Queer Windows in Dembow Music

By Princess Jiménez •  In the Dominican Republic, where supposedly moral society and the Church often espouse virulent homophobia and transphobia, an unusual alliance has appeared among the very poorest: singers and producers of popular music genre Dembow are working with queer people and trans women, who have become huge stars in their own right. Princess …

Spots on the Rug

By Joshua Redd •  The House. The Red One. Right there on Macdonough. You can leave me on the corner, I’m fine. I live at the address, but the house isn’t mine.   The rules of ownership are entitled to the mother, the sister, the dogs, the roaches, the mice, the boyfriend, the nephew. My …

Living at the Intersections of Anti-Black Racism and Queerphobia

I first heard the word “gay” spill from my brothers lips when I was six. “You’re gay,” he said, words sharp like poison. I didn’t know what it meant, I just knew it was bad. Standing there underneath dim Tuscan light, my toes curled up into scratchy carpet. I was taught to hate “gay” before …

A Conversation With Patrisse Khan-Cullors

By Stephanie Younger • After delivering a speech at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond, VA about the significance listening to Black youth in the fight for gun violence prevention, I was offered the opportunity to write for the ACLU of Virginia’s to share my thoughts on juvenile justice, racial justice and womanism. …

14 Black Girls, Women & Non-Binary People Every Womanist Should Know About

"In Search of Our Mother's Gardens," by Alice Walker By Stephanie Younger •  Many institutions fail to educate Black History and Women's History from the most marginalized voices in the Black community. Black women, girls and non-binary people are often discredited for our contributions to the feminist movement and the civil rights movement. Civil Rights …