Book review: Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis

Literature and fields of study have often overlooked, or altogether erased, the presence and impact of Black gay men in socio-political movements and ideologies. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and African-American disciplines have both neglected to give proper credit to Black gay men’s contributions to their respective fields. Kevin J. Mumford’s Not Straight, Not… Continue reading Book review: Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis

The Truth About The “Hoe Phase”

Yesterday I was on the phone with my ex. He is happily in a new relationship that he was telling me all about. It was nice to here the excitement and the fervor in his voice as he talked about his partner. After he was finished he asked me about my love life and what it… Continue reading The Truth About The “Hoe Phase”

4 Reasons Why Black Queer Men Code-Switch

This week, The Advocate, a popular LGBT publication, posted an article about Insecure's newest ostensibly gay character, Ahmal (Issa's brother), and code-switching. When I seen the article come across my feed, I was glad that someone was finally addressing it. When I first saw the episode, I clocked the code-switching immediately and just knew that… Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Black Queer Men Code-Switch

Ask Avery: “Isn’t White Supremacy Just About Racism?”

A few weeks ago I wrote about respectability politics and why you won't catch me subscribing to them. When I posted the link on my Facebook, I put this as the caption: Afterward, I got a bunch of questions about why I link whiteness (read: white supremacy) with things like homophobia and patriarchy and etc.… Continue reading Ask Avery: “Isn’t White Supremacy Just About Racism?”

Pride and The Police

*singing* It's the most wonderful timeee of the yearrrr! No, it's not Christmas (which is also lit), but it's Pride month. The one month of the year (honestly, Pride celebrations start in April and go through Labor Day, but the official Pride month is June) where LGBTQA+ identifying folks come together and aim up our… Continue reading Pride and The Police

Signature Move: A Review

"That's not how it works in real life. People don't fall in love with strangers that change them." This is Zaynab's plight as she unwillingly sits in front of a Pakistanian soap opera with her mother. Zaynab carries a slightly defeatist (or realist, depending on your perspective) disposition when it comes to relationships. A temperament that many queer… Continue reading Signature Move: A Review