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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.

Tyler James Williams: The Black Community Is 'Notoriously Homophobic'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices

Actor Tyler James Williams, who made a splash in this year’s breakout indie darling “Dear White People,” sat down with HuffPost Live on Tuesday ...

Angel Haze Slams Homophobia In Hip-Hop

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment

Rapper/singer Angel Haze wrote a column for Noisey discussing sexuality, and hip-hop's long-standing homophobia problem. Never afraid to speak her min...

Race and Sex at HBCUs

Marcus Lee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Marcus Lee

These questions -- and many more -- complicate simplistic narratives of sexuality and help to debunk the idea that one can quantify LGBT friendliness.

On Arizona's S.B. 1062, Russia and Why If One More Person Tells Me Black People Are More Homophobic, I'll Scream

J Mase III | Posted 05.05.2014 | Black Voices
J Mase III

As an openly gay and openly trans* person of color, I hear from so many folks about how homophobic my people are. I even hear many folks of color tell me about how much more homophobic black and Latino folks are, but is that all really true?

Michael Sam, Race, Sexual Orientation and Commodities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

One of the most annoying sidebars of Michael Sam's coming out is how some LGBTs who will take it upon themselves to play armchair psychologist and proclaim the African-American community intrinsically homophobic.

Robin Roberts Loosens the Grip of Black Homophobia

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

While I will continue to argue that the African American community doesn't have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it. Bl...

Mandela's LGBTQ Advocacy Has Fallen on Deaf Ears in Africa and African Diasporic Communities

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

If truth be told, Mandela's advocacy has shown very little light even in his country. South Africa has a serious problem with its LGBTQ population, and especially with lesbians. And its method to remedy its "problem" with lesbians is "corrective rape."

Jason Collins: The Great Black Hope

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The professional sports world has been waiting for a Jason Collins moment: a gay athlete currently playing in a major league who comes out publicly. What you may not know is that many had hoped that the moment would star an African-American male.

Another Tackle in the World of Homophobic Sports

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The African American community desperately needs openly LGBT public role models. We need them to come out and denounce anti-homophobic bullying, vitriol, and discrimination.

Glennisha Morgan

Staceyann Chin: Black Gay Community Needs Straight Allies | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Over a decade ago, Staceyann Chin burst onto the scene with Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam” on Broadway. Sharing the stage with other prominen...

Will Obama's Support Of Marriage Equality Keep Some Blacks Home On Election Day?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

In this 2012 presidential election Obama's biggest support base will have dropped precipitously. And it will be because of both the Democratic Party's and Obama's pronouncement on marriage equality.

Black Ministers Come Out On Obama's Stance On Marriage

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

LGBTQ activists of African descent have pondered what would be the catalyst to rally those African-American Christian ministers to support same-sex marriage and engage the black community in a nationwide discussion. The answer arrived in President Obama.

Brutal Attack On Two Texas Men May Have Been Motivated By Sexual Orientation: Report

Posted 03.15.2012 | Gay Voices

A brutal attack on two Texas men believed to have been targeted because of their perceived sexual orientation has been classified as a hate crime. ...

It's Official: Gay Is the New Black

Monique Ruffin | Posted 02.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Monique Ruffin

The civil rights issue of our time is gay marriage, and the key players in our country's most significant civil rights movement are on the wrong side of it. The black church has taken on a new role: oppressor.

Resistant Homophobia in the Black Community

Aaron Anson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Gay Voices
Aaron Anson

The very same Bible that whites used to defend slavery, blacks are now using to repress and ostracize gays. Our tendency to use religion as the basis to justify superiority by labeling others as inferior is irrational at best.

Tim Hardaway's Change of Words

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.15.2011 | Sports
Irene Monroe

Hardaway is the last person one would expect to speak out on behalf of a LGBTQ social justice issue. In a 2007 interview, Hardaway was asked how he would interact with a gay teammate: "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known."

In "Hot-Lanta" You Stay "in the Closet" as CNN's Don Lemon Did

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.08.2011 | Media
Irene Monroe

Because African Americans don't address the homophobic role some Black churches play in creating a "down-low" (DL) culture that both Bishop Eddie Long and Pastor Donnie McClurkin can tell their truths.

Marriage Equality Film Comes to Harlem

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.04.2011 | New York
Irene Monroe

African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities have always existed in Harlem, residing here since this former Dutch enclave became America's Black Mecca in the 1920s.

Malcolm X Was "Gay-for-Pay," New Book Says

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.07.2011 | Books
Irene Monroe

We need to closely examine the recent revelation that for a period in his life Malcolm X engaged in same-sex relationships.

AIDS still thought of as a gay disease in black America

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Irene Monroe

To date, more than 230, 000 African Americans have died of AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 22 African Americans will be...

Why President Obama Hurts His Own Cause By Not Addressing Homophobia in the Black Community

Pam Spaulding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pam Spaulding

With a president reticent to do much of anything about LGBT issues or homophobia in the black community without overwhelming support, where does that leave black, LGBT, and black LGBT communities?

Charles Blow Gets it Wrong on Blacks and Prop. 8

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonce Gaiter

In his New York Times column on the overwhelming black vote in favor of Prop 8, Charles Blow paints a picture of hypocrisy, irrationality, resentment and plain ignorance.

Obama Takes On The Black Community's Homophobia

The Guardian | Matthew Harwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

While the media concentrates on the verbal slaps between the Obama and Clinton camps, there hasn't been much traction on what Barack Obama said to a b...