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Syleena Johnson: Lesbian R&B Divas: Atlanta Co-Star Monifah Carter Is 'So Brave'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 10.15.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Sharing your private life on reality television is "tricky" for anyone, admits Syleena Johnson. That's why the Grammy-nominated singer considers her R&B Divas: Atlanta costar Monifah Carter particular "courageous" for allowing audiences to watch the evolution of her same-sex relationship.

Lesbians and Their Husbands

Rosamond S. King, Ph.D. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rosamond S. King, Ph.D.

Sexuality need not be the focus of the stories written about either Chirlane McCray or Lorraine Hansberry; their accomplishments took place outside of their bedrooms. But sexuality is part of who they are -- who we all are -- it's an important part of the story, and it matters how that story is told.

Clear the Smoke, I'm Coming Through

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Lately I'm beginning to feel like a minority in the lesbian community. As an African American lesbian it's very rare to find a woman who likes to date...

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.

Black or Gay: Choose One

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

The African-American community preaches unity and one love -- except if you're gay. It's almost like we lose our black card when we are LGBT. We are the lepers of the movement even though we have always been an integral part of it. Think Angela Davis. Think Bayard Rustin.

Poetic Generations: Continuing Voices of Lesbian-Feminism

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I grew up with the poems of Living as a Lesbian -- and they provided a roadmap for me of how to grow up as a lesbian.

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.

Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

doris davenport's it's like this

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

davenport's work has been neglected in contemporary literary criticism and retrospectives of poetry from the black arts and women's liberation movements, but it is ripe for a revisiting and a reappraisal. Now readers can have an electronic copy of davenport's iconic it's like this.

Should I Pay for a Date Simply Because I Am the Stud?

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

When I go out on a date, I always have the same dilemma: pay for the dinner or go dutch? Because I am a masculine-identified woman, I usually end up p...

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

Ex, Allow Me to Show You the Door

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 09.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

I use to think that not being friends with your ex meant that you were a horrible person. So horrible that you couldn't even remain friends after the relationship ended. But now I see the light!

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.

Lesbian Beauty Queen: Why My Miss South Carolina Run Is 'More About The People' Than The Crown

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.17.2013 | Gay Voices

Nineteen-year-old Analouisa Valencia, the African-American and Latina lesbian who is competing in the Miss South Carolina contest, recently joined Huf...

WATCH: Olympic Basketball Player's Same-Sex Love Story With Fashion Icon

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices

In 1976, Gail Marquis was playing on the first U.S. women's basketball team to compete in the Olympics. Around that time Audrey Smaltz was knee-deep i...

Why I Created A Free Social Networking Site For Lesbians Of Color

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 05.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

The mission of OurSistaCircle is to connect, empower, inform and support lesbians of color globally. But what else could such a website do to be more unique? It could allow members to create genuine friendships, and it could address their emotional and mental concerns.

'Real L Word' Star Gets Literary With New Magazine

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 03.04.2013 | Gay Voices

"Real L Word" star Saj Golde hopes her latest endeavor, BlackOUT Magazine, provides a positive outlet for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peopl...

Glennisha Morgan

Staceyann Chin: Black Gay Community Needs Straight Allies

HuffingtonPost.com | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Gay Voices

Over a decade ago, Staceyann Chin burst onto the scene with Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam” on Broadway. Sharing the stage with other prominen...

Did 'Black Ink' Star Sassy Just Come Out?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.13.2013 | Gay Voices

Is Sassy from VH1’s “Black Ink” part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community? During episode six, in the mist of the...

WATCH: New Series Follows Lesbians Down South

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 01.30.2013 | Gay Voices

“Girl Play TV” fills the void of leading fictional black lesbian characters with masculine-centered or identified women. The New Orleans-based sho...

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Barbara Jordan

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.20.2012 | Gay Voices

Barbara Jordan, born and raised in Houston, Texas, made history twice in her early political career, becoming the first woman elected to the Texas Sen...

Breaking News: Florida Lt. Gov Apologizes for Stereotyping Lesbians

Nadine Smith | Posted 07.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Nadine Smith

On behalf of Equality Florida, I want to thank Lt. Governor Carroll for taking responsibility for her words and for responding to the harm those words inflicted.

"This Is What A Lesbian Looks Like": An Open Letter to Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll

Doria Roberts | Posted 09.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Doria Roberts

We -- lesbians of color -- are already shouldering disproportionate concerns about our visibility without folks like you adding to the load. We are living in a society that almost pathologically refuses to acknowledge our existence... that is, until our existence is perceived as a threat.

Who Wants to Silence Zanele Muholi?

Chika Okeke-Agulu | Posted 07.28.2012 | Arts
Chika Okeke-Agulu

Something terrible happened in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 20. Some unknown persons broke into the studio/home of Zanele Muholi, the photo artis...

WATCH: Finding The Strength To Identify With Pride

Nathan Manske | Posted 04.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

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