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'Black-ish' takes a stand against anti-LGBT discrimination

Never being a show to shy away from socio-political themes, ABC’s Black-ish recently took on LGBT discrimination dressed up as “religious freedom”. In the opening scene of the episode, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Dre (Anthony Anderson) visit a bakery to order a “gender reveal“ cake. Fumbling with the right words to describe such cake, they call it a ”sex cake“, to which the baker responds, "We can bake any kind of cake you want. Oh! Just as long as it's not for a gay…

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Added by Sexual Politics on February 13, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

I'm a Black Dominatrix - 'Fifty Shades of Gray' is complete BS (#NSFW)

Ahem.

‘FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY’ IS NOT A REALISTIC PORTRAYAL OF BDSM RELATIONSHIPS OR ACTIVITIES.

‘FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY’ IS NOT A REALISTIC PORTRAYAL OF BDSM RELATIONSHIPS OR ACTIVITIES.

‘FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY’ IS NOT A REALISTIC PORTRAYAL OF BDSM RELATIONSHIPS OR ACTIVITIES.

‘FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY’ IS NOT A REALISTIC PORTRAYAL OF BDSM RELATIONSHIPS OR ACTIVITIES.

(PS: It's the worst book series in history.)



As the saying goes: “You have to…

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Added by Sexual Politics on February 8, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Chance the Rapper’s Brother Taylor Bennett Comes Out as Bisexual

Chance the Rapper’s younger brother, fellow rapper Taylor Bennett kicked off his 21st birthday by coming out as bisexual in a series of tweets today. “My birthday is tomorrow & moving into next year I’d like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues,” he wrote. “Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality…

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Added by Sexual Politics on January 18, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Queer Muslim couples marry before Trump's inauguration to protect their families

Ahead of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration this weekend, black musician Laila Nur & Pakistani visual artist Saba Taj decided to make the monumental moment about radical love and family by getting married in their North Carolina town. The gorgeous couple captured the moment on the steps of a North Carolina courthouse—their spiritual connection with and dedication to each other a symbol of radical love and resistance in the face of white supremacy and homophobia. "Right… Continue

Added by Sexual Politics on January 17, 2017 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Hold Kim Burrell Accountable, But Hold Christianity Accountable As Well

Gospel singer Kim Burrell has been on the receiving end of a proper dragging the last few days, and I’m here for it!! Late last week, a video of one of her sermons surfaced on social media. The video features Kim preaching to her Love and Liberty Fellowship Church congregation in Houston, Texas.



In the video, Burrell makes several disparaging remarks about homosexuality that included, but was not limited to, “You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s…

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Added by Sexual Politics on January 5, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Black Homophobia: The Hate We Let Slide - by Neguswhoread

If you are a heterosexual, testosterone filled man, you encounter it every day.



If you are a church-going southerner, it has probably been pounded into your psyche and belief system.



Even if you are an enlightened, “woke” Hotep, you’ve allowed it to seep into your brain.



There is a remnant of hate that Black people have chosen to ignore or disregard for generations. We all know it exists, even in our own hearts and minds but we allow it to…

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Added by Sexual Politics on October 26, 2016 at 10:17am — No Comments

What Would You Do? Don't be too quick to pass judgment on domestic violence survivors



TW: domestic violence, abuse



Say we know someone who is going through life and a half, and perhaps we feel as though they aren't doing all they can to get themselves out of a particularly bad situation. We decide to give them (often unsolicited) advice, and almost always start off our self-righteous diatribes with:



“Well, if it were me…” and/or, “Well, if I were you…”



In 2001, the musical group City High released their…

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Added by Sexual Politics on October 13, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Layla Mahmood dives into Black LGBTQ issues in the Netherlands and gives us a peek at Amsterdam’s My Crush safe space event

Its midnight and currently I'm celebrating GayPride in Amsterdam. A fitting place to celebrate anything liberal and slightly edgy. The air is carnivalesque, filled with an odd mix of progressive celebration and debauchery. Protestant-looking tourist families are holding penis-shaped balloons like its nothing, whilst observing the general festivities of the city, like the good little spectators that they are. Because hey, its Amsterdam, the place where anything goes to those…

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Added by Sexual Politics on September 12, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Frank Oceans pens profound essay about Pulse shooting, homophobic violence, and religion

Singer/songwriter/rapper Frank Ocean recently took to Tumblr to write this powerful essay about the Pulse nightclub shooting, homophobia in general, and religion’s part in it. It’s positively incomprehensible that the word that contextualizing queer identities and highlighting the very real, systematic…

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Added by Sexual Politics on June 21, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: I Am Omar - My Internalized Homophobia Led Me To Ugly Places

As my well-intentioned straight friends have spent the past few days adding rainbows and #WeAreOrlando to their statuses, the news about Omar Mateen's regular attendance of Pulse has made me realize something darker and sadder: #IAmOmar, or at least, I kinda was. And as much as we would love to lay the blame elsewhere, we all made him together, and we're all currently making the next one.




