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OP-ED: Human right's groups fire back at misogynistic and patriarchal virginity scholarship in South Africa

You may have heard that a South African mayor is doing something pretty gross by offering scholarships for girls and women who can prove their virginity, by way of periodic medical examinations. 16 of those scholarships have been recently awarded. Surely, this has nothing to do with…

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Added by Gender Bent on January 27, 2016 at 12:45pm — No Comments

FEATURE: musician/actress/activist/general bad-ass Amandla Stenberg comes out in Teen Vogue

Last week, musician/actress/activist/art hoe collective co-founder Amandla Stenberg came out as bisexual during her Snapchat take-over of Teen Vogue magazine, in honor of her February 2016 cover. “As someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman I’ve been through it, and it hurts, and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable… but then I realized because of Solange and Ava DuVernay and Willow…

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Added by Gender Bent on January 11, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Self-described "Afrotransfeminista" activist-writer-academic Maria Clara Araújo speaks on prioritizing transgender acceptance and safety in academia

19 year-old Maria Clara Araújo’s activism is one that focuses on the (not so) little victories trans women of color should have on a day-to-day basis. Be it hanging out in public spaces, having authentic relationships with one’s parents, but most specifically—the right to hostility-free education and work opportunities.





A few years ago, Araújo had dropped out of high school. “From an early age, the school setting was hostile to me,” she told…

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Added by Gender Bent on December 30, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Building community for the Black LGBT aging" (via Elixher)

"As LGBTQ/SGL people of African descent, we often have to fight for acceptance in society at large and in Black communities. Imagine growing older, retiring, looking for housing and having to add ageism to this battle," writes Dr. Imani Woody in a new Elixher OP:ED on the Black LGBT community's aging population . "For many, these challenges translate into fear, isolation, depression, going back into the closet and even suicide," she adds. Dr. Imani Woody is the…

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Added by Gender Bent on December 16, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 ozy.com. 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,…

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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…

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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."

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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…

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

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