Skip to main content

NLGJA: Keep Black History Month Black PT. 1

Wherein, I, Faith Cheltenham, ask NLGJA to "Keep Black History Month Black" PT. 1

(the email that went out to National Association of Gay and Lesbian Journalists subscribers today featuring some amazing Black LGBTQ writers and white Buzzfeed LGBTQ writer Dominic Holden...)

NLGJA Continues to Honor Black History Month 
To honor Black History Month, NLGJA is highlighting the work of our members who have contributed to broader understanding of LGBTQ issues in the black community. Each year NLGJA honors journalists who write on a wide array of issues related to the LGBTQ community reaching different audiences across many platforms. This week we recognize Tre’vell Anderson, Dominic Holden and The Advocate magazine, all of whom have received recognition in our Excellence in Journalism Award program for their positive impact on the representation of the black LGBTQ community and diversity in the media. 
Tre’vell Anderson’s L.A. Times article on the decline of black gay clubs in Los Angeles was runner-up for NLGJA’s Excellence in Feature Writing (Non-daily) Award. Anderson shows the importance of black-owned gay clubs at a time when racial discrimination was a major issue all over the country. “There was no space where black gays could enjoy themselves in one another's company,” writes Anderson, “escaping what they saw as the racial discrimination of West Hollywood and the homophobia of the African American community.” As a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Internet dating and other changes in the LGBTQ community, black gay bars have been going through financial hardship, resulting in the closure of the historic Catch disco in L.A. Now many in the black LGBTQ opt to spend their nights in West Hollywood, which shunned them only 40 years ago.
The Advocate magazine received the Excellence in Profile Writing Award for its “40 Under 40: Intersectional Voices” spotlight. The Advocate featured many prominent, diverse members of the LGBTQ community including Alicia Garcia and Patrisse Cullors, two co-founders of Black Lives Matter, and Michelle Garcia, an NLGJA member and Race & Identities Senior Editor at Vox. The article underscores the important contributions of diverse, young individuals who have made significant contributions to the black LGBTQ community, as well as other minority communities.


Writing about the high rates of violence against black trans women in Detroit for BuzzFeed, Dominic Holden was runner-up for NLGJA’s Excellence in News Writing (Non-daily) Award. In the story Holden pushes back against the stereotype that violence against black trans women results from their involvement as sex workers. “The circumstances of each killing are different, and by no means is sex work a common thread among all transgender women or among those who were killed,” writes Holden. “Still, in several cases in recent years, cops have treated transgender women as sex workers regardless - sometimes making arrests and then releasing the women - even though there was no evidence of sex work.” Holden’s article challenges stereotypes based on assumptions about race and gender identity, and promotes better understanding of an often marginalized community.
The deadline to nominate someone for one of NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards is approaching fast, so remember to submit your nominations soon! More information can be found on NLGJA’s website.


Popular posts from this blog


STATEMENT BY THEFAYTH ABOUT THE BISEXUAL COMMUNITY By thefayth, BiNet USA President With additional edits/support from Juba Kalamka, BiNet USA VP Bisexual communities have been notified of my intent to remove my networks, support and help from those who center white supremacy or practice trans exclusionary radical feminism. Simply put, I do not believe bisexual exclusionary communities (or beci's) to represent the bisexual community. When I emailed, messaged and tweeted at "Jayne Shea" and messaged her last Tuesday, I did so because I'd seen Seattle continuing to thrive with TERF's, or people who exclude trans people. It occurred to me, that the same group reported to BiNet USA for allowing cis only women was possibly closely associated with Jayne Shea; this has now been confirmed. And now the rest is history, Black-bisexual-intersex-trans history as I, thefayth, recently became more public in my transition from assumed cis female to known intersex trans multi-gen

No, I didn’t attempt to steal the bisexual pride flag

No, I didn’t attempt to steal the bisexual pride flag (but people I knew said I did, so did "the news") By the artist formerly known as Faith Cheltenham, and the activist formerly known as thefayth With my stepping away from bisexual community; I am returning home to those who love me; not something always found in bisexual, or LGBTQIA communities. The true upheaval for me personally is most profound in that I turn away from the concept of giving, entirely. thefayth is no more as I must admit I have no faith in humans, if I ever did. Further, I decline to serve with my body, my mind or spirit to provide such faith to humans without benefit to me first and always. My bigger shame? Direct donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to advocacy between 2004-2017 focused on bi communities worldwide, while also working for free at same time; I should have picked one or the other! My shame is particular, in that I feel, I may have been treated better if I’d been giving only t

The Khalil Lawal Story

Image from the family's #Heartbeats4Khalil page: Press Release June 29, 2018 (provided to thefayth at Netroots Nation) Point of Contact: Crystal Evans 202.643.4911 DEATH OF KHALIL LAWAL BY PHILLY COP JAMES POWELL  PHOTO OF KHALIL FROM On January 29th, 2018, after accidentally hitting a pedestrian, Khalil Lawal was approached by Philadelphia Police Officer James Powell—who was off duty at the time—and shot 15 times mere seconds after the encounter. James Powell shot Khalil first at point blank range and then several more times as Khalil was already laid on the ground. Khalil was unarmed and had not been committing any crimes when Powell approached him from behind with his gun already in hand. Khalil was shot directly in his left eye, his temple, his neck, chest and legs but succumbed to his injuries almost 2 hours after the incid