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Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ celebrates Black queer joy. O’Shae Sibley’s killer tried to strip that away.

Originally published by The 19th, your trusted source for contextualizing LGBTQ+ news. Sign up for our daily newsletter. Since its release last year, Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” has been celebrated as a love letter to Black queer dance culture.For an hour and two minutes, the album offers listeners a chance at freedom of expression, a brief respite […]

Posted inPolitics & Policy

How an Anti-Drag Bill Is Creating Fear Among Some Black LGBTQ Tennesseans

Alexia Noelle Paris has been a drag artist for six years, performing nearly every weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives, or in California. For her, drag isn’t merely a form of entertainment — it’s an outlet. “I’ve always appreciated drag, even though initially I didn’t think that it was something for me,” Paris said. […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice

Meet the Trailblazing Black LGBTQ Official at ‘Ground Zero’ for Climate Justice

In 1969, a state-mandated consent decree desegregated the school system in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Forty years later, continuing conflict over that desegregation effort in the city — evenly split between Black and white residents — inspired a young Davante Lewis’ first foray into public service.  His high school was strapped for cash and required much-needed […]