transphobia, and racism.

Read the full article at EBONY.