Category Archives: LGBT Issues

Going for the Gold: Queer Women of Color In the Rio Olympics [Gallery]

As if you needed another reason to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics, here are 7 queer women of color that will be representing their countries in Brazil. Continue reading Going for the Gold: Queer Women of Color In the Rio Olympics [Gallery]

Well… Hmm : Transgender Athletes — Fair or Nah?

So I was having this conversation with a friend, AP, yesterday and I thought I would write a bit about it here.

I am not sure whether you have heard or not, but there is a debate surrounding high school senior, Nattaphon Wangyot, a transgender student, winning all-state honors1 in girls’ track and field. You can see the video and read more of the particulars here but you guys are smart enough to know what the question is.

Is it fair for a transgender woman to be competing with a CIS woman2  in sports?

Yeah I know I should have started blogging about something less controversial… like stem cell research or the 2016 election. Continue reading Well… Hmm : Transgender Athletes — Fair or Nah?

Why I Need to Unfollow The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce on Facebook

Now this is one of those blog posts that I have to think about before publishing. I talk to myself about it, I question myself about it, and hopefully I click publish in the end.

I overthink posts like this because I know what I am going to discuss can be as sensitive for you the reader as myself the writer. And deep down I don’t want the amazing non black queer people I know to think that this is about them… unless it is.

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With that being said I need to unfollow the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce on Facebook.

Continue reading Why I Need to Unfollow The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce on Facebook

Queen Latifah stars in HBO’s Bessie Smith Biopic

queenlatifah2First let’s be clear Queen Latifah has been on the K Word #WCE list FOREVER1.

We loved Khadijah. We loved Cleo. Hell, even Big Mama Morton could have got it back in the day.

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Wait what were we talking about? Oh yeah.

Well the beautiful and talented Dana Owens is at it again with the upcoming HBO Biopic Bessie. The Queen plays the lead in the drama about Bessie Smith,  nicknamed the Empress of the Blues. Continue reading Queen Latifah stars in HBO’s Bessie Smith Biopic

Congrats to Superlesbian the new Mrs. @Martina Navratilova

martina_wife2Congratulations are in order!

One of the League of Extraordinary Lesbians,  Martina Navratilova has tied the knot to her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova on Monday, December 15th.

“I’m 58 years old — I got married for the first time,” Navratilova told the BBC shortly after the ceremony, details of which have thus far been scarce. “It’s about time, right? Growing up as a gay woman you just don’t ever think about that.”

Warm wishes to the happy couple from us over here at the K Word. If you missed the proposal video from of Navratilova proposing1 at the US Open last September, check it out below.


  1. And mmm hmm we were kinda uncomfortable and her lack of Yes at first too 

What They Said: An Open Letter to Mainstream LGBT Organizations That Have Remained Silent on Black Lives Mattering

Many Americans seem to only remember one of the two namesakes of the 2009 federal hate-crime bill signed into law by President Obama: Matthew Shepard. Similarly, many Americans also seem to only remember the bill as the Matthew Shepard Act. However, this abbreviated mention conveniently leaves out the other person for whom the act is named: James Byrd Jr.

Shepard was a white, gay college student who was brutally assaulted by two homophobes near Laramie, Wyoming, and died six days following the heartrending attack. His death now haunts our collective consciousness, reminding us that hate against LGBT people might surely mean death.

James Byrd Jr., on the other hand, was a Black man from Texas. Byrd was ruthlessly murdered by three men, two of whom identified as white supremacists. His ankles were chained to the back of a pickup truck, and he was dragged approximately three miles along an asphalt road in Jasper, Texas. In the process, his head and right arm were severed from his body. His torso was eventually left in front of a cemetery that mostly contained the bodies of other Black people. Whereas Shepard was murdered because of his perceived sexual identity, Byrd was killed because he was Black.

Read the rest on Huffington Post….

Then Comes Baby in a Baby Carriage…

Hello lovebugs.

It has been a very long time since I have blogged consistently. I would go into the long and short of my hiatus but I won’t. Suffice to say it was an experience and hopefully all involved will be better for it.

So cute... grabbed from Pinterest.
So cute… grabbed from Pinterest.

Okay so as many of my friends and family know, I want to have a little KK.  The realization alone has been a scary one since for many years I said it would be me and Champagne (my puppy, not the libation) together forever. I said it so much I believed it… and then I didn’t. I guess it started when my grand nephews were born. They were beautiful and small and I was old enough to appreciate it. I wanted to protect them, educate them and foster their growth. And then I turned 30… and then 31… and… yeah older than 31. Continue reading Then Comes Baby in a Baby Carriage…