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First Woman On Top: Andrea Jenkins

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Not only is Andrea Jenkins the first openly trans black woman to be elected to public office in the United States following a Minneapolis election on November 7th—she’s also an artist, activist, and leader who has been serving her community for decades. According to her website, Jenkins is a “poet, writer, and multimedia visual and performance artist, [and] author of two chapbooks.” She’s won a variety of grants, fellowships, and scholarships for her poetry and spoken word performances. Check out her TED talk, “Why I Wear Purple.” Alongside her artistic contributions, Jenkins has a long history of service via nonprofit…

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From Greenwood To Los Angeles: Empowering The Transgender Rights Movement

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Blossom Brown is a self-described “trans health advocate, HIV/AIDs advocate, actress, activist, and motivational speaker, along with being a Greater Than Aids ambassador.” She is an accomplished advocate and transgender woman. She makes these facts of her identity openly now, but had not always felt at ease is sharing who she was. Our Editor-In-Chief, Griffin Gram, had the opportunity to sit with Blossom Brown and discuss her real life struggles and activism. “I completely felt like I was in the wrong body.” Going back to the beginning, Blossom was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and raised in the City of Jackson.…

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“Love is Love and it Always Wins”

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Part of our team had the pleasure of attending Las Vegas Pride (Oct 20, 2017-Oct 22, 2017). The city greeted us with love and rainbows, it radiated with hope. Despite, or maybe because of the Oct 1, 2017 tragedy that claimed 58 lives, and left too many wounded, there was a record breaking number of attendees at this year’s festivities. Upon arrival the first thing we noticed was the heavy police presence, it was evident that the organizers prioritized festival goers’ safety above all. “After October 1 we got in touch with Metro, we beefed up the security team that…

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Catching Up With Jake Graf

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The LGBT Sentinel had the pleasure of catching up with filmmaker Jake Graf- his engagement, his new projects, and what to look forward to. Congratulations on the proposal. So, can you tell us how you proposed and where? I proposed to Hannah whilst on holiday in New York two weeks ago. Hannah had always said that she’d like me to propose somewhere warm and away from London, so when we booked our annual break I started putting things in motion, finding a ring and speaking to her father, in truly traditional form! I took her out onto the pond in…

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WeHo Halloween: World’s Largest Carnival

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Home to the largest Halloween carnival in the world, West Hollywood’s notorious festival draws in crowds of over half a million people each year and counting. This event has been taking place since 1987, just 3 years after West Hollywood was officially incorporated as its own city. It remains the city’s largest and most inclusive LGBTQ event. A pioneer of LGBTQ rights, West Hollywood (WeHo as known locally) delivers one of the most diverse events of the year. Located on a part of the historic Route 66, people come together and take to the streets to express themselves and mingle…

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October Reading List

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Here are our October LGBTQ YA picks Here at The LGBT Sentinel, the team loves a good read. This month we focus on LGBT authors in the Young Adult world. We shine a spotlight on these authors who have made us laugh, cry, and smile. These authors take us into the world of diverse characters, all of whom we can relate to and identify with. Share your favorite authors with us and if you are an author, email hollywooddigitalmarketing@gmail.com because we’d love to showcase your work. Tillie Walden SPINNING Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden’s powerful graphic memoir captures what it’s…

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October: Coming Out

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Coming out of the closet is probably the biggest step in any LGBT individual’s life. For many, it is a freeing feeling that they have desired for a long time, and some may not believe they will ever get there. No matter what you decide to do, it is important to keep in mind that coming out is YOUR decision and nobody else’s. You need to do it at a time in your life and with people that make you comfortable. Do not ever feel pressured to come out if you feel you are not ready. For those of you…

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Shamir 2017

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On November 3rd, Shamir will drop his 3rd studio album. Entitled Revelations, the record will be the 22-year-old artist’s first with the Father/Daughter label. The drop is coming just 7 months after Shamir’s second album, Hope, which was self-released on Soundcloud in April of this year. For every record purchased, Shamir will donate a dollar to the Mental Health Association of PA. Shamir holds an entirely unique presence in the music industry, and his nonbinary gender identity and androgynous voice have made him a staple in the LGBTQ+ music scene. He’s released one single off the new album so far,…

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The Big Walk: Since 1985

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Autumn is upon us! That means it’s AIDS walk season. This year in LA, the date is set for October 15th. AIDS walk is a global fundraising event where participants raise money through pledges. The funds are given to local AIDS education and service organizations. LA was home to the first ever AIDS walk back in 1985. AIDS Project Los Angeles, founded only a few years previously, set a goal for raising $100,000. At the end of the day, they had raised $673,000 to use for screening, treatment, counseling, education, and other free programs. This was a huge accomplishment in…

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From LA To NYC: DragCon With Holly 2017

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Five months ago, during his Keynote speech at the end of an incredible two days of RuPaul’s DragCon in Los Angeles, RuPaul instructed us to pack up our lashes and tuck tape, as they would be flying to New York City for the first ever East Coast DragCon. After an overwhelming response resulted in an early date change, this past weekend it finally happened, and of course, I flew across the country to be there. After L.A. DragCon completely exceeded all my expectations, the idea of an East Coast Con was exciting, but felt a journey into the unknown. L.A.…

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