Gay Icons and History: February 2008

Valaida Snow: Black and queer in Nazi Germany?!

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 28, 2008 | 9:35 AM | comments

Missing from the annals of African American history and the history of Nazi Germany are the documented stories and struggles of African Americans, straight and "queer." Valaida Snow, captured in Nazi- occupied Copenhagen and interned in a concentration camp for...Read More


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Transgender History: Into the Modern Age (1700s - 1932)

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 26, 2008 | 9:55 AM | comments

From the earliest ages, gender variance and same-sex love were seen as connected and congruous, even if one aspect manifested entirely without the other.Read More


Black LGBT History Day 25: James Richmond Barthe

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 25, 2008 | 9:49 AM | comments

Source: http://www.glbtq.com/arts/barthe_jr.html James Richmond Barthé (1901 - 1989) was a popular African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. He used his art as a means of working out internal conflicts related to race and sexuality. Born on January 28, 1901,...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 24: Audre Lourde

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 24, 2008 | 10:41 AM | comments

The work of African-American activist and writer Audre Lorde was greatly influenced by her lesbianism. Born on February 18, 1934, in New York City of West Indian parents, Lorde was educated at Hunter College and Columbia University. On completing a...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 22: Barbara Jordan

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 22, 2008 | 9:01 AM | comments

Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) gained national attention for her intelligence, acumen, and oratorical skill as a member of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee during hearings on the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal. In...Read More


Black History Month – William Cathay

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 21, 2008 | 10:10 AM | comments

[Editor's note: This guest post is from Monica Helms, president of the Transgender American Veterans Association.] I have found this month to be one of the most educational months in the year. All around are wonderful articles, History Channel shows...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 21: Billy Strayhorn

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 21, 2008 | 8:47 AM | comments

Despite his indisputable musical genius, prolific composer, arranger, and performing musician Billy Strayhorn spent much of his life in near-anonymity. Best known for his collaborations with Duke Ellington over a span of nearly thirty years, Strayhorn was the writer and...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 20: Jay Morrow

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 20, 2008 | 2:25 PM | comments

"I most graciously received, I will graciously give" Jay Morrow, founder of Jamorr Entertainment was born in Durham, NC. She received her degree from North Carolina Central University. She began her work in the African American community with Delta Sigma...Read More


High Ranking Black Politician Comes Out As Gay

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 19, 2008 | 7:35 PM | comments

[Editor's Note:] The following is an interview granted today by State Representative Jason Bartlett to the National Black Justice Coalition - the first LGBT organization to interview Rep. Bartlett on his historic coming out. History was made earlier today as...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 19: Craig Washington

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 19, 2008 | 12:20 PM | comments

Craig Washington is a writer and community organizer lovingly raised by Anna and Leon Washington in Queens, New York. He has been living in Atlanta since 1992. Currently, he serves as the Training Coordinator at Positive Impact, an agency which...Read More


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Transgender History: The Rise of Hatred (the Middle Ages)

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 19, 2008 | 8:10 AM | comments

From the earliest ages, gender variance and same-sex love were seen as connected and congruous, even if one aspect manifested entirely without the other.Read More


Black LGBT History Day 18: Dr. Kofi Adoma

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 18, 2008 | 11:06 AM | comments

Dr. Kofi Adoma (pronounced doe-MAH) is also known by her childhood name, Amorie Robinson. Professionally, she serves as a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in and around Detroit, the city where she was born and raised. She received her B.A. in...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 17: Gil Gerald

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 17, 2008 | 10:39 AM | comments

www.gilgerald.org www.lgbt-tristar.com Gil Gerald graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1974, following attendance at the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After ten years working as a professional in the field of architecture, Mr. Gerald...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 16: Shonia Brown

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 16, 2008 | 11:04 AM | comments

Shonia Brown lives in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the few remaining Atlanta natives. She is an entrepreneur who founded and maintains an arts and entertainment technology company designed to market and promote independent artists. Through the original development of Nghosi...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 15: Dr. Ron Simmons

