A compelling new documentary series is in the works that will provide a platform for a handful of queer black visionaries to share their personal stories of challenge, radical self-inquiry, transformation and triumph.
Truth Be Told is a series by Katina Parker that will profile black queer and trans visionaries, including Staceyann Chin, B. Slade, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Patrik-Ian Polk, Mia McKenzie, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Toshi Reagon, Emil Wilbekin, Darnell Moore, Linda Villarosa, Karamo Brown and Justin Robinson.
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The Black queer community certainly has a lot to be proud of these days.
By centring the experiences of disabled queer trans IPOC’s experiences, disability justice allows us to understand violence against and criminalization of disabled people in more critical ways.
Students at Connecticut College have come together to generate a greater understanding of what it means to be a queer person of color.
Labels, as Djuan Trent sees it, are a necessary … well, not evil, just a necessity sometimes.
“When it comes to labeling yourself, it’s hard to get away from that,” she admits. “As much as most of us are like, ‘Don’t label me, I’m a human being’ - but labels are things that help us define and understand things, that’s how you can look in the refrigerator and tell the difference between Miracle Whip and mayo.”
But deciding how to define yourself after coming out of the closet isn’t as easy as choosing your favorite condiment. Especially when your “past life” has a following all its own. Google Djuan and you’ll find many things: - Djuan Trent, Miss Kentucky 2010 - Djuan Trent, who finished in the top 10 of the Miss America competition in 2011.
And then a string of reports on her coming out; articles in People, on Huffington Post, New York Daily News and the one that started it all, the post on her blog, Life in 27, where she outed herself. No disrespect to Djuan, but why all the fuss? It has to do with one label in particular: queer.
“There’s been a lot of hoopla about me using the word ‘queer,’” she says. “When I was going through the whole process of my journey, I went through the terms ‘lesbian’ and ‘gay’ and those were fine, but when I discovered the term ‘queer,’ it just kind of stuck with me.”
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The recent release of the much-anticipated film “The Normal Heart,” which follows a gay activist trying to raise awareness in the early years of the AIDS crisis, has sparked a renewed conversation about the disease…
Queer youth of color face unique hardships that lead to extreme amounts of discrimination. While 1 in 3 LGBTQ people identify themself as a person of color, schools and services are not addressing their specific needs. Click here to share on Facebook. Learn more here.
Queen has confirmed plans to release a new album featuring previously unheard tracks sung by late frontman Freddie Mercury.
This is the third article in our coverage of LGBT issues in India with a particular focus on bisexuality. Bi Magazine launched this series in January 2014 with the article “India’s Stonewall”. The second article is “Bisexuality, Section 377, and India’s LGBT Movement” includes an interview with Bi Activist Dr. Ramki Ramakrishnan.
Delhi social worker and community health expert Rajiv Dua’s attraction to men and women dates back to his teen years. Dua grew up in Delhi at a time when 1 in 20 households had a telephone, people communicated across towns via postcards, and there were no video recording devices. It was a time when Indians knew that one could be attracted to men and women and they were permissive as long as personal matters were kept between consenting adults…
When Dua looks back on his personal journey he wonders whether things are better now. “I think there is a small regression, in fact,” he says.
He grew up in a culture that may not have understood the complexity of sexual orientation but at least refused to condemn dual attraction outright. “The discourse has become more stringent,” Dua says. “Now we have very strong gay groups, very strong trans groups but, somehow, bi visibility has not taken root at all”…
Dua thinks this regression is due to
- lack of understanding, and acceptance, that desire can be many hued and fluid, and
- failure to disengage same-sex behavior from disease transmission
Dua went silent for a while but not for long … [he] has decided to be true to himself, keep coming out, and continue to explain bisexuality to those who don’t get it.
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Anil Vora is a principal partner at Indian Tiger Films, a film production company spotlighting films about LGBTQ people of color. A self-confessed geek, VORAcious in his consumption of books and films, Anil is also an actor and playwright, and teaches private classes on the history, symbolism, and appreciation of Bollywood films.
By Malinda Lo
Last October, I posted a list of YA books about LGBT characters of color. It’s been tough to find more books, so these additions expand the goal slightly and are about (1) a queer person of color protagonist; (2) a queer protagonist in a romantic…
Multimedia artist M. Lamar may have played pre-prison Sophia in OITNB—but he’s more than Laverne Cox’s real-life twin. Much more.