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Black Queer Intersectionality

Why Black Studies matters in an age of liberal arts angst

Deborah Douglas | Posted 09.22.2016 | Black Voices
Deborah Douglas

Hampton University junior Talia Sharpp knew she had to come correct when she told her mother about plans to switch from a business major to political ...

Black Queer Woman's Play Reveals Global Biases In Criminal Justice

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 07.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Yearwood's tale spotlights the ways that intersectional race, gender, and sexual biases occur globally in criminal justice at the same time that it helps to highlight inequitable treatment of gender non-conforming prisoners at home.

Tabias Olajuawon Wilson Writes, Re-embers BlaQueer Survival

Jonathan Jacob Moore | Posted 07.01.2016 | Black Voices
Jonathan Jacob Moore

Photo courtesy of Wilson In an interview, Junot Díaz once remarked that the genius women-of-color writers wield is "cultivated out of their raced, g...

Documenting Black Queer History of the 20th Century

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 09.24.2016 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

Outside of the life and writings of mainstream names such as Bayard Rustin, Audre Lorde and James Baldwin, there are very little primary sources and first person accounts of what life was like for Black LGBTQ people during the time period of the 1950s and 1960s.

Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

Back to Blaque: Meet the Trans YouTube Queen of the Underground

Sidney Chase | Posted 08.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Sidney Chase

"I'm a woman, I'm black, I'm curvy and I'm trans. There are a lot of things that I deal with. When I talk about those things, I am literally talking about my embodiment of these intersections."

'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...

Dr. Boyce Watkins Charges Lee Daniels With Having A 'Gay Agenda'

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

Across scholarship that seeks to advocate for progressive and varied representations of Black masculinity, one rejoices in the visibility of a gay Black man such as the character of Jamal.

Our Black Future Legends Are Here

Mustafa Sullivan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mustafa Sullivan

When black people are homophobic, they are doing the oppressor's work for them, and when white queers erase the experiences and efforts of black transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color, they are doing the oppressor's work for them.

That Moment When Ellen Sturtz Heckled Michelle Obama

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maurice Tracy

How does BlaQueer me cheer on Sturtz for heckling Michelle Obama unless I ignore the racial composition of the encounter? How does BlaQueer me cheer on Michelle Obama for dismissing the heckler unless I ignore Sturtz's position as a second-class citizen vis-à-vis her sexuality?