Since the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager from Ferguson, Missouri, we've seen a fair amount of commentary about the community and racism in America. GLAAD has been lifting up black LGBT leaders who have been speaking out.
The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association wrapped up their annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, this last weekend. The organization, founded in 1990, has been a gathering point for journalists, media professionals, educators, and students to work within the news industry to increase fair and accurate reporting on LGBT people.
Last year's VMA's inspired Stephen Lovegrove to go public about being a gay Christian, a decision which cost him his job at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. For this year's VMA's, MTV did a follow up with Stephen, diving further into how his life has changed, and some of the causes that are important to him.