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"You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.” —RuPaul

Born RuPaul Andre Charles, November 17, 1960, celebrity drag queen and entrepreneur RuPaul has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Elton John, Spike Lee and countless other superstars. At 6’4”, she stands to be the most famous drag queen to walk the Earth. While others have certainly come before her, none have seemed to achieve the level of prosperity or success as RuPaul. With two television shows airing on LOGO—RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U—and a rising social media empire, RuPaul is cashing in big time and just might be the next big media mogul. BlackEnterprise.com Decodes her rise to the top. Sashay! —Sirita Wright

RuPaul Decoded: The Man, the Myth, The New Queen of All Media

More than a drag queen, RuPaul is a profitable brand that expands across various media…

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Opinion: Gay Rights are Civil Rights

Why every citizen of the US has the right to political, economic and social freedom,…

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Opinion: What Republicans Could Learn From Being Gay

Some argue that gay rights and civil rights are the same, while others, like Raynard…

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Writer/Director Dee Rees Talks ‘Pariah’ & National Coming Out Day

Drawing from personal experiences, Dee Rees directs Pariah, the critically-acclaimed coming of age story of…

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WATCH: Same-Sex Marriages Prove Good for Business

The legalization of same-sex marriages in New York has revealed a new consumer base for…

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Homophobia in Sports: The Other Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

The world of sports is all about masculinity and competition, so being gay doesn’t coincide…

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Black and LGBT in the Black Church

Kenyon Farrow says he was 10 years old when he learned that being openly gay…

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WATCH: Being Black & Transgender

Being Black and gay is a double minority, but writer Tiq Milan faces an even…

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Black and Gay in Corporate America

Sabin D. Blake, 34, has navigated the professional obstacles of being African American and gay…

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WATCH: The High Life – Brunch with Bevy Smith and Don Lemon

When the who’s who want to get together an evening of elegant dining and long-lasting…

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Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights

Civil Rights and Gay Rights share many similarities, but those some would beg to differ.…

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About This Issue: Coming Out At Work

Being Black in corporate America is hard enough but being Black and gay almost career…

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WATCH: Don Lemon on Coming Out and Being ‘Transparent’ in the Black Community

See CNN anchor Don Lemon speak openly about the challenges of coming out in the…

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More People of Color Identifying as LGBT

A new survey found that people of color were more likely to identify as LGBTQ…

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Whether it was civil rights or gay rights, the struggle for equality has been an on-going battle. While the call to action generally happens on the grassroots level with the people, it’s on Capitol Hill where the real changes happen. As BlackEnterprise.com’s coverage of the Black LGBT community, we look back at the some major historical points of the LGBT rights movements with an intensive timeline that follows the ups, downs and milestones under various presidential administrations. —Kahliah Laney

US Presidents Decoded: 49 Milestones in LGBT History

From Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, US presidents have presided over many great moments in…

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Throughout history people have been persecuted for everything from gender and race to religion and sexuality. While there have been many strides made across the board, the latter has proven to be perhaps the last group to get a fair shake at equality—that’s especially true for double minorities who happen to be Black and gay. Thankfully, there have been brave individuals who have challenged society’s norms, ideals and deeply rooted fears to redefine what it means to be an LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] person of color in a historically oppressive world. As BlackEnterprise.com documents the struggles and triumphs of the Black LGBT community, we compiled a list of 10 of the most significant openly gay LGBT people of color.   —Souleo

10 Black LGBT Trailblazers – Still Black & Proud

Members of the Black LGBT community often remain hidden but out and proud figures like…

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This past Friday, June 24, same-sex marriages were made legal in New York, continuing conversations in the media and within many homes about the subject. While some are celebrating and making wedding plans others are protesting, as the hot political debate continues. The notion of being Black and openly gay—especially in the entertainment industry—remain controversial and traditionally hush-hush, with many artists choosing to remain in the closet. In light of Black Enterprise’s upcoming Black & Gay in Corporate America cover story [on stands July 19] and BlackEnterprise.com’s continued Black Music Month coverage, we’ve highlighted a few celebrity entertainers who are out and proud. —Janell Hazelwood

Black LGBT Entertainers: Out & Proud

Since the recent news of New York’s legalization of same-sex marriages, political and social debate…

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