In 1974 it felt like every American was watching President Nixon’s impeachment hearings. With a single speech, a black lesbian changed the opinion of a nation. She was only getting started.
Honey, these glorious embodiments of black femme magic are about to sweep you off your feet.
Maybe Josephine Baker and Frida Kahlo were actually lovers? Maybe they weren’t. What always mattered most was the idea that they even could.
“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” – Audre Lorde
“Close your eyes and imagine for one moment a world where little black girls spend their entire childhoods seeing women like the ones they will become in just as many books, television shows, awards ceremonies, universities, political offices, magazines, advertisements and leadership positions as their white peers do. Really picture it, and then ask yourself: what would that future look like?”
In the second and final part of our Black History Month Roundtable series, we’re ready to look forward. We’re asking, what are our hopes for black queer futures?
“For me, queering Black History Month is about making sure that future generations don’t feel the same pressure to choose between their blackness and their sexuality that I once did. It’s about leaving space to be all of yourself, at once.”
Black queer musicians today are some of our strongest advocates, and they’re leading the revolution with singing and dancing.
This is my favorite era because the variety we hear during this time period is something like never before. Finally, queer black folks get to individually express their identities and aesthetics!
It was hard enough to be black during this time, let alone black and queer, but these musicians did it and they made awesome music!
Black queer artists have been killing the game forever. Check out what they were doing in the early 20th century.
I’m guest editing an essay series for Autostraddle next month and am looking for personal essays about how your black queer life has been saved or influenced by art in all forms, from television to sculpture.
Black queer women are magical. We’re innovators of style, technology, science, art, music, and all other sorts of badassery. This year for Black History Month, we’ve included another 50 Black trans and queer women that you absolutely must know about.
During Brown University’s “Black Lavender Experience” festival, Black LGBTQ artists talked about the divine nature of their writing for marginalized communities.
This epic megapost is your glorious opportunity to meet more than 100 amazing black LGBT women who’ve made their mark over the last 150 years.
“As this Black History Month winds down, let’s remember that reclaiming histories is not a one-shot deal. Let’s take time to be thankful for these lesbians who kept it queer and kept it real.”
You should celebrate Black History Month by reading all of these books right now.
A history lesson, a poetry lesson, and a some famous queer black ladies.