Holy Hate

HARLEM: The Early Years

Ethel Waters

Harlem was the Black Metropolis and during the 1920's, the home of the "New Negro". The "new" Black man and woman exploded on the scene stressing the importance of ethnic identity, heralding a new day when Blacks would have and wield power.

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by Garth Tate

James Baldwin Comes Out

James BaldwinFor the first time in his career, novelist James Baldwin openly identified with the Gay community by addressing more than 200 persons at a forum sponsorted by the New York chapter of Black and White Men Together.

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by James S Tinney

Nigger for the '80s

Ben VereenMr. Vereen, his face blacker than usual, and his lips painted thick and "plantation white," let everyone know just what he thought Black America's role in the 1980s should be. Under the pretext of paying homage to Bert Williams, Mr. Vereen "shucked and jived" until surely Martin Luther King spun in his grave.

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by Adrian Stanford.

Birthright: To Dance


Men dancing with each other was not new to me, but in America only a certain segment of the male population did so. This was something different, something new, and I was not aware of my place in the scheme of it until the Nigerian student who had invited me asked me to dance.

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For some, the clique is the only means of escape from a life of boredom, frustration and loneliness. Many people do not possess the physical, social or economic attributes which would permit them to exist on their own among Washington's Black Gay community, for the name of the game is acceptance.
For some, the clique is the only Read the article by Don Cotter

A History of the Gay Movement in D.C.

Melvin BoozerThe early years of Gay activism in Washington must be traced back to at least the founding the Mattachine Society by Franklin Kameny, who was fired from his job with the federal government in 1957 because he was homosexual.

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An Interview with
Melvin Boozer

It is not good to be Black, Gay and closeted. That person becomes a zombie, not part of the living. As long as we are hiding, we give up energy, integrity and strength. It appears to be the second-best solution. I feel it is imperative to be visibly Gay.

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Sidney Brinkley


BisexualsMany of us have heard people describe themselves as "Bisexual" rather than "Gay" or straight. What does that description imply and how do bisexual people explain their "middle-of-the-road position?

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David Richardson

In Style: Circa 1982


Illustrations and text by Michael Busby

Terror in Atlanta

Atlanta childrenThe terror in Atlanta caused by the murder of 20 Black children since July 1979 has spread at a cancerous pace, striking the families and friends of the victims, threatening an entire generation.

But perhaps the real terror is the fact that it took over one year from the time the first body was discovered before Atlanta police and city officials would admit they had ignored the early warning signs of a mass killer.

Read the article by Deborah Art

A Radical Revolution of Values

On the day set aside to honor the legacy of America's most revered civil rights leader, most of the focus will center on his iconic "I have a dream" speech.

However, it was the speeches he gave in the last year of his life that were equally as important, and far more radical, as he spoke out against the war in Vietnam, and the growing gulf between the haves, and the have nots.

"We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society… A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies… True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."

From: "Beyond Vietnam: A time to break the silence." Manhattan Riverside Church — April, 1967.






FEATURE: The Evans-Tibbs Collection


Visit one of the great collections of African American Art by Thurlow Evans-Tibbs

The Evans-Tibbs

Investing in African American Art

Romare Bearden




It's critical that we begin to control more actively the market for works by African American artists.

A strategy for achieving this requires that we talk about it, support it with our presence at Art openings and buy it.

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by Thurlow Evans-Tibbs


Essex Hemphill

Grief is not apparel. Not like a dress, a wig or my sister's high-heeled shoes. It is darker than the man I love

Poem by Essex Hemphill

yeah baby

Adrian Stanford

i've been approached, followed, waited for, hung onto, and groped by all those staid white queens that don't like colored boys

Poem by Adrian Stanford

Ready for you?


My body is ready to love with yours with all the strength, energy, and
versatility I need.
And you ask if I am ready for you?

Poem by Andre Ramseur

Interracial Intentions

I think most Gay people have a hard time understanding interracial contact because they are skeptical about the intentions of those involved. I don't pretend to speak for all Gay White men but I have thought a lot about my interracial intentions and I'll share some of these thoughts with you.

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Chasen Gaver

An Interview With Andrew Young

Andrew Young is not just another Black politician, and his election was more than just another milestone on the road to the "new" South. Young has been a voice of conscience not only in the civil rights struggle, but in the creation of a new national vision.
He spoke against the loss of Read the article by Larry Bush.

Under Grace's Hat

Hello again, dear friends. Grace knows it's Summer, but were you ready for Spring!? Well, the men were O-U-T.

Goodness! Have you seen what's been hiding under those big, bulky, winter coats? Well, Miss Spring brought them out! Off came the coats, gloves, sweaters, and Devil only knows what else, and out came-the men!

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Homophilia Semantics

There is semantical irony in a title for an organization bearing the phrase "Black Gay." This irony is intelligible only when we look at the political etiology of the two words in the phrase.

"Black" rose out of the Black Power/Black Muslim movement. The Black Power Movement, with its machismotic Carmichaels and Cleavers locked homosexuals into closets. But that treatment was generous compared to that of the Black Muslims.

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Dr. Charles Drake-Lon

The Other Side of Love: Planning for the breakup

other side of loveYou may not want to think about the possibility of your relationship ending at a time when it is beginning, that thought would be a wise precaution. The fact is, the failure rate among Gay couples is even higher than among straight couples

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by Donald Bush


Pomu Afro

An interview with the original members of the ground breaking group.

