BackPage Chronicles: "BackPage is a Cop Out"- Tyrice Black

BackPage Chronicles: "BackPage is a Cop Out"- Tyrice Black

With his love for the guy and the fact that they now had to provide for each other, the career that he was formerly having so much fun doing turned into an actual job. He needed money to take care of things and things started to fail. That 200 and 400 dollars a client turned into 20 and 40 dollars because now it wasn't a hobby, it was a job. And, in this job, he had to survive and clients weren't consistent. 

Gay Weddings Will Change You.

Gay Weddings Will Change You.

A couple weeks ago, I was talking to a good friend about why people think I am husband material when I don’t even feel like I’m at a place to be a boyfriend. In my mind, I am all fucked up, currently positioned and in a waiting period to see how the universe responds to what I am trying to create. With people, they see something in me that makes me constantly get asked, “Why aren’t you in a relationship?” Don’t you hate that question? Shit.

In 2017, I am Officially Transitioning!

In 2017, I am Officially Transitioning!

Transitioning has been liberation for me. It is the thing that causes me the most anxiety, but also the most joy. In 2017 I'm looking forward to all the new discoveries I'll have since I've accepted a new part of myself. As I walk fully in the light of who I am, I am praying for your own transitions in life. May they provide you with as much personal growth and wonderment as I've had over the last year.  Peace and Blessings.

Bridging the Gap Between Straight and Gay: Interview with Mitzi Henderson

Bridging the Gap Between Straight and Gay: Interview with Mitzi Henderson

I quickly realized because of my sexuality, I couldn't be included in their festivities—whether perceived or realistic. So, on behalf of my growth and the need to get to the bottom of it, I reached out to my loving cousin, Mitzi Henderson, to discuss these things with me. Perception can be reality, but perception isn’t always true. So, in my work I am doing on behalf of my intersections, I had to see where a beautiful heterosexual cousin of mine stood on issues as it relates to me. I hope this helps someone like it has helped me.

A How-To on Dealing with Current Politics with Mike Webb and Fran Watson

A How-To on Dealing with Current Politics with Mike Webb and Fran Watson

Fran says, “What we (the GLBT Political Caucus) want to do is to have an event that uses the political process… to see what the LGBT Community can look forward to making sure we are protected by the state legislature. We know that we are controlled by a very conservative House, Senate and Executive branch, but we also know we deserve these rights.”

Finding my Oshun, Feeling my Fish

Finding my Oshun, Feeling my Fish

I am a feminine man. I know it's hard to see because in the words of Madtv's Ms. Swan "I looka like a man." For years I hated everything to do with the feminine queen that was within me and femininity in general. Because I was taught that being feminine was weak, submissive, and boys like me ended up lonely, bitter messes. 

Almost 40, Double Degreed, Healthy and HIV Positive: World AIDS Day 2016

Almost 40, Double Degreed, Healthy and HIV Positive: World AIDS Day 2016

I'm HIV positive and I will be turning 40 years old next year. Will you? I'm sure after this post it will get likes and comments. I'm also sure I will get the stares and whispers—I don't care cause I'm living just like you are. I plan on achieving all my goals and ambitions. I will not stay silent anymore—I can't! This epidemic is killing our black gay men.

We need Therapy and Friends, not Dope.

We need Therapy and Friends, not Dope.

What is sad, though, is drugs—especially ice (methamphetamine) and pills (both prescription, ecstacy, and mollies)— are taking us out. I mean coke isn’t at any shortage of use in the community, but it ain’t taking us out like the other two. Meth and pills ain’t killing people like crazy, but it is fucking up people’s lives. Folks are so caught up on getting high that they are losing everything for the next high-- and sometimes at the price of their life. 

GenerationTEXT: How to Avoid Miscommunicating Through Text

GenerationTEXT: How to Avoid Miscommunicating Through Text

So, with a newfound perspective on the revolution of text messaging, instead of attempting to guide you with some hard and fastened customary code of polite behavior in electronic communication, I will leave you with a few principles to consider the next time you send a text.

Flame Monroe talks her Botched Season Finale, Same Sex Marriage, TransLivesMatter, and Rupaul

Flame Monroe talks her Botched Season Finale, Same Sex Marriage, TransLivesMatter, and Rupaul

Unapologetically 51 years old and beautiful, she leaves this advice to all the people who have watched some of her journey through our life, “Life is a trade off, all you can do is strive for your best. You never got everything you want—sometimes it’s good sometimes its okay. The thing is you gotta be in the game to know how it ends.” And with that Ms. Flame Monroe “The Queen of Hoe Nasty Glamour” (a nickname one of her former colleagues and good friends who passed away a few years ago) we thank you for all the trails you have blazed and the ability to stand fully in your truth. 

#ElectionHangover: 4 Fun Facts to Know as a (Double) Minority about Donald Trump

#ElectionHangover: 4 Fun Facts to Know as a (Double) Minority about Donald Trump

I think we completely missed the narrative of Donald Trump because we truly either thought Hillary Clinton was the best candidate, she was better than Trump or that she was the best of the worst. Still, President-Elect Trump will be in office January 20, 2017 for four years along with Tim Kaine. Kaine is who I am really scared of. Either way, Trump had an untold narrative that resonated with many people. Here are four interesting facts about our new President. 

The Messiah Complex: Dating People Based on Potential

The Messiah Complex: Dating People Based on Potential

That is exactly what happened in this situation: I didn't want him because of the good things he possessed, I wanted him for the potential he could have after he was "saved". This is the very thing that has pushed our community away from many tables we were accustomed to like church, family and some friendships. Then, we put this same struggle on our dating life.