The Whispers of Black People: Langston Hughes’ Struggles with Gay Pride

From the movie “Looking for Langston”, 1989 The man on the right is Ben Ellison as Langston Hughes.  The man on the right is his boyfriend Mathew Baidoo.

From the movie “Looking for Langston”, 1989
The man on the right is Ben Ellison as Langston Hughes. The man on the right is his boyfriend Mathew Baidoo.

Is freedom merely enough?  That was a wonder for most of the black people in the United States in 19th and 20th centuries.  Harlem had become the destination for most African Americans in the early 1900s.  They were looking to find a way to achieve equality and civil rights. With a stronger black community, Harlem Renaissance had started its movement in 1910 to fight for their Americans’ rights.  Uniquely, the inspiration of this movement is based on the play, Three plays for a negro theater”, the essay for Claude McKay, “If We Must Die” , poems of Langston Hughes and other great artists who came from across the country to ask for a recognition of their works. (more…)

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Kiyoshi Kuromiya and the Unspoken Struggle

Kiyoshi Kuromiya

Kiyoshi Kuromiya’s voice of resistance was part of a collective cry vocalized by radical queer, trans and gender non conforming people of color who battled imperialism, racism, the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, and the prison industrial complex For the last 40 years.  His life is a testament to queer and/or trans of color peoples’ participation in the civil rights, black power, New Left, queer and AIDS activist social movements and history.  This spirit, and legacy, of queer people of color’s resistance and resilience remains vital and relevant.

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Uganda’s Gay Pride

Image courtesy of David Robinson.

Image courtesy of David Robinson.

In recent years, Uganda has been in the news a lot due to their highly controversial “Kill the Gays” Bill. Uganda is unfortunately not an outlier in the criminalization of homosexuality, but the recent attempt to make this lifestyle a capital offense has outraged people all over the world and sparked a highly publicized Gay liberation struggle. While these struggles currently exist throughout the continent, Uganda’s anti-Gay sentiments offer a unique insight into the lasting effects of British colonialism. Laws that forbade homosexuality were built into the Ugandan penal code dating back to around 19th and 20th century British occupation. Since independence, not much has changed regarding Gay rights and protections against homophobia. Similarly, attitudes towards homosexuality are almost exclusively negative and the Gay community is often ostracized for their efforts.

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