WATCH: Are Gay Rights Orgs Turning Their Backs On Minorities

A new report says mainstream Gay organizations are ignoring minority LGBT concerns and issues. Roland Martin talks with Jasmyne Cannick, Cleo Manago and Terrance Laney about minorities in the LBGT community demanding diversity.

Listen to the full audio here or watch the clip below.

BYP Memo: Moving Beyond Marriage, What Young People of Color Think about the LGBT Agenda

Over the last decade, we have witnessed a dramatic shift in how the public and the courts view same-sex marriage. Much of the reporting on this issue focuses on the overwhelming levels of support for same-sex marriage from the millenial generation. But as victories pile up for the marriage equality movement, we know much less about how young people view the LGBT agenda, and whether young people of color believe the LGBT agenda best serves their communities. These questions are particularly important as LGBT organizations negotiate policies such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and prepare strategies around other important LGBT issues. Our latest report provides answers to these questions using a nationally representative survey of 1,500 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 conducted during June 2014. Our main findings are as follows: More Black (80.2%) and Latino (74.9%) youth believe the marriage equality movement has taken too much attention away from other important LGBT issues compared to white youth (64.0%).

Read the rest of the findings at the Black Youth Project.

Appeal Court Won’t Unblock Florida Gay Marriage

Gay couples in the Florida Keys remain unable to legally marry after a state appeals court declined to intervene in their case.

The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal refused to invalidate a Monroe County judge’s decision temporarily preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones and other gay couples.

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia last week ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it discriminates against gay couples and violates the federal 14th Amendment’s guarantee of due process and equal protection under the law. Garcia’s initial order said marriage licenses could be issued to gays in Monroe County beginning Tuesday.

Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed notice of appeal, triggering an automatic stay that prevents any gay marriages until a potentially months-long appeals process is sorted out. Garcia on Monday declined to lift the stay because of the state’s appeal, leading to Wednesday’s action by the gay couple’s lawyers.

The appeals court issued a one-sentence ruling that keeps the stay in place.

Read more from ABC News.

Rollersets & Realness: Black Womanhood Defined as Drag Performance

I’m sitting on a plane now, in my flyest pair of kitten heels, hoop earrings, and a Hollywood Glam Lena Horne inspired rollerset to die for. The guy behind me refused to let me even begin to lift my luggage, before jumping up to stow it.

I’m an unapologetic Black Trans woman who loves letting men hold doors for me almost as much as I enjoy decimating them in the boardroom. I make no qualms about my love of being a femme, even as I plant my stiletto square in the eye of cisheteropatriarchy. Coming down from my Black girl feminist high, I notice the woman in the next seat over is staring at my shoes and purse before finally asking, “Your hair is beautiful, how did you get it like that? My God it must take you forever to do!”

I avoid the awkward moment of a white woman trying to unearth my beauty regime in front of an audience full of passengers and the cute guy next to me, by responding, “Oh no, it’s simple. Just a flat iron and a few rollers,” as always when confronted with this question. But really I’m thinking “Do white people not own flat irons and blowdryers?” I can only imagine the questions that would flow if she knew I was also a Trans woman.

Continue reading over at Black Girl Dangerous.

Rev. Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe

Irene Monroe: LGBT Communities Divided on Israeli-Palestine Conflict

As U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry flies to the Middle East in an attempt to broker an Israeli-Palestine cease-fire, the tensions of this conflict have also divided our Boston LGBT communities.

In a recent protest rally — of the many that have been on the streets of Boston I’ve seen, watched and read about — members in our community go at each other’s throat, demonstrating not only how we’re not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, but also how LGBT Americans are inextricably tied to world events.

See more at San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

Photo courtesy of and Danielle Moodie-Mills

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