LGBT

The initials "LGBT" stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. It is the term most commonly used to represent the gay and lesbian community but many who embrace gender and sexual diversity use other terms including queer, intersex, questioning, and asexual. The articles in this category address issues of discrimination among the LGBT community.

Atheists Support L.A. Pastor Who Faces “Tribunal” for LGBT Advocacy

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Black Homophobia Myth: After publishing “The 10 Reasons I Love LGBTQ folk” , Pickens came under fire from church officials.

Unlikely Allies: Immigration, LGBT Groups Seek Equality

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Maureen O’Hagan: Immigration reform groups noticed that gay rights groups were able not only to change laws but also to refocus the debate: Gay marriage wasn’t only a sexual orientation issue; it was an equality issue.

LAPD’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Police Academy

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LAPD’s next LGBT Community Police Academy April 2 through May 29.

Three Things Asian Americans Owe the Civil Rights Movement

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Scot Nakagawa: We did not just pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. Instead, we owe a great debt to the Civil Rights Movement. I say the upcoming anniversary of the March is as good a time as any to start talking about it.

Standing Against the Religious Right

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Carl Matthes: The fight to advance and protect voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights, women’s health and the right to choose, immigration rights, and lgbt rights, is intensifying.

Black Pride: Distinct and Emblematic

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Irene Monroe: Mainstream Prides have themes focused on marriage equality for the larger community where Prides organized by and for LGBTQ people of African descent have focused not only on HIV/AIDS but also unemployment, housing, gang violence, and LGBTQ youth homelessness.

Hey, Supremes: We’re Here, We’re Queer…

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Carl Matthes: June 2013 may well become one of the most remembered Gay Pride months in the amazingly rapid march by the LGBT community towards equal rights under the law.

Jason Collins: The Great Black Hope

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Rev. Irene Monroe: In a sports world that has become overwhelming shaped by African American male players and masculinity, Collins coming out celebration has everything to do with timing, gender, race and many more straight brothers embracing their gay brethren.

Culture Wars: The Young Grow Old

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Rudy Acuña: Pundit after pundit predicts that the entrance of large numbers gay and Latino voters will end the culture wars that divide the country. There is only one problem — progressives forget that the “Young Grow Old.”

Another Tackle in the World of Homophobic Sports

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Rev. Irene Monroe: 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 is quickly becoming the last closet, where gays and lesbians hide their sexual orientation. In a homophobic testosterone-driven sport like American football, Harris concealment is understandable.

Free Film Screening: “On These Shoulders We Stand” Dec 7th

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Free Documentary Film Screening and Discussion “ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND” You are invited to join us at a free screening of Glenne McElhinney’s documentary, “On These Shoulders We Stand,” about LGBT civil rights in the 60s and 70s in Los Angeles. After the screening a panel of local community activists including Wes Jo and [...]

A Changing Culture at the LAPD

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Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Officer Sandra Moura credits the Department’s leadership — from Chief Beck on down — with instilling and enforcing a more community-oriented policing approach.

LAPD 2012 LGBT Community Police Academy Starts in April

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The Los Angeles Police Department’s 2012 LGBT Community Police Academy every Thursday night, beginning April 19 thru June 14, 2012.

Manago: Perhaps the Most Dangerous Black Gay Man

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Rev. Irene Monroe: To a nationwide community of same-gender loving (SGL), bisexual, transgender and progressive heterosexual African American men, Manago is the MAN!, seen as a visionary, game changer and “social architect.”

Perry Pandering

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Carl Matthes: I understand that a remake of “Dumb and Dumber” (“Dumb and Dumber 2”) is in the works. I suggest that the producers contact two governors of Texas who might be perfect for the starring roles!

Black LGBTQ Community Doesn’t Support Its Own

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Rev. Irene Monroe: A lack of financial support from the black LGBTQ community has contributed substantially to all the print and online black LGBTQ publications folding.

Queer Politics for the Birds

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Same-sex coupling is not a new phenomenon in the animal world. However, its disclosure and acceptance of it comes in a homophobic society that will attempt to pathologize it.

Transgender, Victimized and Black

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Rev. Irene Monroe: It’s not easy for any person of African descent to be LGBTQ in our black communities, but our transgender brothers and sisters might feel the most discrimination.

Homophobe Tim Hardaway’s Change of Words

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Hardaway’s homophobia is shaped by a particular type of black masculinity that no longer has to break through this country’s color barrier to represent the race and prove athletic prowess or manhood in sports.

Out Gays Barred from Rick Perry’s Mega Prayerfest

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Rev. Irene Monroe: To have moral authority, Rick Perry cannot as a governor call Americans to a Christian rally that by its invitation and sponsors exclude LGBT people, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, and many others. And he cannot impose his religious views into the fabric of American democracy.

Massachusetts’ Throw-Away Kids

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Homelessness among heterosexual students came in at 3.2 percent. This rate increased to 15 percent among bisexual students, and 25 percent among lesbian/gay students.

Our Bi-Phobia Placed on Sheryl Swoopes

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Rev. Irene Monroe: My head spins at the thought of how Christian” de-gaying” counseling services, like Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s, Michele Bachmann’s spouse, could politicize Swoopes’ seemingly sexual flip-flopping as their poster-child.

Tracy Morgan’s Homophobic Rant Is About Black Manhood

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Rev. Irene Monroe: While I will continue to argue that the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it. And Tracy Morgan, comedian and actor on NBC’s “30 Rock,” is another glaring example of the malady.

Gay Pride

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Kivi Neimi: I have heard and seen many gays who want to limit who may participate in gay pride marches – especially eliminating the drag queens and leather queers who started the Pride parades when many “mainstream gay” individuals were too closeted to attend a parade.

Provincetown’s Not Safe for Black Lesbians

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The sexual and homophobic harassment many of us LBT sisters endure from many of our heterosexual brothers of African descent back home in our communities, or imported from one of the Caribbean Islands has, too, become an inescapably reality at P-town.

American Family Values, Invisible Lives

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The numbers of LGBT families of color are increasing, especially in traditionally conservative regions like the South, which has seen a new black “re-migration” due to the massive ripple effect of job losses, foreclosures and gentrification in northern urban black communities.

Pride Celebrations? Haven’t We Assimilated?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Cultural acceptance is just one of a few things LGBTQ communities of color still do not experience from larger Pride events, instead at times experiencing social exclusion and invisibility.

Are We Writers or Gay Writers?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: In our longing to enter into mainstream society, how far is too far before we not only lose our distinctive cultural identities, but we also potentially lose leverage from our communities and allies in our continued battle for LGBTQ civil rights?

In the Closet at CNN

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Irene Monroe: One of the motivating reasons for Lemon, 45, now revealing his sexual orientation is because of the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi.

All about Chaz

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Rev. Irene Monroe: when we see in the documentary Cher — gay icon nonpareil — not celebratory about Chaz’s transition as her close friends and girlfriend Jenny are, it’s unnerving.

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