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Eight Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones

Eight Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones

by Jamilah King on May 11 2011, 9:26AM

From Mister Cee to Lil’ B, hip-hop’s struggles with homophobia have made headlines this spring. We figured it’s time to talk about some unambiguously LGBT artists.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee

When Do Young Moms Get to Speak for Themselves? [Reader Forum]

When Do Young Moms Get to Speak for Themselves? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 8 2011, 12:42PM

On Mother’s Day, our readers tell us their own stories about motherhood, and clear away the myths about teen moms.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Teen Moms Look for Support, But Find Only Shame

Teen Moms Look for Support, But Find Only Shame

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on May 6 2011, 10:34AM

Young mothers’ needs have gotten lost in the fever to prevent their pregnancies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

Spelman College Hosts Historic LGBT Summit

Spelman College Hosts Historic LGBT Summit

by Thoai Lu on May 6 2011, 1:37AM

The event marks an important milestone for the nation’s historically black colleges.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Advocates Pick Apart Will.I.Am's Pathetic View on Women and Condoms

Advocates Pick Apart Will.I.Am’s Pathetic View on Women and Condoms

by Jamilah King on May 4 2011, 10:45AM

Kelle Terrell at The Body calls the rapper out for his terribly misguided approach to sexual health.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

by Jamilah King on May 3 2011, 1:16PM

It’s an important time to tackle the real threat of violence that many women, especially those of color, face while reporting abroad.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Weighing Solutions to Hate Crime After Brutal Baltimore Attack

Weighing Solutions to Hate Crime After Brutal Baltimore Attack

by Jamilah King on April 27 2011, 2:09PM

Reina Gossett of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project argues hate crime prosecution is part of the problem, rather than the solution for queer communities of color.

Topics: Bullying, Gender & Sexuality

Transgender Woman's Beating Sparks Debate Over Hate Crime Laws

Transgender Woman’s Beating Sparks Debate Over Hate Crime Laws

by Jamilah King on April 26 2011, 12:14PM

Activists say the laws reinforce violence against queer and transgender people and disproportionately fill U.S. prisons with people of color.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Malcolm X's Daughter Disputes Claims About Father's Sexuality

Malcolm X’s Daughter Disputes Claims About Father’s Sexuality

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 4:12PM

The discussion with Ilyasah Shabazz went from tense to downright hostile after several questions about the allegations.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Lil B' Says He's Gotten Death Threats Over 'I'm Gay' Album

Lil B’ Says He’s Gotten Death Threats Over ‘I’m Gay’ Album

by Jamilah King on April 25 2011, 9:38AM

The rapper says he’s losing fans, but still loves the gay community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

How Can We Best Empower Sex Trafficking Survivors? [Reader Forum]

How Can We Best Empower Sex Trafficking Survivors? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 22 2011, 7:40PM

Riffing off of Rachel Lloyd’s new book Girls Like Us, our readers debate how to create real solutions for sex trade survivors.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

After Anti-Gay Slur, Kobe Bryant PSA Warns

After Anti-Gay Slur, Kobe Bryant PSA Warns “Words Can Be Hurtful”

by Jamilah King on April 22 2011, 10:23AM

Bravo to GLAAD and Bryant for trying to make good out of a bad scene.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Transgender Inmate Sues State for Sex Reassignment

Transgender Inmate Sues State for Sex Reassignment

by Asraa Mustufa on April 21 2011, 1:36PM

California inmate Lyralisa Stevens says that the surgery could save her from being harassed and sexually assaulted in a male prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

California Schools Move Toward LGBT History Lessons

California Schools Move Toward LGBT History Lessons

by Thoai Lu on April 20 2011, 9:45AM

And if approved by state lawmakers, the effort could be a huge victory for racial justice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 19 2011, 10:35AM

DJ Davey D., William Jelani Cobb and Anyabwile Love use their history classes to tackle one of the most explosive issues in hip-hop culture.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee

Rapper Lil' B (Sort of) Embraces Gay Fans to Sell Records

Rapper Lil’ B (Sort of) Embraces Gay Fans to Sell Records

by Jamilah King on April 18 2011, 10:34AM

But the artist, who announced that his next album will be called “I’m Gay”, still has a long way to go.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

John Amaechi to Kobe: 'You Did Serious Damage With Your Outburst'

John Amaechi to Kobe: ‘You Did Serious Damage With Your Outburst’

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2011, 4:50PM

In a powerful New York Times piece, the former NBA player says it’s time to stop the lame apologies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Same-Sex Couples Immigration Bill Introduced in Congress, Again

Same-Sex Couples Immigration Bill Introduced in Congress, Again

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2011, 2:09PM

Supporters have reintroduced it every other year since 2001, but it never gets past committee.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Immigration

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence--as a Man's Problem

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence—as a Man’s Problem

by Thoai Lu on April 13 2011, 1:30PM

The Filipino artist narrates in first person about being the abuser.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

On Brooke-Lynn Pinklady and the Importance of Self-Definition

by Akiba Solomon on April 13 2011, 11:07AM

Brooke-Lynn Pinklady—the young man (yes, man) arrested with DJ Mister Cee—speaks out. Watch and listen.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality