“Passing” and “Miguel’s War” win NewFest prizes

“Passing” won the U.S. Narrative Feature Jury Award at this year’s NewFest, the LGBTQ film festival’s 33rd year. “Miguel’s War” won the Documentary Feature Jury Award and “A Distant Place” won the International Narrative Feature Jury Award. https://variety.com/2021/awards/news/passing-miguels-war-newfest-lgbtq-film-festival-1235096398/

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Dr. Rachel Levine becomes nation’s first transgender four-star officer

Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation’s most senior transgender official, made history again Tuesday by becoming the first openly transgender four-star officer across any of the country’s eight uniformed services. https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-health-and-wellness/dr-rachel-levine-becomes-nations-first-transgender-four-star-officer-rcna3283

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Matthew López makes history as first Latino to win Tony for best play

The Inheritance, the drama that examined the legacy of AIDS, won the Tony Award for Best Play making history with playwright Matthew López becoming the first Latino to win the Best Play Tony. The Inheritance won three other Tony Awards: Andrew Burnap won best actor, Lois Smith won for best featured actress and Stephen Daldry […]

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Team LGBTQ’s Monique Matthews helps lead U.S. sitting volleyball to Paralympics gold

U.S. took home their second consecutive gold medal in sitting volleyball and TEAM USA sitting volleyball teammates were champion allies to Monique Matthews and her husband as he transitioned. https://www.outsports.com/paralympics/2021/9/5/22658450/sitting-volleyball-monique-matthews-paralympics-gold-medal

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First openly gay woman to hold political office is honored

Kathy Kozachenko was inducted into the LGBTQ Victory Hall of Fame this year. She was elected to the Ann Arbor City Council 47 years ago. https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/2021/06/28/meet-the-michigan-woman-who-was-the-first-openly-gay-person-elected-to-political-office-in-the-us/

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