Tag: LGBTQ

Introducing PrEP+, Frank Ocean’s First Foray Into New York City Queer Club Nights

Photo: Jason Merritt (Getty Images) After conquering the Billboard charts, Frank Ocean has set his sights on a new challenge: nightlife. Pitchfork reports that the elusive vocalist will be debuting his own queer club night in New York City on Thursday night as a collaborative effort between his own Blonded brand and the popular Gayletter. […]

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Stop Worrying About How Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Raise Their Children

Image: Michael Reaves (GETTY IMAGES) There are many benefits that come from minding your own business. Your skin clears up, your hair flourishes and you feel lighter as a result from not having to carry the weight of things that don’t concern you. With all these benefits, it amazes me that people don’t mind the […]

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Transgender Comedienne and Activist Referenced in Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones Dies by Suicide

(L-R): Dave Chappelle in Sticks & Stones; Daphne DormanPhoto: Mathieu Bitton (Courtesy of Netflix), Screenshot: YouTube Daphne Dorman, the transgender woman referenced in Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special, Sticks & Stones, has died, Deadline confirms. San Francisco’s Office of Transgender Initiatives reports that the cause of Dorman’s death was suicide. Dorman, who according to her Twitter […]

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Kid Fury and Crissle West Want to Bring Us a ‘More Intersectional Point of View’ With Their New TV Show

Cue The Read’s mix of “Oh Happy Day” because Kid Fury and Crissle West are about to adjust your television settings to “shade.” I recently hopped on a phone call with the 2019 Root 100 honorees Kid Fury and Crissle to chat about what they’re going to explore on their upcoming television show, whether or […]

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Tyler Perry Wants to Leave a Legacy by Building a Shelter for Trafficked Women and Girls, Homeless Women and Displaced LGBTQ Youth

With the recent grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, Tyler Perry’s legacy is pretty much cemented. However, making a difference in Hollywood is not the only way Perry wants to pay it forward. In a recent interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, Perry revealed another big dream of his. Advertisement “You know, the […]

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Why Even Straight People Should Be Watching the LGBTQ Presidential Forum

The top candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president are courting the LGBTQ vote—and the vote of their allies—on Thursday during an hours-long town hall on CNN. Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar, as well as Former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Secretary Julian […]

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What Went On at the Most Important SCOTUS Cases in LGBTQ Rights This Year

The Supreme Court heard three major cases Tuesday that will determine the future of LGBTQ rights in America. Plaintiffs Aimee Stephens, Donald Zarda, and Gerald Bostock are each respectively asking that the court officially categorize firing employees for belonging to the LGBTQ community as an act of discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, […]

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Are Gay and Transgender Workers Protected by Federal Law? US Supreme Court Will Decide

Transgender Army veteran Tanya Walker speaks to protesters in Times Square near a military recruitment center as they show their anger at President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military on July 26, 2017 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) On Tuesday, the U.S. […]

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Billy Porter Will Take a Seat in the Director’s Chair for Season 3 of Pose

Billy Porter accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award for ‘Pose’ onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) And the category is…leadership! Billy Porter is adding yet another talent to his assortment of gifts—directing television! The newly-crowned Emmy winner has […]

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Elizabeth Warren Pays Tribute to Slain Black Trans Women at LGBTQ Forum, Demands Trump ‘Say Their Names’

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Elizabeth Warren gets it. As the latest edition of The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings indicates, the 70-year-old Senator is firing on all cylinders in her quest to rid the Oval Office of its imbecilic orange incumbent. Advertisement She’s got a plan for damn near everything, and when she’s […]

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Ben Carson Reportedly Speaks of ‘Big, Hairy Men’ Entering Women’s Bathrooms in Comments Called Transphobic

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) Ben Carson invoked tropes of “big, hairy men” invading women’s bathrooms in shelters and mourned a past when there were “just women and just men” in comments at least three staffers present while he was speaking took offense to as transphobic commentary. That’s according to the Washington Post, which reports that […]

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Supreme Court Could Roll Back Sex Discrimination Protections

Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On October 8th, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases concerning protection […]

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A Critical Threat to Sex Discrimination Protections

Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On October 8, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases concerning protection […]

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Inclusive Language: Merriam-Webster Gives New — and Nonbinary — Meaning to the Word ‘They’

Photo: iStock To paraphrase an LGBTQ activist catchphrase, “‘They’ are here, ‘they’ are queer and ‘they’ aren’t going anywhere” — at least when it comes to a new, nonbinary definition of the word “they,” as announced by the editors at Merriam-Webster. As NBC News reports, after considering things like the increasing number of people who […]

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Pose, but Make It Presidential: Actress-Activist Angelica Ross to Host a Democratic Candidate Forum on LGBTQ+ Issues

Angelica Ross attends the red carpet event for FX’s “Pose” at Pacific Design Center on August 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) We fell in love with Angelica Ross as the always-ready-with-a-clapback “Candy” on FX’s Pose, but it’ll be the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who will soon get a taste of […]

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Cute BDSM Gear Is Making Everyone Kinkier

In 2019, leather and kink aesthetics are everywhere—but they’re evolving. Rihanna’s lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty, carries lavender whips and riding crops. Billie Eilish makes industrial, BDSM-evocative chokers part of her regular wardrobe. In her 2019 single “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande sings, “I’d rather be tied up with cuffs, and not strings.” In a shift […]

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Well, You Might Lose Your Instagram Account If You Post a Selfie With a Sex Toy

This article contains spoilers for the Are You the One? season eight finale. Instagram’s restrictive content policies regarding nudity and sexuality have affected sex workers, queers, artists, and even journalists, censoring sexy pics and jokey dildo selfies alike in the name of building a profitable, child-friendly platform. Now, it looks like our fave reality stars […]

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Never Forget: During Fashion’s Biggest Week, Pose’s Indya Moore and Angelica Ross Urge Us to Remember Trans Lives

Indya Moore speaks on stage at The Daily Front Row’s 7th annual Fashion Media Awards on September 05, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Brian Ach (Getty Images for Daily Front Row, Inc.) Seventeen women accompanied Indya Moore to the stage of the Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards last Thursday night. As reported by The […]

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Kristen Stewart Wouldn’t Mind Playing A Gay Superhero In A Marvel Movie

Last week, actress Kristen Stewart made headlines when she revealed that, early in her career, she was told, “If you just do yourself a favor, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie.” On the heels of this interview, the Seberg star added some further context to […]

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The Black Barbershop Is a Safe Space. Is It for Lil Nas X, Though?

Lil Nas X in The ShopScreenshot: HBO (YouTube) The black barbershop is not just a sacred space, it’s a safe space. Much like Vegas, whatever happens within the confines of that room colored with scattered floor follicles stays in that room. There is no filter in the barbershop. Some of the greatest debates happen in the […]

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