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When [Audrey Smaltz] met Gail Marquis in February 1999 at another Landmark seminar, she thought nothing of it. Why would she? Ms. Marquis, after all, was a woman. And Ms. Smaltz, who had been married briefly and had shared a 14 1/2-year relationship with the musician Lionel Hampton, had never dated a woman. Still, there was something she liked about Ms. Marquis…
At first glance, Sharon Lettman-Hicks doesn’t seem like your typical LGBT activist.
For starters, she’s a straight woman. She’s married to a military husband. She proudly says she was raised with ”strong Christian values.” But LGBT people, especially those of color, would have a hard time finding a more passionate advocate who demands nothing less than their full equality and freedom to express their identity.
Just don’t call her an ally.
”I hate the word ‘ally,’ because I don’t consider myself an ally,” she says. ”I consider myself a sister in a movement, because to me it is a family affair and black LGBT people are my brothers and sisters.”
It is impossible to discuss HIV/AIDS in the black community without addressing the importance of tolerance. It is up to us — relatives, co-workers and friends — to engage our black, gay brothers in a conversation that is constructive and rooted in concern, one that turns to them for insight instead of turning them away.
Activist Frank Mugisha weighs in on homophobia in his country and how African Americans can help. Frank Mugisha was only a teenager when he came out as gay to his family and classmates in Uganda, a country where that admission didn’t just subject him to possible bullying; it put his life at risk.
One of the highlight’s of last night’s 2011 Soul Train Awards was Marsha Ambrosius. The British soul singer and songwriter won “The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award”/Record of the Year for her hit “Far Away.” The track created a huge buzz earlier this year due to its amazing music video.
Lorde was openly lesbian before the gay movement existed. Her wise words often seem eerily prescient. “Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time and the arena, and the manner of our revolutions, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing.” Back in the 70s and 80s Lorde’s was an important and singular voice.
According to new research out of Columbia University, Black churches already have existing health outreach strategies that could be of enormous use in HIV prevention for Black gay and bisexual men. The study sought to explore the relationship between church ideologies – of sexuality, bodies and HIV/AIDS – and church mobilization, or lack thereof, in response to the HIV crisis affecting Black gay and bisexual men.