Family, this is your favorite queer radio personality Anna DeShawn with our queer news for today. If you enjoy what you hear rate & review us inside your fav podcasting app, okay. It doesn’t take any time at all to hit the 5 stars and write a quick note about how you much you love the podcast, appreciate the news, you know! This week I have published two really special episodes. One on Brittney Griner and one on Elise. If you’ve listened, thank you so much. If you haven’t, scroll through the week and take a listen because I think you’ll enjoy them. Now for the news.
A tragic story out of Chicago today where a gay man killed another after leaving an iconic bar on the southside. Oklahoma doubles down on their hate for our trans fam by banning nonbinary markers on birth certificates. It’s Friday which means I’m recommending a podcast and this week it’s The Confidence Chronicles.
Our leading story for today is coming out of Chicago. On Sunday night at Club Escape which is an iconic Black gay bar on the Southside of Chicago two men met each other; Gregory Stamps & David Castile. David gave Gregory a ride home and decided to go up to his apartment. Who knows what happened next but it ended tragically. Gregory beat David with a hammer, dragged him down 3 flights of stairs and left him outside with no clothes on to die. Later that evening a neighbor saw blood in the hallway and called police. When the police arrived Gregory was covered in blood and had the nerve to claim he fell down some stairs and landed in a pool of blood. He later admitted to beating David with a hammer claiming self-defense. David was rushed to the hospital and later died from the injuries. The thing is Gregory has a history of violence and claiming self-defense. The state’s attorney’s felony review unit wasn’t going to file charges so the Chicago Police Department overruled that decision and booked him anyway. This never happens. The police never overrule the state’s attorney’s office but they did this time. Family, you got to be safe out here. Travel in groups. Keep your friends close and stop trusting everyone who is nice to you because you really don’t know what you don’t know.
Now this past week the conservative legislator in Oklahoma decided they wanted to make life more difficult for trans folks by banning nonbinary markers on birth certificates. That’s not all either because this passed with an emergency designation it went into effect immediately. Now Oklahoma’s Department of Health first permitted nonbinary markers on birth certificates last year as part of a lawsuit settlement but a decision that was reversed by the govenor in November using an executive order. According to the CDC, transgender youth make up less than 2% of high school students but yet 90% of conservatives political plan is to attack them. It’s such BS. This is why we must protect the most vulnerable in our communities otherwise these bullies will keep spreading their agenda for hate.
It’s Friday which means it’s time for me to recommend a podcast. This week I’m recommending The Confidence Chronicles. I got put on Erika’s podcast via the BIPOC Podcast Creator group for which I honestly find so much great content. She posted her latest episode at the time titled “How I made $500K+ on Instagram”. Now the title alone got me hooked because you get those ads on your feed all the time and I’m like whatever. I listened though and was inspired by the advice she was giving by telling her own story. It’s really good. The Confidence Chronicles offers a raw and real insight into Erika’s life as a mother, entrepreneur and confidence coach. Short, sharp and to the point, this podcast delves into a range of topics, from self-love, toxic relationships, personal growth and money mindset. So if you’re looking for something new to get into this week check out the Confidence Chronicles.
Now, let’s close out the podcast with a word about grief as I head to Elise’s funeral services today. This quote from Vicki Harrison really summed it up for me, “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. Till Monday family, peace
CPD overrides prosecutors to charge man accused of deadly hammer attack