Tag: lgbtqia

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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Over the Rainbow: This Pride Month, Kehlani and Rico Nasty Debut Gender and Sex-Positive Clothing Collections

Kehlani (L) and Rico NastyPhoto: Rachel Murray (Getty Images for Spotify), Aaron J. Thornton (Getty Images for BET) This is what we call “music with a message.” For Pride Month 2019, two of the music industry’s buzzier talents decided to say it with their chests: love is love, and gender is…whatever you want it to […]

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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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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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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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With 37 Covers, New York Magazine Celebrates the Timeless, Transformative World of Drag

(clockwise from top left) Myron Morgan, Ra’Jah O’Hara, Monae X Change, Miss Peppermint, Latrice Royale, Honey Davenport (bottom right), Trinity K Bone’t, Coco Montrese (bottom center), Yvie Oddly, Jaidynn FierceScreenshot: Martin Schoeller (New York Magazine) If you weren’t already aware, here’s some tea worth spilling: Pop culture owes a great debt to drag culture. From our […]

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Janet Mock: Why Gender Pronouns Matter

What’s in a name? A hell of a lot when it comes to someone’s identity. Pose’s writer, director and producer Janet Mock speaks on the use of preferred gender pronouns, how they are building blocks in communication, and how they help people feel fully seen and heard. Watch the complete video above. Pose returns to […]

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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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Trump Administration Bars Pride Flags from Embassy Flagpoles

Photo: Photo provided by family Four-year Dadaist art installation Trump and his administration are rejecting requests from United States embassies to fly the rainbow flag most closely associated with June, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, according to NBC News. Embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia have seen their requests denied, according to diplomats. While the prose […]

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‘I Can’t Stop’: With Ms. Blakk for President, Moonlight Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney Campaigns as an Unlikely Candidate

Tarell Alvin McRaney as Ms. Joan Jett BlakkPhoto: Michael Brosilow (Steppenwolf Theatre) “The most transparent way is the truth.” Tarell Alvin McCraney is telling me about the circuitous journey that led him and longtime collaborator Tina Landau to the real-life character of Ms. Joan Jett Blakk. That’s “two t’s, two k’s,” as she reminds us […]

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NYPD Apologizes for 1969 Stonewall Inn Raid That Sparked Modern Gay Pride Movement

Plaque on New York City’s historic Stonewall Inn outlines its landmark status as a key element in the history of gay rightsPhoto: Getty New York City’s police commissioner apologized Thursday for the “discriminatory and oppressive” police raid 50 years ago on the Stonewall Inn that inspired what became the modern gay pride movement. Just weeks […]

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Alabama Mayor Suggests ‘Killing Out’ the LGBTQ Community in Deleted Facebook Post

Screenshot: CBS 41 Video (YouTube) The mayor of Carbon Hill, Ala., is in deep shit after reportedly spewing homophobic rhetoric in a since-deleted Facebook post. According to CBS News, here’s how it went down: Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers was responding to a comment on his original post, which read in all capital letters: “We […]

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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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