This week read about three people being indicted for the shooting of Diamond Sanders, and NASA naming a telescope after James Webb, an alleged homophobe.
3 People Indicted in Shooting of Trans Black Woman
Three people were indicted in Hamilton County, Ohio on Sept. 30 for the murder of a transgender Black woman, the Daily News reported.
Christopher Hisle, 28, Franchez Rivers, 33, and Kiara Davis, 29, were arrested by Cincinnati police on Sept. 29 and 30. All three individuals were charged with murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault.
Police say the killing was not related to Sanders’ gender identity.
“I don’t feel [the Human Rights Campaign] has enough information to really make a determination in this case, but to altogether dismiss the possibility of her being transgender as a motivating factor is pretty negligent on the part of the police,” Faith Gingrich-Goetz, political co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign Greater Cincinnati steering committee, said in March.
The HRC has reported 37 killings of transgender or gender non-conforming people so far in 2021.
NASA to Name Telescope After Alleged Homophobe
James Webb Space Telescope. Public domain.
NASA announced that it does not plan to rename the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope, despite concerns from astronomers. The telescope is named after former NASA administrator James Webb, who was involved in government discrimination against LGBT employees in the 1950s and 1960s, a time also known as the Lavender Scare.
The agency told NPR that the matter had been investigated and that the name will not be altered. NASA administrator Bill Nelson said, "We have found no evidence at this time that warrants changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope.”
The telescope is scheduled for launch in December and will be able to analyze distant planets’ atmospheres searching for certain gases or other indications of life.
Over 1,200 astronomers have signed a petition requesting that NASA change the name of the telescope.
“Leaders are responsible not only for the actions of those they lead, but the climate they create within their spheres of influence. As we have noted previously, Webb’s legacy of leadership is complicated at best, and at worst, complicit with persecution,” the petition read.