LGBTQ History Month: Bob Hattoy

Gay Rights Pioneer b. November 1, 1950d. March 4, 2007 “Mr. President, your family has AIDS … and you are doing nothing about it.” Bob Hattoy was a pioneering HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights and environmental activist. The New York Times called him “the first gay man with AIDS many Americans had knowingly laid eyes on.” His…

Pandemic Pivot: Museum Launches Major Digital Exhibit for LGBT History Month

Visitors to the Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA) in Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest LGBT lending libraries and collections in the country, dropped by nearly two-thirds because of the pandemic. Stonewall, like other museums and other cultural institutions across the country, is still struggling to resume operations. Visitors slowly returned as vaccines became…

Closing the Gaps

The 2014 Harvard Study revealed what many nonprofit leaders in Charlotte already knew — it’s nearly impossible to get ahead here if you are poor. However, the study didn’t address what many LGBTQ nonprofits and advocates also knew, which is that the ladder of success is nearly nonexistent for Charlotte’s poor LGBTQ individuals. Black folks…

Lil Nas X Becomes First Black Gay Man to Win MTV’s Best Video VMA

This past Sunday, September 12, saw Lil Nas X become the first Black gay man to capture an MTV Video Music Award (VMA) for Video of the Year. But the awards from MTV didn’t stop coming that night. The video for “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” also captured awards for Best Direction and Best…

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