Archive for October 2010

Another African American Gay Male Commits Suicide

Joseph Jefferson’s chilling last words, shared on Facebook with his friends, were: “I could not bear the burden of living as a gay man of color in a world grown cold and hateful towards those of us who live and love differently than the so-called ‘social mainstream.’ Belonging is one of the basic human needs,... Read more »

African American Gay Teen Commits Suicide

It really feels like this will not end.  Another teen, a 19-year-old former Howard University student Aiyisha Hassan committed suicide on October 4th. She appears to be the seventh LGBT teen to make the headlines for committing suicide in the past five weeks. Some reports suggest the former HU student was struggling with her sexuality.... Read more »

Obama: "It Gets Better"

The White House on Thursday released a video of President Obama telling gay youths that “It Gets better.” Obama joins the long list of many people, including my comrades and I, to help with Dan Savage’s YouTube campaign to help raise awareness around teen suicide and provide support to at risk-gay youth.  In his video,... Read more »

46th Chicago Film Festival International Winners!

This year’s Chicago Film Festival may prove to be the best one just yet. I’ve seen a really inspiring tale of children coming together from different backgrounds promoting change, a mind blowing documentary that puts a lot of things in perspective on global warming,  an interesting foreign film that had me laughing out of my seat and a powerful film... Read more »

Uganda Paper Publishes Photos Of Gays

The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda’s 100 “top” homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: “Hang Them.” Alongside their photos were the men’s names and addresses. CBS News reported that in the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and... Read more »

A Masquerade Extravaganza

It seems Masquerade Balls are all the rage. Just recently, Kanye West was spotted in Paris attending one with his Victoria’s Secret girlfriend Selita Ebanks. And, Tyra Banks was one of fashion’s lucky few to snag an invite to Vogue Paris’ 90th anniversary Masquerade Ball, and while most of the attendees wore couture masks to... Read more »

Forest Whitaker Trivial Question

Here’s your chance to see Forest Whitaker on Saturday, October 9th, at the Chicago International Film Festival Black Perspectives Tribute. One lucky winner will win a pair of VIP tickets, which include the Tribute and the VIP afterparty, and the other will win tickets to the Tribute and Award Presentation. Here’s the trivial question to... Read more »

Win Tickets to See Forest Whitaker on Saturday!

Want to see Forest Whitaker while he’s in town this Saturday for the Chicago International Film Festival Black Perspectives Tribute???? Well, you can! Check out my blog today at 4pm for a trivial question about Mr. Whitaker; the first two people to comment on the blog with the correct answer, will win a pair of... Read more »

A New Urban Gay Network that 'GLOs'

Let’s be honest. Their isn’t a network out there that caters or listens to the urban gay person. Not Logo. Not here!. Nothing. Well, not until now… GLO TV Network, the world’s only television network catering to the Urban LGBT community and it’s allies, premiered in September. It was founded in 2010, and it’s the... Read more »

Writer and Director Greg Berlanti Talks Up His Latest Film: Life As We Know It

It seems that Greg Berlanti may be the most successful gay writer-director-producer you don’t know. With six network TV shows and a feature film under his belt in just nine years, — such as Brothers & Sisters, Everwood and Dawson’s Creek —  Berlanti returns to the big screen. I met with the very handsome and... Read more »