Tag: LGBT

Steven Canals Was Told ‘No’ Over 100 Times, But One ‘Yes’ Led to 6 Pose Emmy Nominations

I’ve been gay as hell for some time now. I didn’t always have the language to articulate this, but I’ve had this affinity for a month of Sundays. Growing up, representation was lacking, so black women were what I turned to. I knew good and well I wasn’t a black woman—I wasn’t that blessed—but they […]

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Alphonso David Becomes 1st Black President of Human Rights Campaign: ‘I Will Fight for Each and Every One of Us’

Screenshot: Human Rights Campaign Video (YouTube) The Human Rights Campaign has hired civil rights lawyer Alphonso David as its seventh president. According to the Advocate, he is the first person of color to lead the organization in its nearly 40-year history. He will assume the role in August, replacing Chad Griffin, who served as president […]

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Protecting Pride: Safe Spaces Are Crucial to the Existence of the LGBTQ Community

Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino (GETTY IMAGES) Pride Month is a time of celebration. A time where same-gender-loving men get together to celebrate love, liberty and the occasional Beyoncé. During these celebrations, it is imperative for us to feel safe in the spaces we inhabit. Our mere existence can be viewed as a threat to some, and […]

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Fifty Years After Stonewall, Many States Still Lack LGBTQ Protections

With New York City’s West Village looking as though someone dropped a leaflet bomb filled with rainbows, it’s hard to ignore the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, recognized as a seminal moment for the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for queer rights. Organizers expect the New York City Pride March, which […]

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Remembering Stonewall as It Actually Was—and a Movement as It Really Is

By the time of the Stonewall uprisings, Sylvia Rivera already considered herself a revolutionary, a radical, and an activist—concerned not merely with the fight for queer liberation but also the fights against racism, poverty, and war. It was June 1969, when New York City police raided the packed Christopher Street bar in what was an […]

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FX’s Pose Has Been Renewed for a 3rd Season

Photo: Dia Dipasupil (GETTY IMAGES) On the 50th anniversary of the Stone Wall Movement, FX Networks gave to me: Pose, Season Three! That’s right, the category is: Booked, Busy, and Blessed! FX’s groundbreaking, award-winning series Pose has been renewed for a third season. On the six-inch heels of the first episode of this season—you know, […]

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No, the Buttigiegs Are Not Straight

The seriousness of Pete Buttigieg’s pursuit of the Democratic nomination for president is, in no uncertain terms, a stunning reflection of progress. It is remarkable that a gay man—one who lived through a time when his choice of sexual partner, his desire to marry, and his interest in adopting children were all contrary to the […]

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Nigel Shelby’s Mother Says the School System Failed Her Child

Screenshot: National Black Justice Coalition (YouTube) Nigel Shelby, the 15-year-old who committed suicide in Alabama after allegedly being bullied for living his truth, was taken from us too soon. Nigel will never know love, heartbreak, or one day meet his chosen family who would affirm him and make him feel like he had a place […]

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Iconic LA Deli Facing Backlash After Allegedly Asking Two Women Not to Kiss

If you scroll to the bottom of the Langer’s Deli website, you’ll hit its News section, which collects “REVIEWS, ARTICLES OF INTEREST AND OTHER ITEMS FEATURING LANGER’S DELICATESSEN.” But at the top of the site, there’s currently a statement that addresses an “item featuring Langer’s Deli” that isn’t included with the other articles recommending the […]

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You Are Not Entitled To Know Someone’s Sexuality

Before I did a remix album and solidified myself as being well-versed in the tops on the charts, I used to be a confused little boy who would try and convince himself that he liked women. Society told me that I was supposed to be straight, so that’s what I attempted to do. Needless to […]

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I Kept Hearing My Masculinity Was Under Attack by The Gay Agenda, So I Went to Pride to Test This Theory

Vogue Ball on Day One of LA Pride at West Hollywood Park on June 7, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif.Photo: Chris Tuite (Courtesy of LA Pride) On June 11, 2016, Omar Mateen—armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle, a 9mm Glock and an insatiable disregard for human life—destroyed 49 innocent lives while causing irreparable harm and […]

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Philadelphia’s First Openly Gay Deputy Sheriff Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Photo: iStock On Friday, Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin was found dead inside the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 27. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the city’s first openly gay deputy sheriff died by suicide, according to findings confirmed by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. Advertisement Amber […]

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Marlon Wayans Defends 19-Year-Old Daughter Against Homophobic Internet Trolls: ‘Love Her for Her, Not What I Want Her to Be’

Photo: Tommaso Boddi (Getty Images) To kick off Pride month, Marlon Wayans took to Instagram to deliver a touching tribute to his 19-year-old daughter Amai. “Happy pride 🌈 to my pride and joy,” he wrote. “I wouldn’t change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and […]

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The Democrats’ Neglect of Transgender Rights

To most political observers, President Donald Trump was never expected to champion transgender rights, but since taking office, Trump-Pence administration attacks on the trans community have been relentless. Since the start of 2017, the White House has instituted a trans military ban, rolled back protections for transgender access to bathrooms and other facilities, and erased […]

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