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Sex and People Of Color

diversityAt The CSPH, we understand the importance of relevant, accessible resources for all individuals, and recognize that due to racism and various systems of oppression, not everyone has equal access or representation in the field of sexuality and sex education more broadly. For this reason, and as part of our commitment to diversity and social justice, we have created this resource list at the intersection of sexuality and race/ethnicity. Because so many resources are created—purposefully or unwittingly—for white audiences, we have focused our resources here on people of color. (Curious about the term people of color, and particularly the term “women of color”? Watch this video by Loretta Ross discussing the phrase.)

We invite you to peruse the resources below and share them with others. If you are an educator or other sort of sexuality professional, we encourage you to incorporate these into your lessons, work, and practice. We also encourage you to question the materials you already use and see if they’re appropriately inclusive or not.

By including resources here, we are not necessarily endorsing all the information provided, so please check sources and make your own decisions about the content. Furthermore, not all of these necessarily have entirely friendly language, but might have important facts/good suggestions, so they are included. If you have any resources to add to this list, or have any concerns about the information listed here, please email aida@thecsph.org.

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Books

Books

Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of the Gay and Lesbian Experience

by Russell Leong

Writing from an impressive array of interdisciplinary perspectives, the contributors discuss a variety of topics, including sexuality and identity politics; community activism and gay activism; transnational aspects of love between women in Thailand; queer South Asian culture in the US; gay and lesbian filmmakers; same-sex sexuality in Pacific literature; and Asian American male homosexuality and AIDS. The relationship of the gay and lesbian experience to Asian American studies and Ethnic Studies is also explored.

TAGS: Asian,  LBGT, trans, sexual health, gender, youth

Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality

by Rosalid S. Chou

Asian American Sexual Politics explores the topics of beauty, self-esteem, and sexual attraction among Asian Americans. The book draws on sixty in-depth interviews to show how constructions of Asian American gender and sexuality tend to reinforce the social and political dominance for whites, particularly white males, even in the supposed “post-racial” United States.

TAGS: Asian, gender, sexual health, relationships

Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America

by Will Roscoe

In many Native American tribal societies, it was not uncommon for some men to live as women and some women to live as men. In this land, the original America, men who wore women’s clothes and did women’s work became artists, ambassadors, and religious leaders, and women sometimes became warriors, hunters and even chiefs. Same-sex marriages flourished. Berdaches—individuals who combine male and female social roles with traits unique to their status as a third gender—have been documented in more than 150 North American tribes. By looking at this aspect of non-Western culture, Roscoe challenges the basis of the dualistic way most Americans think about sexuality, and shakes the foundation of the way we understand and define gender.

TAGS: Native, Indigenous, gender, LBGT, two-spirit

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

by Dorothy Roberts

This is a no-holds-barred response to the liberal and conservative retreat from an assertive, activist, and socially transformative civil rights agenda of recent years–using a black feminist lens and the issue of  the impact of recent legislation, social policy, and welfare “reform” on black women’s–especially poor black women’s–control over their bodies’ autonomy and their freedom to bear and raise children with respect and dignity in a society whose white mainstream is determined to demonize, even criminalize their lives.  It gives its readers a cogent legal and historical argument for a radically new , and socially transformative, definition of  “liberty” and “equality” for the American polity from a black feminist perspective.

TAGS: Black, African-American, gender, repro rights

Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy

by Tricia Rose

In a culture driven by sexual and racial imagery, very few honest conversations about race, gender, and sexuality actually take place. In their absence, commonly held perceptions of black women as teenage mothers, welfare recipients, mammies, or exotic sexual playthings remain unchanged. For fear that telling their stories will fulfill society’s implicit expectations about their sexuality, most black women have retreated into silence. Tricia Rose seeks to break this silence and jump-start a dialogue by presenting, for the first time, the sexual testimonies of black women who span a broad range of ages, levels of education, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Both brilliantly conceived and sensitively executed, Longing to Tell is required reading for anyone interested in issues of race and gender.

TAGS: Black, African-American, relationships, gender

Out! Stories from the New Queer India

ed. by Minal Hajratwala

This anthology is a collection of Indian stories grappling with understandings of queer identities. These are the lives of queer Indians today: poignant, gripping, and occasionally even hilarious. Through their original and unforgettable stories, penned by the community’s master storytellers as well as emerging writers, Out! offers a glimpse beyond the closet doors – and into the lives and dreams of India’s most misunderstood minority

TAGS: India, Asian, queer

Sexuality and Eroticism Among Males in Moslem Societies

by John Dececco

Here is the first major work published about sexuality and eroticism between males in Islamic society. Through narratives, analytic essays, descriptions, and academic treatises, Sexuality and Eroticism Among Males in Moslem Societies provides a revealing and most fascinating look into what is–for most Westerners–still a very hidden, very foreign culture.

TAGS: Middle-East, LBGT, Islam, relationships

Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective

by Kelly Brown Douglas

This book tackles the “taboo” subject of sexuality that has long been avoided by the Black church and community. Douglas argues that this view of Black sexuality has interfered with constructive responses to the AIDS crisis and teenage pregnancies, fostered intolerance of sexual diversity, frustrated healthy male/female relationships, and rendered Black and womanist theologians silent on sexual issues.