SF Pride Festivals

SF Pride Weekend

2012 Transgender March & The 2012 Dyke March

2011 DYKE March

2010 Trangender March

2010 Dyke March

2009 Transgender March

2009 Dyke March

2008 Dyke Marc

2008 Transgender March

2008 Soul of Pride

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Celebrate 30














Gentrification Shakes Up San Francisco

Eviction protest

SAN FRANCISCO — The City by the Bay is rocking and reeling these days and it’s not because of any natural phenomena such as an earthquake, but a human made upheaval of gentrification and skyrocketing property values, fueled by a dynamic Tech industry led by the likes of Google, Yahoo, Apple, and Facebook.

Friday, April 11th, saw the latest skirmish between housing rights activists and tenants against Google specifically when protesters blocked a Google bus at 18th & Dolores Street in the Mission District.

The bus is used to ferry Google employees from San Francisco to company headquarters located in Mountain View, about 15 miles away.

When we say “bus” don’t envision the raggedy-ass, graffiti strewn, hard plastic seat transport used by the general public. These are double-decker luxury liners, equipped with Wi-Fi, upholstered seats, and restrooms.

The Friday protest concerned Jack Halprin, an attorney employed by Google, who bought a multi-unit apartment building in the Mission and immediately began eviction proceedings against all seven tenants, which included a San Francisco public school teacher.

San Francisco’s Mission District is “the” hottest neighborhood in the city. Most recently a working-class Latino neighborhood, with all the attendant problems of drugs, prostitution and gang violence, it’s being quickly transformed into a very upscale neighborhood of multi-million dollar condos, noted restaurants and night clubs.

The Mission is also home to new Tech arrivals like Twitter, and all of them need housing for their employees which are being drawn to the city from all over the world.

In California a state law known as the Ellis Act allows a building owner who wants to get out of the rental business to evict all the tenants and put each unit up for sale.

This became such a huge issue during the last tech boom of the ‘90s, when building owners resorted to illegally evicting scores of tenants, only to flip the building for a profit, that condo conversions of existing buildings have been halted by law in San Francisco till 2024.

However, canny building owners have found ways to get around the condo conversion moratorium, such as offering the units as a tenancy-in-common, where a group assumes the one overall mortgage of a building.

“I do not intend to turn this into condos,” Jack Halprin told the Mission News as construction went on in the background. When specifically asked what he planned to do with all the vacant apartments, he declined to say.

Meanwhile, California lawmakers moved forward on April 8th with proposed legislation that would give San Francisco the power to halt the rising number of Ellis Act evictions

The bill would require a new owner to keep a property "as is" for five years before they could use the Ellis Act to evict tenants. It's hoped that this would discourage speculators.

However, as expected, the bill is seeing heavy opposition from the real estate lobby and passage is not gauranteed.
—Sidney Brinkley

Google Protest

Top of page, activists block the "GBUS TO MTV" - Google Bus to Mountain View - with a poster of 872 Guerrero Street, the property from which tenants were evicted by Jack Halprin. Above, Housing rights activist Tommi Avicolli Mecca holds a special message for Google.

Google Protest 3
The demonstration attracted a horde of media.

Eviction Protest
Blocking a "double-decker luxury liner."

Jason Collins Joins Brooklyn Nets

Jason Collins

On Sunday, February 23rd, Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets making him the first openly Gay player in the NBA. The 7', 255 lb center will be on the court Sunday evening when the Nets face the L.A. Lakers at the Staples Center. [UPDATE] Jason Collins signed a new contract in March and is now a full time member of the Nets.

NFL Prospect Comes Out

Michael Sam

With that statement made to ESPN during an interview on Sunday, February 9, Michael Sam, Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year for the University of Missouri, is poised to make history as the first openly gay NFL player.

FEATURE: "Good Morning America, I'm Gay."

Robin Roberts & Amber LaignAs I imagine was the case for many Black lesbians who’ve watched the ascent of Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, I was not surprised to learn that she is gay. “At last,” I thought to myself.

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Evelyn C. White


Rainbow Flag

As flags all over San Francisco stood at half-mast to honor Nelson Mandela, per Mayoral decree, the Merchants of Upper Market & Castro (MUMC), a group of White Lesbians and Gay men, refused to lower "their" flag, standing on public property, at the corner of Market and Castro, arguably the very heart of Gay America.

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Pictured above: the Rainbow Flag flying not-so-proudly on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Nelson Mandella

Nelson Mandela
1918 - 2013


DECEMBER 1st - World AIDS Day

World AIDS DayShared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-free Generation is the theme for the 2013 World AIDS Day observance.

On June 5, 1981 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) describing cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), in five young, previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles. All the men have other unusual infections as well, indicating that their immune systems are not working; two have already died by the time the report is published.

That edition of the MMWR marked the first official reporting of what would become known as the AIDS epidemic. Since then over 25 million have died of the disease and globally, there are 33 million living with HIV/AIDS.


Bobby, Bill and myself were a street-running trio. The Clubhouse in D.C. was our second home where we danced till sunrise. When Bill got a new lover my friendship with Bobby deepened. We had a touchstone relationship, confided in one another whole heartedly, or so I thought.

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A Walk Through The Redwood Forest

Redwoods Trail

BGMTerrance Mitchell
Burton Clarke

Max Smith
Mark Haile
Issac Julien
Kobena Mercer
Rupert Kinnard
Bob Williams
Miles K. Bell
Lee Wharton
Dodger Freeman
Brandy Moore

Perhaps this subject is not readily discussed or



In the early 1970s a radical group of Drag Queens formed in the aftermath of Stonewall and called themselves STAR: Street Transvestite Action Revolutionary.

Their chant was: Go Left! Go Gay! Go Pick Up The Gun!

The photo by Ron Simmons shows STAR members at one of the first Gay conferences ever held: Gay Pride 1971 - in Albany, New York

STAR members (l-r) unidentified, Miss Pixie and the original Black diva: Marsha Johnson. Marsha was a founding member of STAR:

photo ©Ron Simmons