Darian Aaron: Activism 2.0; Out front, out loud, online

“We all have a voice, it’s just up to us individually whether or not we choose to utilize it.” I’ll never forget that advice or the person who gave it to me. It’s not by accident that the first time my thoug...

Guest editorial: Lessons learned from Black Pride

Everyone’s first Black Pride is their favorite, and mine is no exception. For black gay men who came out in Atlanta around a certain era, late 1990s to early 2000s I suppose, our Black Pride memories are shaped...
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State of Black Gay America Summit seeks to inspire change through ‘collective power’


The sixth annual State of Black Gay America Summit over Labor Day weekend covered a broad range of topics over the course of the day on Sept. 1 — from HIV prevention medicines and the need for volunteers in vaccine research to the specifics of the Affordable Care Act to how much money does it cost to run an effective campaign in Atlanta and Georgia.

Keynote speaker Je-Shawna Wholley, a recent Spelman graduate who now lives in Washington, D.C., and is a senior fellow at the National Black Justice Coalition, tackled the subject of this year's theme at the summit at the Melia Hotel. "Embracing Our Collective Power to Influence Change" must be made by building coalitions and being sincere in the work people do, Wholley said.

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State of Black Gay America Summit announces keynote speakers


Je-Shawna C. Wholley, a Spelman alum who has been recognized for her works on behalf of LGBT people by the Human Rights Campaign and the National Black Justice Coalition, will be the keynote speaker at the State of Black Gay America on Sept. 1 as part of Atlanta's Black Gay Pride's community events over Labor Day weekend.

A special guest appearance will be made by Keith Boykin, a New York Times best selling author, BET columnist, contributor to CNBC, MSNBC and CNN, and former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. He is also editor of the anthology, "For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough."

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Eddie Long was target of ‘outing’ campaign by black gay activists in 2005

Bishop Eddie Long, head of the megachurch New Birth Missionary Baptist Church who is being sued  by two men for allegedly coercing them to have sex with him, is making local and national headlines. But for LGBT activists, the news may not come as too much of a surprise.

In 2005, black gay activists Keith Boykin and Jasmyne Cannick wrote a series of profiles of anti-gay preachers titled, “Outing Black Pastors.” One of those preachers was Long.