People of Color

Issues impacting LGBT communities of color

LA Weekly: A Gay Leader Emerges in the 'Hood

Asked if being poor, black and gay hurt him at the start of his career, author James Baldwin famously replied that his situation "was so outrageous ... you had to find a way to use it." Deshawn Cole knows outrageous and he, too, is trying to make the most of being a young, gay, black man — at Imperial Courts public housing project in Watts, where coming out has long been scorned as a manhood wasted.

LA Weekly
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April 4, 2013

Karina Hermosillo de 'Nuestra Belleza Latina' quiere ser la primera reina gay

Desde que Karina Hermosillo se presentó en las pruebas de Arizona con el deseo de ser la próxima "Nuestra Belleza Latina", sintió que debía ser valiente y desde un principio compartir su verdad, esa con la que sueña ser libre y hacer libre a todos aquellos que sufren por la discriminación y el prejuicio. Lo primero que dijo es "Soy lesbiana y estoy orgullosa de serlo". Hubo quienes la criticaron y otros que la aplaudieron.

Huffington Post Voces
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April 3, 2013

Stop trying to split gays and Muslims

I tweeted my appreciation that the LGBT community in San Francisco is standing up against [Pamela Geller's] efforts to drive a wedge between LGBT folks and Muslims. Soon after, Geller retweeted me, claiming that she in fact has “huge support in Gay community.”

Salon
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April 2, 2013

COMMENTARY: The N-Word and the LGBT community

Aaron Cody, a white gay man who performs in drag as Sharon Needles and who is a past winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has caused controversy because of his defiant use of the “N” word. He has used the word in his act and referred to an African-American fan, Catarina Reyes, as a ni__er when he signed an autograph.

The Philadelphia Tribune
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April 2, 2013

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