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 in […]

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 the targeted […]

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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