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  • newI Find Out If I Make Houston Pride Parade History In A Few Hours
    As y'all loyal TransGriot readers know, I'm 262 miles north on the other end of I-45 for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference handling my BTWI board and conference related business.This was planned before I agreed to run for Houston Pride Parade femal…
    - 21 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • newLearning, Networking and Having Fun At BTAC 2017
    We're passing the halfway mark of the BTAC 2017 conference, and in addition to yours truly doing my part to ensure it is an informative and enjoyable conference for all our attendees, I am enjoying my extended birthday week celebration.It is my fave…
    - 24 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 10:30am -
  • BTAC 2017- Day 3 Schedule
    It's Day 3 of the Black Trans Advocacy Conference, after an amazing TransManifest Live!  talent show last night and a substantive Black Trans Community Summit conversation . And as you probably guessed, I was busy with a Black Trans Summit panel dis…
    - 1 day ago 27 Apr 17, 1:00am -
  • HB 2899
    An MKR PoemTexas GOPWhy you hatin' on trans me?Wasting valuable legislative timeTrying the pass an unjust HB 2899Is it because you wanna be?Oppressors like your grandpappy?Because you want to dictate to meThe bathroom that I get to poop and pee?What…
    - 2 days ago 26 Apr 17, 9:00pm -
  • BTAC 2017- Day 2 Schedule
    We're continuing to gather in Dallas for the 6th annual Black Trans Advocacy Conference,  and the first day of i t was a busy one for me.   In addition to a radio interview on KERA, I also was asked to take part in the opening interfaith service. a…
    - 2 days ago 26 Apr 17, 1:00am -
  • Historic Dewey's Lunch Counter Sit In Site Permanently Closing
    When the LGBT Media Journalists Convening happened in Philadelphia in 2014, the host hotel for it was right across the street from a trans historical site in Dewey's Lunch Counter. 52 years ago today a successful sit in a protest jumped off by Africa…
    - 3 days ago 25 Apr 17, 2:00am -
  • BTAC 2017- Day 1 Schedule
    My behind is hopefully in bed as you read this instead of running my mouth, but this is what's on the agenda for the first day of BTAC 2017 from our host hotel, the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria.So looking forward to Day 1 of the 201…
    - 3 days ago 25 Apr 17, 1:00am -
  • 'Great Day Houston' Transgender Issues Show
    While I was traveling to Dallas, the Great Day Houston show on KHOU-TV focused on transgender issues happened.  I knew it was going to talk place today and was asked to be there for it, but I'd already committed to traveling that day, and my bus was…
    - 4 days ago 24 Apr 17, 8:30pm -
  • Moni's In The Middle Of BTAC 2017!
    I'm finally in my room at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria, and ready to handle my BTAC business here as a board member and the Media chair for Black Transwomen, Inc.This Megabus trip up left Houston 18 minutes late, and we got here…
    - 4 days ago 24 Apr 17, 6:00pm -
  • BTAC 2017 Bound!
    Yes, I was just on a Megabus last week headed to Austin on Easter Sunday no less to do battle with the Texas Forces of Trans Intolerance desecrating our state capitol.Now that I've done my part to help fight the attempt to pass the unjust HB 2899, th…
    - 4 days ago 24 Apr 17, 1:00am -
  • We Don't Need Alt-Facts In Black Trans World
    One of the things I've been pondering in the run up to the start of BTAC 2017 in Dallas is the recent incident with a Black trans woman with a large YouTube media following in TS Madison Hinton having a trainwreck of an interview with a person who mi…
    - 5 days ago 23 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • It Is Not Godly To Oppress Trans People
    He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.   Proverbs 17:15One of the things that bothers me as a Christian is when our right wing pseudo faith based opposition tries to hide behind…
    - 5 days ago 23 Apr 17, 1:00am -
  • BTWI Statement Concerning The Death Of Chayvis 'Chay' Reed
