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"I Don't Normally Date Dark-Skin Men": Colorism in the Black Gay Community

Donovan Thompson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

Should I be pleased that I am the exception to your rule, driven undoubtedly by self-loathing?

Responding To Harlem's Anti-Gay Pastor With Love And Beauty

Eric E. Arnold | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric E. Arnold

Often Black men and their same sex partners are pushed to the fringes of society and forced to endure ignorance and hatred alone. Our project is dedicated to making sure that folks do not continue to feel this way.

I Did It: Lunch With a Total Stranger

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

When a white, atheist psychotherapist has lunch with the founder of Depressed Black Gay Men (DBGM), they each get food for thought.

CDC Locks Out Black Providers in New AIDS Technical Assistance Announcement

Phill Wilson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Black Voices
Phill Wilson

On March 19, the CDC awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations Not one of the new CDC grantees is a Black organization. The effect of this decision is that Black organizations have been locked out of leading technical assistance and capacity building in this country for the next five years.

Of Fathers and Father Figures: Supporting or Undermining Gay Men's Health

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 03.06.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Gay men's relationships with our fathers are often fraught, to say the least. But without a father's loving support and kicks-in-the-butt as needed, research suggests that the odds already stacked against us in enjoying good mental health and staying HIV-negative grow even steeper.

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

Rob Smith | Posted 02.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

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

Love In Periphery: Gay Relationship, Straight Friendships

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

A good friend of mine called me a few days after our wedding at the 56th Annual Grammys to congratulate me. She is heterosexual, married, and th...

Why Michael Sam's Coming Out Is Crucial for Black, Gay Men

Drew-Shane Daniels | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Drew-Shane Daniels

The truth about "coming out" stories is that black, gay men need to hear them. We need to see queer people of color celebrating their truths and journeys.

Living in My Nevers...

Craig Stewart | Posted 02.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

My life changed, June 19th 2006 at 12:34 p.m. I could count on one hand how many times he and I got together to have sex, but I could never recall how many times we had sex with her.

On the Greatest Generation: The Black Gay '80s

Charles Stephens | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Those men, those sons of Audre Lorde, all writers and activists -- Joseph Beam, Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs, Craig Harris, Donald Woods, Assoto Saint, and others -- provide so much perspective that it's a shame that in our current HIV/AIDS moment, their legacy is nearly extinct.

On This World AIDS Day, I Celebrate Black Gay Men

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez | Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

My greatest fear is that other young gay men of color will allow themselves to forget that their lives matter. Out of this conviction grows a powerful force -- a combination of logic and emotion -- that has convinced me that not only am I my brother's keeper, but that I am my brother.

On Eric Rofes and Pro-Sex HIV Prevention

Charles Stephens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Nearly a decade ago, when I first started to get involved politically and the discussions were just taking shape that would give form and direction t...

Giving You Permission to Be...

Craig Stewart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

However many people we may come out to, there's still a journey of self-affirmation that has to take place; otherwise we remain in constant search of self-acceptance. It took years before I reached a comfort level in my skin. Coming to terms with one's sexuality is a lifelong journey.

An Excerpt From Words Never Spoken, My Memoir

Craig Stewart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

I thought that all gay men were interested in becoming women and wearing women's clothes and were flamboyant and destined for hell. I wasn't. So from puberty through my college years, I concealed my feelings and innermost thoughts.

WATCH: Black Men Share Their Stories Of Coming Out To Their Fathers

Posted 10.24.2013 | Black Voices

Coming out can be difficult for anyone to do. But in the black community, where men are expected to be "rigid, hard and tough", it can be especially c...

The Making of 'How to Make the ACA T'Werk for You'

Matthew Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Rose

We have spent countless days wrestling with the same question that many other professionals in the health care field have wrestled with: How do we engage black gay men, our community, around the Affordable Care Act? The end result was "How to Make the ACA T'Werk for You."

The Risk of Loneliness

Charles Stephens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Stephens

Last week I tweeted, "Thinking about loneliness as a driver for HIV infection among black gay men." I think that the issue of loneliness is perhaps critical to how we think about HIV prevention and treatment issues.

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.

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.

Notes From the Universe: When the God You Favor Doesn't Favor You

Yolo Akili | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Yolo Akili

There are many things that black gay men who grew up in the church believe, or have experienced, that seem foreign to me... and in many ways, unfathomable. Who does it serve to have a "higher power" that "favors" some people, while leaving the rest of us living in lack and injustice?

New Documentary Explores Relationships Between Black Gay Men and Their Fathers

Yolo Akili | Posted 11.10.2013 | Black Voices
Yolo Akili

Created by Chase Simmons, Dear Dad: Letters From Same-Gender-Loving Sons shares the stories of eight black same-gender-loving men writing open letters to their fathers. I reached out to Simmons to learn more.

How Much Do We Value Black Gay Men?

Paul Kawata | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Paul Kawata

The level of investment in HIV services targeting Black gay and bisexual men has never adequately reflected the burden of the epidemic borne by this community. America must do more to show that the lives of Black gay men matter.

Don Lemon Reminds Me of Sad Similarity Between Black, Gay Communities

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

Don Lemon dehumanized the African-American community by reducing it to stereotypes, much like the religious right does to the LGBT community. Certainly this is not what Lemon was trying to do, but it was something that he maybe should have realized, given that he is a black gay man.

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.