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 15, 2008 | 1:17 PM | comments

Since his college days when he wrote Faggotales, a weekly column about the black gay experience for his campus newspaper and where he served as the Editor-In-Chief of the university's yearbook, Torch 1972, Ron Simmons has published numerous literary works...Read More


A Love That Knows No Bounds

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 14, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

On this Valentine's Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage. However, the precedent for same-sex marriage was set by an African American woman named Mildred Loving (1942- ) who I am honoring as...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 14: Ifalade Ta' Shia Asanti

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 14, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Writer/journalist Ta'Shia is the author of two books, her best-selling non-fiction book, The Sacred Door: A Spiritual Guide to Power Living and a debut novel, The Seer: Legacy of Stone & Spirit. Ta'Shia is a widely published poet, essayist, journalist...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 13: Marcellas Reynolds

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 13, 2008 | 8:42 AM | comments

TV host and celebrity fashion stylist Marcellas Reynolds first appeared on TV screens as the quick-witted, hilariously outspoken house guest on CBS' summer sensation, Big Brother. Marcellas' one-liners and surprising comments won the hearts of millions of viewers. Marcellas has...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 12: Regina Shavers

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 12, 2008 | 12:59 PM | comments

Transitioned January 29, 2008 Regina Shavers founded the GRIOT Circle, "an intergenerational and culturally diverse community-based social service organization responsive to the realities of older lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, two-spirit and transgender people (LGBTST) of all colors." Regina Shavers had...Read More


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Transgender History: Trans Expression in Ancient Times

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 12, 2008 | 8:38 AM | comments

From the earliest ages, gender variance and same-sex love were seen as connected and congruous, even if one aspect manifested entirely without the other.Read More


My Very Own Creating Change Moments

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 11, 2008 | 10:42 PM | comments

If you accused me of being one of those people who gush and awe too much, you wouldn't be the first. I'll take it as a compliment, though -- one of the few vestiges of my Southern upbringing I'm proud...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 11: Dr. Ian C. Barrett

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 11, 2008 | 2:39 PM | comments

Dr. Ian C. Barrett is Associate Vice President of Human Resources for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He provides leadership to Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Employee Health, Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Protective Services, Parking, Transportation, and Grounds. These departments...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 10: Nadine Smith

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 10, 2008 | 2:24 PM | comments

Nadine Smith has been executive director of Equality Florida since its inception in 1997, and was executive director of its predecessor, the Human Rights Task Force of Florida. She joined the organization in 1993 after serving as one of four...Read More


Black LGBT History: The Black Panthers on Gay Rights

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 10, 2008 | 8:32 AM | comments

I'm a big fan of The Black Panthers. If I had been around in the 60's, I would have been a Panther. (Or so I like to think.) Many people like to criticize the Black Panthers by saying that they...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 9: Elder Joseph W. Tolton

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 09, 2008 | 12:31 PM | comments

Elder Tolton enjoys a three-faceted career serving the gay and lesbian community as a voice for spiritual freedom, social justice and economic empowerment. As a professional man of faith, Tolton is the founder and pastor of Rehoboth Temple Christ...Read More


Black History Month: Remembering Slave Rebellions

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 09, 2008 | 10:52 AM | comments

I have been enjoying all of the posts so far about Black History Month. And true to my "militant" nature, I wanted to share a little bit about the numerous slave rebellions that took place during the slavery era. Slave...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 8: Rev. Irene Monroe

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 08, 2008 | 12:20 PM | comments

A native of Brooklyn, Rev. Irene Monroe is a graduate of Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. She served as a pastor at an African-American church before a Ford Fellowship took her to Harvard Divinity School for...Read More


Three Shelves

Filed by Eric Leven | February 07, 2008 | 4:17 PM | comments

I got out of work earlier than expected and Wayne wasn't available for another hour and a half. I headed out of my office, got on the subway and eventually jumped off at West 4th St. figuring I'll slum around...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 7: Kai Wright

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 07, 2008 | 11:43 AM | comments

