Celebrating Ourselves, Our way.

undergroundghosts:

undergroundghosts:

undergroundghosts:

Many people who are transitioning have no access to compression clothing, or simply can’t afford , so I decided, hey why not help out some people for absolutely zero cost to them, no strings attached! So every penny raised will go directly towards purchasing compression clothing and the like to help transitioning be easier!
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Only $232 so far, over 400 people signed up so far, currently 36 people have been sent what they requested!!

If you can’t donate then please please please signal boost!!!

undergroundghosts:

undergroundghosts:

undergroundghosts:

Many people who are transitioning have no access to compression clothing, or simply can’t afford , so I decided, hey why not help out some people for absolutely zero cost to them, no strings attached! So every penny raised will go directly towards purchasing compression clothing and the like to help transitioning be easier!

Donate here!

To sign up please shoot me an email at avaaulenbacher@gmail.com with the following info:

Full name:

Address:

Clothing needed:

Size:

Color preference:

Only $232 so far, over 400 people signed up so far, currently 36 people have been sent what they requested!!

If you can’t donate then please please please signal boost!!!

lolshtus:

Finally, I Get To Know What They Mean

lolshtus:

Finally, I Get To Know What They Mean

yungbutxhqueen:

Got my butxhqueen LIFE bouncin on stage for @bigfreediaqueendiva last night! #youalreadyknoooow #bigfreedia #befreetour #butchqueens #qtpoc #blackfemmagic #blackgaymen #queer #atlanta

yungbutxhqueen:

Got my butxhqueen LIFE bouncin on stage for @bigfreediaqueendiva last night! #youalreadyknoooow #bigfreedia #befreetour #butchqueens #qtpoc #blackfemmagic #blackgaymen #queer #atlanta

schomburgcenter:

Ordinary People: Alexis De Veaux
Tomorrow at 6:30 PM

Come hear the extraordinary poet and biographer Alexis De Veaux read from her new work of fiction, Yabo. After the reading, De Veaux will be joined with special guests to discuss her work and her impact in the literary, women’s, and black lesbian cultures. De Veaux will be joined by author and cultural critic Michele Wallace and Assistant Curator at the Schomburg Center, Steven G. Fullwood. The conversation will be moderated by Kara Olidge, Deputy Director of the Schomburg Center. 

Alexis De Veaux was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She is a celebrated author and activist recognized for her devotion to numerous literary and women’s organizations. 

For more information and to register, click here 

schomburgcenter:

Ordinary People: Alexis De Veaux

Tomorrow at 6:30 PM

Come hear the extraordinary poet and biographer Alexis De Veaux read from her new work of fiction, Yabo. After the reading, De Veaux will be joined with special guests to discuss her work and her impact in the literary, women’s, and black lesbian cultures. De Veaux will be joined by author and cultural critic Michele Wallace and Assistant Curator at the Schomburg Center, Steven G. Fullwood. The conversation will be moderated by Kara Olidge, Deputy Director of the Schomburg Center. 

Alexis De Veaux was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She is a celebrated author and activist recognized for her devotion to numerous literary and women’s organizations. 

For more information and to register, click here 

(Source: ourscharr)

You don’t have to be pretty like her. You can be pretty like you.

—One of the most freeing things I have ever heard (via pursuitofhapppinessss)

(Source: firecannotkillabadwolf)

…”real niggas aint gay!” ice cube circa 1993; Fixing methodologies

howtobeterrell:

"Europeans taught the black man homosexuality"

"homosexuality didnt exist prior to European invasion in to (west) and (central) Africa." 

Lies you tell. Do you even read black gay authors? Do you even consider our lives worthy? or is our existence mere fodder for your own?

When the 6th Director-General of the New Netherland Colony, present day New York County, was Willem Kieft, a Dutch merchant, the slaves Jan Creoli and Manuel Congo were indicted of “buggery” and tried.Jan Creol was choked to death in New Netherland, and his body tied to a stake and burned, for supposedly sodomizing a boy named Manuel Congo. The boy recieved “only” a flogging for his participation in the crime.

The 1646 Calendar of Dutch Historical Manuscripts reports the trial, conviction, and sentence on Manhattan Island, New Netherland Colony, of one Jan Creoli,

"a negro, [for] sodomy; second offenese; this crime being condemned by God (Gen., c. 19; Levit., c. 18:22,29) as an abomination, the prisoner is sentenced to be conveyed to the plave of public execution, and there choked to death, and then burnth to ashes."

On the same date the Calendar records the punishment mated out to

"Manuel Congo … on whom the above abominable crime was committed," who has "to be carried to the place where Creoli is to be executed, tied to a stake, and faggots piled around him, for justice sake, and to be flogged; sencence executed."
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    Because their names are mere denotations of status (Creoli possibly Creole) and of place (Congo) its likely that they were “salt-water” slaves directly from Africa or by way of the Caribbean and not directly tied to their owner. It should also be stated that an age was not given to the “boy” and because he was punished it is most likely that he was also a willing participant in the act (although we should not rule out sexual violence); with that in mind this case should not come to define homosexuality in conjunction with pedophilia. 

     Our histories exist! Whether you want them to our not. Divorcing us from the Diaspora and thus to black family and community is retrograde. Silencing us and writing us out of your history is tantamount to what the Western world has done to all of “US” already.

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broapropos:

The lack of focus on older brothers is one of the most troubling aspects of federally funded HIV prevention and its influence on dialogue and media coverage about Black gay men. I cannot tell you how many discussions I have been in where black people, black gay men and/or allies have resisted engaging Black gay men of all ages and through an either/or paradigm defaulted to those under 25. Specific engagement of young men (HIV prevention, education, activism) is obviously warranted.  However this focus neither requires nor justifies the lack of intergenerational focus, or public attention and innovation committed to older men.

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Craig Washington is the Manager of Prevention Programs at AID Atlanta and a co-founder of Atlanta’s Bayard Rustin-Audre Lorde Breakfast . He has written various articles and editorials for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Arise, Atlanta Voice, the Black AIDS Institute, Southern Voice, Venus Magazine, and the Washington Blade.

daughterofzami:

"My political obligations? I am a Black woman … in world that defines human as white and male for starters. Everything I do including survival is political.” 

- Audre Lorde