June Millington is the very definition of a living music legend. A founding member of celebrated all-female rock band Fanny in the early 1970s (one that was signed to a major label!), Millington and her bandmates, including sister Jean, paved the way for everyone from the Runaways to the Go-Go’s and the Bangles to Team Dresch and Sleater-Kinney to Ex Hex and Chastity Belt.
Oh, to be trans. Perpetually swimming in a rich gumbo of sweat, tears and the bitter blood of my breathless siblings. The candlelight services and balloon releases every November 20th shatter my sickly soul as I reflect on the crime that is to have a “girl brain” in a “boy body” housed in felonious ebony skin.
Southerners on New Ground (SONG) raised over $32,000 in less than 24 hours to help support the work of the National Black Mama’s Bail Out Action on Give Out Day last month, and the trial of out Bishop Karen Oliveto was held by the United Methodist Church and the Judicial Council found that her consecration violated church law by a 6-3 decision, the United Methodist News Service reported.