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Gay Pride: Are Black Gay Men Proud?

Donovan Thompson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

There are loads of white gay celebrities who are quite open and willing to engage in discussion. The disparity between out white and out black public figures is quite bothersome.

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Not Enough

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

When I was a kid growing up in Kenya, I imagined that one day I would step out of the closet and find a sense of brotherhood and belonging in the beautiful, rainbow flag-waving LGBT community. But the reality differed a great deal from my dreams.

Q&A With Cougar Town, Spin City and Scrubs Producer Randall Winston

Robert Gagnier | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Gagnier

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with television producer and director Randall Winston, who spoke about his recently shot Rob Lowe pilot, Lupus, and being openly gay in Hollywood.

Asking for More for Young Black Gay Men

Matthew Rose | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Rose

These goals seek to further the abilities of these young men, who grew up in a world that gives them ample examples of the price of business as usual. However they sit at a point of change, to move the needle is a different direction.

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.

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: Why Lee Daniels Wishes He Were Straight

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Director Lee Daniels said he is "deeply" hurt when people say he doesn't support African-American women, especially because of the intense connection ...

'Butler' Director Explains Why Gay Black Men 'Can't Come Out'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Openly gay filmmaker Lee Daniels recently discussed his belief that gay men in the black community just "can't come out." The "Butler" director sa...

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.

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.

Study Reveals Why HIV Rates Are Soaring Among Gay Black Men

Posted 06.01.2013 | Black Voices

While black gay and bisexual men comprise a segment of the United States population more likely to be infected with HIV than any other, the group has ...

The Emasculation of Black Men, Homophobia and Misogyny: A Dangerous Vicious Cycle

Glennisha Morgan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Glennisha Morgan

From a gruesome point in American and black history, intertwined with systematic oppression and economic disparities, black men have been forced to defend their manhood. Out of externally forced insecurity, homophobia, sexism, misogyny and other oppressive subtle and blatant dogmas were born.

The Unfortunate Celebration of Jason Collins' Coming Out

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.01.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

For one, the "coming out" dog and pony show that the media puts on now is getting tired. It should not be breaking news in 2013 for anyone to announce their sexuality. I understand how "momentous" and "unprecedented" all of this is, but I do find it exploitative and repetitive as well.

Confessions of a Former Hottie

Aundaray Guess | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

As a former hottie I didn't know I was continuing the lineage that was already cast before me.

Why Don Lemon Is My Hero And Should Be A Hero For All Young, Gay Black Males

Deron Dalton | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Deron Dalton

Lemon taught me that there is too much life to experience to remain trapped in the closet or, worse, to hurt oneself. It was a relief to relate to someone's struggle, and it inspired me to do the right thing. I didn't want to be 40-something and still debating whether to come out.

The Down-Low Stigma Is Still Prevalent In Urban Gay Media

Deron Dalton | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Deron Dalton

It's as though "down low" were synonymous with "gay and black." Not only is being on the down low problematic, but portraying all gay black men as down-low brothers stigmatizes the gay black community.

Gay Men In Black Fraternities

Gregory S. Parks | Posted 01.27.2013 | Black Voices
Gregory S. Parks

The discussion about heterosexuality, homosexuality and masculinity is long overdue within black fraternities. Engaging it will require a delicate balancing act. Avoiding it will have lasting effects unforeseen by black fraternity members and leaders.

Tongues Untied: When Even Beautiful Gay Weddings Aren't Enough

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 12.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Some folks understand marriage as the ultimate goal in relationships. However, that view obscures the possibility of other forms of relationships, like multiple-partner commitments, long-term unmarried relationships, sexual relationships, etc.

Coming Out: Is It All About You?

Wade Davis II | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Wade Davis II

Though I can remember almost everything about that day, from my mother's facial expression to her subtle physical responses, only recently have I tried to understand her reactions and consider her feelings throughout my coming-out process.

Coming Out In Two Acts: One Man's Story Of Family, Love And Living Authentically

Michael J. Brewer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael J. Brewer

It all started with an awkward conversation with my dad when I was 16. On what I thought was a day like any other, we were passing our neighborhood Walmart when my father began the line of questioning I'd been dreading since before I was positive I knew the answers.

For Colored Boys: The End Of An Invisible Life

Clay Cane | Posted 10.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Clay Cane

The voices in For Colored Boys represent empowerment, which isn't always beautiful and sometimes laced with grit. We colored boys are slapping flesh onto a monolithic image of black LGBT people.

'Barbershop Conversations,' Black Masculinity And Sexuality

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 09.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

To say that a barbershop, street, or neighborhood is safe for all LGBTQ people is to forget that not all LGBTQ people share the same privileges that we do. Would a feminine-performing brother be safe in your barbershop? Would a masculine-performing sister feel safe in mine?