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FEATURE: "In Their Own Words, Actors On Being Black And (Openly) Gay In Hollywood"

In a new and insightful writeup for the LA Times, reporter Tre'vell Anderson has interviewed some of Hollywood's openly black gay actors; exploring just what life when working in a seemingly progressive industry whilst at the intersection of your "non-white race and non-heterosexual identity". One of the interviewees is actress Dalila Ali Rajah, who says: "People go with what they know and a lot of the people who are in casting and positions of power at networks, their…


Added by Gender Bent on October 21, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Not My Pride - An Open Letter to NC Pride from the Black Queer Woman you assaulted.

It is not okay for North Carolina Pride to violently silence LGBTQ people of color. Whether I was singing on stage, drumming in the parade or cheering from the sidelines, Pride Festivities were a yearly highlight for me. I first participated in NC Pride with Cakalak Thunder, the radical drum corp known for showing up in solidarity with many struggles, from celebrating freed prisoners to protesting occupied Palestine. We marched with Southerners On New Ground (a Queer…


Added by Gender Bent on October 6, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Art Project/Publication Chicos Explores Being Gay and Black In Brazil, With Visual Artist Felipe da Cunha

Check out the latest from gay art project/publication Chicos. In their new editorial, Chicos feature 23 year-old visual artist Felipe da Cunha from Belo Horizonte in Brazil; and explore what it’s like when you’re gay and Black “in a society that is still racist and homophobic”. See some extracts below and…


Added by Gender Bent on September 14, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Dolly Stud Magazine - A Platform For Black Lesbian/Bisexual Women, Created By Paris Based Couple Thara and Sandra

Meet Thara and Sandra, the two women behind Dolly Stud Magazine - the first french media site for black lesbian/bisexual women. Thara and Sandra, who are a Paris based couple of French Caribbean heritage, created the site three years ago. Their aim: advance the visibility of black lesbians and strengthen the lesbian community as a whole. Their name is a reference to the the different types of women found in the lesbian community (feminine "lipstick" lesbians,…


Added by Gender Bent on August 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: To Queer Things Up - An Interview with Trans-masculine docu-series creator Avatara Smith-Carrington

'To Queer Things Up' is a documentary web-series described by Rutgers University – Class of 2015 graduate & creator Avatara Smith-Carrington, as “a running dictionary of the word queer as defined by queer identified folk.” Check out my interview with Avatara below. 

By Kristen McCallum, AFROPUNK Contributor.…


Added by Gender Bent on June 5, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Targeted Sexual Violence - The Story of Jamaican LGBTQI Activist Angeline Jackson

As a lesbian I have often spoken of my self as a survivor of targeted sexual violence, unfortunately today I don't feel too much like a survivor, rather an angry victim.

By Angeline Jackson, AFROPUNK…


Added by Gender Bent on May 26, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: African Media and Misrepresentation - A Queer Battle

Africa’s media often perpetuates homophobia and rouses community unrest and irrational fears. In a recent article, the Gazette insert ‘Time Out’ added Botswana to a list of countries where this statement is proven fact. So much has happened in Africa in the past three months: we’ve seen Kenyans maliciously murdered, foreign Nationals brutalised in South Africa, a stronger stance taken on Rhino poaching, and a Presidential misstep turned into a viral cyber-trend. So much has…


Added by Gender Bent on May 20, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Black Gay Dads Featured in major commercial

Gay dads Kordale and Kaleb Lewis show us what their "normal" is in a new commercial for Nikon. Hopefully they can inspire other LGBTQ people to be comfortable in their own skin and overcome adversity.

A photo of them taking care of their children went viral last year. Many homophobes criticized them but they also received a lot of support.

Kordale and Kaleb say: "Last year, we were surprised when a picture of us doing our daughters’ hair went viral. To us, that’s…


Added by Gender Bent on January 14, 2015 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

OP-ED: According to the Internet, Women Of Color don't have an opinion about Gamergate

Gamergate has become a major thing in the last few months. Women have been coming forward to share their stories of harassment and terrifying death threats, simply because they decided they wanted to have fun by playing video games (more about the Gamergate controversy here). However, there is one voice that seems to be missing – that of women of…


Added by Gender Bent on November 14, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Queer artists in Kenya - Jim Chuchu & Jarel

Finding his own way to tenderly picked melodies and intricate sounds that make up his solo music, Jarel, known to some as Nderitu Nduba, is a poet, songwriter and “child of the bloom” from Mombasa Kenya. As frontman of The Black Progression Band, Jarel takes pride in his sense of self-reliance and his creative approach to…


Added by Gender Bent on October 21, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "I Lived It: From Homophobe to Father of a Gay Son" via ozy

Bay Area-based father Anthony Hamilton shared the story of how he came to accept his gay son on This is a very powerful testimony.

