Monthly Archives: December 2016

Kim Kardashian Should Not Be Blamed for the F–kery of Kanye West

When Kanye “He’ll leave your ass for a white girl” West and Kim Kardashian married in May 2014, the world knew that it would be a match made in heaven: two egos finally becoming one in holy matrimony.

Kanye West, a man who has had an infatuation with stereotypically beautiful women—read: women who have a closer proximity to whiteness—since his mother’s untimely death in 2007, had finally found his "white girl."

Now, the ways in which Kim Kardashian-West appears to fetishize black men has put in people’s minds that anything negatively related to Kanye West must be her fault. Not only is that sexist, but it defies logic. Women are not to blame for men’s wrongdoings. That thought process was sexist in the 19th century and still is today.

Read the full article on The Root.

Choosing Family: Stop Telling LGBT People We Need to Go ‘Home’ During the Holiday Season

Each December, I get excited about the idea of the upcoming holiday season—from Christmas music to baked goods to buying presents for loved ones; it is an enjoyable time for many people. This year has been no different.

But it also does not escape me that the holiday season can be a difficult time for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living at the intersection of race, gender and poverty. Many people are rejected and removed from their homes just for being bold enough to be who we are.

Try as we might, the holiday season does not change the very real fact that a vast majority of LGBT people are mistreated inside the homes by the same people gathering around the dinner table during the holiday season who are expecting those acts to be forgotten. For many LGBT people, we are made to feel bad about intentionally distancing ourselves from hostile family members because we have been force-fed that “blood is thicker than water."

Read the full article on The Root.

President Obama advanced LGBTQ rights more than any president in history

A black person being elected President of the United States is something many people never thought would happen. I was one of them on November 4, 2008.

And then, Obama did it.

As a black queer man, I saw a radical future where black people who live at the intersection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities didn’t have to constantly fight to be heard or for a seat at the table.

Read the full article on The Grio.

On World AIDS Day, Let’s Talk About How HIV-Criminalization Laws Won’t Lead to an AIDS-Free Generation

On Dec. 1 of each year, the global community celebrates World AIDS Day—a day that provides an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS.

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the first-ever global-health day, which started in 1988. Although we have seen scientific and technological advancements, since the first AIDS case (pdf) was reported in the U.S. in June 1981, stigma and discrimination have kept individuals living with HIV from receiving appropriate care and treatment in health care services. Among the often-undiscussed key drivers of the HIV epidemic are HIV-criminalization laws enforced throughout the United States.

HIV-criminalization laws largely refer to the overbroad use of criminal laws to penalize perceived or potential HIV exposure; alleged nondisclosure of a person who is knowingly living with HIV prior to sexual contact; or unintentional HIV transmission. These laws disproportionately affect already marginalized people, but if we are ever to achieve an AIDS-free generation in our lifetime, then the clear goal should be for lawmakers to focus on HIV prevention, which is not accomplished by enforcing HIV-criminalization laws against individuals.

Read the full article on TheRoot.com.