February 8-12, 2021

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16 queer black pioneers who made history

16 queer black pioneers who made history

Black Trans Women Seek More Space in the Movement They Helped Start

Black Trans Women Seek More Space in the Movement They Helped Start

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Trans community responds to COVID-19, #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackTransLivesMatter and Pride month

Content creator Daniella Carter partnered with GLAAD to debut a new video for Pride Month spotlighting members of the transgender community. Carter created the video to reach trans people during the current global pandemic, especially those who experienced rejection or abandonment. Her video features messages from more than forty trans and non-binary individuals including Mj Rodriguez (Pose), singer Shea Diamond, Marquise Vilson (Netflix’s Disclosure, Law & Order: SVU), singer Mila Jam, Model Rori Grenert, Mr Trans New York USA 2020 Jevon Martin and The GenderCool Project Champions. The video also includes footage of #BlackLivesMatter protests and anti-trans laws that moved forward during COVID-19.

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Everything to Watch During Black History Month 2021

Everything to Watch During Black History Month 2021 - D23

Spotlight in History

Valerie Thomas

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For this week we will focus on a key tech inventor that shaped a lot of the foundational pieces that developers worked upon particularly in the 3D field.

Born in 1943, Valerie grew up with a passion to pursue science and to understand technology. It was only until she reached Morgan State University, where she could further her studies in this field. Majoring in physics and excelling in mathematics, Valerie then joined NASA as a data analyst in 1964.

Her work was first focused on creating data systems to connect with satellite centers, leading her to oversee the creation of the Landsat program (database of satellite imagery of Earth). Throughout this 10 year period, she also led a team that showcased the possible data implications with this program with a joint effort with the Department of Agriculture, NOAA, and Johnson Space Center.