10 Black LGBT Trailblazers – Still Black & Proud

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STACEYANN CHIN: Chin is a self-described Jamaican National and “out poet and political activist,” who has been promoting social justice since 1998, when she began on the poetry circuit—winning several major competitions, including the 1998 Lambda Poetry Slam; the 1999 Chicago People of Color Slam; and winner of the 1998 and 2000 Slam This! In November 2002 she achieved national recognition as a co-writer and performer in the Tony Award-winning, Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Subsequently her poetry on identity, race and sexuality has been published in high profile newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. In 2007 Chin made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she shared her struggles of growing up as a lesbian in Jamaica.  In 2009 Chin released, The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir and participated in the National Equality March in Washington D.C.

STACEYANN CHIN: Chin is a self-described Jamaican National and “out poet and political activist,” who…

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  • Wayson

    While I very much appreciate this list, two things come to mind: First, how does one access the rest of the text? I’m probably just missing something but can’t fine the continuation of the “stem” under each photo.

    Second, with all due respect (sincerely) to Alvin Ailey, I’m not aware that he really acknowledged his sexuality publicly during his life. Though not as well known, someone like Essex Hemphill or Marlon Riggs, both of whom made significant contributions to African American LGBT culture, would have been more appropriately included