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Alabama photography exhibit explores dynamics of youths’ sexual identity

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Foster Noone, 17, of Pelham, Ala., looks at a personal photo in a new exhibit featuring images of young people with varied sexual identities and preferences during the installation of the work in Birmingham, Ala. Self-identified as gender fluid, Noone is among a dozen young people who posed for photos in the exhibit, which opened Wednesday, April 23, at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once. A photography exhibition that opened at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Wednesday night seeks to put a face on such young people while exploring the difficult dynamics of family acceptance of their identities in the Deep South.

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LGBT History Month profile: First out black writer Bruce Nugent

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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Bruce Nugent was a writer and artist during the Harlem Renaissance. He was the first out black writer.

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LGBT History Month profile: Artist Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. ‘Tom of Finland’

Friday, October 18, 2013
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Tom of Finland was an artist whose sexually charged drawings of musclemen impacted gay culture. He is known as the most influential creator of homoerotic images.

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Rising Above: Bullying victims express themselves through art

Sunday, August 4, 2013
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Bullying can happen at home or at school, or both, and each case is unique. Some of the time, bullies themselves have been victimized and opt to use their feelings of hate or frustration and project it on others. Part of the You Will Rise Project’s goal is to create an avenue for expression that prevents kids from continuing that cycle.

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Out artist Matt Gold’s new video ‘Oh Joe’ navigates friendships, life choices

Friday, March 8, 2013
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Out singer-songwriter Matt Gold, profiled by LGBTQ Nation last December, has released a new video from his from his debut album, “Drown Before You Swim.”

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DC Comics artist quits Superman project over anti-gay author controversy

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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The illustrator for the new DC Comics' "Adventures of Superman" digital anthology has backed out of the project as a result of an outpouring of public criticism over the company's decision to hire anti-gay author, activist, and National Organization For Marriage board member Orson Scott Card to pen the story line.

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Mike Ruiz, the celebrity photographer you know and the man you don’t

Saturday, January 26, 2013
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Mike Ruiz seems to be everywhere these days: Playing judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model,” shooting celebrity photographs, or starring in a reality-TV show on Logo.

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LGBT History Month profile: Openly gay artist Paul Cadmus

Sunday, October 7, 2012
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Paul Cadmus was one of the first openly gay artists. He is best known for his homoerotic paintings and drawings of nude male figures.

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LGBT History Month profile: Renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

Monday, October 17, 2011
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Frida Kahlo is a renowned Mexican painter, noted for her vibrant colors as well as nationalist and feminist themes. Her paintings have commanded higher prices than any other female artist.

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LGBT History Month: ‘Dykes To Watch Out For’ cartoonist Alison Bechdel

Monday, October 3, 2011
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Alison Bechdel is a celebrated cartoonist and author of the long-running comic strip, “Dykes To Watch Out For.” Her groundbreaking graphic memoir, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” was awarded the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book.

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