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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.

America Cleans Up Its Homophobic Lexicon

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demeans us.

Now Is the Time for Attention to Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities of Color

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Every Monday morning, "Alex" and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square. I would notice bruises and cuts on his face, arms, and legs, but I assumed that the black-and-blue marks were par for the course for a guy who played scrimmage football on the weekends.

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?

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.

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 2)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

How do we reconcile the explicit messages we present to black gay men countering homophobia and HIV stigma with the messages we imply through our HIV closets? Where is the integrity in challenging gay men to relinquish their imbedded shame as we demonstrate and justify our own?

Black Gay Men Positively Out: Many Men, Many Closets (Part 1)

Craig Washington | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Craig Washington

Stigma cannot be dislodged unless more HIV-positive people come out of our viral closets and break down the barricades of fear and silence. It is no secret that black gay men bear the highest HIV burden. Our condition demands that we unleash the radical.

Black Pride: Distinct and Emblematic

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Mainstream Prides have themes focused on marriage equality for the larger community, whereas Prides organized by and for LGBTQ people of African descent have focused not only on HIV/AIDS but also unemployment, housing, gang violence, and LGBTQ youth homelessness.

To A Brother From A Snap! Queen

Maurice Tracy | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

Jolly for you that you have a deep voice, a culturally acceptable walk and all that cisgender privilege, but let's be clear that some of us do not; some of us are feminine, and we switch, and we talk with a lisp, but that does not make us stereotypical.

Black-Lesbian-Owned Businesses Are Endangered

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 06.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Since I launched oursistacircle.com, my social networking site for lesbians of color, in 2009, I have witnessed many black-lesbian-owned businesses fail or struggle to survive because of the lack of support in our own community.

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...

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...

I Do: How I, A Gay Black Man, Came Around On Same-Sex Marriage

Aundaray Guess | Posted 08.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

Maybe by seeing a gay black man in a relationship, other gay black men will see long-term relationships as something they can do, too, and perhaps, just perhaps, this can be the catalyst for driving down HIV rates among gay black men.

Shout It Out: Coming Out Black and Brown

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 07.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Pierre R. Berastaín

In April the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition released the first edition of Shout It Out: Coming Out Black and Brown, an anthology that places the narratives of individuals of color front and center.

Listen Up, NOM: Racism And Homophobia Are Not Welcome In Our Communities

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 05.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

The assumption underlying NOM's divide-and-conquer strategy is that people of color are already homophobic, or can be easily pushed there. This fundamental misunderstanding of people of color and the failure to appreciate the diversity within the LGBT community are deeply troubling.

WATCH: The Black Gay Community Speaks Out On The Trayvon Martin Killing

Earnest Winborne | Posted 05.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne

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WATCH: AIDS Activist Recalls What Brought Philadelphia's Black Gay Community Together To Face The Epidemic

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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Celebrating Kwanzaa in the Black Lesbian and Gay Community

Imani Rashid | Posted 02.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Imani Rashid

When my wife and I attended the Kwanzaa celebration with our son's classmates and their families in 1977, we were the only lesbian couple in the room. Yet we were welcomed into that room. This was a life-changing event for me.

Does the Black LGBTQ Community Fail to Support Its Own?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

While clearly the cost of operation was prohibitive, causing Gay Black Men News to cease publication, another reason, according to publisher and founder Ralph Emerson, was the lack of support from the LGBTQ communities of African descent.

Thank You, Don Lemon

Keith Boykin | Posted 07.16.2011 | Media
Keith Boykin

By standing up for who he is, Don Lemon will help to placate the fears of other black gay men and lesbians who are waiting to do the same.