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Something Like A Super Lesbian: Lynne Brown

Lynne Browne is believed to be first openly-gay cabinet minister in Africa. She will serve as Minister of Public Enterprises.

The significance of her appointment is innumerable, especially against the backdrop of an extremely homophobic continent.

Lynne BrownEusebius McKaiser, a broadcaster and political author, remarked that though she isn’t a gay activist, there is still a clear impact:

“Insofar as the social impact of openly gay people in high-profile public leadership positions cannot be discounted in a country like South Africa where levels of homophobia, including violence against black lesbian women, remain rife.”

Continue reading Something Like A Super Lesbian: Lynne Brown

We See What You Did There: Ex-Senator Hides in Closet for 5 hours

Nicole+LeFavour+headshot+croppedFirst let us say that the K Word would never ever ever ever ever ever suggest you go to your old job and do something like this. But we have to give former state, Sen. Nicole LeFavour her props for this one.

She hid in a closet in the Idaho Statehouse for more than five hours in an attempt to convince Republican lawmakers to update the language in the Idaho Human Rights Act. She is attempting to get lawmakers to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the act which outlines the state’s anti-discrimination provisions.

Say what now? Yep, she did that… in a closet… for 5 hours. Continue reading We See What You Did There: Ex-Senator Hides in Closet for 5 hours

Ugandan President Museveni signs anti-gay bill

We are sure you have heard bits and pieces about this over the last few days, but yes it is true that the Ugandan Parliament passed and President Yoweri Museveni signed into a law, a bill that made some homosexual acts (and not so homosexual acts) punishable by life in prison.

Here’s nuts and bolts version of what’s going on from what we have gathered. Continue reading Ugandan President Museveni signs anti-gay bill

:60 Second Shorts – Rihanna is fine but come on son…

download1Marco Fidel Ramirez is calling on Colombia’s National Television Authority to ban the video of her tune ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ from being broadcast on any of the nation’s channels.
The Public Option party councillor, from the capital of Bogota, said the video ‘damages the moral character of the youth of Bogota, Colombia and Latin America.’ He dubbed the 37-year-old Colombian singer, who appears in various provocative positions with Rihanna, a reference point for a society in moral decay. Continue reading :60 Second Shorts – Rihanna is fine but come on son…

Ooh Chile x5: Lesbian couple in New Orleans celebrate Christmas as the parents of quintuplets

lesbianquintsHere’s a little bit of Awww this holiday season. Congratulations are in order for Liz and Nadia Harris. The couple, married for four-and-a-half years, are now the parents of quintuplets – four boys named Michael, David, Maxwell and Joseph and a girl named Elizabeth. Continue reading Ooh Chile x5: Lesbian couple in New Orleans celebrate Christmas as the parents of quintuplets

Sooo… y’all still want to #FreeKate?

photoNow I am going to make this quick because I have said all I thought I would ever say about Kaitlyn Hunt in not one but two posts.

Kaitlyn Hunt is back in jail. Not because the right-wing is trying to get her. Not because America doesn’t love the gays. But because she violated a plea deal that kept her out of jail.  How did she violate this plea deal might you ask? Was she was arrested at a peaceful gay rights rally? Nope. Did she chain herself to a 100 year old oak tree? That would be a negative. It is because she (allegedly) continued to send explicit pictures and texts to the now 15 year old girl that got her sent to jail in the first place.

Oh and don’t get me started about her mother… well her mama needs her ass whooped (figuratively). No matter the conversation about Kaitlyn’s age, her mother is sho nuff an adult (my southern is about to slip in). How dare she (allegedly) send texts to the child urging her to delete the evidence that they were still in contact? If the victim’s mother was anything like Mama KWord… there would have been smoke in the city (ok I slipping further and further). 

kaitlyn_huntI think we as gay people are falling into a trap that we as black people have found ourselves in in the past. In our effort to put up a united front, we are backing the wrong people. At least once a year, we are still hearing about how we marched for Tawana Brawley, and we all know we were wrong for sticking behind OJ’s murdering self too.

Wrong is wrong and if a 19 year old man OR woman was sleeping with my 14 year old child I’d send their ass straight to jail (don’t pass go, don’t collect 200 dollars) myself.

@TheTaskForce’s Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice #LGBT

rcarey_cc10_hiresWASHINGTON, DC — A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued the following open letter.

An Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice

We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin’s family and friends. We stand in solidarity with them as they continue to fight for justice, civil rights and closure. And we thank everyone who has pushed and will continue to push for justice.

Trayvon Martin deserves justice and his civil rights. We support the organizations and community leaders who are urging the federal government to explore every option to ensure that justice is served for Trayvon and that his civil rights are honored and respected. But our work does not end there: we will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.

Sakia Gunn

We represent organizations with diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituencies. Our community has been targets of bigotry, bias, profiling and violence. We have experienced the heart-breaking despair of young people targeted for who they are, who they are presumed to be, or who they love: Rashawn Brazell, Lawrence King, Ali Forney, Brandon Teena, Brandon White, Matthew Shepard, Marco McMillian, Angie Zapata, Sakia Gunn, Gwen Araujo and countless others.

Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety.

Justice delayed is justice denied and in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “a right delayed is a right denied.” We honor Trayvon by seeking justice for all people.


  • All Out
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Believe Out Loud
  • BiNet USA
  • Bisexual Resource Center
  • Center for Black Equity
  • CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
  • Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
  • Equality Federation
  • Family Equality Council
  • Freedom to Work
  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)
  • GetEQUAL
  • GMHC
  • GLAD
  • Harvey Milk Foundation
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Immigration Equality
  • Lambda Legal
  • Movement Advancement Project
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
  • Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
  • PFLAG National
  • The Trevor Project
  • Trans Advocacy Network
  • Transgender Law Center
  • Trans People of Color Coalition

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. © 2013, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C., 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. TTY 202.393.2284. Email:

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