TAGS: African-American, Black, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, youth, relationships, sexual health

Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture

by Walter L. Williams

Williams, an ethnohistorian at the University of Southern California, presents a fascinating and thorough study of American Indian acceptance of sexual diversity. Drawing on interviews with Native Americans, anthropologists and historians, Williams documents how tribal cultures revered the “berdache”any man who “does not fill a society’s standard man’s role, who has a nonmasculine character.” Many American Indian communities believed that some members belonged to an “alternative gender” neither male nor female, their identities determined by spiritual inclination, not sex. Berdaches were treated as sacred and held ceremonial roles as psychic healers, “medicine men” and prophets. Williams also illustrates how European settlers in North and South America sought to repress the berdache tradition and how it went underground, reemerging after the rebirth of Native American culture and the rise of gay liberation. The only flaws in this enlightening book are the author’s tendency to generalize about Western homophobia and his too brief treatment of female counterparts of berdaches.

TAGS: Native, Indigenous, gay, gender, LBGT, two-spirit

Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies

by Celine Shimizu

Depictions of Asian American men as effeminate or asexual pervade popular movies. Hollywood has made clear that Asian American men lack the qualities inherent to the heroic heterosexual male.

TAGS: Asian, sexual health, sexual pleasure, media

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South

by E. Patrick Johnson

Traveling to every southern state, Johnson conducted interviews with more than seventy black gay men between the ages of 19 and 93. The voices collected here dispute the idea that gay subcultures flourish primarily in northern, secular, urban areas. In addition to filling a gap in the sexual history of the South, Sweet Tea offers a window into the ways that black gay men negotiate their sexual and racial identities with their southern cultural and religious identities. The narratives also reveal how they build and maintain community in many spaces and activities, some of which may appear to be antigay. Ultimately, Sweet Tea validates the lives of these black gay men and reinforces the role of storytelling in both African American and southern cultures.

TAGS: gay, trans, Black, African-American, Christianity

Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality

by Sue Ellen-Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, Sabine Lang

This landmark book combines the voices of Native Americans and non-Indians, anthropologists and others, in an exploration of gender and sexuality issues as they relate to lesbian, gay, trans-gendered, and other “marked” Native Americans. Focusing on the concept of two-spirit people – individuals not necessarily gay or lesbian, transvestite or bisexual, but whose behaviors or beliefs may sometimes be interpreted by others as uncharacteristic of their sex – this book is the first to provide an intimate look at how many two-spirit people feel about themselves, how other Native Americans treat them, and how anthropologists and other scholars interpret them and their cultures.

TAGS: Native, Indigenous, LBGT, trans, spiritual, two-spirit

Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity

by Afsaneh Najmabadi

Drawing from a rich array of visual and literary material from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking book rereads and rewrites the history of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality. Peeling away notions of a rigid pre-modern Islamic gender system, Afsaneh Najmabadi provides a compelling demonstration of the centrality of gender and sexuality to the shaping of modern culture and politics in Iran and of how changes in ideas about gender and sexuality affected conceptions of beauty, love, homeland, marriage, education, and citizenship.

TAGS: Middle-East, gender, relationships

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography

by Audre Lorde

“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.”—Off Our Backs

TAGS: Black, African-American, queer, LBGT, gender

Conferences

Conferences

LBGTQ Youth Empowerment Conference

HBGC’s annual LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Conference is a FREE space for LGBTQ youth of color to connect with each other, share resources, and gain useful skills for navigating life. It is currently the largest conference gathering of LGBTQ youth of color and their allies in New England.

TAGS: Hispanic, Black, African-American, youth, LBGT, trans

Asian Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights

On the 20th year after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo and the year before the reckoning of the MDG achievements, civil society organizations in collaboration with government policy makers, program implementers, and development partners will gather at the Philippine International Convention Center on January 21-24, 2014 for the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights. This conference will provide an opportunity for the participants to examine the region’s performance, current good practices for diverse population segments (adolescents and youth, women of reproductive age, men, and the elderly), the roles and accountability of different stakeholders, as well as lessons learned, issues and challenges in realizing the ICPD Program of Action and in attaining the SRHR-related MDGs. This gathering will also generate new paradigms, innovative ideas and strategies that would address emerging SRHR issues and challenges beyond 2015.

TAGS: Asian, Asian Pacific-Islander, sexual health, repro rights

Transcending Boundaries Conference

Transcending Boundaries, Inc. was founded in 2001 to provide education, activism, and support for persons whose sexuality, gender, sex, or relationship style do not fit within conventional categories. The organization serves our ever-evolving communities, including bisexual, pansexual, asexual, fluid, queer, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, intersex, polyamorous, and kinky persons, as well as allies and those who prefer not to use labels.

TAGS: LGBT, trans, queer, gender

Queer People of Color Conference

Queer People of Color Conference aims to create a space for queer communities of color and allies to come together to engage in meaningful dialogues focused on the intersections of the multidimensional identities of queer people of color (QPOC). Attendees and presenters will have the opportunity to participate in educational workshops and/or presentations that will provide participants with tools to navigate current and future societal and institutional barriers that Queer People of Color encounter.

TAGS: LGBT, trans, queer, gender

Speakers

Speakers

Sophia St. James Sophia St. James has been an erotic entertainer since 1996. She is a knowledgeable healthcare provide, speaker, sex educator, and presenter. With 15 years of nursing experience under her belt, she understand the human body and how it works. Sophia is well-rounded, body-positive, and sex-positive. She was nominated for a Feminist Porn Award in 2013.

Kelly Shibari The plus size performer not only entertains fans in front of the camera, but she produced the 2011 Feminist Porn Award-winning PaddedKINK, which celebrates kinksters of size. As a BBW model/performer, Kelly is passionate about introducing body positive messages into the media spotlight and promotes her ongoing mantra of “Confidence Is Sexy” through a variety of mediums. A proponent of “intelligent hedonism,” Kelly speaks on college campuses and more on how to intelligently navigate female sexuality, negative media messages about size, and bullying, all while developing self-confidence and inner strength.

