Family. It’s your favorite queer radio personality Anna Deshawn with our queer news for today.
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We have key updates on the movement to bring BG home. First up, Brittney Griner’s wife said she has “zero trust” in the government to secure her wife’s release. This comes after U.S. officials failed to coordinate a call for the couple’s fourth year anniversary on Saturday. Brittney called 11 times hoping to be patched through, but she later learned was calling an unstaffed office. A hate crime investigation has been opened after three people were sent to the hospital from a fire started when two Pride flags were set on fire in Baltimore. & Queen Latifah spills the tea on that time she invited the late Tupac Shakur to a San Francisco gay club early in their careers. And we close out with a word from a friend and former law school classmate of Cherelle Griner at the rally for Brittney Griner in Harlem. Stay close family, you don’t want to miss this one.
From the media coverage we’ve seen, Brittney Griner has gone from being “wrongfully detained” to essentially being a political prisoner. That’s if her story actually gets covered at all.
The terms that are at the center of this coverage, as well as what happened to Brittney, can get confusing at times. I want to break it all down today.
It has been 124 days since Brittney Griner was first arrested in Russia. Brittney is a WNBA superstar who was first detained upon her arrival in Moscow on February 17, 2022. We learned last week that her pretrial detention is now extended another 18 days. On the couples anniversary this past Saturday Brittney’s wife Cherelle Griner was not even able to talk to her over the phone or learn anything new about how she is being held or how she’s doing. Anyone who knows BG knows how beloved she is not only in Women’s Basketball but by the many who know her and have felt her impact.
We’ve been reporting on BG since the beginning and I’ve included a link to the other stories in the show notes so you can get all caught. What you need to know in this moment is that Cherelle needs to get in front of President Biden in order to urge him to bring Brittney home. You can also sign the petition.
The petition to get her released reads: “Pay inequity has led to Brittney Griner’s wrongful detention in Russia…Brittney’s detention must be resolved out of respect for the safety of all athletes traveling to compete internationally and the sanctity of sport.”
Brittney, like me, and many who tune-in to this show, is a Black Woman so as we think about freedom for Black folks in America this Juneteenth, we cannot forget that that term is loosely defined, especially for Black women and femmes. Black women have not seen their compensation keep up with the innovation and value they bring to the American economy. That’s not freedom. Black people still remain behind bars for what’s often non-violent drug charges. That’s not what freedom looks like. We are too often criminalized for nothing more than our Blackness. It’s not right, nor is it fair. But, each day I’m reminded of the strength, wisdom, and creativity of our community in the midst of the forces we’re against.
Let’s rally behind bringing BG home. I’m leaving a link to the petition calling for Brittney Griner’s safe return to the U.S. in the show notes. There are 35,000 more signatures needed to reach the goal of 300,000 signatures. We got this family.
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Investigators are looking into a possible hate crime after someone set fire to two Pride flags in Baltimore last week. The fire was set in the morning when the residents were sleeping in their homes. The incident left three people hospitalized & two people in critical condition. At first, investigators believed that the fire was started after one Pride flag was set on fire. They now think that the fire was started when two Pride flags were targeted in separate incidents that same morning. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told reporters that the case is still under investigation. However, the commissioner is not ruling the fire out as arson nor a potential hate crime. This is heartbreaking, family. Details are still surfacing, but to think that someone can use a symbol of Pride to harm queer folx & allies this way is frightening. Check back for more updates on this story, and as always stay safe out here.
I want to end with a fun one. Family, have y’all seen that YouTube show where host Sean Evans interviews celebrities while they talk juicy stories and eat hot wings? Well Queen Latifa recently made her appearance and she had a lot to dish out. Latifah recalled a particular New Year’s Eve gig at a “cool gay club” in San Francisco. She says she called Tupac to invite him out to the show, saying, “I was like, ‘Yo I’m here’, and he’s like ‘Yo I’mma hook up with you,’” she said. “So, Tupac came to the club with me. I was like, ‘Yo, Tupac is in the building!’” Imagine that, the Tupoc Shakur at a gay club!! The crowd’s reaction was priceless: “They went crazy in there! I was like, ‘They’re gonna tear you out your clothes!’,” Latifa added. Who’s writing the script and who we casting as Tupoc? Cause we need that on somebody’s television screen!
Let’s close out with a word for today. Longtime friend and law school classmate of Charelle Griner spoke at a Bring BG Home rally in Harlem and had this to say, “it is absolutely deplorable that our government has been neglecting [BG] for 123 days. I cannot describe a better person to you than Britney Griner. So please do whatever you can. Tell whoever you can. Write to the president, because Brittney we miss you and we love you. And it’s free Brittney till it’s backwards, till she gets home. Till tomorrow family, Peace.