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Whitney Houston comes out posthumously

But it was her ex-spouse, Brown, who over time came to believe Whitney married him with an ulterior motive. 

2017 is a year of open but not new revelations about Whitney Houston.

Five years ago, on Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards.  

Allegations at the time surfaced that pop superstar Whitney Houston was murdered.

LGBTQ History Month’s emerging canon

The invisibility of LGBTQ and women of color is not because there is a paucity of us that exist or made history.

Winston Churchill once said that “History is written by the winners.” When the Stonewall Riots occurred in 1969 the history of more than a century-long oppressed people finally got national attention.

And, since that historical moment, the suppressed and closeted oral histories of our fierce and courageous LGBTQ  brothers and sisters began to be documented - openly and uncensored. 

Hurricane Harvey’s Homosexual problem? 

Many conservatives blamed Hurricane Katrina on LGBTQs.

Since the intentional misreading of the Sodom and Gomorrah story in Genesis 19 in the Bible where the twin cities were supposedly destroyed because of homosexual depravity, the causes of natural disasters always find ways to be placed on the backs of LGBTQ Americans.

Who was 'Detroit’s' intended movie audience?

It’s too simplistic to say that stories of people of color should only be the province of people of color.

Fifty years ago, this summer an urban rebellion took place. One hundred and fifty-nine riots erupted in African American cities across the country. The civil unrest took place in cities like New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Birmingham, and Boston, to name a few.  The worst riots that summer were in Newark, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan.  

Trump’s war on transgender service members

"Today, it is surprising to me that amid several wars that need every able person who wants to serve our transgender patriots would be excluded. "

The first punch was President Trump’s ban against transgender service members. In his inimitable style of communicating to the American public the order came in the form of a tweet:

DignityUSA is moving toward radical inclusion

Racism is always an issue predominately white LGBTQI organizations must grapple with.

With the Catholic Church being the largest Christian denomination in the world the fight for the dignity and inclusion of its LGBTQI parishioners is a fight for the church’s soul and moral integrity. 

DignityUSA since its inception has asserted that God loves the LGBTQI community equally.

Will Supreme Court allow businesses to not serve the LGBTQ community?

I am immensely thankful as a married lesbian that I reside in Massachusetts.

This week the U. S. Supreme Court announced that in the fall it will hear the case “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.” 

The case - which will have many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles - will argue the parameters of one’s right to practice their religion and their right to express themselves freely that’s enshrined in the First Amendment.

The enduring use of the n-word

"When the word slips from the mouths of race-conscious allies like Bill Maher... a lot of shock and hurt are felt."

In this political climate, hate speech is becoming common use. And there has been an uptick of the use of the n-word, even from the mouths of people one would not expect. 

LGBTQ pride events display disparities

Some are waving the cautionary finger that within our community not all are equal. And pride events can be public displays of those disparities.

While we all rev up each June for pride so, too, do the fault lines of race and class in our larger white LGBTQ community.

With advances such as hate crime laws, legalization of same-sex marriage across the country, and with homophobia viewed as a national concern, the LGBTQ movement has come a long way since the first pride march in 1969.

Emmett Till painting raises concerns of cultural appropriation

Onlookers examine the controversial Dana Schutz painting “Open Casket.”

When artist Dana Schutz presented “Open Casket,” an abstract painting of Emmett Till’s open casket-the Chicagoan 14 year old African American male teen lynched in the  Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1955- she could not have fathomed the conflagration that erupted.