Mollena Williams This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” © is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. She is extremely proud to have served asInternational Ms Leather 2010. She is also thrilled to have been namedMs. San Francisco Leather 2009. Her opinion and viewpoints on issues of kink, Leather and BDSM are frequently sought after by news and information sources such asThe New York Times,The Huffington Post,Newsweek,Essence,andEbony, among other publications.

Trina Scott Trina Scott is Associate Director of Health Equity and Youth Empowerment at Advocates for Youth. In her role at Advocates, she works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to improve HIV/AIDs services on campus through changing policies related to sexual and reproductive health as well as building sustainable partnerships with students and community based organizations. Trina also serves as the supervisor of the national young women of color leadership council. YWOCLC is a group of 18 young women across the country who educate include and empower their peers.

Dazon Dixon Diallo Dázon Dixon Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Incorporated, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS organization in the southeastern United States.  She is also adjunct faculty in women’s health at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Masters of Public Health Program in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sinnamon Love Sinnamon Love is a formerAfrican Americanpornographic actress,fetish model,glamour model, and dominatrix. She directed the movie My Black Ass 4, which received nominations at the 2001AVN Awards for Best Ethnic-Themed Video. Love was admitted into the Urban X Hall of Fame in 2009,and theAVN Hall of Fame in 2011

Twanna Hines Twanna A. Hines, M.S., is an award­-winning educator, sex advisor, columnist, and TV and radio commentator focused on the sociology of sexuality and its relationship to culture and Internet technology. Founder of FUNKY BROWN CHICK®, she has contributed to CNN, NPR, Sirius, Time Out New York, Lifetime, Mashable, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company magazine, and the Huffington Post as well as CBC (Canadian National Radio), Paris Première (French Television), and Al Jazeera. She has also been quoted in a host of outlets throughout the U.S., from New York magazine to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Spectra A. I. Asala Spectra is an award-winning Nigerian writer, women’s rights activist, new media consultant, and philanthropist. She is the voice behind the afrofeminist media blog, Spectra Speaks (www.spectraspeaks.com), which publishes news, opinions, and personal stories about gender, media, and diversity as they pertain to Africa and the Diaspora. Spectra is also the founder and executive editor of Queer Women of Color Media Wire (www.qwocmediawire.com), a media advocacy and publishing organization that amplifies the voices of lesbian, bisexual, queer, and/or transgender women of color, diaspora, and other racial/ethnic minorities around the world.

Joy Messinger Joy Messinger is a reproductive justice advocate, sexuality educator, and nonprofit administrator living & working in chicago. Currently, she is the deputy director for theillinois caucus for adolescent health, an organization dedicated to the sexual health, rights, & identities of young people in illinois & beyond. Most of her free time is devoted toorganizing at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality within the local & national feminist, Asian American, and LGBTQ communities.

Phoenyx Austin Dr. Phoenyx Austin is Sports Medicine Physician, Certified Trainer and #1 Bestselling Author ofAnd That’s Why You’re FatandIf You Love It Will Grow.Dr. Phoenyx has been featured in countless major publications such as EBONY and Essence. She has also been featured on popular syndicated television and radio shows on networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, NewsOne Now and Radio One. Find the Doc atDrPhoenyx.com, and ask her your fitness questions onFacebookandTwitter.

Jessica Danforth Jessica Danforth is the founder of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, the first and only organization of its kind by and for Indigenous youth working across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice throughout the United States and Canada. She has spent more than half her life mobilizing individuals, families, and communities alike to reclaim their ancestral rights to self-determine decisions over their own bodies and spaces.

Jessica González-Rojas Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas. She has been a leader in progressive movements for over 15 years.  Jessica is successfully forging connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latino civil rights, breaking down barriers between movements and building a strong Latina grassroots presence.

Chanravy Proeung Chanravy Proeung has served as PrYSM’s Executive Director for the past two years and is looking forward to serving as Co-Director for local organizing work. Chanravy began at PrYSM as Volunteer Coordinator and has been a part of the organization for over three years. A local of Providence, RI, Chanravy has pushed forward a local and statewide campaign to end racial profiling of youth of color. She is the first American born generation in her family, who are refugees from Cambodia. Her family was resettled in Mobile, Alabama in the early 1970′s and migrated to many states before arriving at Rhode Island. She hopes to bring awareness, change, and consciousness to the Southeast Asian community and communities of color.

Miriam Zoila Pérez Miriam Zoila Pérez is a North Carolina native whose upbringing in a Cuban immigrant household was pretty far from Southern, although she does enjoy BBQ and the occasional Carolina basketball game. She graduated from Swarthmore College with High Honors and a BA in Anthropology in 2006 and has lived in various East Coast cities ever since. She is a writer, consultant and activist focused on race, health and gender.

Paulina Helm-Hernandez Paulina Helm-Hernandez is a queer femme cha-cha girl, artist, trainer, political organizer & trouble-maker-at-large from Veracrúz, Mexico. This Chicana grew up in rural North Carolina, and is currently growing roots in Atlanta, GA. She has been the Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) for 7 years, having joined the staff after coordinating the Southern regional youth activism program at the Highlander Research & Education Center for over 4 years. Paulina has a background in farm worker and immigrant / refugee rights organizing, cultural work, youth organizing, anti-violence work, and liberation work that centers people most affected by violence, poverty, war and racism.

