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By all outward appearances, 2018 was a year of incredible progress for trans people. Of the triumphs: Christine Hallquist became the first trans person to be nominated for governor (of Vermont); at least one internationally-recognized company opted to recognize their trans employees by covering corrective surgeries in…

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Samira Wiley is many things: black woman, American, actress, activist, wife and breakout star of bona fide hits Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) and The Handmaid’s Tale. She is also an out and proud gay woman—now. While OINTB is where Wiley met her wife, screenwriter Lauren Morelli, it is also where she was forced into…

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In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, here is a personal story from writer George Johnson about saving one friend and losing another.

The post It’s time to talk about why so many Black people decide their only path to relief is by suicide appeared first on theGrio.

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Unfortunately, a moment that should have been met with compassion was treated with skepticism, antagonism, and the questioning of “how could a 9-year old child determine his/her/their sexuality at such a young age?”

The post For Queer little boys like Jamel Myles who commit suicide because coming out was never enough   appeared first on theGrio.

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Gemmel Moore was died after Ed Buck gave him drugs for sex, now we're asking for outrage but the Black community remains silent.

The post When all Black lives don’t matter: Who’s fighting for Gemmel Moore? appeared first on theGrio.

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In his debut memoir, “I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé,” Michael Arceneaux explores his writing process, his clear and present obsession with Beyonce, and the ongoing battle with telling his business. 

The post Q&A: Author Michael Arceneaux explores spirituality, his obsession with Beyoncé, and defying expectations in his new book, ‘I Can’t Date Jesus’ appeared first on theGrio.

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Pride month may be in June, but it’s never out of season to support networking in the LGBTQ community. That’s why we’re putting the spotlight on DaShawn Usher, a young entrepreneur whose creating a space for Black gay and queer men to connect. Dashawn is the founder and executive director of MOBI-Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative. […]

The post Grio Good News Report | DaShawn Usher, Founder and Executive Director of “MOBI,” is creating a safe space for Black gay and queer men appeared first on theGrio.

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Sexual assault against Black queers happens so often that we have just become numb to it as it slowly becomes a dangerous norm. Writer George Johnson explores why it feels like we have to tolerate it to protect our own safety.

The post Our #MeToo moment: When will Black queer survivors of sexual assault get the help we deserve? appeared first on theGrio.

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According to a new national survey, most LGBTQ Americans don't want a brown and/or black stripe added to the rainbow pride flag.

The post Shocking Poll: Most LGBTQ Americans don’t want to see a brown stripe added to the Pride flag appeared first on theGrio.

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There have always been marginalized communities within marginalized communities, and for LGBTQ people, this is no different. There is a stark difference in the issues platformed by white LGBTQ people versus Black LGBTQ people—which often showcases itself during Pride season. When Black folks realize their acknowledgement isn’t going to come at the hands of whiteness, […]

The post White Pride vs. Black Pride: Why there’s a need for the divide appeared first on theGrio.

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Chance The Rapper held his annual Open Mike Event in Chicago and the High School kids went crazy when surprise guest Childish Gambino came out to perform “This Is America.” A moment the kids won’t forget! Chance the rapper is known for his community work in his city and it was great to see Gambino […]

The post The Download | June 12th: Chance The Rapper surprises High School students + His brother on encouraging everyone to be themselves + Supreme Court in favor of Ohio’s voting reglations appeared first on theGrio.

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  This week, Pope Francis made international headlines potentially stating the most progressive views towards homosexuality in the history of the Catholic Church. The Pope’s message to a young man named Juan Carlos Cruz—a Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse was short but important. “God made you that way and loves you as you are.” […]

The post OPINION: Pope Francis believes God loves gays, so why can’t the rest of you? appeared first on theGrio.

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The Black community has an inability to address LGBTQ murders with as much fervor and anger as those who are heterosexual's experiencing police violence.

The post WAFFLE HOUSE HOMOPHOBIA: Why the Black community abandons LGBTQ police brutality victims like Anthony Wall appeared first on theGrio.

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