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 22, 2017Contact: Monica Roberts BTWI Media ChairCarmarion Anderson  BTWI Founding National Director855-255-8636 Ext 11media@blacktranswomen.orgBlack Transwomen, Inc is saddened and angered to hear about the loss of another…
    - 6 days ago 22 Apr 17, 4:00pm -
  • Now There Are Nine - Rest In Power And Peace, Chay
    We've lost another Black trans woman to anti-trans violence, and as you probably guessed, she  was misgendered by the media. The location for the ninth US trans murder this year is Miami, FL and it happened at approximately 5 AM EDT this morning ac…
    - 6 days ago 22 Apr 17, 2:30pm -
  • Shut Up Fool Awards- Countdown To BTAC 2017 Edition
    It's that time of year when I get to hang out for a week in Dallas at this year's edition of the Black Trans Advocacy Conference that runs from April 24-30.  It's a unique experience because it's one of the few that unapologetically focuses on the B…
    - 7 days ago 21 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • Moni's Texas Travel Bucket List
    Since today is the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto that led to Texas' independence from Mexico,  I thought this would be an apropos day for this post.I have been blessed to travel around much of the US, and much of my France sized home stat…
    - 7 days ago 21 Apr 17, 1:00am -
  • Late Night In The ATX Fighting Trans Hate
    It was a long day and a late night for all of us justice loving people who were there from across the state of Texas to register our opposition to the unjust HB 2899. Registration didn't start for oral testimony until 10 AM, but when it did I was one…
    - 8 days ago 20 Apr 17, 10:00am -
  • HB 2899 Hearing Is Today
    Once again I'm hanging out with a few of my friends from across Texas waiting to testify against HB 2899.  It's a bill that will not only bar Texas cities from passing ne non discrimination laws, it would wipe out current passed non discrimination l…
    - 9 days ago 19 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • Upcoming BTAC 2017 Press Conference
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril  18, 2017Contact: Monica Roberts BTWI Media ChairCarmarion Anderson  BTWI Founding President855-255-8636  Ext 11media@blacktranswomen.orgBlack Trans Advocacy is pleased to announce our upcoming Black Trans Advocacy confe…
    - 10 days ago 18 Apr 17, 10:30am -
  • Black.Trans. Unapologetic.
    I am an unapologetic Black trans woman. I cannot and will not be intimidated. I will fight for my humanity and my human rights, and I'm not going anywhere.-Monica Roberts I have loved Rep. Maxine Waters ever since I briefly met her in her office dur…
    - 11 days ago 17 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • Trans Texans Talk About SB 6
    As many of you TransGriot readers are quite aware of, been in the fight to make sure that SB 6 and any other anti-trans discriminatory bills die.SB 6 has gotten much of the attention, and while I was at the Capitol building back on March 20, I ran in…
    - 11 days ago 17 Apr 17, 11:30am -
  • In The ATX Again To Lobby
    The 85th Texas Legislative session doesn't end until May 29,  and that means until that sine die day our human rights and humanity will still be under attack by the Texas GOP majority in Austin literally until midnight CDT on that day.So once again…
    - 11 days ago 17 Apr 17, 1:00am -
  • HB 2899 Must Die!
    Looks like the Republican trans oppressors in the Texas House were watching what was happening in North carolina when they passed their non-repeal of HB 2. Several Texas House Republicans led by Ron Simmons. dismayed that the unjust SB 6 isn't moving…
    - 14 days ago 14 Apr 17, 11:00am -
  • Dionne's Thoughts
    TransGriot Note:  Guest post by A. Dionne Stallworth.All hate is wrong. Discrimination is wrong. One can’t call someone out for hate and discrimination on one day and return it people on the next.  I can only hope that Bill Shakespeare won’t mi…
    - 14 days ago 14 Apr 17, 10:30am -
  • Upcoming LGB and What About The T? Panel At 14 Pews
    There's an interesting panel discussion that will be taking place at 14 Pews on April 19 focused on the trans communityIt's entitled LGB and What About The T?   It is a panel discussion with the goal of talking about the erasure of trans people of c…
    - 14 days ago 13 Apr 17, 11:00pm -