Excerpts: "I couldn’t help but remember my own early days, before I’d accepted my son. I too must have sounded undeniably stupid, not knowing that each word I spoke on the subject was empty, thoughtless." (...) "I was standing in the airport near the gate waiting for my son. As soon as he appeared, I could see: His walk was different,…


Added by Gender Bent on October 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Borrow, Beg, and Bleed!: How I Got A Documentary About Black Glam Rock Made

It’s early morning in Hollywood, as the studio execs gear up for their budgetary meetings, double lattes, and lunch at Chateau; I send my morning emails, reaching out to gay owned business’ for sponsorship opportunities; from my East Hollywood studio I send a few texts confirming scheduling for my next video shoot, and prepare to go to work with some of the biggest celebrities in the world. It’s not as glamorous a job as it might sound, coordinating the movements of Hollywood…


Added by Gender Bent on September 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

OP-ED: "To My Rare Black Woman"

Sometimes, I think that all genders owe each other a massive apology. Why? Weeks ago, I had been online, checking in on Black YouTube. (Hey, if Twitter can have one, why can't YouTube?) It seems like of the major things happening between men and women is this need to declare that there are no such things as a good black (wo)man anymore. Nowadays, it seems like black women are getting an equal amount of brunt for the problems regarding dating and relationships. From a crazy amount… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on September 12, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Muffled Voices of LGBT Females

It would appear, at a quick glance, that female members of the LGBT community do not exist nor matter. Within LGBT circles and discussions across the world the dominant stories are those of gay men and trans* women. Even with shows like “The L Word” and “Orange Is The New Black”, have female voices been muted? LGBT history is heavily focused on the struggles of the biologically male quotient of the community, be it gay or trans* women- with little consideration of female… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on September 11, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Juniper Leaves' fantasy book features Black kinky-haired queer nerd

AFROPUNK contributor Jaz Joyner is self-publishing a fantasy book featuring a Black kinky-haired queer nerd as the main character. She tells us: "After a year of reaching out to agents and publishing firms with the continuous response that the book 'sounds good but may not be marketable,' I decided to take matters into my own hands and self publish."

Click …


Added by Gender Bent on September 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Ups and Downs of Being Gay in a Conservative, Religious, Jamaican Family

We are taught from school, our parents, and society from an early age that life is black and white and while it was necessary to set standards and boundaries for us when we were younger, the older we got the more evident it became that things weren’t so black and white in the world. Moral issues, such as abortion and euthanasia, aren’t as cut and dry as some would have us believe. Are mothers who are unfit or choose to otherwise terminate a pregnancy morally bankrupt? I don’t…


Added by Gender Bent on August 26, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: WNBA players Brittney Griner & Glory Johnson are engaged!

Congrats are in order for WNBA players Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson, who announced that they are engaged! In times where same-sex marriage is still illegal in many states, this can be viewed as powerful thing to do for two well-known athletes like them. The Los Angeles Times reports: "WNBA standouts Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson…


Added by Gender Bent on August 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Uganda's first gay parade since overturning of the country's Anti Homosexuality Act

In a country where men and women are rampantly named and shamed for same sex orientation, where they face frequent harassment and threats of violence, it comes as a pleasant surprise to see the images that have recently surfaced of Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people publicly dancing and laughing on the shores of Lake Victoria - close to the country’s Presidential palace - in what is the country’s first gay parade since the overturning of Uganda's…


Added by Gender Bent on August 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: My name is not "Yo Shorty" - Street Harassment is real

I remember being a teenager and my sister telling me to make sure I at least smile when men hit on me in the street, even if i didn't want it. Of course I challenged her thought, why should I smile at advances I don’t desire? Then she continued on, telling me a story of a girl in our neighborhood who was hit in the face with a rock because she ignored a man’s advances. It was after that conversation that I assumed that for my safety I would have to appease the egos of men as I…


Added by Gender Bent on August 1, 2014 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Boihood: The Little Known World of Brown, Queer Masculinity, and the Book that Can Change that

Masculine of center, queer people of color; now is your time! Collective bklyn boihood will be curating “Outside the XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity,“ an anthology highlighting the voices of masculine-of-center and/or trans* men of color, to be released by Magnus Books in print and as an e-book by mid 2015. bklyn boihood is currently accepting submissions of essays, interviews, fiction/non fiction, and literary work of all kinds. No need to be a writer. Simply submit your work by…


Added by Gender Bent on July 21, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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