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Sunday, April 21, 2019

(TIME-warp) When all 'HELL' broke Loose!

It was 27 Yrs ago this Week, the 1992 Los Angeles Riots or South Central Riots, also known as the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest were sparked on April 29, 1992, when a jury acquitted three white and one Hispanic Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King following a high-speed pursuit. Thousands of people in the Los Angeles area rioted over the six days following the verdict.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

(MY VIEW) It's Okay to Be Gay, So Long As You're White!

by Adam Kirk Edgerton 

Like most good white liberals in America (and David Brooks), I've been reading Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me. For white gay men, I think the book provides an alternative interpretation to the recent ruling on marriage equality that we are deeply afraid to discuss. The recent whitewashing of the Stonewall Riots makes it all the more important to question the predominance of whites within the current LGBT movement.

A cynical reading of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States, is that the majority opinion is simply an extension of whiteness. Edie Windsor, of prior Supreme Court fame, was a rich old white lady who was told it wasn't enough to be rich and white; she also needed to be straight. James Obergefell, similarly, is a perfectly presentable (i.e. well-off) white plantiff. There's nothing at all outside of the "mainstream" about either of these two individuals except for the unfortunate fact that though they were born white in America, they were also born gay. This accident of birth meant that privileges and rights were denied to them that other whites received.

So we must ask ourselves a difficult question. Are we as a country advancing rights for all minorities equally, or are we just reshaping whiteness?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

(MY View) A Modern March for Newer Dreams!

by Rashad Robinson

In his autobiography Walking With the Wind, John Lewis describes the morning of the 1963 March on Washington. The most prominent civil rights leaders -- Dr. King, Bayard Rustin, Lewis and others -- were in meetings at the Capitol and realized that the march had started without them. They watched as tens of thousands of people poured into the streets, seemingly leaderless.

"It was truly awesome, the most incredible thing I'd ever seen in my life," Lewis wrote. "I remember thinking, There goes America. We were supposed to be the leaders of the march, but the march was all around us, already taking off, already gone."

That story has stayed with me for years, because it perfectly illustrates the power of a grassroots movement, that tipping point moment where the will of the people refuses to be contained. The energy Lewis witnessed was a groundswell that led directly to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act and the recently-gutted Voting Rights Act.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

(Young Americans) Asian American Experience!

Next up, we discover what outdated stereotypes and everyday experiences Asian-Americans have to deal with today.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

(OGL) Gaysians are Beautiful: Racial Lookism and Why the Gay Rainbow Needs to Embrace More Colors of Beauty!

by Jimmy Nguyen

“No Fats, Femmes or Asians.”  All too often, that ominous alert appears in profiles on gay dating and matching web sites.  It screams that the ideal of gay male attractiveness in America is not Asian, nor “Fat” nor “Femme.”  This warning is also the provocative title of a comedy show from Alec Mapa, the self-proclaimed “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart.”  Like Alec, I am also a gay/Asian double-minority.  With the title “No Fats, Femmes or Asians,” Alec succinctly raises questions I faced my entire adult life:  are Asian men unattractive to much of America’s gay community?  Are we ostracized like others with “undesirable” traits?  The truth is neither black nor white, but some shade of grey.   Yet this much is clear:  it’s time for gay men to embrace a more universal vision of beauty, one that appreciates every color of our rainbow.

Find Out MORE at OGL! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

(BEST of 2012) Top 5 Weeks in POLITICS!

In 2012, it started with Obama then Sanatorium then Romney, then back to Obama. Here are the Top 5 weeks from our POLITICS Weekly series, according to our Readers (Based on Page Views.)

5. Obama Grabs Guinness for St. Paddy's Day! Sanatorium Wins Alabama, Mississippi! (3/18)

4. Gay Navy Moment; Super Tuesday! (3/11)


2. Race Politics; Santorum Bombs; Newt for Sale! (4/1)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DEBUT! (Bald Naked ManHunt): Race and the Oscar Race!


by BriOUT

The Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced and there was a lot of love for Keep the Lights On including a Best Feature nomination. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bernie, Gayby and How to Survive a Plague also got some lovin'.
Meanwhile, the Gotham Awards have been given and Plague came away with a win.

EW’s Awards guru, Anthony Breznican, offers up his early thoughts on the Oscars. It's worth scrolling through the whole gallery, but I was especially happy to see that he has Wallflower listed as a film that should be considered. "It reminds us that great friends can turn the worst of times into good ol' days."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

(MY VIEW) It Can Be Scary Coming Out As Black and Gay!

by Zach Stafford

I don't know if you heard the news, but a few prominent folks came out of the closet, and it was all anyone could talk about. Over the past year or so, we have seen more and more celebrities come out of the closet in their own ways, and all of them have either shocked many (see Frank Ocean) or surprised none (see Anderson Cooper). What has been even more interesting than the actual coming out of said celebrities is how their respective communities have talked about these folks. Anderson Cooper's coming out was met with a mixture of annoyance, "duh"s, and happiness, because speculation had been swirling about him for years, and no one seemed too surprised when he stepped out. However, Frank Ocean gave the world a little more shock and awe, and you didn't have to dig too deeply on the Internet to see some real ugliness directed at him, which led some folks to create the website hatetweetstofrankocean.com, which documented the Twitter backlash against the black artist. What we see documented on this site, and what we see when a lot of black people come out, is the far-too-real fact that black gay people have to deal with a lot of shit.
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