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Queer People of Color

Silencing the Screaming Queens: Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall' and the Erasure of Queer Rage

Colin Walmsley | Posted 08.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Walmsley

While middle-class white gays and lesbians picketed the White House wearing suits and skirts, trans women of color threw their heels at police officers and taunted the cops by forming kick-lines and singing raunchy songs. While assimilation-oriented gays pleaded with the queer community for peace in Greenwich Village, enraged queers used parking meters as battering rams to break down the door of the Stonewall Inn and reclaim their safe space from the mob and the police.

Hollywood, Don't You Dare Whitewash Stonewall

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

As intersectionality becomes a more discussed realm within our current LGBT movement, we have no time to fantasize a reality in which white cis-dominance erases queer representation of color.

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.

JamesMichael Nichols

WATCH: Queer Performance Artist Wants You To Experience 'Showbiz: Active Terrorism' | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices

Sebastian Cummings is a Philadelphia-based queer actor, musician and performance artist who develops high-concept, musically-intensive live production...

Numinous Market -- Women of Color Creating a Healing Space in Pittsburgh

Sue Kerr | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Kerr

A friend in Pittsburgh has put together the first Numinous Magic Market and Healing Workshops -- an event created by people of color for people of color, featuring an array of workshops and vendors focused on a healing space.

This Queer Collective Is Revolutionizing Sex (VIDEO)

Emerson Whitney | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Emerson Whitney

"It all started because I wanted a silicone 'pack and play,'" said Chelsea Downs, co-founder of the New York Toy Collective, a group that hand-makes a...

Truth Be Told: The Lives Of Queer Black Visionaries

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new documentary series is in the works that will provide a platform for a handful of queer black visionaries to share their personal stor...

Dear Black Gay Men, Don't Get Comfortable

Jay Dodd | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

When performing black femininity at the request of white or non-black spaces, we are continuing the violence against black women. Without reconciling the privilege of masculinity, we are continuing that violence. Letting our white gay counterparts parade black femininity only reproduces the problem.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Pride Ain't All Good: Celebrating Pride and Prejudice

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

The massive party known as Pride is very much a space for the white, the cisgender, and the class-privileged. What about the rest of us? Pride is not a safe space for this othered other, a black queer man of trans experience deemed too queer by a community invested in their own recognition.

On Blackness and Queerness

Charles Stephens | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Identifying as queer felt like the best way to bring together my identities as someone who is black, male but not conventionally masculine, desiring of other men but not exclusively, and working-class, with an inclination toward the sexually transgressive.

That Moment When Ellen Sturtz Heckled Michelle Obama

Maurice Tracy | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay 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?

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.

The Reality of the NYPD Patrol Guide Changes for Trans* and Gender Nonconforming People

justin adkins | Posted 09.05.2012 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

As great as these changes to the patrol guide are, they will not stop the false arrests in suspicion of prostitution or racial profiling. They will not stop the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy.

WATCH: Going Beyond The Gay White Male At The 2012 Queer People Of Color Conference

Earnest Winborne | Posted 06.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne


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.

Why Johnny can't think critically

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Irene Monroe

School is now back in session, and our children's minds are impressionable vessels. We trust their teachers to take precious care of them. But can we...

A Way Forward on Marriage Equality

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

The gay rights movement needs to strengthen its ties with the black community. To do so, it should be wary of claiming that marriage equality is the civil rights issue of the 21st century.

40 Years Old and All I Get is This Damn Rainbow Flag?

Michael DeJong | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael DeJong

The modern "Gay Rights Movement" has had and still has racism, classism, misogyny, ageism, and trans-phobia at its core.