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Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on “Selma”

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTQ communities held discussions on the film “Selma”. ...

Toshi Reagon's Parable

Toshi Reagon's latest musical project, "Parable of t ...

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Expansive Dream

Martin Luther King's actual birthday is January 15th, and I believe if MLK were alive today he would be well pleased with Ava DuVernay's film "Selma." Many people working for justice today stand on ...

Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2014

It is with great honor that Velvetpark announces our Top 25 Queer Women of 2014. ...

That day after Christmas

Garbage pick-up on my block is every Thursday. But with Christmas falling on that day of the week, this year garbage pick-up rolled over to Friday. ...

Finding Home for the Holidays

The Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me. ...

What Is In A Greeting?

One would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words—Happy Holidays! ...

Uranus Square Pluto: Horoscopes of Change

“If you are silent about your pain they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” Zora Neale Hurston ...

(un)HEELED: A Fashion Show For the Unconventionally Masculine *photos*

It was a queer take-over of the Brooklyn Museum this past Saturday night, when 7 queer / trans fashion design teams sent models down the runway at the Brooklyn Museum in a splendid event presented ...

Brooklyn Museum Hosts unHeeled Queer Fashion Show *video*

Last Saturday the Brooklyn Museum of Art was host a queer fashion show representing four fashion houses and designers from Los Angeles, Chicago and Brooklyn. ...

Remembering Thanksgiving

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. ...

Laverne Cox Goes Nude for Allure: 'I Felt This Could Be Really Powerful'
Yahoo UK
April 16, 2015

Another year, another round of actresses who dare to bare it all in Allure.

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Rapture in the ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’
The Boston Globe
April 16, 2015

“Clouds of Sils Maria” finds the mercurial French filmmaker Olivier Assayas and a trio of excellent, unexpected actresses playing mind games with the audience. But what mind games!

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Why do lesbians earn more than straight women?
Slate
April 16, 2015

April 14 is this year’s Equal Pay Day, chosen because it marks the point in 2015 when women’s earnings finally reach parity with what men earned in 2014.

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As School Relents, Louisiana Lesbian Receives Custom Tuxedo for Prom
Advocate.com
April 16, 2015

Claudetteia Love earned recognition for speaking out about her school's discriminatory policy — and now she'll be dancing in style with a custom-made suit from LGBT clothiers.

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Matalan Has A New Ad Campaign Featuring Lesbian And Gay Families And It's Completely Gorgeous
BuzzFeed News
April 16, 2015

This clothing brand is showing Britain in all its diverse loveliness. BuzzFeed News spoke to the LGBT families featured in the adverts...

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Hillary Clinton has a new position on same-sex marriage
CNN.com
April 16, 2015

As recently as a year ago, Hillary Clinton was sparring with a public radio host about her position on same-sex marriage. Now she says it should be a right.

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At center of Supreme Court gay marriage case, a story of love amid crippling disease
LA Times
April 16, 2015

There are more than 30 plaintiffs in the gay marriage lawsuits that will be argued before the Supreme Court this month.

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Recurring Waves of Arrival: Elaine de Kooning’s Portraits, from Loft Dwellers to JFK
hyperallergic.com
April 14, 2015

“I was enslaved by portraits.” That’s how Elaine de Kooning puts it to filmmaker Betty Jane Thiebaud to describe what happened after her arduous and rewarding commission to paint President John F. Kennedy’s portrait for the Truman ...

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I'd Bottom For Hillary Shirts Are Now On Sale
buzzfeed.com
April 14, 2015

This shirt is for all you out there that would drop pants, bend over and bottom for Hillary Rodham Clinton, reads one of the shirt...

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Affirmative Action Isn’t Reverse Racism
Al Jazeera America
April 14, 2015

Claiming that diversity policies help certain minorities over others is tacky, ahistorical and inaccurate

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Reading Racist Literature
The New Yorker
April 14, 2015

How do you rehabilitate your love for art works based on expired and inhuman social values?

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Keep Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks Off the $20 Bill
The Root
April 14, 2015

With the state of black women in this country, putting one of these icons on U.S. currency is not progress—it’s hush money.

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The Dire 17th-Century Origins of the Purvi Patel Feticide Verdict 
jezebel.com
April 10, 2015

When you’re a historian specializing in early modern European history, it’s not often that your area of expertise is relevant to modern politics—and when it is, the situation is rarely good.

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YouTube rarely promotes black YouTube stars, even during Black History Month
Fusion
April 10, 2015

Here's the deal: YouTube is a platform for anyone. But YouTube chooses to promote channels and personalities that the company deems worthy of views by

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Toni Morrison's New Novel, 'God Help the Child': On Letting Go of Childhood Trauma
The Root
April 10, 2015

In God Help the Child, the acclaimed author gives us characters who are broken by childhood trauma but find solace in each other.

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Fox News Enigma Megyn Kelly Slams Rand Paul's Sexist Behavior
jezebel
April 10, 2015

And so continues one of the most confusing relationships of my adult life: that between myself and Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. Once again Kelly brought out her “sensible adult” side during an interview with Rand Paul,...

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Walter Scott shooting witness Feidin Santana reveals how he captured the video
The Independent
April 9, 2015

“I remember the police [officer] had control of the situation. He had control of Scott. And Scott was trying just to get away from the Taser,” Mr Santana said.

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Rolling Stone and the Temptations of Narrative Journalism
The New Yorker
April 7, 2015

Anyone who works in literary nonfiction and is being honest will recognize the moments of decision-making that led to Rolling Stone’s undoing.

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Syria's First Responders Welcome Female Recruits
VICE
April 7, 2015

The women of the Syrian Civil Defense have to stabilize patients on the back of pickup trucks amid missile showers while dealing with a culture that says such situations are no place for women.

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