The Iconoclast

Charles Stephens: Language of trauma is silence: Part 2

We became big brothers without first being little brothers. Elders without first being youth. This is how I think about those early years. We were still kids and yet we weren’t. In my circle of young black gay ...

Charles Stephens: On the cruelty of our elders

I’ve been organizing for as long as I’ve been breathing. It’s been mostly good, but not all the time. I got involved in this work never thinking it would be something I would do for this long. What was supposed...

Charles Stephens: On loving the work

Community organizing is nothing if not humbling. You have to have nerves of steel. I mean, it’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also humbling. It requires vulnerability on so many l...