Duane de Four Duane de Four is  an educator, media critic and activist. De Four’s specialties include gender violence prevention, teaching bystander intervention, sexual health education, redefining masculinity and outreach to male groups and diversity education.

Francisco Ramirez Francisco Ramirez holds a Master of Public Health (concentration in sexuality & health) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In 2007 he was named a Rosenfield Scholar in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Aida Manduley Aida is a bilingual organizer and educator hailing from Puerto Rico who is currently serving as a special projects coordinator at The CSPH. Outside of her work at The CSPH, Aida is pursuing her Master’s of Social Work at Boston University and sitting on a number of coalitions around topics like HIV prevention, comprehensive sexuality education, and LGBTQ anti-violence work. Her past projects include working as the Sexual Health Advocate at a domestic violence agency, contributing to a quarterly magazine/endurance publishing event, volunteering as an advocate with a violent crime crisis helpline, and chairing the board of non-profit that organizes low-income communities of color for socioeconomic and political justice. A lover of technology, she has also taught digital literacy skills to immigrant communities and the elderly. Aida received her undergraduate degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University.

Amy Andre Featured from CNN to PBS to Cosmo for her bi/LGBT activism, Amy Andre is the co-author of Bisexual Health. She holds a master’s degree in sexuality studies and, as a Point Foundation Scholar, earned an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. An in-demand speaker on bisexual health and other issues facing the LGBT community, Amy has educated thousands of people at over 100 universities and companies, including Harvard, Stanford Medical School, and Microsoft.

Staceyann Chin Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of “things she has done” to her grandmother’s hard-working history and the pain of her mother’s absence.

Mark Anthony Neal Mark Anthony Neal is Associate Professor of Black Popular Culture in African-American Studies at Duke University and Director of the Institute for Critical US Studies. He holds a Doctorate in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Bamby Salcedo Bamby is the founder and President of The Trans-Latin@ Coalition. Ms Salcedo is a very proud Latina transgender woman who is recognized nationwide for her advocacy work related to trans issues; she has served in various planning groups and organizations such as the CHPG (California HIV Planning Group) in which she chaired the transgender-working group and as the former Co-Chair for the Transgender Task Force with the Prevention Planning Committee of Los Angeles County and The Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV prevention with UCSF she also served as a member with the National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN).

Organizations

Organizations

Asian/ Pacific-Islander:

  • Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance: The oldest Asian queer organization in the US, QAPA is dedicated to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for Asian and Pacific-Islander populations in the Boston/ New England area. Their events include fundraisers, discussion spaces, and meetups.

  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance NQAPIA is a federation of organizations throughout the country that provide support and advocacy for LGBTQ Asian and Pacific-Islander populations. Along with a long list of local member organizations, they also hold conferences, summits, and produce multilingual campaigns around social justice and equality.

  • Asian Health Services Youth Program: This organization, based in Northern California, provides comprehensive sexual education services to youth ages 12-21. Their work includes everything from providing reproductive health education in local high schools and communities to no-cost family planning consultations and peer leadership and advocacy development.

  • Asian Community AIDS Services: Based in Toronto, Canada, this community-based group provides educational resources and outreach to the Asian community, focusing on reducing racism, homophobia, and AIDS-phobia in their work.

  • Queer Asian Spirit: A website and forum for queer-identified people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent interested in discussing issues of faith and spirituality. Along with publishing an e-zine, the group also includes a plethora of resources for exploring intersections of ethnicity, faith, and sexuality.

  • APICHA Community Health Center : We advocate for and provide a welcoming environment for underserved and vulnerable people, especially Asians and Pacific Islanders, the LGBT Community and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

  • Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health: We represent a diverse range of interests working together to advocate on, highlight and prioritise HIV issues that affect the lives of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, including rights, health and well-being. Our goals are: • Increasing investment in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in the region • Scaling up coverage of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in the region • Strengthening the development and availability of the evidence base that supports our mandate By influencing governments and opinion leaders, we are generating positive, enduring change.

  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum: NAPAWF is a bridge. We bridge the many issues that confront API women and their communities. We bridge the diversity of the 40-plus language groups that are represented under the Asian and Pacific Islander census category. We bridge the many places where our communities reside. We bridge the many waves of immigration of the API community: mothers to daughters and first generation to 4th generation immigrants. We bridge strategies of individual empowerment with a larger vision of mobilizing power for justice, equality and peace.

  • The Southeast Asian Consortium on Gender, Sexuality, and Health: Through a series of regional training, research, and publication the Consortium aims to promote a context-specific and gender-sensitive approach to sexuality and health in research, policy advocacy, and intervention in order to contribute to better sexual and reproductive health in Southeast Asia and China. Activities are jointly undertaken by the Consortium members and rotate among various locations with a central secretariat based in Bangkok.
  • TransLatin@ Coalition an organization full of resources and means for education to our community and to society in The US, Latin America, The Caribbean, and other parts of the world.
  • Map For Health: MAP for Health is a community-based, nonprofit organization that works to improve healthcare access, disease prevention and service delivery for the API community in Massachusetts.

Black/African-American

  • Black Women’s Health Imperative: The Black Women’s Health Imperative (Imperative) is the only organization devoted solely to advancing the health and wellness of America’s 20 million Black women and girls through advocacy and public policy, health education, research and leadership development. Founded as the National Black Women’s Health Project in 1983 by health activist and McArthur genius Byllye Y. Avery, the Imperative promotes optimal health for African American women across their lifespan – physically, mentally and spiritually.
  • Hispanic Black Gay Coalition: (Cross-posted under Latin@ Organizations) Located in Boston, MA, HBGC is a non-profit dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic, and Latin@ LGBTQ community.  HBGC works to inspire and empower Latin@, Black, and Hispanic LGBTQ identified individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling.

