The Unleashed Voice Magazine (TUV Magazine) for the LGBTQ community is headquartered in Memphis, TN and publishes a bi-monthly magazine geared toward the African-American gay community. The founders of the magazine is a mother and son team affectionately known as “The Clemonses” (Davin D. Clemons and Gwendolyn D. Clemons).
TUV Magazine focuses on telling the story of the African-American community in an “Unapologetic” narrative advocating FREEDOM for those who are bound by the imaginary box of society standards.
The July/August Pride Issue dives immensely into the uplifting stories of ordinary citizens to state-level politicians who proudly speak on the celebration and the necessity of Black-Gay PRIDE.
(Photograph of TEAM TUV)
The Black LGBT Pride began as a result of the gay black minority community in the United States feeling marginalized and less a part of the whole gay community in participation, organization and administration. There was also the factor of socio-cultural differences that prevented the sub-community in full participation in the gay movement.
“Many queer people of color do not feel comfortable or welcomed at most mainstream LGBT Pride events,” says Earl Fowlkes Jr., president and CEO of the Center for Black Equity, which organizes D.C. Pride. “There is still a racial divide within the LGBT mainstream, with many black LGBT folks feeling as though they have to step away from their racial identity when going to community Prides.”
The Black Gay Prides today as metamorphosed into a well established events that unite and bring together black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to celebrate both their African heritage and sexual orientation. Most major cities in the U.S. hosts an annual Black Gay Pride event.
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