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Hurricane Katrina's Struggling Black Gay Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.02.2015 | Gay 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 04.30.2015 | Gay 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 06.28.2015 | Gay 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 04.26.2015 | Gay 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 02.10.2015 | Gay 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 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.

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 08.30.2014 | Gay 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 07.16.2014 | Gay 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 10.19.2013 | Gay 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 03.04.2013 | Gay 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 02.27.2013 | Gay 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 04.26.2013 | Gay 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 04.25.2013 | Gay 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

Glennisha Morgan

Staceyann Chin: Black Gay Community Needs Straight Allies

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Celebrating Black History Month

Chad Griffin | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Chad Griffin

To Bayard Rustin, fighting for his equality as a black man, while leaving his identity as a gay man unspoken, would have been an unthinkable betrayal. This Black History Month, we should not forget trailblazers like Rustin.

Glennisha Morgan

16 Must-See Black LGBT Films

HuffingtonPost.com | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 08.08.2013 | Gay Voices

In 1989, Donna Deitch directed the made for TV movie "The Women of Brewster Place" starring and produced by Oprah Winfrey, which was based on Gloria N...

Morehouse Offers LGBTQ Course: A Student's Perspective

Marcus Lee | Posted 03.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Marcus Lee

The psychic distance between tolerance and acceptance is congruent to the emotional difference between a bleak handshake and a brotherly hug... Tolerance is not enough, and there is no room for neutrality.

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Barbara Jordan

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices

Barbara Jordan, born and raised in Houston, Texas, made history twice in her early political career, becoming the first woman elected to the Texas Sen...

Black Or White: Which Group Is More Likely To Be Gay?

Posted 10.19.2012 | Black Voices

Contrary to stereotypical images, which peg LGBT people as disproportionately white, male, urban and wealthy, a new survey shows that the LGBT communi...

LGBT History Month: 21 Influential Black LGBT Icons

Posted 10.10.2012 | Black Voices

The struggle for equality in the LGBT black community has a long history with roots stemming back to the Harlem Renaissance and The Civil Rights Movem...