Supreme Court abortion ruling rattles LGBTQ residents in NY, PA. They ask, what’s next?

Sammy Gibbons As seen on Democratic & Chronicle. Jena Jaffe and her wife considered getting their estate documents arranged for a few years. But she finally called a lawyer and said she needed it done on Friday, just after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Jaffe, an attorney and founder of Connecting Rainbows, said web […]

Marsha P. Johnson Institute Marches Forward With New Programming

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Embracing the momentum of Spring, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to lifting the Black transgender community, today announced new programming for 2022. The Starship Artist Fellowship program is a six-month fellowship that seeks to eliminate barriers that Black transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary artists experience by providing opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, visibility, and access […]


H&M AND THE MARSHA P. JOHNSON INSTITUTE PARTNER TO CELEBRATE LGBTQ+ STUDENTS WITH “FRESH AND FABULOUS FOR FALL” GATHERING IN NYC WITH MICHAELA JAÉ RODRIGUEZ     NEW YORK CITY, NY — H&M USA is proud to continue its ongoing support of the LGBTQ+ community and announce a new partnership with The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI). The retailer and […]


MARSHA P. JOHNSON INSTITUTE INTRODUCES PRIDE MONTH AGENDA AND HISTORIC BEAUTY BRAND COLLABORATION SheaMoisture Lends Social Media Platforms to Amplify MPJI Columbus, Ohio — Continuing its commitment to lifting voices and advocating for the Black transgender community, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute (MPJI) today announced several activities to commemorate Pride month, including a groundbreaking collaboration with a major beauty and […]


“There Is No Pride For Some Of Us Without Liberation For All Of Us.” -Marsha P. Johnson    COLUMBUS, OH — As the pandemic continues and with it, disproportionate impacts on BLACK transgender people, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute today announced the donation of over $250,000 to more than 500 individuals across the United States in 2020.  The Marsha P. […]

Them. | Now List 2020: Elle Hearns Isn’t Here for Your Performative Allyship

There’s no other way to say it: Elle Hearns is a force to be reckoned with. Since 2013, the Ohio native has performed extensive work as a speaker, writer, and community organizer with organizations like GetEQUAL and the BLACK Lives Matter Global Network. That led to her founding the Marsha P. Johnson Institute in 2015, which works to protect and […]

Yahoo! News | Here’s why BLACK trans women are essential to both LGBTQ equality and BLACK Lives Matter movements

This year, Pride month is taking place in the midst of a growing BLACK Lives Matter revolution — so there’s no better time to amplify the importance of trans BLACK lives, as was done last weekend in a massive show of support in Brooklyn and as will happen with a similar demonstration in London on Saturday. To keep it going, Yahoo […]

Vogue | ‘I Believe in BLACK Trans Power’: 15,000 Protestors Showed Up for a Consistently Marginalized Community

The NYPD drone circling over the protest outside the Brooklyn Museum yesterday must have only picked up a sea of white. That’s the color protestors were asked to wear to rally and march silently in the wake of the deaths of Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Riah Milton, Tony McDade, and countless other BLACK trans victims of police brutality and civilian violence. The event featured speakers […]

INSIDER | An estimated 15,000 people rallied for BLACK trans lives in New York City

An estimated 15,000 people wearing white rallied and marched in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday in support of BLACK trans lives. The “Brooklyn Liberation” demonstration was inspired in part by a NAACP-led protest in New York City in 1917, during which 10,000 people wore white to stand up against anti-BLACK violence, according to Fran Tirado, an organizer of Sunday’s protest. … […]

Refinery 29 | The Queer BLACK History Of Rioting

“The first Pride was a riot.” This June, the LGBTQ+ community has routinely shared those six words across social media. Activists and demonstrators in support of the BLACK Lives Matter movement use them to remind us that there’s a clear throughline between the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States and a revitalized push for anti-racist legislation that protects people […]

LA Times | On Transgender Day of Visibility, a portrait series celebrates BLACK beauty

For artist Texas Isaiah, the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility is complicated. Although representation and visibility in the media are steps forward, coverage often centers on celebrities and leaves others out of the conversation, painting the picture that the community is “doing OK and flourishing, when that isn’t the case,” he said, pointing to the alarming murder and suicide […]

PR Newswire | Sunwink Debuts Updated Packaging And Brand-New Flavor, Hibiscus Mint Unwind In Collaboration With Sexuality Educator, Ericka Hart, To Benefit Marsha P. Johnson Institute

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sunwink, the new sparkling herbal tonic brand on a mission to nourish and re-energize the human connection between ourselves and plants is launching their fifth flavor inspired by and in collaboration with BLACK, health, and LGBTQIA+ sexuality educator, Ericka Hart, Hibiscus Mint Unwind, as well as brand new packaging and design featured across all existing products […]

Newsy | Activists Push For Protections For Black Trans Women

The push for protections is made easier with the Marsha P. Johnson Institute’s Safety and Wellness Act. (Thank you to Lauren Magarino at Newsy for the interview). Watch the full video interview on

Madame Noire | SpeakHER50: Elle Hearns

Elle Hearns is the executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which aims to create social justice initiative, policy and programming for BLACK trans women. She made history when she led the design of the first-ever Movement for BLACK Lives Convening, held in Cleveland, Ohio, and later when she played a pivotal role in the creation of the official BLACK Lives Matter […]

Madame Noire | Fearless and Flawless: Meet Activist and Beauty, Elle Hearns

Between the lines you’ll feel her confidence roar. Every word spoken within MadameNoire’s exclusive beauty series powered by Sephora lends to her truth. If you love the glow up and the glam of an unapologetic woman who is redefining traditional femininity, we encourage you to get up close and personal with beauty and activist, Elle Hearns, former strategic partner of […]

OUT Magazine | An Open Letter to HRC From Trans Community Leaders

As transgender and nonbinary leaders of prominent advocacy, grassroots, national, regional, legal, and leadership development organizations across the United States, we are troubled by Human Rights Campaign’s announcement of its new “trans-centered” framework, which we first learned about on Trans people, and primarily BLACK trans leaders and trans leaders of color, have been leading the work for trans liberation since […]

Madame Noire | Marsha P. Johnson Institute Reveals The MPJI Safety & Wellness Act To Protect The Lives Of BLACK Trans Women

Denali Berries Stuckey. Brooklyn Lindsey. Zoe Spears. Chanel Scurlock. Chynal Lindsey. Paris Cameron. Michelle Washington. Muhlaysia Booker. Claire Legato. Ashanti Carmon. Jazzaline Ware and Dana Martin. These are the names of 12 BLACK trans women who were killed in a swift stroke of violence over the last six months. This month, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute announced its plan to take on […]

WUSA9 | Meet the woman trying to change laws after 11 transgender women were murdered this year | #ForTheCulture

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — In 2019, there have been at least eleven transgender women killed that we know of across the country. All the victims were BLACK, and two of them lived in the D.C.-area. Ashanti Carmon and Zoe Spears were killed in Prince George’s County two blocks away and two months apart. However, violence against BLACK trans women is […]

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