This week read about Mariah Moore potentially becoming the first Black transgender woman elected in Louisiana, and the first gay sports bar opening in Denver, Colorado.

Black Trans Woman Runs for District Rep

New Orleans-born-and-raised activist Mariah Moore aims to serve her district as the first Black trans woman elected in Louisiana. Moore is running to represent District D, and if elected, she would replace current council member Jared Brosset, who has reached his term limit.

Moore said she wants to increase affordable housing, battle wage disparity, and be a reflection of the community as she sees it.

“We deserve to see ourselves represented at tables where decisions are being made,” Moore said in her announcement for candidacy. “I have an obligation and a commitment to leave this city and my district better than when I found it.”

Moore is currently an Organizing Program Associate for the Transgender Law Center, and has served on New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s LGBTQ Task Force. With fellow trans activist Milan Nicole Sherry, Moore co-founded House of Tulip, a non-profit collective that seeks to provide housing options for transgender individuals. Citizens will cast their votes in the primary on Oct. 9.


Denver’s First Gay Sports Bar Now Open


Photo via Tight End Bar, Facebook.

After the closing of longtime punk venue Streets Denver, bar owner Steven Alix saw the opportunity to bring what he felt was missing from the LGBT community — a gay sports bar.

Alix said the bar, cheekily named Tight End, will be a much-needed space for LGBT sports fans to build a community at a time when the pandemic has forced gay bars and nightclubs across the country to close their doors. Tight End opened on April 12 to positive reactions from the community.

“It’s been received really well so far. It's never been done [in Denver], as far as I know, and all the other major cities have gay sports bars. This one doesn't, so it's time,” Alix told Westword.