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Happy Father’s Day! Four Black Gay Fathers Share Joys Of Fatherhood & Advice To Future Gay Parents

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The G-List Society wishes all the men who are fathers a Happy Father’s Day today. In celebration of the holiday, I want to salute four sets of fathers who have set the finest examples in the Black gay community for as achievers in their own rights and as out and proud fathers who make no secrets in talking about their joys of fatherhood.

I asked rapper/activist Tim’m West, singer/activist Anthony Antoine, Gentlemen’s Ball producers/relationship experts Gee & Juan Session-Smalls and Big Boy Pride/Big Brothaz Network organizers Tony & Tavon Brown to briefly share what fatherhood means to them as Black gay men and also impart wisdom onto gay and lesbian couple who are expecting or pursuing parenthood.

Get to know the fatherly side of our outstanding peers below.

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Tim’m West (and his daughter Shannon) — “We’re not a traditional family. We are a strong family.”

How do you describe the joy of fatherhood?
Fatherhood has been the single most defining measure of my manhood. Being dad to a daughter has been gauge of my compassion, empathy and ability to understand my male privilege and to work as an ally to ensure women achieve more equity. Shannon thrives as an artist, on her own terms, not because of any example I’ve set, but because I’ve always encouraged her to be her own person and to be her best. If anything, I am often concerned that she is too tough on herself, but perhaps that’s something she has picked up from me. Though far from a perfect dad, I’m a better man because I always strive to ensure she is proud of me.

What words of advice would you give to gay sand lesbians who are expecting or contemplating parenthood?
I believe that given the obstacles members of the LGBTQ community face, not so much in being parents, by adoption or birth, but by dismantling some of the myths and concerns that we’d be less capable parents than heterosexuals. If anything, great thought and consideration comes into play as a queer parent. This manifests, as much as anything, in my own thoughts about who I choose to partner with. I have to ask myself: Is this someone I would be proud to introduce to my daughter? What reflection on my character does it offer, if with someone who doesn’t honor, value, respect, and love me? In my conversations with Shannon about her own choices in loving, we provide a valuable reflection of what family should mean. We’re not a traditional family. We are a strong family.

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BLACK GAYS ROCK! Features “Who’s Who In R&B and Hip-Hop Music”

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I am glad to kick off the Black Gays Rock! profile series as I have promised to you before.  Outside of reporting my annual “powerful” Black LGBT personalities list ever year, I want to give a platform to as many Black LGBT people who use their talents and leadership to entertain, inspire and inform us.  That form of medium is one of my sincerest passions I need to fulfill – for me, for the Black LGBT community and for the world to see the greatness of my brothers and sisters.

Black Gays Rock! is a profile series on The G-List Society featuring men and women who deserve to be recognized for the platforms that they have created for their own achievements and the service and entertainment of others, especially the LGBT community.

Because of these luminaries, I see many reasons why the Black LGBT community should take pride in its unique class in society.  I share with friends and allies about how I am proud of how the representation of the Black LGBT community progressed within the last decade. I am not giving credit to the limited representation on mainstream media and entertainment. I mentioned that a decade ago, the leaders or well-knowns of the Black LGBT community were primarily party promoters, drag divas, pride organizations, HIV/AIDS activists and porn stars. Since the last few years, I noticed the spectrum of notoriety of the Black LGBT community spreading all over the character map. I am speaking of the self-made mentality of web series producers, bloggers, event promoters, beauty/fashion experts, entrepreneurs, government officials, musicians, authors, educators, lecturers, community organizers, drag divas, ballroom stars, athletes and more who make the “small” community as diverse as its larger society.

Black Gays Rock! will launch in several themed series over time as it kicks off with its “Who’s Who In Music” edition.  The reason I assigned the “music edition” to kick off Black Gays Rock! is because I have utilized The G-List Society media to be a platform to support independent gay and lesbian musicians, especially people of color.  I remember, years ago, how I would not give out hip-hop artists my precious time of attention until I was clued into out hip-hop pioneer Tim’m West.  West was the first, out of the few out hip-hop artists of a decade ago, who shattered my perceived stereotype of what a gay rapper is capable.  Since being hooked onto Timm’s music, I canvassed my friends and constituents to give his music, and others, a chance, and many of my fellow gay friends agreed that sexuality should not deter a talent’s ability to be a great emcee among our favorite mainstream artists – as long as the talent is present.  After Tim’m, I grew attached to the likes of Kaoz, LastO (formerly Last Offence), Will Sheridan, Bry’Nt, King Jabbar and others.  As of the last few years, a crop of singers wanted to come out representing the LGBT community, and I became glued to the likes of B.Slade, Marck Angel, Damien Crawford, Baron, Damien Nova, Anthony Antoine and Nhojj.

The aforementioned are just a few names who deserve to be household names in our community.  In the next few weeks, The G-List Society will post Black Gays Rock! profiles of the following artists for you to familiarize so that their efforts to entertain us reach as many as this forum reaches.  You will get to become acquainted with the background info, influences, achievements – as well as sample music – from these talented individuals and groups.

See who will The G-List Society profile in the Black Gays Rock!: Who’s Who In Music edition below.

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They’re Still Standing: 20 Celebrities, Icons & Notables Living With HIV

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While many are commemorating friends and notables who died of AIDS on World AIDS Day, The G-List Society is celebrating the fearless leaders who are out as HIV-positive and still taking the world by storm.

The G-List Society reveres the following distinguished 20 notables as people who exemplify courageous leadership in their platforms as social figures who are HIV-positive.

Check out the esteemed list below.

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THE G-SCENE: Chicago’s Art & Soul: Immodesty Collection Showcase Poetry, Dance & CeCe Peniston

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While I was out in Cleveland checking out the breathtaking city and all of its event planning around 2014′s Gay Games, one of my must-attend events happened in Chicago.  Art & Soul is a LGBT-themed music showcase boasting great talents in art, poetry, dance and music from the region’s gifted among LGBT people of color and allies.

Over the years, I have witnessed stellar performances by rapper Kaoz, spoken word artists Buttafly Soul and C.C. Carter and poet Tim’m West.

This recent Art & Soul boasted a diverse talent roster of performers and presenters which included Kokumo Kinetic, Storie Devereaux, Tovi Khali, Lyrical Paradigm, Peter Gaona, Tim’m West and Ken Like Barbie

Check out the photo from the night’s celebratory event.

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THE G-SOUND: The 25 Hottest Tunes By LGBT R&B/Hip-Hop Artists Of 2012

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2012 has been a huge year for talented LGBT musicians in the hip-hop and R&B genres.  Many of our talents have really stepped up their game with recordings that could rival today’s mainstream divas and crooners.  The G-List Society could not be any more prouder than the efforts and releases that have been shared with us in 2012.

Thus, The G-List Society unveils our list of the 25 Hottest Tunes By LGBT R&B/Hip-Hop Artists Of 2012.  It is time that you become familiar with these names as you will see more of them on here.  We support our own LGBT musicians.  We encourage you to do the same.

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