The Mad Professah Lectures

  • TENNIS TUESDAY: Coric Wins 1st Title; Federer Iffy On Paris; Sharapova Returns; Schiavone!
    ROGER FEDERER IS STILL UNSURE HE WILL PLAY 2017 FRENCH OPENAfter completing his 3rd sunshine double as part of a 19-1 blistering start to 2017 which has included his 18th major title in Australia and 91st tour title overall. Federer is now ranked Wor…
    - 10 days ago 18 Apr 17, 8:50am -
  • My Favorite Books Read In 2016 (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller)
    In 2016 I read 60 books; as usual almost all of these were novels, primarily in the genres of mystery/thriller and fantasy/science fiction. Interestingly, the books that I read the in 2016 were  pretty evenly split between the genres of science fict…
    - 11 days ago 17 Apr 17, 9:07am -
  • CELEBRITY FRIDAY: Colson Whitehead Wins The Pulitzer For Fiction
    Colson Whitehead, the author of The Underground Railroad, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for this award-winning work about slavery. The commendation from the Pulitzer jury says Mr. Whitehead's win was:For a smart melding of realism and alleg…
    - 13 days ago 14 Apr 17, 10:15pm -
  • BOOK REVIEW: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
    This was my first audiobook. My husband and I listened to it on our anniversary vacation in Hawaii (Kauai and Kona).The narrator is Bahni Turpin and she is quite impressive. She provided individual voices for each of the characters and her vocal infl…
    - 15 days ago 13 Apr 17, 12:37am -
  • EYE CANDY: Chaera Brown
    Chaera Brown is a model from Alexandria, Virginia. He is active on Instagram (@only1chaera) and Facebook. He is today's Eye Candy model.Hat/tip to Pop Glitz.
    - 18 days ago 10 Apr 17, 12:11am -
  • CELEBRITY FRIDAY: Dr. John Brooks Slaughter (and me)

    - 21 days ago 7 Apr 17, 6:41pm -
  • 2017 HUGO AWARDS: Nominations Announced
    The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards were announced yesterday. In the category of Best Novel, the nominations are:Best Novel (2078 ballots)All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)A Closed and Common Orbit by Beck…
    - 23 days ago 5 Apr 17, 8:32am -
  • #CA34 Special Election Today!
    I voted!
    - 24 days ago 4 Apr 17, 10:35am -
  • EYE CANDY: Gerardo Gabriel (reprise)
    Gerardo Gabriel is a Latino bodybuilder with over 1.3 million Instagram subscribers (@gerardo_gabriel) who has appeared as Eye Candy before (July 4, 2016). These pictures and many more on his Instagram tell you why!
    - 25 days ago 3 Apr 17, 12:50am -
  • 2017 MIAMI: Federer Wins #Fedal37; 3rd Miami Title; Starts Year 19-1
    As I predicted (and joyously watched on live television) Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4 in the finals of the 2017 Miami Open, winning his 91st career match, 3rd Miami Open title and 3rd "Sunshine double" (2005, 2006 and 2017). Nadal is…
    - 25 days ago 2 Apr 17, 11:17pm -
  • 2017 MIAMI: Final is #FedalXXXVII 13 Years After First Federer-Nadal Match
    The 37th meeting between 18-time major champion Roger Federer and 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal is happening at the same tournament as their first, 13 years later: the Masters tournament in Miami.The two also played an epic 5-set final here i…
    - 26 days ago 2 Apr 17, 8:56am -
  • SATURDAY POLITICS: Partisan Difference In Views On Discrimination Prevalence
    I previously blogged about the difference in attitudes towards LGBT discrimination by various religious denominationt, as reported by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).Today I want to discuss how perceptions of the prevalence of discrimi…
    - 27 days ago 1 Apr 17, 11:40am -
  • GAME OF THRONES: Season 7 Full Trailer Released #GOTS7
    The trailer for Season 7 of HBO's Game of Thrones has been released; new shows begin airing on July 16. It has already been announced that the final two seasons will have fewer than the 10 episodes the first six had, with Season 7 coming in at seven…
    - 27 days ago 31 Mar 17, 10:07pm -
  • QUEER QUOTE: North Carolina Enacts Bill To Replace #HB2 With Even Worse Law!
    Hmmm! Lots of people had hoped that with the election of a Democratic Governor, Richard Cooper, North Carolina's anti-LGBT public policy would change. The previous Republican governor, Pat McRory, had championed HB2, invidious legislation which ove…
    - 29 days ago 30 Mar 17, 9:22pm -
  • GODLESS WEDNESDAY: Opposition To Teleological Thinking
    Today's Godless Wednesday post is based around a quote from the physicist Lawrence M. Krauss (@LKrauss1):"The lack of understanding of something is not evidence for God. It's evidence of a lack of understanding."An related phenomenon to what Prof. K…
    - 30 days ago 29 Mar 17, 1:08pm -
  • SATURDAY POLITICS: Analyzing the #CA34 Special Election for Becerra's Replacement
    Jimmy Gomez is my representative in the California Assembly (51st District). Xavier Becerra used to be my representative in the United States Congress (until he became Attorney General of California). I live in the 34th Congressional District of Cali…
    - 34 days ago 25 Mar 17, 1:25am -
  • CELEBRITY FRIDAY: Bobby Brooks Is First Openly Gay Texas A&M Student President
    Bobby Brooks is a 21-year-old junior at Texas A&M University at College Station, TX majoring in Economics and French. He is also the first openly gay person to be elected student body president at the conservative campus (it was formerly an all-whit…
    - 35 days ago 24 Mar 17, 10:02pm -
  • BOOK REVIEW: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    I'm excited that I have finally finished my first Stephen King book (speed reading my sister's copy of Carrie when we were both teenagers doesn't count).Anyway, I'm not a big fan of horror so I have generally stayed away from Mr. King's work previous…
    - 36 days ago 23 Mar 17, 7:59am -
  • GODLESS WEDNESDAY: Most Religious Groups Oppose Anti-LGBT Discrimination
    The PRRI (formerly known as the Public Religion Research Institute) has released research demonstrating that most religious groups oppose allowing a small business owner to refuse service to gay o lesbian people if doing so violates their religious b…
    - 37 days ago 22 Mar 17, 12:30pm -
  • TENNIS TUESDAY: Federer Wins Title #90; Vesnina Shocks; Kerber Regains #1; Miami Draw Decimated
    INDIAN WELLS ENDS WITH A BANG AS VESNINA AND FEDERER WIN TITLES The first important (non-major) tournament of the year is the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Last year Novak Djokovic and Vika Azarenka won the title. This year Roger Federer def…
    - 38 days ago 21 Mar 17, 12:17am -

