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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

FEATURE: 'The New Black' Docu makes its television premiere on PBS' Independent Lens June 15th at 10pm

Director Yoruba Richen's documentary The New Black will make its television premiere on PBS' Independent Lens June 15th at 10pm! We've shared the trailer with you, you'll be able to watch the whole thing!

"An explosive new documentary that uncovers the complicated and often combative histories of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movements."
More info about the PBS premiere …

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Added by Gender Bent on June 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Laverne Cox on Time Magazine Cover - A Big Deal For Trans Visibility

Did you catch trans actress Laverne Cox on the cover of TIME Magazine? This will give even more visibility to the trans community. "I don't represent the entirety of the trans community, there are multiple relationships to one's identity", says Cox in a making-of video (watch below).

Of course this is not enough and there are many more stories that need to be told. But it's a step towards more visibility and hopefully more acceptance.

Cox adds: "When we look at the…
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Added by Gender Bent on May 30, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

FEATURE: Spotlight on Legendary Drum and Bass Producer Jordana aka 1.8.7 #SoundCheck

Drum and Bass producer Jordana LeSesne got her start playing guitar in punk and metal bands in the late 80's before being turned on to electronica. She quickly found her way into Pittsburgh's nascent rave scene distributing demo tapes of her proto drum and bass throughout the early 90's. She adopted the name 1.8.7 and by 1995 was working with Jungle Sky Records releasing what she defined as American drum and bass.



By Nathan Leigh,…

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Added by Gender Bent on May 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

INTERVIEW: Queer multimedia artist Tiona McClodden

She’s meticulous and passionate about her work, unabashedly queer and well, not at all afraid to speak her mind. Meet multi-media artist Tiona McClodden. Whether it’s through poor depictions on television and film or other subtle ways, society is constantly telling you who they believe you to be and who you should be. Every now and again, there are those who unapologetically challenge stereotypes and standards by simply being themselves. When I conversed with Tiona McClodden…

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Added by Gender Bent on May 20, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Documentary 'Taboo...Yardies' Tackles Homophobia in Jamaica

AFROPUNK Fam, check out the documentary Taboo...Yardies, tackling homophobia in Jamaica. Director Selena Blake investigated and interviewed people from the LGBTQI communities in Jamaica, homophobic people, officials and more.

IMDB Info: "Taboo... Yardies, is a film that captures the violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender in Jamaica West Indies and the violation of ones…

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Added by Gender Bent on April 21, 2014 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Gotham Queercore Invades Berlin

Ever wonder why there are no Gay Pop Stars? Does race and sexuality still determine who’s allowed on the Billboard charts? Similar to the exodus of African American artists during the Jazz Era LGBT artist today are forced to find acceptance and fans in Europe, but does it have to be?

For years Harlem based Queercore artist T-Boy stood in the shadows of Manhattan’s limited gay punk culture, until he took matters in his own hands and found his true fan base in Germany.…
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Added by Gender Bent on April 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: I Don’t Act Like A Boy. I Act Like An A**Hole: Redefining My Identity Without Using Gendered Stereotypes.

The hustle and bustle of my twenties has isolated me; it’s not often that I am blessed with the opportunity to immerse myself in the lives of new people. I am talking about really diving deep into the inner workings of a foreign group. Before my brief time studying in Italy, I hadn’t found myself privy to forced socialization and the benefits it often yields. My time abroad was filled to the brim with feelings of both excitement and horror. I was constantly consuming a cocktail…

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

FEATURE: Bi Matters: Female Bisexuality Misconceptions in the Queer Community

When I initially met my best friend, she identified as specifically queer and avoided the dreaded “bisexual” term like a cat avoids water. It wasn’t until recently that she confidently accepts bisexuality as a part of her identity. Why, you ask? Because bi-haters. The worst part is, I didn’t realize, for the longest time, my own prejudice against bisexuality was no better than the bi-haters I’d actively accused.

In mainstream consciousness, the queer community is seen as a…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 25, 2014 at 1:33pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: To Be Young, Gay and African

When I first came out to my family, most of them stopped talking to me. My father, who I was very close to, stopped speaking to me for two years before picking up the phone late one night to let me know that my being gay was not only an amoral form of psychic and sexual corruption but also an act of perverse, Western mimicry. I was not only going against my Islamic upbringing but my African heritage as well.

I was born in Somalia, and I spent my formative years living in…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 17, 2014 at 10:27am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Are we harming the Feminist Movement without realizing it?

The 2010s have summoned a new wave of feminism; one in which we’ve finally begun to acknowledge the fact that sexism and objectification has (not unlike racism) shape-shifted into less obvious but no less menacing disguises. More than ever before we’ve been waving the red flag at Rape Culture, and finally standing up to the chauvinistic tendencies of mainstream media, especially with the backlash of stunts by artists like Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus. Black Feminist scholars…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 6, 2014 at 6:35pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'Feminist Enough' Web Series Challenges Stereotypes

'Feminist Enough' is a "video storytelling project that allows women of color to vocalize their views on feminism in their own words—most of which goes against the popular, sensationalized images of feminism in the mainstream", according to its creator Shannon Washington, who's also a creative director for cosmetics and hair products brands. The points of view presented conflict, and that's the point. "The purpose of this project is not to push a certain agenda nor viewpoint,…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 6, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: TRANSecurity - Let's Educate, Not Intimidate, Our Would-Be Allies

Transgender identities are a melting pot of complexities in search of multiple endings. This spectrum within a sexuality spectrum makes for gaps in understandings and easy false representations. The Janet Mock vs Piers Morgan feud brings up interesting matters about how (some) transgender people represent themselves.…



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Added by Gender Bent on February 28, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "21 varieties of traditional African homosexuality"

Ugandan President Museveni just signed the Anti-Homosexuality bill into law. The BBC reports that a government spokesman said President Yoweri Museveni wanted to assert Uganda's "independence in the face of Western pressure". The new law punishes first-time offenders with 14 years in jail, and allows life imprisonment as the penalty for acts of "aggravated homosexuality". "It also makes it a crime not…

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Added by Gender Bent on February 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — 20 Comments

Gender and the In Between - A Genderqueer’s Journey

As a child, I spoke as few words as possible. The sound of my feminine voice disgusted me. I hated to be called a girl, while loving the color pink. I was a budding genderqueer.

Boys are different from girls, they said. Fundamentally different, they’d persist. Boys don’t have long hair. Boys don’t like pink. Boys don’t cry and boys are tough. Girls like playing with dolls. Girls do poorly at math and enjoy frilly things.




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Added by Gender Bent on February 16, 2014 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Pauline Ngouala/Zanele Muholi - Paintings against homophobia

Name a better calling in life other than the privilege to uplift people globally, and be the voice of those oppressed, and muted? Visual Artist/Activist Zanele Muholi is making her voice known as well as the LGBT community's by demanding respect, all the while bringing to light the issues, treatment, and honor within the LGBT community. Painter Pauline Ngouala (pictured), who is currently collaborating with the artist on a project paying tribute to lesbians killed in South…

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Added by Gender Bent on February 12, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Cruising for Control: subversive cruising and masculine dominance in Gaborone, Botswana

Manly men and masculinity are two issues that are prevalent in many African countries, Botswana is no exception. With a heavy patriarchal structure, homosexuality is shunned for both religious and cultural reasons. Katlego K Kol-Kes queries the blurred lines between subversive cruising and masculine dominance in Gaborone, Botswana, where homosexuality is still a criminal offence.



Words & Illustration by Katlego K Kol-Kes,…

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Added by Gender Bent on January 29, 2014 at 12:53pm — No Comments

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