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Report examines coverage of LGBT issues in Black, Latino media



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



A new report from The Opportunity Agenda points out that favorable public opinion about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color is slowly growing among Blacks. The national communications, research and advocacy organization released “Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race” in September. It examined Black and Latino newspapers, Black magazines and Black online media over a two-year period (2009-2011), and found several common themes. Among them:

• Black newspapers and online news sites consider LGBT issues newsworthy. • The six main storylines found in Black newspapers, with HIV/AIDS receiving the most attention, include: homophobia, bullying and discrimination, culture, tension between gay rights and civil rights, religion and same-sex marriage. Continue Reading →

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Transgender people among most misunderstood


Local violence reflects climate of ‘transphobia’

News Analysis

By Andrea Jenkins

Contributing Writer


Imagine being stared at and harassed every day of your life. Imagine being routinely physically assaulted at work, even if you’re homeless and possibly even HIV-positive.  If you were Chrishaun (CeCe) McDonald, this would be your daily existence. McDonald is a 23-year-old African American transgender woman who, like me, grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She attended Percy L. Julian High School, and while she was open and out about her sexual orientation, she only told a few close friends about her gender identity. Before long McDonald had to leave high school, overwhelmed by the constant fighting and eventually forced to leave home. Continue Reading →

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