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The Down-Low Stigma Is Still Prevalent In Urban Gay Media

Deron Dalton | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Deron Dalton

It's as though "down low" were synonymous with "gay and black." Not only is being on the down low problematic, but portraying all gay black men as down-low brothers stigmatizes the gay black community.

Gay Men In Black Fraternities

Gregory S. Parks | Posted 01.27.2013 | Black Voices
Gregory S. Parks

The discussion about heterosexuality, homosexuality and masculinity is long overdue within black fraternities. Engaging it will require a delicate balancing act. Avoiding it will have lasting effects unforeseen by black fraternity members and leaders.

Tongues Untied: When Even Beautiful Gay Weddings Aren't Enough

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 12.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Some folks understand marriage as the ultimate goal in relationships. However, that view obscures the possibility of other forms of relationships, like multiple-partner commitments, long-term unmarried relationships, sexual relationships, etc.

Coming Out: Is It All About You?

Wade Davis II | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Wade Davis II

Though I can remember almost everything about that day, from my mother's facial expression to her subtle physical responses, only recently have I tried to understand her reactions and consider her feelings throughout my coming-out process.

Coming Out In Two Acts: One Man's Story Of Family, Love And Living Authentically

Michael J. Brewer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael J. Brewer

It all started with an awkward conversation with my dad when I was 16. On what I thought was a day like any other, we were passing our neighborhood Walmart when my father began the line of questioning I'd been dreading since before I was positive I knew the answers.

For Colored Boys: The End Of An Invisible Life

Clay Cane | Posted 10.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Clay Cane

The voices in For Colored Boys represent empowerment, which isn't always beautiful and sometimes laced with grit. We colored boys are slapping flesh onto a monolithic image of black LGBT people.

'Barbershop Conversations,' Black Masculinity And Sexuality

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 09.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

To say that a barbershop, street, or neighborhood is safe for all LGBTQ people is to forget that not all LGBTQ people share the same privileges that we do. Would a feminine-performing brother be safe in your barbershop? Would a masculine-performing sister feel safe in mine?

Blacks Have Biggest Struggle With HIV/AIDS

Reuters | Posted 09.21.2012 | Black Voices

* HIV rates reflect broader health disparities -experts * Agencies seeking to broaden testing, access to care By Julie S...

It Can Be Scary Coming Out As Black and Gay

Zach Stafford | Posted 03.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Zach Stafford

It is scary coming out as gay when life has already given you so much to worry about, so much to think about, and so much to struggle with.

Celebrating 'Hidden In The Open: A Photographic Essay Of Afro American Male Couples From The Distant Past'

Aundaray Guess | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

I thank Mr. Kelly for assembling these photographs. Although they have existed for years, by assembling them together for easy viewing, he has done something that is very beneficial not only for the black community but for the gay community as a whole.

Looking Under Madea's Dress

Aundaray Guess | Posted 08.13.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

Why do faith communities accept Madea when they are aware that she is played by a man in drag? Would the same churchgoing audiences accept a man attending their church services in drag? Could that love extend to someone who still has manly features but identifies as a woman?

WATCH: AIDS/LifeCycle Rider Wants Churches To Stop Unintentionally Helping Spread HIV And AIDS

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske


Black, Gay, HIV-Positive... And Now A College Graduate!

Aundaray Guess | Posted 07.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

My diploma symbolizes the fact that no matter what obstacles I may face, once I stop blocking my own success, I can do it. Despite the fact that I've been living with HIV for 25-plus years, I now have something I thought I'd never have: an unlimited world waiting for me.

Cleo Manago: The Most Dangerous Black Gay Man?

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

To some in the LGBTQ community, Cleo Manago is a dangerous demagogue. But to tens of thousands African-American brothers and generous funders, he's seen as a brother driven with a dream. And he's perhaps dangerous because he's effecting change.

Hidden In The Open: A Photographic Essay Of African-American Male Couples

Posted 02.16.2012 | Gay Voices

The following essay and stunning photographs come to HuffPost Gay Voices courtesy of Trent Kelley, a Texas-based playwright. Kelley, who says he colle...

WATCH: Are Black Gay Men Just Special Guests In A White Gay World?

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske


The Faces Missing from 'The Gay Rights Movement'

Zach Stafford | Posted 03.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Zach Stafford

It's time for us to stop saying that the gay rights movement is the new civil rights movement, because my civil rights movement hasn't stopped: as a person of color, for me it's still going.

MLK Day Reflection for LGBTQ Justice in the Black Church

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Each year, I mark the MLK holiday by reexamining King's teachings, remembering that my longing for LGBTQ justice is inextricably tied to my work toward religious tolerance in the black church. And this is why I continue to speak up.

4 Colored Boys Like Me

Dane Harrington Joseph | Posted 03.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Dane Harrington Joseph

Television and film are a reflection of reality, barometers of what is real and relevant. If you do not see "you" reflected, subconsciously or not, a feeling of irrelevance can set in.

We Must Stop Ignoring Black Gay and Bisexual Men!

Pernessa Seele | Posted 01.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Pernessa Seele

The alarming HIV infection rates among black gay and bisexual men beg this question to every black congregation, family and community: do we exemplify unconditional love for our gay and bisexual brothers, uncles, fathers and sons?