Sikivu Hutchinson: Many queer Black youth report that there are no visible role models, curricula or cultural engagement that speaks to their lived experiences.
Rev. Irene Monroe: “The Stonewall turbulence started on the backs of working-class African American and Latinx queers who patronized the bar. Those brown and black LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night, but they have been bleached from its written history.”
Don Kilhefner: Pride’s actions represent a betrayal of the gay liberation social and political revolution and a slap in the face to the L.A. gay community.
Rev. Irene Monroe: For this 50th anniversary of Stonewall I hope images of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be on display.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Morehouse, however, has come a long way on GBTQ issues, because the college has had its share of GBTQ-phobic incidents.
Irene Mornoe: The UMC continues to be contradictory in its policies concerning LGBTQ worshippers, and the church’s contentious views reared their ugly head at the 2016 meeting of global delegates.
Irene Monroe: Jane Doe recalled an incident where “male guards forced her to stand, cuffed and naked for 30 minutes, in front of the open door to her cell, exposing her body to at least a dozen male prisoners who gawked and made crude sexual remarks about her breasts.”
With the LGBT community often seen as ‘other’ by certain groups, activists and business owners in LA are helping to foster a more inclusive culture in the mainstream.
Irene Monroe: If Trump had his way, he would militarily eradicate transgender people from existence. Tuesday, Trump’s Supreme Court delivered his wish in supporting the exclusion of transgender men and women.
Jewel Thais-Williams and Don Kilhefner: Gay Pride would again become the site of a grassroots and netroots—not a parade with alienating floats by banks and liquor companies. It would again commemorate the Stonewall Uprising—the swish and rage heard ’round the world
Irene Monroe: With forty years since the Jonestown massacre, a more disturbing image of the Revered Jim Jones’s treatment toward his LGBTQ parishioners emerges.
Sikivu Hutchinson: For scores of very young non-binary children, the ability to define themselves for themselves is a radical rebuke of Western Eurocentric power structures that say biology is destiny and queer sexuality should be on lockdown.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Is it possible that my “gaydar” is off about “Sesame Street”? Perhaps. But hasn’t “Sesame Street” over the years, in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, winked and nodded to the LGBTQ community?