Tag: lgbtqia

‘The Weekend Soiree’ Was the Black Queer Love Story Robyn & Whitney Never Got to Have

The Weekend Soiree’s “Bedlam in the Big Easy” welcomed dope queer womxn from all over the country to New Orleans over Halloween weekend. With a packed schedule but no pressure to attend everything on it, the four-day retreat celebrated black queer joy, identity and love in each and every space. Advertisement Every aspect of the […]

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‘We Wanted to Be Together’: Whitney Houston’s Best Friend Robyn Crawford Shares Their Love Story for the First Time in New Memoir

It has been seven years since the tragic death of iconic singer Whitney Houston, and now her best friend, Robyn Crawford, is opening up about their much-rumored relationship in her new memoir, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston. In an exclusive excerpt with People, Crawford, 58, who now lives a quiet life […]

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Not Only Does Facial Recognition Software Often Get Racial ID Wrong, a New Study Finds It Misgenders Trans and Nonbinary Folks Almost All the Time

Nonbinary and transgender identities are increasingly being accepted and normalized throughout society, but not when it comes to high-tech facial recognition software developed by some of the largest tech firms in the world. According to Forbes, a recent study by the University of Colorado, Boulder, found that when it comes to transgender and nonbinary people, […]

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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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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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Angelica Ross of Pose Fame Speaks Truth to Power, Riling Bernie Bros and Trump Twitter Trolls

Angelica Ross on the red carpet in West Hollywood, Calif., August 2019Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty) Angelica Ross gained the attention of a flood of Bernie Sanders supporters and enraged Trump Twitter trolls after the transgender actress and activist’s hot take on Trump policies impacting trans folks and Sanders’ decision to skip an LGBTQ presidential candidates’ forum she […]

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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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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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Malik Yoba Says He’s Attracted to Trans Women, Will Host Workshop at the National Trans Visibility March in D.C.

Malik Yoba attends ‘Nobody’s Fool’ New York Premiere on October 28, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Dominik Bindl (Getty Images) Malik Yoba is sparking conversation via Instagram. The 51-year-old actor recently took to the social media platform to reveal he is “trans attracted” and will be hosting a workshop at the National Trans Visibility […]

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Malik Yoba Says He’s Attracted to Trans Women, Will Host Workshop at the National Trans Visibility March in D.C. [Updated]

Malik Yoba attends ‘Nobody’s Fool’ New York Premiere on October 28, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Dominik Bindl (Getty Images) Malik Yoba is sparking conversation via Instagram. The 51-year-old actor recently took to the social media platform to reveal he is “trans attracted” and will be hosting a workshop at the National Trans Visibility […]

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Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie Is the First Openly LGBTQ Superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnorok Screenshot: Marvel Entertainment (YouTube) When Thor: Ragnarok was released in theaters in November 2017, Tessa Thompson stole the show as the badass Valkyrie. However, criticisms arose when her rich backstory was scrapped and the fascinating character was relegated to a supporting character and plot device. In fact, Thompson […]

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Alabama Police Officer Rehired After Mocking Nigel Shelby’s Suicide: ‘We Feel He Will Be a Good Addition to the Department’

Image: iStock In April, we learned of Nigel Shelby—the 15-year-old Huntsville High freshman who allegedly took his own life after relentless homophobic bullying drove him to despair. His tragic fate became headline news as mourners throughout the world struggled to come to grips with this devastating loss. Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade Among Celebrities to Cover […]

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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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‘I’m So Fucking Woke, I’m Ready to Go to Sleep’: Lee Daniels Speaks on the Progress of LGBTQ Liberation

Lee Daniels Photo: Courtesy of Lee Daniels Entertainment Fifty years. It’s been fifty years since the Stonewall uprising on June 28, 1969. Fifty years worth of struggles, pain, blood, sweat, tears, oppression, erasure, rebellion, progression, and much, much more. Fifty years ago, Lee Daniels was a 10-year-old boy who had just experienced an awakening—he was […]

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Pose Stars Reflect On the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion

“Stonewall reminds us that it’s about the people,” – Billy Porter Despite what various companies may try to tell (or sell) you during the month of June, Pride Month is about acknowledging and celebrating the legacy of the LGBTQIA+ community. Despite the current commercialization of Pride, not all hope is lost. In fact, in recent […]

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We Dream a World: Black & Queer in Milwaukee

Photo: Getty Images On any given day, my partner, Lynnae* and I will be driving, engaged in our usual griping at the utterly reckless ways some Milwaukee drivers shit on safety laws while behind the wheel. It’s become a game of sorts; I’m usually the one who points out the utter disregard for red lights […]

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