Starting around the time my fellow 8 year olds realized that I sucked at…

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Added by Sexual Politics on June 15, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Biracial Kenyan artist Phoebe Boswell Uses Racist Tinder Flirtations For Artistic Look At Race and Sex

A biracial Kenyan woman named Phoebe Boswell is turning race-based flirtations she encounters while Tinder’ing her local, and very white city of Gothenburg, Sweden. If you’re a woman of color who, like Boswell and myself, has trolled through online/app dating before, you’ve probably/definitely encountered some questionable interactions with white men and non-black MOC. Be it through microaggressions via fetishization in the form of curiosity and experimentation and flat-out…

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Added by Sexual Politics on May 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

OP-ED: 'Coming Out' (Fuck It) essay by Tito Diran Fagbenie

It's a summer afternoon.

No, I don’t give a fuck.

It’s a summer afternoon, and that is exactly what it is - so why would I say otherwise?



It’s a summer afternoon, and I’m listening to a soundtrack from a film I don’t want to mention in case this becomes famous enough for me to require some sort of fee for mentioning it.



If that didn’t make any sense to you, then you should probably stop…

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Added by Sexual Politics on May 9, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: I was shamed for celebrating my queerness with my Blackness

My name is Cheyenne Byrd, known by friends and neighbors as Saintly Sinner. I am a 34 year old Black lesbi-not-so-flexible biological womyn, and I live in a small, predominantly Caucasian neighborhood outside of Pittsburgh called Latrobe. I am a genuine gemstone jewelry designer, and I take great pride in my pieces. Everything I do is done by hand, I will NEVER mass produce, and I want my very special pieces to touch human lives across the globe.



I also happen to…

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Added by Sexual Politics on April 26, 2016 at 3:20pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Black entrepreneurs Jordan Kunzika, Brian and Justin Gerrard break down tech barriers with Bae dating app

Online/App dating-while-black can get pretty weird or be down right scary and depressing. With that in mind, Jordan Kunzika, Brian Gerrard and Justin Gerrard set out to create a black-centric dating app, Bae, with the hopes of making it easier…

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Added by Sexual Politics on April 6, 2016 at 12:47pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Activist Amber Amour shares live account of her rape on Instagram

During a trip to promote her #Stop Rape. Educate campaign in Cape Town, South Africa, New York-based activist, Amber Amour, was sexually assaulted. What began as a consul shower ended as violent rape.



Moments after the assault, still on the bathroom floor, Amour took to Instagram to document what had happened. “Here I was, telling survivors every single day that they should…

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Added by Sexual Politics on January 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Op-Ed: Sex and Music - How young is too young to teach little girls about owning their sexuality?

When I was 9-years-old I overheard Sasha climax halfway through her track “Kill The Bitch.” And overheard is a word I’m choosing to use loosely, considering I purposely pillaged the CD tower in the basement for the Bogle reggae compilation album.

And as disturbing as this sounds, I know for a fact there are little girls who are verbally "surfboarding" and things since Beyonce’s recent self-titled album dropped. While this isn’t another think piece on Mrs. Carter,…

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Added by Sexual Politics on January 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

"The Pursuit of Black Alternative Female: where are guys going wrong?"

The dating scene is hard for everyone. Almost every singleton I know has admitted that although the idea of having a significant other is appealing, the whole ‘build-up’ process leaves little to be desired. The other week I discussed some unhealthy thought processes that single females (who want relationships) sometimes possess without realizing. This week I…

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Added by Sexual Politics on December 2, 2013 at 1:10pm — 6 Comments

Slut-Shaming is Against the Guy Code

So you’ve stashed a few compromising photos of your ex-girlfriend in your digital vault. You’re a heterosexual man; a man with publishing power, you’ve no qualms about addressing your personal gripe in a very public way. And once you unleash the photos from your bold grip, you will feel gratified.

This release will feel better than the orgasms you used to enjoy with her.

And behind your anonymity bares your bloated power and arrogance which stems from your distorted…

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Added by Sexual Politics on November 22, 2013 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

5 Unhealthy Thought Processes of a Single Female

As a part of my bid to reconcile myself with all that is moral and fulfilling, I’ve decided to settle for nothing less than a relationship in terms of romantic interests. No flings, no one-night stands and no casual arrangements. Noble as that may be (depending on who’s looking at it), the chronically single will understand that the click of a finger a boyfriend does not summon! A lot of us are out of practice and what some may not realize, is that we are making ourselves…

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Added by Sexual Politics on November 18, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments

Closets are Scary, I won’t Come Out, I’ll Be Out [for afropunk.com]

Regarding bisexuality my 29th birthday was special. I found myself in Amsterdam near the Museum Square Hotel Amsterdam kissing a Dutch man who insisted that it was okay to let his girlfriend…

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Added by Sexual Politics on July 25, 2013 at 12:08pm — 2 Comments


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