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Trans Women of Color Lives Matter

Sharon Stapel | Posted 04.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

In 2015, we are seeing a disturbing uptick in this trend. We have already seen three homicides of trans women of color in January alone. If we are going to act to prevent one more trans woman of color from losing her life, we must act now.

Listening to #TheseOrgsAintLoyal

Maya Rupert | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

The overwhelming failure of so many LGBT organizations to mention the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is a symptom of a larger problem, and until more LGBT organizations start showing up more consistently and visibly for folks of color, they will keep questioning the motives of the movement.

Are We a Stone's Throw from an Epidemic of Anti-LGBTQ Violence?

Sharon Stapel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

This week a disturbing story reached the light of national attention. We learned that Scott Esk, an Oklahoma Tea Party Republican candidate for the state House, had endorsed the stoning of gay people.

Making History, Undermining Stereotypes and Changing the LGBT Equality Movement

Ashland Johnson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Ashland Johnson

But athletes like Sam, Griner, Collins and Gordon are changing this. By boldly coming out in such public ways, they have become -- for many people -- the faces of the LGBT moment, and they are challenging assumptions about what the LGBT community looks like.

How A Trans Woman Inspired Real Reform Through Her Art

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 05.28.2014 | Black Voices

When New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer cast his vote in favor of reforming stop and frisk last year, he told fellow lawmakers he was dedicatin...

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.

I Guess I Should Stop Letting People Call Me 'Tranny'

Malek Mouzon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Malek Mouzon

There's a tendency among my friends and others who see me in my element to refer to me as a "tranny," one of the words that have recently been banished from the gay lexicon. Personally, I've always regarded being called a "tranny" not as a slur but as a term of endearment.

Real Talk With Rob Smith: Tired of 'Black vs. Gay' (VIDEO)

Rob Smith | Posted 04.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

This is my response to the tired "black vs. gay" meme that's going on right now.

Gratitude for the Hetrick-Martin Institute

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Most of the kids that the Hetrick-Martin Institute served were kids of color. We black, Puerto Rican, Asian, Indian and biracial kids were finding a way out of no way, creating impromptu families because our real families hated us or no longer claimed us as their own.

Fair Employment Practices: A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

Today the National Black Justice Coalition released a groundbreaking report that examines how bias and prejudice based on race, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression intersect to the detriment of LGBT workers of color.

WATCH: Exploding Queer And Trans Identity Through Experimental Film

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices

Following their debut at last year's MIX NYC Festival, production company Queer Rebels will premiere "Exploding Lineage II: Afro-Asian Visions" at thi...

Unsolved Black LGBT Murders: Where's the Outrage? (VIDEO)

Earnest Winborne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne

2013-10-16-blacklgbtmurderstillsmall.pngNoMoreDownLow.TV remembers the victims, talks to parents and friends who are taking action and seeks answers to the question of how to stop this epidemic of violence against our community.

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?

Sohnia van der Puye Talks The Cold Call, Her Short Film Project About Being LGBT and South Asian

JR Tungol | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
JR Tungol

Van der Puye hopes that her film will enlighten mainstream and LGBT media on the unique challenges facing queer people of color, specifically the gay South Asian community. I sat down with her and chatted about the film and her thoughts on being LGBT and a person of color.

The Real SNAP Challenge

Maya Rupert | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

The difference between spending a week restricted to a $31.50 food budget and actually living that reality daily is the difference between being on a waterslide and trying to survive onboard a sinking ship.

An Intergenerational Exchange: Two Black Perspectives on Celebrating Pride

Robert West | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert West

Of course, the events that are celebrations will receive the greatest visibility, especially if they seem to reinforce the public's notions of who we are, but there are deeper sentiments that need to be expressed about Pride and what it means to us.

WATCH: Hot Guys With Guns And Sexy Lesbian Vampires Highlight Fusion LGBT People Of Color Film Festival

Earnest Winborne | Posted 05.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne

Some of the highlights included the soon-to-be-released action comedy Hot Guys With Guns and The DL Chronicles. This year's Fusion Achievement Award went to writer-director Angela Robinson, the first out lesbian to direct a Disney family comedy.

Why NYPD's 'Stop And Frisk' Policy Angers Gay Groups

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 03.29.2013 | Gay Voices

A number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups sounded off on allegations that people of color were being targeted by the N...

LGBT People Of Color: Our Lives Are Valuable

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 05.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Matthew Shepard. Charles Howard. Teena Brandon. In the LGBT community these are names and tragic stories that made national headlines. But how many of us are familiar with Sakia Gunn? Tiffany Berry? Micheal J. Sandy? Roberto Pancho Duncanson?

Strengthening My Filipino Pride Through My Gay Pride

JR Tungol | Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices
JR Tungol

When I hit puberty, my homosexuality was something I could not let slip. I did not want to disappoint my traditional Filipino parents, and in that vein, I grew angry toward them and thought that they would never understand my feelings and what I was going through.

A Conversation About Intersections Of Race And LGBT Issues (VIDEO)

Waymon Hudson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

Beyond the shared historic fight, talk of racial and LGBT equality often seeks to discuss the two struggles as separate, completely ignoring the fact that LGBT people of color exist. It is that separation that can cause real harm to LGBT people of color.

African Americans Are Key To The Success Of The LGBT Movement

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 03.02.2013 | Black Voices
Laura W. Murphy

As 2012 draws to a close and I reflect on the historic year that was, one of the things that I am most proud of is the role that African Americans played in helping to bring the freedom to marry for committed and loving same-sex couples to my home state of Maryland.

Why We Need More LGBT Racial Minority Role Models

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

It is a simple human truth that seeing a successful person who looks like you can provide even more powerful inspiration. Two young men reminded me of this lesson after The Huffington Post published its list of influential LGBT Asians. Visibility of LGBT racial minorities matters.

PHOTOS: The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons

JR Tungol | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay Voices
JR Tungol

From familiar faces such as Margaret Cho and BD Wong to perhaps lesser-known individuals such as Urvashi Vaid and Kim Coco Iwamoto, there are certainly many Asians in the LGBT community for us "gaysians" -- and everyone else -- to look up to.

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.