Black Girl Dangerous

  • QTPOC In Comics: “Bingo Love” Depicts Black Queer Women’s Romance
    by Latonya Pennington   Black queer romance in comics is hard to come by. In mainstream comics, Marvel’s Black Panther:…The post QTPOC In Comics: “Bingo Love” Depicts Black Queer Women’s Romance appeared first on BGD.
    - 29 days ago 30 Mar 17, 11:29am -
  • The BGD Podcast 3.23.17: Get It Together, Chimamanda!
    Host Raquel Willis is joined by Elle Hearns to discuss writer and feminist Chimamanda Adichie’s comments about transgender women and…The post The BGD Podcast 3.23.17: Get It Together, Chimamanda! appeared first on BGD.
    - 35 days ago 24 Mar 17, 2:25pm -
  • Spirit Medicine: Finding Freedom in Disability Justice (Ep. 7)
      In episode 7, ChE is joined by activist India Harville to discuss finding freedom through disability justice. Spirit Medicine…The post Spirit Medicine: Finding Freedom in Disability Justice (Ep. 7) appeared first on BGD.
    - 35 days ago 24 Mar 17, 12:09pm -
  • Why Claudia Jones Is The Black Feminist Hero We Need Right Now
    by Neesha Powell-Twagirumukiza   “The Lady with the Lamp, the Statue of Liberty, stands in New York Harbour. Her back…The post Why Claudia Jones Is The Black Feminist Hero We Need Right Now appeared first on BGD.
    - 37 days ago 22 Mar 17, 11:04am -
  • #FemCrowdFund Is An Intersectional Approach To Resisting Trump
    by J. Skyler   There is a hard truth that mainstream feminism consistently fails to rectify: it has historically failed…The post #FemCrowdFund Is An Intersectional Approach To Resisting Trump appeared first on BGD.
    - 42 days ago 17 Mar 17, 12:59pm -

