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We all are Trayvon Martin  LGBTQs and African Americans united by murder

We all are Trayvon Martin LGBTQs and African Americans united by murder

        What does Trayvon Martin’s murder have to do with gay civil rights protection? The quick answer: The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act (mostly known by Matthew Shepard’s name). The nation is...

Racism, jealousy, and a false police report

Racism, jealousy, and a false police report

  How anti-sodomy laws were sunk   If you love John Grisham’s fictional legal thrillers, you’ll be riveted to Dale Carpenter’s real-life page-turner Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas. Carpenter is a law professor at...

One of the tallest trees in our forest: Bayard Rustin

One of the tallest trees in our forest: Bayard Rustin

          Last month around the country, LGBTQ communities celebrated Bayard Rustin’s 100th birthday anniversary. This month, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts will have their annual Bayard Rustin Breakfast. And, in...

It’s what — and not who — killed Whitney Houston

It’s what — and not who — killed Whitney Houston

    A new allegation has surfaced that pop superstar Whitney Houston was murdered. Legal television commentator Nancy Grace ignited a firestorm of criticism speculating Houston’s death might have been a homicide. “I’d like...

Maid in America—Oscars tend to award Black  actors playing stereotypical roles

Maid in America—Oscars tend to award Black actors playing stereotypical roles

    When Viola Davis lost the Oscar for best actress portraying an African American maid in Katherine Stockett’s The Help to Meryl Streep portraying former Britain Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady at the 84th Academy Awards...

Is Cleo Manago the most  dangerous Black gay man? Outspoken visionary works to unite Black men while rejecting White LGBTQ politics

Is Cleo Manago the most dangerous Black gay man? Outspoken visionary works to unite Black men while rejecting White LGBTQ politics

    Cleo Manago is despised by some in the LGBTQ community. Descriptors like “homo demagogue,” contrarian, separatist, and anti-White are just a few that can be expressed in polite company. However, to a nationwide community of same-gender...

Hazing or hate crime?  Sexual orientation could be motive in HBCU student’s death

Hazing or hate crime? Sexual orientation could be motive in HBCU student’s death

    Robert Champion, Jr.’s murder may never be solved. Those who struck the fatal blows may never disclose whether they used the guise of hazing as an accidental homicide to cover up an intended hate crime. Champion was an unusual student...

Obama harkens back to slavery with ‘states’ rights’ for same-sex marriage

Obama harkens back to slavery with ‘states’ rights’ for same-sex marriage

    Last July, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans and our allies celebrated New York State becoming the sixth and largest state to allow same-sex marriage. And, of course, it sent an urgent message to President...

Lemon tells the truth about Black homophobia

Lemon tells the truth about Black homophobia

By Rev. Irene Monroe CNN’s Don Lemon has penned a memoir titled Transparent that will come out in September. In writing his book, Lemon said, ”The decision to come out happened organically.” One of the motivating reasons for Lemon, 45, now revealing...

Was Malcolm X  ‘gay-for-pay?’

Was Malcolm X ‘gay-for-pay?’

By Rev. Irene Monroe Before any of us in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities laud Malcolm X as our new gay icon or castigate him for being a Black heterosexist nationalist on the ”down low,” we might need to closely examine...