Friends and relatives are raising questions about the death of Native American activist Rexdale Henry (pictured above), who died in a Mississippi jail, after being taken into police custody for not paying a traffic fine. Yea, a traffic fine. Henry's family has ordered a private autopsy, comparing his mysterious death to that of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman who was found dead in a Texas jail after being taken in over a minor charge.
The Root, citing the Jackson Free Press, reports "Henry’s body was found at Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Miss., on July 14 at 10 a.m., about half an hour after he was last seen alive. The Mississippi crime lab in Jackson conducted an autopsy, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is conducting a probe. Results for the state autopsy have not been released."
Henry, a member of the Choctaw tribe, was a lifelong community activist and was a candidate for the Choctaw Tribe Bogue Chitto before his arrest. Read more HERE.
An LGBT-specific amendment to the proposed Every Child Achieves Act failed in the U.S. Senate, only receiving 52 of the 60 votes needed to pass. The amendment would have forbidden discrimination against actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, as well as enforced consequences for officials that ignored harassing or bullying behavior.
Although the measure failed to pass, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, who authored the bill under the title the Student Non Discrimination Act remains optimistic.
“Today, a majority of U.S. Senators recognized this truth by voting to end bullying against LGBT students," Polis said in a statement. "While it didn’t receive the 60 votes necessary for passage, this represents a giant step forward in our effort to make sure LGBT students have a safe and welcoming place to learn.”
AIDS research pioneer and amfAR founding chairmen Dr. Mathilde Krim will have two photographic portaits, one by Annie Leibovitz and one by Joyce Tenneson (pictured above), placed in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
“It is a great honor to include Dr. Mathilde Krim’s portraits in our collection not only because of her invaluable contribution to this country in science, but also for her tireless work in AIDS research and awareness,” Kim Sajet, director of the museum, said in a release. “We are continually working to build the Portrait Gallery’s collection to reflect American achievement by highlighting those who make a difference in the U.S., and Dr. Krim is an exemplar in her field.”
The portraits will debut in November in a new gallery exhibit.