Lesbian In The City

  • Happily Divorced
    “…so what are you going to say at my funeralnow that you have killed me?here lies the body of the love of my lifewhose heart I broke without a gun to my headhere lies the body of the mother of my childrenboth living and deadrest in peace…
    - 53 days ago 6 Mar 17, 1:44pm -
  • City Letter: Open Relationships & Polyamory
    Dear LITC,I like your blog and how you are comfy with exposing yourlife for us to learn about and even inspire us. My girl and I are having thisargument and I want your point of view. We been together like 3 years and somechange now and I a…
    - 29 Aug 16, 5:04pm -
  • I's Married Now
    Happy July Love’s! I’m back, I’m married…and I’m also aMommy! Say what?!? Yes, I am also a Mommy! Nina and I said I Do on June 17th in front ofour friends in beautiful Las Vegas. I love Vegas and cannot wait to go back. Wehad a bea…
    - 13 Jul 16, 1:14pm -
  • Where's Waldo...More Like Where's Lesbian In The City?
    I’m sorry for the disappearing act I pulled but I promiseit was not intentional. Where do I begin. Ever since Nina and I got engaged wehave had nonstop, whirlwind schedules. Like I’m getting married in a month andI just picked out my dress th…
    - 16 May 16, 10:59am -
  • Happy 2016, I'm Engaged!
    I knew 2016 was going to be a game changer for me butnever to this degree. I am happy to say that as of midnight on New Years Eve2015 Nina and I are engaged to be married. It was a beautiful, romanticsurprise and I was happy to say Yes! In all…
    - 2 Jan 16, 11:41am -
  • The Same Difference: Addressing The Problem within the African-American Lesbian Community
    There has always been this constant turmoil, tension, anddiscrimination within the African-American Lesbian community and finallysomeone has brought this shit to the light with The Same Difference Documentary.As I have mentioned before, somewhe…
    - 13 Dec 15, 1:24pm -
  • Holidays With The New Family
    Nina and I survived our first Thanksgiving with herfamily. Normally, I go to my cousin’s home then head to my grandparentsfollowed by capping my evening off at my best friend’s home. This was our firstmajor holiday together, and I thought i…
    - 1 Dec 15, 12:34pm -
  • Eyes Wide Shut: Black Women & Suicide
    In the midst of waiting for my two favorite shows,Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, to return to their regular rotation, Ibinge watched Season 2 of Being Mary Jane. When the show first aired on BET(and I had yet to cut the cable cord) I go…
    - 9 Nov 15, 11:32am -
  • Black Lesbians & Heteronormativity
    When I think of relationships, I think of harmony,coexisting, sharing, and working together for the greater good of thefoundation of the relationship. Whether it is two males, two females, or a maleand a female, this is how relationships shou…
    - 19 Oct 15, 3:04pm -
  • New Journeys, New Beginnings
    Nina and I are officially living together. You never knowhow much stuff two people truly have until it’s time to pack up and move. Let’sjust say I ended up throwing away a lot of clothes and no longer neededdocuments. The good news is between…
    - 6 Oct 15, 12:07pm -
  • The Night We Slept Over
    This past weekend was one for the books. Nina started anew business venture and had her first project on Sunday morning and Saturdayevening we spent our first overnight together in her parent’s home. Nina’s adorable nephews have not see…
    - 18 Aug 15, 2:24pm -
  • Movin' On In
    Between work and Nina I have been a busy bee. The weekendafter my birthday Nina’s mother asked us to join them at their home for abirthday dinner complete with my favorite – Homemade Strawberry Shortcake.Dinner was amazing and I got to bond m…
    - 10 Aug 15, 2:49pm -
  • 30 + 1
    Over the weekend 30 got an upgrade. I moved from the 30doorway and fully into the cascade of the years which will now be forever knownas My 30’s. On the 17th Nina took me to dinner at TheMelting Pot followed by the Floetry Concert at the T…
    - 21 Jul 15, 4:13pm -
  • Hello Marriage Equality, What The Hell Took You So Long?
    Pride Month wrapped up with the Supreme Court of theUnited States declaring the ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional,therefore Gay and Lesbian couples who wish to marry are now afforded the samerights, benefits and protections under federal…
    - 1 Jul 15, 7:35pm -
  • Me & Nina: How It's Supposed To Be
    Happy Pride 2015! I decided not to attend any of thePride festivities in Philly this year. Just the same shit, different year andthey aren’t even making an effort to change it. OutFest is what I attend so inOctober I’ll celebrate in the Gaybo…
    - 13 Jun 15, 10:51am -
  • The Second Closet: Lesbians & Domestic Violence
    When I originally started this blog, one of my first fewpost was about domestic violence within the Lesbian community. I’ve shared myexperience with physical abuse as well as emotional abuse in two of myrelationships. I am and have always been…
    - 24 May 15, 5:02pm -
  • Women & Pyramid Schemes
    This post is certainly going to ruffle some feathers,especially those who are under the influence of these so called women gearedbusinesses that are really pyramid schemes. What am I talking about? I’m sureyou’ve heard of “It Works”, “…
    - 14 May 15, 12:19pm -
  • Operation Meet The Parent's
    The day has finally come. On Sunday Nina and I venturedto Egg Harbor Township to visit her Mother and Stepfather. Nina’s Motherrecently turned 75 so we decided to celebrate with her during one of our freeweekends. Now let’s review some histor…
    - 27 Apr 15, 9:45pm -
  • Fifty Shades of Vanilla
    Happy Passover, Happy Easter, and Happy Sunday! I’ve beenmeaning to write a blog post about the hyped up, major let down of a movie,that desperate housewives swear by- Fifty Shades of Grey (should have been morelike Fifty Shades of Pure Vanilla…
    - 5 Apr 15, 3:08pm -
  • Dating Nina: Part Deux
    It’s officially been a little more than 30 days since Istarted dating Nina and I am happy to report that all is going well, extremelywell to be honest. We talk all the time, we see each other 3-4 times per weekand…drum roll…we’ve begun ov…
    - 21 Mar 15, 1:41pm -
  • Dating "Nina"
    At some point in our lives we realize how things shouldbe done. Dating Nina (that’s the nicknameI’m giving her since we share a love of the great Nina Simone) hascertainly shown me what dating and courtship is all about and how it should go…
    - 8 Mar 15, 4:19pm -
  • & My Impromptu Valentine
    Like Valentine’s Day of 2014, I had no real plans forthis holiday. I knew I wanted to go out and at least see The Wedding Ringer asI have been dying to see it since it came out in January. My family is stillmourning the death of my Grandmother…
    - 17 Feb 15, 3:33pm -
  • My Mother, Myself: R.I.P Grandma
    January 26, 2015 at 8:36 PM my phone rang. It was myMother. I was still angry with her, I really didn’t want to talk to her, and Ithink she knew it. She said “we need to talk but more importantly I need you tolisten…” I thought I was in…
    - 8 Feb 15, 7:36pm -
  • I Love Stems!
    It’s like my prayers have been answered, or better yetthere is finally a term for the kind of lesbian that makes my heart skip a beatand leaves me mesmerized every time I encounter one – Stems! If you’re notfamiliar with the term, a Stem is…
    - 17 Jan 15, 7:14pm -
  • The Miseducation of Straight Black Women
    I really don’t know where to begin with this one becauseI think I’m still in shock that I could be so blind or think things would be Iguess different, or because I just can’t believe that a certain subset of Blackwomen could be so damn igno…
    - 7 Jan 15, 6:37pm -