  • The Brown Boi Project is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice.

  • The Black Girl Project The mission of The Black Girl Project is to use the issues discussed in the film–Identity, Obstacles, Goals, Love & Sex, Family and the Media–to help build critical thinking, inspire dialogue and empower young women and girls.

  • Black Sexual Abuse Survivors The mission of the Black Sexual Abuse Survivors (BSAS) Web site is to serve as an online support group for black, adult males and females who were sexually abused as children.

  • Sister Song: We mobilize women of color around our lived experiences by: bringing women of color together, encouraging our collective sustainability through mentoring and self-help, providing a framework that resonates with our lived experience, and organizing and mobilizing to affect change.

  • My Sistahs: The Young Women of Color Leadership Council is composed of young women of color, leaders and activists, who have come together to promote a message of prevention and empowerment. All of our work is a collaboration of diversity and passion, coming together in the hopes of affecting a million more.

  • California Black Women’s Health Project: Founded in 1994, the California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP) focuses on empowering Black women to take personal responsibility for our own health and to advocate for changes in policies that adversely affect Black women’s health status. Our statewide efforts embrace numerous issues, including health promotion and disease organization began in partnership with the UCLA Self-Help Center to provide self-help health education resources and policy advocacy for Black women across the state.

  • SisterLove, Inc.: SisterLove is on a mission to eradicate the adverse impact of HIV/AIDS and other reproductive health challenges upon women and their families through education, prevention, support and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world.

Latin@/Hispanic

  • Hispanic Black Gay Coalition: (Cross-posted under Black Organizations) Located in Boston, MA, HBGC is a non-profit dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic, and Latin@ LGBTQ community.  HBGC works to inspire and empower Latin@, Black, and Hispanic LGBTQ identified individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling. (Hispanic Black Gay Coalition es una organización en Boston dedicada a servir y unir la comunidad LGBTQ Afro Americana y Latina.  Trabajan para inspirar y fortalecer individuos de la comunidad LGBTQ Afro Americana y Latinos, para mejorar sus vidas a través del activismo, educación, y consejería.)

  • La Clínica del Pueblo: A non-profit, federally qualified health center, La Clínica del Pueblo serves the Latino and immigrant populations of the Washington, DC metro area.  Their goal is to provide culturally appropriate health services to persons of the Latino community regardless of their ability to pay.  Their services include patient services, mental health and substance abuse services, interpreter services, and community health action.  (La Clínica del Pueblo es una organización sin fines de lucro que ofrece sus servicios las comunidades Latinas y de inmigrantes en el área metropolitana de Washington, D.C. Tienen como objetivo proveer servicios de salud a miembros de la comunidad Latina sin importar su capacidad de pago o estado financiero. Allí puede conseguir servicios para pacientes, para la salud mental y el abuso de drogas o alcohol, servicios de interpretación, e iniciativas para incrementar la salud de la comunidad.)

  • Latinos for Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood works every day with Latinos to improve the quality of their health care and to help them protect themselves and their families through education, preventive care, and life-saving screenings for cancer and other health problems. As the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider, our health centers provide contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and lifesaving cancer screenings to millions, including over 620,000 Latinos each year. (Planned Parenthood trabaja diariamente con Latin@s para mejorar la calidad de los servicios de salud que reciben, y para ayudarlos a protegerse a sí mismos y a sus familias a través de programas de educación, cuidado preventivo, y chequeos de rutina para prevenir o detectar cáncer y otros problemas de salud. Debido al hecho de que somos los líderes en el área de servicios de salud sexual y reproductiva, nuestros centros de salud proveen anticonceptivos, exámenes y tratamientos para enfermedades de transmisión sexual, y chequeos de cáncer a millones, incluyendo a más de 620,000 Latin@s cada año.)

  • National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health: The mission of NLIRH is to ensure the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice for Latinas, their families and their communities through public education, community mobilization and policy advocacy. (La misión del Instituto Nacional de Latinas por la Salud Reproductiva (NLIRH) es de asegurar el derecho humano fundamental a la justicia y salud reproductiva para las Latinas, sus familias y sus comunidades a través de la educación pública, movilización de la comunidad y abogacía política.)

  • Allgo: An organization for and by queer people of color throughout the state of Texas. (Una organzación por y para la gente queer de color a lo largo del estado de Texas.)

  • The Sexual Health of Latina Adolescents–Focus on Assets: by Advocates for Youth

  • The Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health: The Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) is a research center that investigates the role of the Latino family in shaping the development and well-being of Latino adolescents.

  • GALAEI: Founded in 1989, GALAEI is a non-profit organization devoted to creating an awareness of the issues that affect Philadelphia’s Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

  • TODO@S ProjectThe Network/La Red, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health and Renewal House, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry have partnered on an inter-agency collaboration designed to improve and increase access to intervention and prevention services for LGBQ/T Black and Latin@ people affected by partner abuse.

  • TransLatin@ Coalition an organization full of resources and means for education to our community and to society in The US, Latin America, The Caribbean, and other parts of the world.

