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Beyoncé Does Justice to New Orleans's Rich Queer Culture

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.25.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

"Formation" celebrates identities that once sparked shame but now inspire pride.

Unapologetically Black: The Revolution Continues

Danielle Moodie-Mills | Posted 02.18.2017 | Black Voices
Danielle Moodie-Mills

The only thing I'm currently interested in being as a black lesbian is being free--free from police harassment, free from white supremacy and free from fear-- and yet these seemingly auspicious desires feel like they are slipping away from me with each terrible headline I read.

The Love That Now Can Speak Its Name

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.17.2017 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

History has shown us that people will fight for love's integrity, even when it is against popular opinion, violating both state and federal laws, and possibly causing them their lives.

Where Would MLK Have Stood on Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.15.2017 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.

What About the Black Baby Nones?

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 12.30.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

The Baby nones will no doubt benefit from greater levels of acceptance of the non-religious. Yet it remains to be seen how this next generation will redress the systemic inequities that confront people of color who can't bank on the wages of whiteness while being religious outsiders.

On World AIDS Day report on black community still grim

Irene Monroe | Posted 12.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! And international theme for 2015 is "Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is "The time to...

What Should White LGBTQ Organizations Do Post-Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.22.2016 | Queer 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.

Hurricane Katrina's Struggling Black Gay Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The hurricane exposed not only race and class fault lines, but the odious fault lines of heterosexism and faith-based privilege. LGBTQ evacuees, many of whom are now displaced, faced all kinds of discrimination at the hands of many of the faith-based relief agencies.

'Bessie' Director On The Surprisingly Open Sexuality Of 1920s Black Artists

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

HBO's new biopic "Bessie," which stars Queen Latifah, chronicles the life of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith -- from her rise to fame to the expre...

Supreme Court Marriage Ruling: No Silver Bullet for LGBT Equality

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

It's time to decide what the next 10, 20, 50 years of the LGBT movement look like. Leading up to the Supreme Court hearing and the June ruling on marriage, we have an opportunity to cast a vision for a more fair, equitable and just society.

A Conversation With Michael Sam

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maurice Tracy

Sam was in St. Louis to give the keynote speech at an event organized as part of National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, and he was kind enough to agree to answer a few questions. I told him that my interest was in finding out how he sees himself and his place within the gay community and what he thinks his place is within the Black queer community.

Black LGBT Lives Deserve Love and Liberation, Too

Isaiah R. Wilson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Isaiah R. Wilson

Too often when we do find the strength to vocalize our challenges, our own communities can serve as barriers working to prevent us from truly making progress to build a brighter future.

The Ahead-Of-Her-Time Black LGBT Activist You Need To Know About

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Every February during Black History Month, we recognize pioneers like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King who have pushed the civil rights agenda forwar...

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

This Is Another Missouri Killing We Should Talk About

The Guardian | Zach Stafford | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices

Can you hate part of yourself so much that you want to kill people like you? And is that a hate crime? Those are the questions being whispered at g...

It Is Not a Question of Pride

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maurice Tracy

"Are Black Gay Men Proud?" That is the titular question asked by Donovan Thompson's June 26 HuffPost blog post. I must admit that it caught me by surprise because I feel the answer is obvious.

Racial Divide in LGBTQ Communities Could Have Derailed Marriage Debate in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

To the surprise of white LGBTQ organizations, both the LGBTQ African-American community and the straight African-American community had much to say about the white queer political machine's appropriation of the language of the black civil rights movement, done without participation by people of color.

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.

The State of Black LGBT People and Their Families

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 05.13.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

We know that Black LGBT people can struggle to find acceptance not only in mainstream America, but also within their own LGBT and African American communities. Now we have the figures to back up what we witness firsthand daily.

The Surprising Number Of African-Americans Who Identify As LGBT

Posted 10.18.2013 | Black Voices

A new report is shedding light on the growing number of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the black community. A...

The Queer Politics of Writing on Race

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The fury that Bay Windows editor Sue O'Connell's piece "Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think" ignited raised this query: Can white LGBTQs suggest or give advice to communities of color from their own experiences of discrimination?

'Real L Word' Star Gets Literary With New Magazine

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Real L Word" star Saj Golde hopes her latest endeavor, BlackOUT Magazine, provides a positive outlet for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peopl...

Transgender Filmmaker Talks Race, Movies And Being Who You Are

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

To call Kortney Ryan Ziegler a Renaissance man would almost be an understatement. He's an artist, filmmaker, writer, entrepreneur and human rights adv...

Bisexuals Worthy of Celebration During Black History Month: June Jordan

Faith Cheltenham | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Faith Cheltenham

We all have to work hard to remember June Jordan's legacy, because like too many others, her legacy can fall within the cracks of identity politics.

The Boy Scouts of America: Another Closed Door for Black GBTQ Youth

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The Boy Scouts of America's position on GBTQ scouts is unquestionably discriminatory, and its hesitancy to swiftly remove its ban dishonors the organization's goal and philosophy