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Rod 2.0

  • MIT Fellowship and Relocation
    Very excited and grateful to begin a new chapter in my life. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has awarded me one of ten Knight Science Journalism Fellowships for 2015-2016. Relocating to Cambridge this summer. Will be taking classes at MIT..…
    - 6 May 15, 1:00pm -
  • On Hiatus
    Thanks to everyone who reached out. Taking a much needed break after years of updating R20 up to six or eight times daily. On hiatus until May. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter and at The Atlantic.
    - 15 Mar 15, 4:00pm -
  • LISTEN LIVE: Philadelphia's WURD Radio 5P/ET
    Join me on Philadelphia's WURD-AM tonight at 5ET on "The Nick Taliaferro Show". On the menu: My first report from Cape Town for The Atlantic—"A Promising HIV Vaccine in South Africa"—and the potentially game-changing HIV vaccine trials that will…
    - 17 Dec 14, 4:17pm -
  • THE ATLANTIC: "A Promising HIV Vaccine in South Africa"
    PHOTO: GETTY CAPE TOWN: After more than 30 years into the HIV/AIDS pandemic, a vaccine remains elusive—and much needed. Globally, about 35 million people are living with HIV, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS or UNAIDS. Su…
    - 17 Dec 14, 4:04pm -
  • Cape Town
    Just wrapping up several reporting trips to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Ethiopia and Kenya. Have had a few problems with technology and did not want to publish R20 from certain countries. Also: Just needed some time to relax, rest recharge and...
    - 15 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • Kenya and Ethiopia
    Walking across the tarmac at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and headed for Addis Ababa. Wrapping up two weeks of research and reporting in Kenya and Ethiopia for the Ford International Reporting Fellowship. Posting will slowly resume o…
    - 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Tech Issues
    My apologies for the down time. Having some unfortunate tech issues. Hopefully it should be resolved in several days.
    - 27 Aug 14, 11:34am -
  • FBI to Probe Fatal Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Missouri Teen
    PHOTOS: GETTY The Federal Bureau of Investigation will investigate the fatal shooting by police of 18-year-old Michael Brown in suburban St. Louis, according to a statement by Attorney General Eric Holder released by the Justice Department. Meanwhile…
    - 12 Aug 14, 8:35pm -
  • LISTEN LIVE: Philadelphia's WURD Radio 6P/ET
    Haaay! Returned stateside on Sunday. Trying to get some much-needed rest and reorient myself on American time after the exhausting 15 hour flight and 15 hour time difference. But first: Join me on Philadelphia's WURD-AM tonight at 6P/ET on "The...
    - 28 Jul 14, 2:36pm -
  • HOT: Victoria AIDS Council Poster
    Spotted on numerous hand cards, posters and billboards throughout the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre ... and at tram strops across the city. The model for the Victoria AIDS Council gets perfect tenz across the board.
    - 23 Jul 14, 7:16am -
  • PHOTOS: Melbourne's South Wharf
    Some architecture porn from Melbourne. Looking east along the South Wharf of the Yarra River.
    - 23 Jul 14, 7:05am -
  • PHOTO: Melbourne's Flinders Street
    The view looking toward Melbourne's historic Flinders Street Station. Across the street is Federation Square. I'm in Australia to report from AIDS 2014 Melbourne. The trip is funded by an international media fellowship from AIDS 2014 and the Internat…
    - 19 Jul 14, 7:11am -