Middle-Easterner

  • Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO): Iranian Queer Organization, the organization serving, empowering and supporting the Iranian LGBT community is the realization of big dreams and the result of major efforts by brave Iranian LGBT activists, who after years of underground activity and anonymous blogging, came to the conclusion that the Iranian LGBT community and individuals would be best served once they have an official association that can negotiate for them, represent them and create opportunities for social change in favor of the LGBT community inside Iran.

  • Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR): The IRQR’s mission is advancing human rights for Iranian queers asylum seekers/refugees to increase public awareness of their plight and to provide continued support to them where and when it is required.

  • Helem: Helem leads a peaceful struggle for the liberation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered (LGBT), and other persons with non-conforming sexuality or gender identity in Lebanon from all sorts of violations of civil, political, economic, social, or cultural rights.

  • GLADT: GLADT is a non-profit organization based in Berlin and is an independent, self-organized group of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people (LGBTT) with a family link to Turkey. In addition to people with a Turkish or Kurdish background, many people with other backgrounds (like Iranian or former Yugoslavian, Arab or Greek) take advantage of what GLADT has to offer. We offer counseling and support services in English, while most of our outreach literature is in German or Turkish. All services are available to the general public, regardless of ethnic background, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Multi/Bi-racial:

  • Mavin Foundation: a national non-profit organization that builds healthier communities by providingeducational resources about Mixed Heritage experiences.
  • Mixed Heritage Center: a collaborative project between MAVIN and AMEA (Association of Multiethnic Americans), is a clearinghouse of information and resources relevant to the lives of people who are multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted, or otherwise impacted by the intersections of race and culture.
  • Loving Day: is organized and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. We work hard every day to encourage celebrations, plan events, provide resources, and make Loving Day a new tradition.
  • Coalition for Queer People of ColorThe Coalition (as we often like to call it) is a diverse group of University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff all committed to building community around, and highlighting the lived experiences of LGBTQ and similarly self-identified people of color. We’re also pleased to be joined by members of the greater Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community!The Coalition is open to anyone with a genuine interest in promoting social and racial justice. And for us, that includes our white, heterosexual, and cis allies! We especially love people who are fierce, fabulous, and fun!
  • Multicultural AIDS CoalitionThe Multicultural AIDS Coalition is the oldest Minority AIDS Service Organization in New England. Since 1988, the MAC has been successful in reaching out to thousands of individuals from diverse cultures and language backgrounds in raising their awareness and level of understanding about HIV/AIDS, and supporting them into HIV services.
  • The Women of Color (WOC) Sexual Health NetworkThe mission of this working group is to empower and include more women of color in the field of sexual health. Sexuality educators, therapist, couselors, and doctors should have more representation of women of color to bring diversity to this field, which is underrepresented by people of color.
  • Mangos with ChiliMangos With Chili is a performing arts company committed to showcasing high quality performance of life saving importance by queer artists of color to audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
  • TODO@S ProjectThe Network/La Red, Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health and Renewal House, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry have partnered on an inter-agency collaboration designed to improve and increase access to intervention and prevention services for LGBQ/T Black and Latin@ people affected by partner abuse.

Native/ Indigenous/First Nation/Aboriginal:

  • The Native Youth Sexual Health Network: An organization by and for indigenous youth that works on issues of sexual and reproductive health and justice throughout the US and Canada. Through developing sexual health curricula and media campaigns, they aim to provide culturally safe sexual education and activist opportunities to help reclaim traditional knowledge about people’s bodies.

  • National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center: The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native nonprofit organization that was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women. Under this grant project and in compliance with statutory requirements, the NIWRC will seek to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native (Native) tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations to respond to domestic violence.

  • The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center: (NAWHERC)–which provides direct services to Native women and families in South Dakota and advocates for Native women at the community, national, and international levels to protect our reproductive health and rights–is a project of the NACB (the NACB is the governing board). NAWHERC’s activities range from community education to preserve our culture, campaigns to end violence against Indigenous women, coalition building to fight for our reproductive justice, and environmental justice.

  • Aboriginal Women’s Health: The Aboriginal Health Initiative was formed in 1993 in response to the growing recognition of the sexual and reproductive health disparity between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada. In 2005, the SOGC established Aboriginal Health as one of our key pillars in our Strategic Directions for 2006-2011.

Web Resources/Blogs

Entire Websites/Blogs:

  • Adios Barbie: One Stop Body Image Shop for Identity Issues (including race, size, media and more!)
  • Cheraq/Neda Magazine: Online publication for Iranian Queers. Language: Farsi

  • The Gay and Lesbian Arab Society (Ahbab): Online blog for Arab gay and lesbians/ Language: Arabic

  • Immigration Equality: A website for LGBTQ equality in the immigration law and immigrant communities (The immigrant population is not entirely composed POC, but we provide this resource because often times immigration affects communities of color.)
  • Kelma: A site for Queer Arabs in France. Language: French

  • Latino Sexuality Blogspot and Tumblr

  • Bianca y la Sexualidad: A Sex Positive Website for People of Color. Language: English

  • Sami Hamwi: Just a Syrian Gay Guy With Some Random Thoughts

  • LambdaIstanbul: The agenda of Lambda includes: 1) Reporting human rights violations.  2) Helping change the 10th article of the Constitution, pending its amendment. According to the Article No.10 of the Constitution of Turkey, discrimination based on language, race, skin color, gender, political opinion, religion, denomination and similar reasons is prohibited but it does not directly refer to sexual orientation or sexual identity. Language: Turkish

  • TurkGayClub: Online community for LBGT community in Turkey. Language: Turkish

  • GayEgypt.com: Blog about gay issues in Egypt.

