Happy International Transgender Day of Visibility from Nommo

On this Trans Visibility Day, Nommo would like to celebrate the beauty and resilience of Black transgender individuals. Black trans activists have been at the center of the fight towards liberation, on the axes of race, gender identity, and sexuality. However, prioritizing the health and safety of Black trans people remains an issue across the globe. Illuminated by healthcare disparities, …

Jason Collins: The First Openly Gay, Male Athlete

Watch Jason Collins’ interview with Oprah discussing the struggle of being gay as well as African American, above.   “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m Black. And I’m gay.” – Jason Collins, Sports Illustrated  A few months ago NBA player, Jason Collins became the first openly gay male athlete that is still active in an American team sport. His revelation …

Behind the Fist: Diaries of a Closeted Soul

Diaries of a Closeted Soul is a theatrical performance that was held last week at UCLA about the coming out stories of individuals who identify as LGBTQ.  Facilitated and created by the Chair of BlaQue, Janetta Osborne, and an ally to the community, Taveonna Harvey, this event was a great introduction of what BlaQue has in store for the upcoming …

One Million: A Call for Solidarity

An article from Huffington Post was published this past Friday titled Report Reveals that One Million African-Americans Identify as LGBT. The article contains data from a study that was conducted by UCLA Williams Institute Scholars Gary J. Gates and Angeliki Kastanis, and highlights LGBT Identified Afrikan Americans that many people are unaware of. The report states, “Afrikan-American same-sex couples have …

The Significance of BlaQue Power

What is BlaQue Power? BlaQue stands for “Black & Queer” and is a student organization dedicated to the Afrikan American LGBTQI people on campus. BlaQue Power was created to empower Black LGBTQI people and establish our presence in the UCLA setting. The purpose of this section is to bridge cisgender within the Afrikan American community with the Afrikan American LGBTQ …