The K Word

  • Tips to a Big Fun/Small Budget Trip to Turks and Caicos #KKDays
    Yes my log in still works… whew. I know… I know. I have been slacking on my blogging. There have been a lot of new developments in the world according to Kristi that I hope to share with you guys soon. We just back this weekend from a really rel…
    - 20 Sep 16, 11:47am -
  • 2016 National LGBT POC Health Conference (Albany, NY: October 2016)
    In Our Own Voices, would like to extend an invitation for you to attend: 2016 National LGBT POC Health Conference, Unity Through Diversity: The Power of Unity. This event will take place October 12-15, 2016 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center…
    - 11 Aug 16, 12:59pm -
  • KREAD: Pat Greene: Her Story by ANONDRA “KAT” WILLIAMS
    Well well well, here’s another one and another one. Yes I am pretending I am a rapper instead of a blogger… and what? hits b-girl stance Like most series on this blog, I haven’t written a KRead review in a while. But seeing that today is Nation…
    - 9 Aug 16, 4:01pm -
  • Going for the Gold: Queer Women of Color In the Rio Olympics [Gallery]
    As if you needed another reason to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics, here are 7 queer women of color that will be representing their countries in Brazil. I obviously didn’t take any of these picturesFiled under: LGBT Issues Tagged: black lesbian athlete…
    - 8 Aug 16, 5:30pm -
  • Here’s Comes the Bride (s)…
    I feel like I am in a perpetual state of wedding plans. No you all haven’t missed anything, I only have the same ring (that I liked and put on myself). One of my oldest friends (and one time guest blogger) April A  is getting married in T-28 day…
    - 8 Aug 16, 1:38pm -

Sista Outsider

  • Melancon on the Anniversary of June Jordan’s Death
    Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog: June Jordan was born on July 9, 1936 and died on June 14, 2002. Melancon writes: “In her infinite wisdom and incomparable genius as a poet, essayist, professor, activist, and conscious human, wha…
    - 14 Jun 16, 9:42pm -
  • The Greatest
    Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog: Rise in power. Image #rp via @nonafaustine on Twitter
    - 4 Jun 16, 11:22am -
  • ‘New Suns’: An SBF Writing Retreat
    Originally posted on Seattle Black Feminists: “There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” Octavia Butler New Suns is the first annual Seattle Black Feminists (SBF) writing retreat. It is a time for Black women to come together…
    - 1 Jun 16, 8:04pm -
  • People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! Call for Submissions
    Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog: Call for submissions… “Welcome to People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! We’re looking for original, unpublished fantasy stories of up to 7500 words written by People of Colo(u)r. The stories can…
    - 11 May 16, 9:46am -
  • Lez Talk: A Collection Of Black Lesbian Short Fiction
    Diversity and depth in Black + lesbian writing. Source: Lez Talk: A Collection Of Black Lesbian Short Fiction
    - 2 May 16, 11:27am -