  • Gaysi: GaysiFamily was started to provide a voice and a safe space to Desis from the South Asian subcontinent that identify as LGBTQ. What began as a small intimate blog to share stories about what it meant to be Queer and desi (Gaysi!) has evolved into a colourful vibrant space with many Desi authors from around the world.

  • Black Girl Dangerous: Black Girl Dangerous is the brainchild of writer Mia McKenzie. What started out as a scream of anguish has evolved into a multi-faceted forum for expression. Black Girl Dangerous seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.Youth On Fire:a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street – involved youth, ages 14-24, located in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Over 3,000 youth have benefitted from YOF since the program opened its doors in the Spring of 2000.

  • Youth On Fire: a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street – involved youth, ages 14-24, located in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Over 3,000 youth have benefitted from YOF since the program opened its doors in the Spring of 2000.
  • Empowering The Body: Melissa is a bilingual sexual and reproductive health and rights educator and advocate. She is a New York City based DONA International trained labor and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and founder of The Abortion Diary Podcast.

Blog Posts and Web Articles

Films, Documentaries, and Web Series

Films

Asian

  • Manji: A childless housewife falls in love with a beautiful model.
  • 15: Fast, frenetic, and furious, 15 is the story of five Singaporean teenagers who, abandoned by the system and estranged from their parents and life in general, build their own world.
  • Amphetamine: Openly gay banker Daniel debates whether to return to Australia or stay in Hong Kong when he meets Kafka, a straight swimming instructor.
  • Spider Lilies: When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko’s tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well.
  • Soundless Wind Chime: Ricky leaves Hong Kong for Switzerland to look for the lost soul and the past of his deceased Swiss lover, Pascal. Ricky struggles with the confusion of memories, reality and illusion.
  • Gohatto: Set during Japan’s Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in sword-fighting.
  • Candy Rain: Candy Rain is a romantic drama which combines four intimate, lyrical tales exploring lesbian relationship in contemporary Taiwan. A rich, bittersweet spectrum of love and loss, based on true stories.
  • Murmur of Youth: A rather dejected Mei-li Chen lives with her extended family in the suburbs. She drops out of college when the boy she has a crush on finds a girlfriend. Mei-li eventually ends up selling tickets in a movie theatre. A great camaraderie then builds up between the two cashiers in the small ticket booth.
  • Happy Together: Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift.

 

Black

  • Pariah: Originally released as a short in 2007 and re-released as a full feature in 2011, Dee Rees received a myriad of awards for this ground-breaking film. It tells the story of a 17-year-old African-American teen girl embracing her identity as a lesbian and grappling with her mother’s disdain.
  • Mosquita y Mari: In a fast-paced immigrant community where dreams are often lost to economic survival, two young Chicanas contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other.
  • Change: directed by Melissa and Jeff McCutcheon: Released in 2011, ‘Change’ is a short about a gay African American teenager who grapples with his identity on the night President Barack Obama was elected and Proposition 8 passed.
  • Stud Life: Directed By Campbell X: Released in 2012, ‘Stud Life’ tells the story of a British stud lesbian and her gay pretty boy best friend. They work together, but their friendship is tested when the lesbian falls for a diva.
  • The Skinny: Directed By Patrik-Ian Polk: Released in 2012 and directed by the award-winning Patrik-Ian Polk, ‘The Skinny’ tells the story of five college classmates, four gay men and one lesbian, reuniting in New York City for a weekend of fun, secrets and drama.
  • Set It Off: Directed By F. Gary Gray: ‘Set It Off’ was released in 1996 with an all star cast including Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise and Queen Latifah, who played Cleopatra ‘Cleo’ Sims, a gun-toting, bank-robbing lesbian.
  • Noah’s Arc: Jumping The Broom: Directed By Patrik-Ian Polk: Released in 2008, ‘Noah’s Arc: Jumping The Broom’ tells the story of two gay men preparing for their wedding. In the mist of anticipation, drama ensues.
  • She Hate Me: Directed By Spike Lee: The 1994 Spike Lee-directed comedy-drama stars Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington and Dania Ramirez. Washington plays a polyamorous lesbian mother. After losing his job, Mackie impregnates wealthy lesbians for profit.
  • To Wong Foo: Directed By Beeban Kidron: Released in 1995, ‘To Wong Foo’ tells the story of three drag queens traveling across the country until their car breaks down. It stars Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo.
  • Starrbooty: Directed By Mike Ruiz: Released in 2007, Ru Paul stars in ‘Starrbooty’ as a model/ undercover hooker that rescues her niece from an evil body parts broker.
  • The Watermelon Woman: Directed By Cheryl Dunye: Released in 1996, ‘The Watermelon Woman’ tells the story of an African-American lesbian in Philadelphia who is consumed by a film project. In the mist of working on her film she falls in love with a woman who is Caucasian.

