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...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 2

1. “Give Madelynn and Jean and others like them a break. Stop finding reasons to make life - and in this case, death - harder than it needs to be.” The Idaho Veteran's Cemetery denied Madelynn Taylor's request ...
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Celebrating ‘second time around’ in black gay club scene

We may as well have been sitting on our own front porch, or behind the doors of a reserved conference room the way we acted. We three went on as if we had all day to arrive at our destination, a sure understanding of what was happening, and the significance of it all.

But it was 2 o’ clock in the morning, Monday morning, and I didn’t know about James or the sexy one whose name I forgot, but I had to be at work by 10 a.m. Less than one hour ago, we were children, playing the way children play when they know no adults are watching. Our bodies were possessed by the funk filling our asses, our loins, our minds and our hearts, pumping at once, like one hot cell pulsing with pleasure. We were inside the spirit in the dark.

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Report: 1 million African-American people in U.S. identify as LGBT

A new report by the Williams Institute, a think tank of the UCLA School of Law, finds that there are 1 million black people who identify as LGBT and one of the states with the most black gay couples includes Georgia.

The 1 million figure accounts for 3.7 percent of African American adults, according to the report titled, "LGBT African-American Individuals and African-American Same-Sex Couples."

There are an estimated 84,000 African American people in same-sex relationships with 25 percent of that number living in Georgia, New York, North Carolina and Maryland, the report states.