Now that wedded bliss is an option for all New Yorkers, couples prepare to jump the broom in style.
Only a handful of youth-led LGBT organizations exist today. “We’re a very small tribe,” said Jason Landau Goodman of the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition. Most often, he added, larger, established LGBT advocacy groups bring in a youth voice as a token, or to represent the problems with mental health and bullying. Rarely is the resilience or proactivity of young people shown.
“For me, LGBT rights has always been about basic fairness and equality,” says Maya Rupert. “All people deserve the right to be who they are, and live their lives free from discrimination, harassment, and violence,” says Rupert.
Today is the start of Black History Month, and Queerty is taking a look at seven gay African-Americans who weren’t just pioneers in their chosen fields, but who paved the way for all of us.
Four South African men have been sentenced to 18 years in jail for stabbing and stoning to death 19-year-old lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana in 2006.
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia visited New Jersey Monday and blasted the suggestion from Gov. Chris Christie that state lawmakers put marriage equality to a public vote in a referendum.
This month, schoolchildren around the nation will celebrate Black History Month along with lots of civic organizations and Americans in general, but few will hear the name of one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century, Bayard Rustin.