Kai Wright of Brooklyn, NY is a writer and editor whose work explores the politics of sex, race and health. Kai has reported from all over the world for independent and community-based media, ranging from Mother Jones to Essence magazines....Read More


Black LGBT History Day 6: Donna Payne

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 06, 2008 | 5:50 PM | comments

Donna R. Payne is Associate Director of Diversity, Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This year she celebrates 10 years of service working for the organization. Payne, originally from Memphis, Tenn. works closely with a number of civil rights organizations and leaders...Read More


It works

Filed by Mike Rogers | February 06, 2008 | 7:15 AM | comments

The Larry Craigs of the world are easy ongoing targets. Despite an arrest in an airport sex sting, he still doesn't get it. And while he tries to change people's thinking by attacking "homosexual activists" and "radicals," his legacy --...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 5: Morris Price

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 05, 2008 | 7:18 PM | comments

Morris W. Price, Jr. is the National Program Officer of the Gill Foundation's movement building center, which makes grants to national nonprofits and those in 49 states (excluding Colorado) that serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Morris...Read More


Black History LGBT Profiles: Pam Spaulding

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 04, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of Pam's House Blend, honored as "Best LGBT Blog" in the 2005 and 2006 Weblog Awards and ranked in the top 50 progressive political blogs. "The Blend," which averages 110,000 visitors a month,...Read More


Gladys Bentley: Bad as She Wants to Be

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 04, 2008 | 12:20 PM | comments

Black History Month. Black History Month is that time of year when the achievements and courage of people of African descent are acknowledged and celebrated. However, for decades now, Black History Month has not once acknowledged or celebrated the contributions...Read More


Finnie's Ball

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 04, 2008 | 11:43 AM | comments

New York wasn't the only place having drag balls. When the Great Migration began out of the rural Deep South, African-Americans congregated in large northern cities such as New York, Detroit and Chicago. That migration also included Afican-American SGL peeps...Read More


Black LGBT History Profiles: Dr. Horace Griffin

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 03, 2008 | 10:05 AM | comments

Horace L. Griffin teaches pastoral theology and is Director of Field Education at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. An ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, USA, Griffin also serves as an associate at All Saints' Episcopal Church...Read More


Black History LGBT Profiles: Mandy Carter

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 02, 2008 | 11:27 AM | comments

Mandy Carter is a self-described "out, southern, black, lesbian, social justice activist." 2008 marks her 40th year of working in multi-issue and multi-racial grassroots organizing. Although she was first introduced to social justice activism in 1965 when the Quaker-based American...Read More


Larry Kramer on the Presidential Race

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 02, 2008 | 7:59 AM | comments

I originally considered using this quote from the amazing Larry Kramer as a Homotextual, but decided that the power of his words demanded its own post. Unlike Larry I have chosen to support one of the presidential candidates (Barack Obama)....Read More


The 1965 Dewey's Lunch Counter Sit-In's

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 02, 2008 | 12:02 AM | comments

When I first read about this event in Marc Stein's book, City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 I shared it with my TransGriot readers. It's the first documented instance of people protesting over anti-transgender discrimination....Read More


Black History LGBT Profiles: Elder Kevin E. Taylor

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 01, 2008 | 12:40 PM | comments

Elder Kevin E. Taylor pastors Unity Fellowship Church-New Brunswick where he just celebrated his 7th year Anniversary and 15th year in the ministry. Taylor was ordained as a Deacon with Unity Fellowship Church in Washington, DC in 1996. He...Read More


Yes, Black GLBT History Exists

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 01, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The purpose of studying history is not to deride human action, nor to weep over it or to hate it, but to understand it-and then to learn from it as we contemplate our future. -- Nelson Mandela As someone...Read More


Bilerico Celebrates Black History Month

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 01, 2008 | 9:09 AM | comments

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month. In celebration we will be running a series of posts throughout the month exploring the rich and varied experiences of Black LGBT people. The posts and video clips from Bilerico contributors and...Read More