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Another tackle in  the world of  homophobic sports

Another tackle in the world of homophobic sports

    Another former professional athlete came out last month — 6’-7” Jamaican-born NFL offensive tackle Kwame Harris. With news of LGBT equality in the news daily, one may wonder why this is news at all. But it is. The world of sports...

The Boy Scouts of America: another closed door for Black GBTQ youth

The Boy Scouts of America: another closed door for Black GBTQ youth

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and the Black Church are rightly lauded for molding young Black men into adult leaders. BSA troops have produced distinguished African American scouts like retired four-star general Colin Powell, six-time...

Haiti’s LGBTQ-accepting Vodou societies

Haiti’s LGBTQ-accepting Vodou societies

  As I celebrate Black History Month, I’d like to recognize one of my indigenous West African ancestral religions that’s not homophobic — even if some of the practitioners are. To the disbelief of many — it’s Vodun. Haitian Vodou is an...

Obama linking Selma to Stonewall  divides Black community

Obama linking Selma to Stonewall divides Black community

  President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was the most inclusive speech a president has ever given. It was delivered on the 27th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the president honored King’s legacy when he eloquently spoke...

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

  This January 1 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The original purpose for the document core to President Abraham Lincoln’s presidency may have been to free slaves, or it may have been solely a strategic move to...

Unchained to portray Black slavery? Was there a politically correct way for Django Unchained to portray Black slavery?

Unchained to portray Black slavery? Was there a politically correct way for Django Unchained to portray Black slavery?

  The start of 2013 is making it difficult to avoid one of America’s greatest sins — slavery. We’ve just marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a plethora of films, documentaries and TV specials are scheduled...

Young White men in crisis: Race, gender link mass shooters

Young White men in crisis: Race, gender link mass shooters

The most recent massacre, the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, took the lives of six- and seven-year-olds. It has shaken our nation to its core. The enormity of this devastation is incalculable. There are the small coffins...

MSR web exclusive: AP’s discouraging ‘homophobia’ is discouraging

MSR web exclusive: AP’s discouraging ‘homophobia’ is discouraging

Newspaper style manual picks the wrong word to tell media not to use   The editors at the Associated Press Stylebook have announced that they are “discouraging” use of the word “homophobia.” The AP Stylebook is the widely used...

Will suspicion of ‘gender fraud’ police LGBTQ Olympians?

Will suspicion of ‘gender fraud’ police LGBTQ Olympians?

The 2012 London Summer Olympics began July 27. While we all know that homophobia in sports is the other “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” 21 openly LGBTQ athletes, two coaches and two gay Paralympians will compete for the gold. Three LGBTQ...

Dis-membering Stonewall

Dis-membering Stonewall

  LGBTQ mainstream White-washes people of color out of historical 1969 rebellion   “By institutionalizing memory, resisting the onset of oblivion, recalling the memory of tragedy that for long years remained hidden or unrecognized and...