Atlanta has become known as a travel destination for many black gay Americans, who feel it is one of the few places in the south where they can feel safe and free. But for those who actually call it home, Atlanta can be difficult to navigate. Racism, sexism and homophobia are rife.
As we recognize and celebrate Black History Month, it is important to take a moment to remember and honor the contributions of LGBT black figures who have shone throughout the course of our nation's history. These black LGBT icons, while often invisible or erased from the dominant queer narrative, have been at the heart of our struggle for rights and inclusion. In fact, what many refer to as the LGBT movement's beginning, the rebellion against the police at the Stonewall Inn, was predominately instigated by queer and trans youth of color.
Source: CDC. HIV Surveillance Report ; Accessed January 24,
This paper traces the historical context of queer activism and black activism from the social movements of the s and s in the U. Recent activism by BlackLivesMatter has challenged the analogy of blackness and queerness by centralizing both in their critique of state-sanctioned violence against black people. The documentary generates points of departure through which queerness finds validity as a tool for critical thinking, a way of active resistance, and a basis for community action.
Nugent was a writer, artist and actor during the Harlem Renaissance. Rustin promoted nonviolent resistance and organized the March on Washington. A writer and social critic, Baldwin is perhaps best known for his collection of essays, "Notes of a Native Son," and his groundbreaking novel, "Giovanni's Room," which depicts themes of homosexuality and bisexuality.
Black Americans account for nearly half of all new HIV infections each year, despite representing only 13 percent of the U. While prevention efforts have helped reduce the annual number of new HIV diagnoses among African-Americans over the last decade, progress has not been uniform across the black community. It is estimated that around 14 percent of black Americans living with HIV do not know they are infected.
Not surprisingly, people who live in the South the region known to have amongst the highest rate of new HIV infections were seen to at greatest lifetime risk. What surprised many was the fact was that one specific group—gay black men—was reported to have a startling one in two chance of getting HIV in a lifetime, irrespective of age or geographic location. Understanding the stark differences in lifetime HIV risk is not always easy.
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From trailblazing pioneers such as openly gay novelist James Baldwin and transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnsonto modern-day heroes such as actress Laverne Cox and basketball star Jason CollinsLGBTQ African Americans have made enormous contributions to the ongoing fight for social, racial and economic justice. LGBTQ African Americans are disproportionately young and disproportionately female, and nearly one-third of all African American same-sex couples are raising children.