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| Friday, April 17, 2009

The National Day Of Silence

Silence speaks volumes. Today on campuses across the country, students will be taking part in the National Day of Silence, a nationwide protest sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Participants take a vow to not speak during a portion or all of their day in honor of those who have been silenced. Carl Walker-Hoover, a recent victim of anti-LGBT bullying, would have turned 12 on this Day of Silence.

Anderson Cooper 360: Brutal Bullying of Carl Edward Walker Hoover Jr.

The Bullycide & Same-Sex Marriage Apathy Connection- For as long as they can deny us this basic right of human existence, and justify it for whatever reasons, it sends the unspoken message that:

...its OKAY to look down upon gay Americans, its OKAY to deny us an apartment or medical treatment, it's OKAY to fire us from our jobs, and its OKAY to kick the shit out of kids on the playground who are only suspected of maybe, possibly, being gay one day.

Brian Watson: Next Generation Awards 2009

D.C.'s Metro Weekly profiles black gay activist Brian Watson. Watson works as the director of programs at Transgender Health Empowerment and helped launch the Wanda Alston House, the city's first transitional home for GLBT youth, ages 16 to 24. Watson is president of the D.C. Coalition of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Men and Women, he serves on the advisory committee to the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, and is involved with several other GBLT, HIV/AIDS and health-related organizations.

Michelle Williams 'Until There's A Cure' Campaign

Singer and LGBT ally Michelle Williams becomes the latest spokeswoman to lend her celebrity to the 'Until There's A Cure Campaign' to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The Last Baron of New York

The Advocate interviews openly gay independent artist Baron about his sophomore CD 'Celebrity' and his "first time".

"I thought I was the only guy talking about gay issues in the black community. The heterosexual community has embraced me like no other. I came out to my grandmother at age 15 and at that particular time I identified as gay. If you would have met me years ago, I would have identified as gay. Sexuality, to me, is more individual, and to identify as gay is limiting. We lose who we are when boxed into a category, and when that is done we tend not to connect with others of the human race."

Viola Davis & Taraji P. Henson Cover Ebony

Oscar nominees Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson cover the May issue of Ebony. Also inside: The Ebony Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks In America. No openly Black LGBT people made the list. However, Tyler Perry, Will Smith, Kirk Franklin, and Tavis Smiley are listed along with a handful of straight allies such as Gov. Deval Patrick, Gov. David Patterson, Dr. Cornel West, and Tyra Banks.

Terrance Dean: 'Yes, Girl, He's Into You....And Him!'

Hiding In Hip Hop author Terrance Dean gets the good Christian black women all riled up over at Essence.com with his commentary on the engagement of "bisexual" reality star Dwight Eubanks of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

"Whatever your sentiments may be toward Dwight, the fact remains that many of you are uncomfortable with gay men. Yes, I said it. Many of you have hang-ups. You don't mind having a gay male friend and someone who you can kee-kee with. It's okay when it's another woman's man or child who's gay. But when it hits home you have a meltdown."

You say you want honesty, well, now you got it. Yet, when the man is too honest you still point the judgmental finger. So, ask yourself what is it that you really want?

Introducing the work of Mikel Marton

h/t ka-os