In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBTQ Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans.

This year June 2019 will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, for which New York City will host WorldPride. This is the first time WorldPride has been held in the United States (I wonder why, but I digress) and is expected to be the largest Pride celebration ever. It is expected that roughly 4.5 million people will line the streets of NY.

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Why is this important? It is important because the voices of the people are being “Unleashed” at a magnitude unseen before. Collectively, LGBT folks and allies will demonstrate that fighting and celebrating for LGBT humanity is an important and necessary cause.

TUV Magazine obtained an exclusive interview with actor, activist, singer, and now author Julian J. Walker.

We know Julian J. Walker best from his breakout role as star of the 2015 film Blackbird and as the character Tyrone “Ty” Nicholas from Season 4 of Being Mary Jane — but most recently he’s been making literary waves with the release of his debut poetry book, “A Year Without You.”

Actor, Activist, Author Julian J. Walker 

In addition, Julian is also the Celebrity Ambassador for Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative(MOBI), which creates spaces for queer and gay men of color to see their holistic selves, feel comfortable and feel inspired. We host events called MOBItalks, inviting speakers from film, television, fashion, art, music, and literature to share their stories in a TED Talk type of conversation.

Actor, Activist, Author Julian J. Walker & MOBI 

Rayceen Pendarvis HRH, TUV Magazine’s Washington, DC Ambassador has been dubbed the Empress of Pride. Read about all of the wonderful things Rayceen has been doing for her community.

Rayceen and DC Black Pride | Photo Captured by Wood D

Rayceen Capital Pride with Toderick Hall | Photocredit by Samantha L. King

This month we travel vicariously to Toronto, Canada to meet Keziah Osei originally from Ghana. Keziah is an outspoken advocate for women in her community and hosts Pleasure Her Toronto every year.

Keziah Osei

We are excited to re-feature two amazing couples exactly one year after their weddings in our “Where Are They Now” series.

Meet The Masons | YouTube Sensations “The Life of M&M” Meet The Davis-Washingtons 

Where Are They Now? Married Life After Year One

If you hear about PRIDE in your city, consider becoming a volunteer, and make sure you attend.  If you are in the Memphis, TN area find out how to support Tri-State Black Pride for 2020 at

TriState Black Pride Serving Memphis, Mississippi, and Arkansas since 2016.