A Black Lesbian

  • Patience and the art of bouncing back
    Patience, Patience, Patience…there is this new person…i know(bit reluctant to say they are in my life) her name is Patience, Patience has apparently played a part (rather small if you ask me) in the breakdown of my relationship. While that … Co…
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  • Staying focused
    I have gone back and forth about what to do with this blog. I was ashamed of what it contains, ashamed that what i thought was wasn’t. It  amazed me when i quickly scrolled down and realized that since dating … Continue reading →
    - 6 Feb 15, 3:08am -
  • How The People We Once Loved Become Strangers Again
    Originally posted on Thought Catalog: It’s interesting to think about how we make people who used to be everything into nothing again. How we learn to forget. How we force forgetting. What we put in place of them in the…
    - 28 Jan 15, 5:48pm -
    Because, even worse, I never wanted to be a back up plan…so I choose, this time I choose and I choose to stop.
    - 2 Jan 15, 3:04am -
  • The first night
    Last night was first night C and I slept apart since break up. It’s weird but we live together and we have always had a pull towards each other so even after a break up we slept in same bed … Continue reading →
    - 1 Jan 15, 3:32pm -
  • The phase of depression
    I have struggled with this thing for so long and yet I don’t recognize the signs until it’s too late.  I don’t know when it started but I’m guessing it was a while ago. I can usually tell when looking … Continue reading →
    - 30 Dec 14, 1:05pm -
  • Protected: Disclaimer
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    - 7 Dec 14, 11:09pm -
  • Protected: Authenticity
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    - 7 Dec 14, 2:07am -
  • En-Route
    Relationships are such a strange thing aren’t they. C and I ‘broke up’ 4 months ago and we have had the best relationship since. It was very emotional and very hard, kinda hard to believe i can say its the … Continue reading →
    - 2 Dec 14, 11:31pm -
  • Power of the mind
    After trying to quit drinking and failing every friday night  I have to say spending my first weekend without alcohol. The best part of it is that I didn’t even want it miss it or desire it. I did think … Continue reading →
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Black Lesbian Love Lab

  • Why All Lesbian Femmes Should Buy Their Own Straps
    “Ok so my girlfriend strap is too big.... i have expressed this to her a couple times and she laughed it off and made a joke of it.....idk what to do … i thought about buying another but i don't know how she'll take it … advice please.” Conti…
    - 23 Mar 16, 7:00pm -
  • Masculine Not Manly, Vol 3: A Letter From a Recovering TouchMeNot Stud
    I can count on one hand how many times I've received head. I need even less fingers to count the amount of times I enjoyed it. Continue reading →
    - 21 Mar 16, 9:08pm -
  • Lisa & Roshanda: She Walked Into the Bus Station and Stole My Heart
    I met my wife, Roshanda, on a dating site. I was in Jacksonville, Florida, and she was in Tampa, Florida. I went to Tampa by Greyhound and I must admit, I was a little nervous. As the Greyhound bus was pulling into Tampa, I had all these butterflies…
    - 13 Mar 16, 1:35pm -
  • Why Black Lesbian Queens Stay in Bad Relationships
    When a black woman falls in love with another woman, especially for the first time, it can be completely magical. She makes our heart skip a beat, our palms sweaty, puts butterflies in our stomach and makes our panties wet. We can’t stop thinking a…
    - 12 Mar 16, 11:44am -
  • Georgette and Shannon: There Are Levels To This Love
    Our initial conversations were intriguing, had depth, and allowed us to see the parts of each other’s personality that most don’t get to see for months, if not years. So of course, for our first date, I was willing to make the 3.5 hour drive from…
    - 2 Mar 16, 7:53pm -
  • How I Healed After My Long-term Lesbian Relationship Ended
    After the breakup, we were going back and forth in our conversations but we were definitely broken up because she started seeing someone three months after our breakup. It was a horrible emotional experience for me. Continue reading →
    - 27 Feb 16, 11:33am -
  • Why My Girlfriend And I Broke Up After 17 Years Together
    When we were 17 we fell deeply in love but we didn't live happily ever after. We were together from our late teens until our mid-30s. For the first 11 years of our relationship, we were in the closet. We loved each other very much. We had many up and…
    - 25 Feb 16, 9:28pm -
  • She’s The One: Here are 9 Adorable Ways to Ask Her to Be Yours
    Black lesbian women are deserving of tender loving care. When you meet the one who never lets you forget that you are worthy, don't let her get away. Ask her to be yours. Here are nine great ways to ask. Continue reading →
    - 13 Feb 16, 12:15pm -
  • God Gave Me A Second Chance With My Soul Mate
    My partner, Eula, and I come from very abusive childhoods. For years upon years our bodies, minds, hearts, souls and spirits were slowly being destroyed. Still, we survived abuse, neglect, abandonment and unfaithfulness.Roughly five years ago, we…
    - 11 Feb 16, 8:23pm -
  • Queen Size: A Love Poem
    I shove my backside against the perfectly assorted seam.Rubbing the 300 count aboutmy thighs –in silent hopes to feelan armwrap around my waist. Continue reading →
    - 9 Feb 16, 10:33pm -