SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION OF BLACK MEN, FROM MAPPLETHORPE TO CALVIN KLEIN

In our current moment there has been considerable debate around what is frequently referred to as “sexual racism,” a term that reacts to the romantic and erotic rejection of men of color by white gay men. These discussions describe, often in detail, the various forms of emotional injury in the digital realm of dating and…

THREE MORE TRANS AMERICANS HAVE BECOME HOMICIDE VICTIMS

From left: Trans Americans recently lost to violence include Queasha Hardy and Brian Powers; no photo was available of the third victim, Tiffany Harris. Two more transgender women have become homicide victims this week, and it’s also been reported that a trans man was shot to death in June. Tiffany Harris, 32, was stabbed to…

ALL STARS’ SHEA COULEE′ WILL DONATE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER WITH WINNINGS

The finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars was a reunion and a coronation all-in-one. The eliminated contestants, in a surprise appearance, joined the Top 3 — Shea Couleé, Jujubee, and Miz Cracker — for well-wishing and to say everything that was “left unsaid,” as RuPaul termed it. This conversation consisted mostly of India Ferrah, Alexis Mateo, and…

GLORY HOLES OFFICIALLY RECOMMENDED FOR SAFER SEX AMID THE PANDEMIC

Early on in the pandemic, the New York City Department of Health released a set of guidelines in a one-sheet aimed at addressing many of our sex-related questions, even though not much was known about the virus. As New York was heading into the first phase of reopening, an update to guidelines opened the door for glory…

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN DEATH OF TRANS WOMAN MERCI MACK

A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder in the case of Merci Mack, 22, a Black transgender woman who was shot to death at an apartment complex in Dallas July 30. Dallas police arrested Angelo Walker last Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News reports. He was being held in the Dallas County Jail, with bail set at $900,000. A…

BI ACTRESS JAVICIA LESLIE CAST AS THE FIRST BLACK BATWOMAN

There’s a new Batwoman in town, and her name is Javicia Leslie! According to a report from Variety, the fan-favorite superhero series from the CW cast the 33-year-old bisexual actress as the show’s new lead, taking over the reins from Ruby Rose, who left the show earlier this year.  “I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress…

THREE MORE TRANS AMERICANS KILLED; ANOTHER HOSPITALIZED FOR INJURIES

Violence against transgender Americans is continuing unabated, with two homicides, one mysterious death, and a brutal assault reported in the past few days. Bree Black, a 27-year-old Black trans woman, was shot to death in her hometown of Pompano Beach, Fla., Friday night, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. She was found lying on the ground and…

BLACK TRANS WOMAN MERCI MACK SHOT DEATH IN DALLAS

Merci Mack, a 22-year-old Black transgender woman, was found shot to death Tuesday in Dallas. A passerby called police and emergency personnel after noticing Mack lying unresponsive in the parking lot of an apartment complex about 6:15 a.m., TV station KXAS reports. Dallas Fire-Rescue workers pronounced her dead at the scene. Neighbors had heard gunshots in the…

TWO NEW YORKERS POISED TO BECOME FIRST BLACK GAY MEN IN CONGRESS

Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones are poised to become the first openly gay Black members of either house of Congress. Both won their Democratic primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives in heavily blue New York districts Tuesday, with Torres defeating notorious homophobe Rubén Díaz Sr., so both are likely winners in the November general election. Torres would…