A NEW MOVEMENT FOR NATIONAL TRANSGENDER HIV TESTING DAY

Today is National HIV Transgender HIV Awareness Day and Achim Howard is at the forefront of the transgender HIV activism. Howard, the Washington, D.C.-based founder of the social activist group Trans Men Rising, is an advocate for black transgender men living with HIV. As a sexual assault survivor, Howard also identifies with the #MeToo movement, though he faces…

HIGH COURT STRIKES DOWN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO SODOMY LAW

A judge of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago has struck down the Caribbean nation’s antisodomy laws. Judge Devindra Rampersad ruled today that Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act are unconstitutional as applied to consensual acts between adults, reports LGBT rights group OutRight Action International. The ruling stands to decriminalize homosexuality in the…

GAY COUPLE HOLDING HANDS ATTACKED AFTER MIAMI BEACH PRIDE

A gay couple holding hands were attacked after Miami Beach Pride. The pair were assaulted by four young men Sunday at 7:40 p.m., reports the Miami Herald. The attack, caught on video, occurred near the intersection of Ocean Drive and Sixth Street in the Florida city. The men began punching the couple after they left a public…

16 SIGNS YOUR GAY RELATIONSHIP IS OVER…

Gay relationships are a different ballgame than straight ones. We live in an oversexed culture. We play by different rules. You will see that cheating is not on this list — I do not see it as a terminal sign. If my guy gets drunk and bangs someone in the back of a club, I…

COURT RULES GAY MOVE THE WOULD CAN RETURN TO THEATERS

The South African high court ruling has overturned the Film and Publication Board’s decision restricting screenings of the drama The Wound, Variety reports. The Sundance movie, which was short-listed for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, had its South African release cut short after the board gave it an adult rating for its LGBT content and barred…

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…

16 SIGNS YOUR RELATIONSHIP IS OVER

Not to start on a downer, but when you are dying, you will not remember the hours at the office or the many shoes you bought. You will remember the relationships — good, bad, and ugly — that sparked through your life. They are the most frustrating part of living, and they are absolutely what…

WATCH: MIZZOU STUDENTS TALK ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF SPIRIT DAY

Student athletes from the University of Missouri are “going purple” to take a stand against bullying with a new YouTube video, and it’s all part of the annually recognized Spirit Day in support of LGBT youth.  Promoted by GLAAD, Spirit Day has been observed every year since 2010 during the month of October to raise awareness of the bullying…

VEGAS MASSACRE REOPENS OLD WOUNDS FOR PULSE SURVIVORS

Orlando Torres had been up late Sunday night reading social media posts when news first broke of the shooting in Las Vegas at the Harvest Music Festival. The story felt too familiar. A bunch of people out enjoying music together. A gunman murdering individuals at random. For many Americans, this rang of a too-frequent news…

THE LIVE OF PULSE, IMMORTALIZED IN RHYME

One of last and hardest challenges in the creative process may be finally sharing your work with the world. It certainly seemed a daunting prospect to poet Nathaniel Bush Jr. A black gay man raised in Orlando whose sexuality left him estranged from members of his family, Bush had plenty of material but less support…