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It Is Not a Question of Pride

Maurice Tracy | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

"Are Black Gay Men Proud?" That is the titular question asked by Donovan Thompson's June 26 HuffPost blog post. I must admit that it caught me by surprise because I feel the answer is obvious.

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.

CDC Locks Out Black Providers in New AIDS Technical Assistance Announcement

Phill Wilson | Posted 06.03.2014 | 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.

The State of Black LGBT People and Their Families

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 05.13.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

We know that Black LGBT people can struggle to find acceptance not only in mainstream America, but also within their own LGBT and African American communities. Now we have the figures to back up what we witness firsthand daily.

The Surprising Number Of African-Americans Who Identify As LGBT

Posted 10.18.2013 | Black Voices

A new report is shedding light on the growing number of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the black community. A...

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?

'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...

Transgender Filmmaker Talks Race, Movies And Being Who You Are

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.27.2013 | Gay Voices

To call Kortney Ryan Ziegler a Renaissance man would almost be an understatement. He's an artist, filmmaker, writer, entrepreneur and human rights adv...

Bisexuals Worthy of Celebration During Black History Month: June Jordan

Faith Cheltenham | Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Faith Cheltenham

We all have to work hard to remember June Jordan's legacy, because like too many others, her legacy can fall within the cracks of identity politics.

The Boy Scouts of America: Another Closed Door for Black GBTQ Youth

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Boy Scouts of America's position on GBTQ scouts is unquestionably discriminatory, and its hesitancy to swiftly remove its ban dishonors the organization's goal and philosophy

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...

Celebrating Black History Month

Chad Griffin | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Chad Griffin

To Bayard Rustin, fighting for his equality as a black man, while leaving his identity as a gay man unspoken, would have been an unthinkable betrayal. This Black History Month, we should not forget trailblazers like Rustin.

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...

Morehouse Offers LGBTQ Course: A Student's Perspective

Marcus Lee | Posted 03.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Marcus Lee

The psychic distance between tolerance and acceptance is congruent to the emotional difference between a bleak handshake and a brotherly hug... Tolerance is not enough, and there is no room for neutrality.

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...

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...

LGBT History Month: 21 Influential Black LGBT Icons

Posted 10.10.2012 | Black Voices

The struggle for equality in the LGBT black community has a long history with roots stemming back to the Harlem Renaissance and The Civil Rights Movem...

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.

Addressing The Media's 'Diversity Issue'

Daryl C. Hannah | Posted 07.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Daryl C. Hannah

Though media coverage of LGBT issues has drastically improved overall in the past few decades, the media's focus on how these issues specifically affect LGBT people of color is still almost as nonexistent as it was 20 or 30 years ago.

Voice To Voice: Michael Crawford And Aisha Moodie Mills Discuss Invisibility, Closeted Black Celebs

Posted 05.14.2012 | Gay Voices

In January Gay Voices began its Voice To Voice conversation series with a collection of interviews between LGBT authors discussing queer topics and is...

The Preponderance of Flatscreen TVs Doesn't Mean LGBT Characters of Color Have to Flatline

Tina Mabry | Posted 02.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Tina Mabry

A string of TV series that portray well-rounded LGBT characters has helped challenge stereotypes and set the table for acceptance. Unfortunately, there have not been many TV series that portray LGBT African Americans.

White Or Black, The Church Has Failed African Americans

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

It is sadly ironic that Christianity has become a weapon against an African-American president and any nonconforming or freethinking African-American citizen.

Color Us Invisible: In the Shadows of Communities Black and Gay, Black Lesbians Forge Lives, Loves, And Family

Mignon R. Moore | Posted 01.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Mignon R. Moore

One of my findings is that working-class black lesbians live in black communities, not "gay ghettos," and that social location shapes their identities, family formation, and other understandings in ways that differ from some white LGBT people.

The Down Low Made Me Do It!

Earnest Winborne | Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne

Yes, the Down Low may have been a media catchphrase, but it compelled one black gay man (me) to turn that negative into a positive spotlight on same-gender-loving black people who openly live far away from the shadows of their communities.