12:07 AM EDT 06/22/2016
Originally posted 06/21/2016 01:00PM
The event in Orlando, of course, not only struck the LGBT community but the Latino community as well. In response to the tragedy – and the week of anger and grief that has followed – Black penned this tough, moving essay about what we, as fellow human beings, owe to all those who we have lost.
Disarm HateFor the last six months I've been in Vancouver filming When We Rise, an ABC miniseries on the history of the LGBT rights movement. That's what I was doing when I learned that 49 LGBT souls – the majority Latino – had been murdered in Orlando in a gay club, traditionally a place of refuge. That day, we were filming a scene re-creating the 2009 National Equality March on Washington. And so, between takes of Guy Pearce unfurling a massive banner that read "Equality Across America," we tuned in to learn the names of the sons, daughters, allies, and parents who were ripped from our arms by gunfire and hate.
In so many ways, When We Rise is a testament to how far we've come, a tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to bringing us this close to safety and equality. Orlando served as a terrible reminder of just how much more we have left to do. The shock, the hurt, the anger, and the heartbreak left me winded, as were so many other Americans who love our country. It also made it clear to me that if we are ever to overcome homophobia, we must create better understanding of who LGBT people truly are by confronting the three worst culprits of LGBT misinformation: science, the state, and religion.
Originally posted 06/14/2016 08:40AM
Five teenagers were shot and wounded at Harry Maze Playground in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday evening, according to multiple reports.
Originally posted 06/14/2016 12:00AM
Hundreds of mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil in Christina Grimmie's New Jersey hometown of Evesham Township on Monday.
Blake Shelton Says He Is 'Stunned and Disgusted' by The Voice Alum Christina Grimmie's Death as More Stars Mourn the Singer
Originally posted 06/11/2016 06:15AM
Christina Grimmie's friends and fans took to social media early Saturday morning to mourn the late singer, who was shot dead Friday night after her concert in Orlando. She was 22.
Originally posted 06/11/2016 02:30AM
Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed at her Orlando, Florida concert on Friday, may be best known for making the final three on season six of the Voice, but before she was representing Team Adam Levine, the 22-year-old singer made her name on YouTube.
Originally posted 06/11/2016 01:35AM
Christina Grimmie has died after being shot at her Orlando, Florida, concert late Friday.
Originally posted 04/29/2016 09:50PM
A Colorado woman who was convicted of slicing open another woman and stealing her unborn child was sentenced to 100 years in prison on Friday, CNN reports.
Suspect Dressed in Hedgehog Onesie Shot and Detained After Posing Bomb Threat at Baltimore News Station
Originally posted 04/28/2016 09:10PM
Baltimore police have detained the suspect of a bomb threat at one of the city's news stations, PEOPLE confirms.
Originally posted 03/31/2016 09:35AM
A new six-part docu-series about the former football star's famed 1994 murder trial from executive producer Martin Sheen has been picked up by Investigation Discovery, reports The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Family Members Await Word on the Fate of an American Couple Missing Following Belgium Airport Blasts
Originally posted 03/23/2016 07:45PM
Family and friends of Stephanie and Justin Shults are frantically waiting for any sign of the couple who have not been heard from since the deadly terrorist attacks in Belgium Tuesday.
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