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PrEP & Black Gay Men: Practicing What Your Preach by Taking Your Own Medicine

Ace Robinson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

Have you ever looked at your life and realized that you are, in one way or another, just a statistic? Growing up as a Black gay man in America, you are inundated with statistics about who you are.

A Letter to Myself About Becoming Me

Brian Stewart | Posted 11.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Brian Stewart

You are an exceptional black gay man. It will take time to unlearn the self-hate and demeaning homophobic structures your church, community and family instilled in you, but when you finally do, you'll be such a better person.

What Should White LGBTQ Organizations Do Post-Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

With this June's historic Supreme Court ruling -- Obergefell v. Hodge -- that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states many white LGBTQ organizations nationwide have been questioning what to do next.

Local Initiative Makes National Gains: ManDate

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 10.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Sheena C. Howard

ManDate enjoys no fanfare, no budget for advertising and no popular press coverage, however it has been successfully operating and serving the needs of gay Black men since its inception in 2010.

New Zine Explores The History and Culture Of Black Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.04.2015 | Gay Voices

A new independent magazine titled The Tenth Zine aims to shed light on the history and culture of the African American queer community. Creative d...

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

BET Editor Slams Black Church: ‘Being Gay Is Not A Sin'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices’s Entertainment Editor Clay Cane joined HuffPost Live Tuesday and expressed his extreme disappointment in the black church for actions that ...

'I'm Not Gay No More'

Craig Stewart | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

I've seen the video of the gay man being "delivered" in church. Some find it funny. I think it's sad. And I don't blame him, because it's not his fault. It's the delusion, deception and power of the church (man). Many gay men have tried to pray the gay away, just not publicly.

10 Reasons It's Awesome to Be a Black Gay Man

Rob Smith | Posted 01.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

I recently came across a piece by a black gay man who seems to need a bit of help when it comes to realizing how awesome he is, so I've come up with 10 reasons it's utterly amazing and pretty awesome to be a black gay guy.

Why I'm a Black Man Before I'm a Gay Man

Terrence Chappell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

If you're a black man, it doesn't matter how many degrees you hold. It doesn't matter how much money you make. It doesn't matter where you live or what kind of car you drive; to some you're still a n*****, and that is the cold, hard truth about the world we live in today, and it's what my parents had to teach me growing up. I don't experience this with my identity as a gay man.

No, Being Black and Gay Does Not Suck

Maurice Tracy | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

Apparently it sucks to be a black gay guy. At least that is what "Stevie" over at claims in his post "20 Reasons It Sucks To Be A Gay Black Man." I am over articles like this one, which measures our worth as gay men by white men's standards.

Is the World Ready for Out, Black Male Artists?

Donovan Thompson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

Fortunately, finally, we are being offered great music from real performers that happen to be gay like Sam Smith, but it's not enough. As a black man, I would love to celebrate artists that can offer a multitude of truthful creative stories on a larger scale.

Dear Black Gay Men, Don't Get Comfortable

Jay Dodd | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

When performing black femininity at the request of white or non-black spaces, we are continuing the violence against black women. Without reconciling the privilege of masculinity, we are continuing that violence. Letting our white gay counterparts parade black femininity only reproduces the problem.

As A Black Gay Man, I'm Constantly Battling My Fear Of HIV

Drew-Shane Daniels | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Drew-Shane Daniels

Since National HIV Testing Day was Friday, I decided to go get tested. This has become a tradition for me every summer. My last HIV test was last year and I knew it had been longer than six months since my last test.

Little Black Gay Boys (VIDEO)

Craig Stewart | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart


Sissies and Kisses: On Michael Sam and Femmephobia

Mathew Rodriguez | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Mathew Rodriguez

I am all for people appreciating Michael Sam's achievements, but there is no need to denigrate femme gay men and further femmephobia to do it. Femmephobia is a serious problem inside and outside the gay community.

"I Don't Normally Date Dark-Skin Men": Colorism in the Black Gay Community

Donovan Thompson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

Should I be pleased that I am the exception to your rule, driven undoubtedly by self-loathing?

Responding To Harlem's Anti-Gay Pastor With Love And Beauty

Eric E. Arnold | Posted 06.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric E. Arnold

Often Black men and their same sex partners are pushed to the fringes of society and forced to endure ignorance and hatred alone. Our project is dedicated to making sure that folks do not continue to feel this way.

I Did It: Lunch With a Total Stranger

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

When a white, atheist psychotherapist has lunch with the founder of Depressed Black Gay Men (DBGM), they each get food for thought.

CDC Locks Out Black Providers in New AIDS Technical Assistance Announcement

Phill Wilson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Black Voices
Phill Wilson

On March 19, the CDC awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations Not one of the new CDC grantees is a Black organization. The effect of this decision is that Black organizations have been locked out of leading technical assistance and capacity building in this country for the next five years.

Of Fathers and Father Figures: Supporting or Undermining Gay Men's Health

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Gay men's relationships with our fathers are often fraught, to say the least. But without a father's loving support and kicks-in-the-butt as needed, research suggests that the odds already stacked against us in enjoying good mental health and staying HIV-negative grow even steeper.

Real Talk With Rob Smith: Tired of 'Black vs. Gay' (VIDEO)

Rob Smith | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

This is my response to the tired "black vs. gay" meme that's going on right now.

Love In Periphery: Gay Relationship, Straight Friendships

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

A good friend of mine called me a few days after our wedding at the 56th Annual Grammys to congratulate me. She is heterosexual, married, and th...

Why Michael Sam's Coming Out Is Crucial for Black, Gay Men

Drew-Shane Daniels | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Drew-Shane Daniels

The truth about "coming out" stories is that black, gay men need to hear them. We need to see queer people of color celebrating their truths and journeys.

Living in My Nevers...

Craig Stewart | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

My life changed, June 19th 2006 at 12:34 p.m. I could count on one hand how many times he and I got together to have sex, but I could never recall how many times we had sex with her.