Janelle Monáe is honored as an advocate by the Trevor Project, the Human Rights Campaign names a new head, and Molly Kearney is joining "Saturday Night Live."
Janelle Monáe Honored as Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Advocate
The Trevor Project named Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, actor, and author Janelle Monáe as this year’s Suicide Prevention Advocate of the year. This award recognizes influential public figures in the LGBT community.
The award marks September’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and further brings awareness to the Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide among LGBT youth.
"Monáe has consistently raised the voices and experiences of marginalized communities," the Trevor Project said in its announcement.
Monáe came out as pansexual this past April and has openly and proudly discussed their sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Growing up queer and Black in a religious household, I faced a lot of challenges trying to understand my identity and where I fit in as someone who always felt beyond the binary. We, as LGBTQ folks, as people of color, are a powerful and unstoppable community. I want every young queer person out there to know that I see you, you are beautiful in all of your forms, and you are never, ever alone in this world,” said Monáe when they accepted the award.
Kelley Robinson Is New Human Rights Campaign Head
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The Human Rights Campaign has named Kelley Robinson as its new president.
Robinson has a background with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, where she has been executive director since 2019. She is HRC’s ninth president and the first Black queer woman to lead the group.
“I am just honored, humbled, and feel I’m so ready,” Robinson said in an interview with The Advocate.
She will begin the job on Nov. 28 and gave praise to the organization.
“HRC is an incredible organization, and the work they’ve done speaks for itself. I wouldn’t be able to be in the position I’m in without HRC. I’m entering this role with a deep commitment to leading with equity and building an organization that is as inclusive as the people we’re fighting for.”
Molly Kearney Makes History as First Nonbinary Actor to Join SNL
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“Saturday Night Live” announced that Molly Kearney is joining the show, making them the first non-binary cast member.
This is the 48th season of the show.
Kearney has been in Comedy Central’s “Up Next” showcase, Prime Video’s “A League of Their Own,” and Disney+’s “The Mighty Ducks.”
They are originally from Cleveland and use they/them pronouns.
“This will be a transition year, and the change years are always difficult but also really exciting because there are new people and things are changing, and a different generation comes into the show,” creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels said in Emmy's press room.
Kearney will be joined by three other new cast members: Marcelo Hernandez, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker.
The season premieres on NBC this October.