 

Latin@/Hispanic

  • Don’t Tempt Me: Heaven and Hell will try to win the soul of a boxer with a really unfavorable past in this Spanish movie. Each one sends their best agents to make the job, but things get a little confusing when the two women agents get to know each other and get into steamy girl on girl action. Film starring Victoria Abril and Penelope Cruz.
  • My Mother Likes Women: This Spanish lesbian comedy displays one of the worst nightmares for some people: discovering that one of your parents is gay. Elvira, Jimena and Sol are going to try really hard to change their mother’s likes, but they have no idea the turns that the story is going to make.
  • Costa Brava: A nice romance in Barcelona between a tour guide and an American teacher. In this lesbian movie, Ana meets Monserrat in a tour, become friends, start getting closer and fall in love. Monserrat is unhappy with her job and Ana helps her get a new one. Unfortunately, it’s in the United States and they will have to separate.
  • Caricias: Eleven stories that explore encounters of the characters in just one night. All of them are related in ways they didn’t even imagine, and which they are about to discover during the night. Girl on girl action is on call here.
  • Why not me?: A Spanish movie in which four gay friends are trying to find their ways to reach happiness. Eva, Ariane, Camille and Nico work together in a book publishing company. Eva, Ariane and Nico have decided to tell their parents about their homosexuality, but they are too afraid. Camille has some experience on that topic, so she decides to help them no matter what.
  • Everything happens to me: A love triangle between straight, lesbian and gay people. Two male friends, a lesbian couple and some other characters are questioning their feelings and sexuality towards each other. This adapted theater play combines comedy with drama at a very interesting point.
  • Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap: The first movie of Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar. The film follows the lives of three girls who became friends and explore the new kind of sexual freedom that takes place at the time. It has become a cult film due to its relation with the cultural movement of Madrid in the eighties.
  • El Calentito: When Toni leaves Sara for another girl, she gets so angry that she drinks until she passes out in the bathroom. Carmen, one of the members of her band, takes her to her house and encourages her to join the band. Troubles begin when new romances between the girls take place with the arrival of the new band member.
  • Nothing on the Fridge: Carlota is an ambulance driver that feels the constant urge to search for the perfect man. When she thinks she finally has found him, her lesbian best friend tries to persuade her that it is her anxiety and need for care that makes her want to find the one, but she doesn’t listen to her and they both get involved in a stormy relationship.
  • Bad Education: An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.
  • The Skin I Live In: A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

 

Middle-Easterner

  • Circumstance: A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.
  • Unveiled: The educated Fariba Tabrizi flies from Teheran to Germany expecting to have asylum, since she is persecuted in Iran due to her lesbian relationship with her beloved Shirin.
  • Daughters of the Sun: Amangol (Altinay Ghelich Taghani) is the eldest daughter in a poor rural family. To help support them, her head is shaven and begins work as a boy named Aman in an isolated carpet weaving shop.
  • All My Life: All My Life is a 2008 Egyptian film by Maher Sabry. It is noted as being the first film to handle the subject of male homosexuality and the status of homosexuals in Egypt.
  • The Malatili Bathhouse: This is a 1973 Egyptian film directed by Salah Abu Seif. It is adapted from a novel by Ismåeel Walieddin. Samar Habib, author of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: Histories and Representations, said “that the title of the film can “be easily translated” as Malatily Bathhouse.”

 

Documentaries

  • A Jihad for Love: A documentary on gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds.
  • Cul-de-sac: Kiana an Iranian lesbian who used to be a filmmaker and activist for the Iranian homosexual women rights, could manage to leave the country before getting caught by the security service. She made an underground documentary which its narrative is about the Iranian lesbians.
  • Be Like Others: An intimate and unflinching look at life in Iran, seen through the lens of those living at its fringes, ‘Be Like Others’ is a provocative look at a generation of young Iranian men choosing to undergo sex change surgery.
  • Black Pervert: BLACK PERVERT is a feature-length documentary exploring alternative sexuality – kink – within the Black community. It is scheduled for release in 2015.
  • Black.Womyn: Directed By Tiona McClodden: Released in 2008, ‘Black.Womyn: Conversations With Lesbians of African Descent’ is a feature length documentary focusing on the lives and views of lesbians of African descent from diverse backgrounds. It features award-winning poet, author and activist Staceyann Chin and award-winning hip hop duo Kin4Life.
  • Paris is Burning: Released in 1990, ‘Paris Is Burning’ is a classic documentary about the New York City ballroom culture. It features several African-American gay and transgender ballroom participants such as the popular Willi Ninja and Octavia St. Laurent.
  • You Are Not Alone: Directed By Stanley Bennett Clay: Released in 2012, ‘You Are Not Alone’ is a documentary exploring many underlying psycho-social factors causing depression in African-American gay men.
  • Negrita: Written and directed by Magdalena Albizu, is a documentary about the Afro-Latina identity and experience in the United States.  In their own words,  empowered, self-affirming educated Afro-Latinas, located around the United States, share their experiences of living with a changing, often contested identity in a racialized society and how it affects their personal and professional lives.
  • Kinky: A Documentary: Featuring hilarious on-the-street interviews in Harlem, NY, as well as interviews with celebrated kinky lifestylers including Jill Carter-International Ms Leather 1996, Vi Johnson-author and leather historian, Mistress Mir-legendary Pro Domme and performance artist, Mistress Max Rulz-Pro Domme and community activist, and Lady Z-co-founder of BlackBEAT, Inc.

 

Web-series

  • Words With Girls: is a mostly scripted but part improv comedy webseries that focuses on 20-somethings in Los Angeles. When they’re not busy navigating “the scene” or jumpstarting their careers, these women do what the young, gifted and bored do best: shoot the shit. The episodes showcase the friendship and witty banter of a few women that happen to like women. Word to the Bechdel Test.
  • The Peculiar Kind: The Peculiar Kind is a web series that candidly explores the lives and experiences of queer women of color with eye-opening and unscripted conversations.
  • That’s What She Said: That’s What She Said webseries is the first major project of Pearl Girls Productions. The series chronicles the lives of five fictional characters–Leslie, Rae, Shin, Baby, and Nic–within the queer sphere of the greaterLos Angeles area.