Week in Review (June 30 – July 6)
Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean both made public revelations about their sexuality in the past week. Rod McCullom explores why Ocean’s could become the much more significant announcement.
Read why over at EBONY.com.
Historic Photos of African-American Gay Men Unearthed
Hidden in the Open is a photo essay and collection of African-American gay male couples throughout history going as far back as the 19th century.
View the photos on theGrio.com.
FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Home-Use HIV Test Kit
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first over-the-counter, self-administered HIV test kit to detect the presence of HIV antibodies. HIV is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Continue reading on QNotes.com.
Are Black Gay Men the New “Mammies” of Reality Television?
Heck, I’ll even go as far as to say that the gay black man has become the new housemaid “Mammy” to these women’s Scarlett O’Haras. Think about it for a second: most of these gay characters harken back to a time in cinematic history where the white rich women in the antebellum South needed their “sexually non-threatening ” black female maids to nurture and basically make them feel good about themselves.
More on MadameNoire.com.
Breaking Barriers: Frank Mugisha
On the BET Awards, host Samuel L. Jackson made special mention of the situation in Uganda, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and Frank Mugisha as one of the courageous activists working for LGBTI rights in the country. BET has also named Mr. Mugisha in their “Who’s Who in the Black LGBT Community” section on the network’s website.
Read about Mugisha’s advocacy work at BET.com.