Laverne Cox speaks at Macy's for Black History Month

The policies and protections that LGBT people enjoyed in the Obama era have not carried over into the Trump administration. Obama lifted the ban on trans people in the military and he gave lesbian, gays and trans people high-ranking positions in his administration.

But now that Obama is out of office, trans people like Laverne Cox (pictured) are struggling to find work.

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Nipsey Hussle

Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle was forced to defend himself after disparaging gay men in an Instagram post about negative imagery of heterosexual black males in the media.

Critics took issue with Nipsey for a comment he wrote in the caption of an photo of well-dressed black males on Jan. 8.

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drag kid
An online clothing company is under fire for sexualizing a 9-year-old boy. Brandon Hilton, owner of House of Mann, tweeted an image of the child in full drag and a sequined onesie.

“9 year old drag superstar Lactatia is our new HOUSE OF MANN covergirl,” Hilton tweeted on Jan. 6.

The nine-year-old boy first became known to the public in September 2017, when he appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ with his mother, wearing a pink wig, makeup, and a dress.

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Desmond Napoles

A 10-year-old Brooklyn boy has founded a drag club to provide a “safe space” for children, mainly boys, who dress in drag. Desmond Napoles, who goes by his drag name, Desmond is Amazing, says he created the drag club so other feminine boys can express themselves in a “positive, encouraging, and safe” space.

There are multiple drag clubs in New York, but only one — Desmond’s “Haus of Amazing” — is targeted to vulnerable children.

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Shanta Myers Shanice Myers Brandi Mells

One of the family members of the quadruple murder victims in Troy, NY, told The Daily Beast that victim Brandi Mells, 22, was friends with Justin C. Mann, 24, who is charged with slaughtering her and her girlfriend’s family.

Police say Mells, who was born with dwarfism was targeted by the killers. Mells, pictured above with girlfriend Shanta Myers, 36, was also the target of school bullies due to her small stature.

Mann, of Schenectady, and his accomplice James W. White, 38, were arrested Friday night at Mann’s Schenectady residence and arraigned Saturday morning in Troy City Court. They were both charged with one count of first-degree murder and 4 counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Mells, Myers, 36, and Myers’s children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanice, 5.

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