Gender & Sexuality

Steven Canals. Latinx man wearing dark glasses with dark hair, dresses in black suit jacket and black shirt.

'Pose' Co-creator Steven Canals on Breaking Boundaries for QTPOC

“For the work to be recognized, and for it to be work that uplifts LGBTQ people of color, is pretty incredible.”

Alexis McGill Johnson. Black woman in a black dress stands in front of a white step and repeat with logos on it.

Planned Parenthood's New Leader On Racial Equity and Reproductive Health Freedom

Alexis McGill Johnson talks to Colorlines about bringing her life’s work as a racial justice organizer to the reproductive health care organization.

Afton Williamson: Black woman with dark pixie haircut, wearing a black top.

Actress Afton Williamson Calls Out Racism, Harassment on TV Show

“The Rookie” co-star quits and alleges racial discrimination and sexual misconduct on the set of the ABC show.

a rally with someone holding a sign that reads Black Trans Lives Matter

New Study Pinpoints the Most Urgent Needs of TGNC People Living With HIV

The Transgender Law Center documented the top legal and health care barriers for HIV-positive trans and gender nonconforming people. The goal is “data-driven advocacy led by the community for the community.”

Eshe Shukura, a Black person wears a t-shit that says "This is What an Abortion Access Supporter Looks Like."

WATCH: Advancing Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump, Part 2 [VIDEO]

Georgia-based reproductive justice organizer Eshe Shukura talks to Colorlines about why it’s important to modernize the reproductive rights conversation.

Caster Semenya. Black woman in gray top with dark hair pulled back into a low bun.

Caster Semenya is Out Magazine's Latest Cover Star

The South African record-breaker says that she’s here to inspire the world.

Trans Pride flags with blue, pink, white, pink, blue stripes.

Rev. Elena Rose Vera On the Hotline Created for Trans People, by Trans People

Trans Lifeline executive director: “We’re not just people that need to be rescued, but also have extraordinary gifts.” 

Shante Wolfe-Sisson. Black person looks at the camera.

WATCH: Advancing Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump [VIDEO]

Alabama-based organizer Shante Wolfe-Sisson talks to Colorlines about why it’s important to include Black women, transgender and nonbinary people in conversations about reproductive justice.

Leana Wen. Asian woman wearing a black sleeveless shirt, sitting behind a desk with a laptop computer on a brown desk.

Planned Parenthood President Exits as Organization Prepares for Political Fight

Dr. Leana Wen, who is leaving after eight months, maintains that abortion is a health care—not political—issue.

R. Kelly. Black man with short hair in courtroom, wearing dark suit, dark tie and white shirt.

R. Kelly Denied Bond in Latest Abuse Arrest

Prosecutor in courtroom: “He sexually abused them hundreds of times before they turned 18.”

protest signs at a reproductive rights rally at Capitol Hill

New Blueprint For Reproductive Justice Hopes to Transform Health Care

More than 80 organizations wrote a manifesto to bring about new policies even as growing conservatism seeks to limit access to reproductive care.

Scarlett Johansson. White woman with shoulder-length blonde hair.

QTPOC and More Respond to Scarlett Johansson and Her Privilege

“Pose” actress Indya Moore: “Why compare trans people and poc to trees and animals?”

Angelica Ross. Black woman in character as Candy, wearing high ponytail, white corset, blue pin stripe jacket.

'Pose' Creators On Epidemic of Violence Killing Trans Women of Color

“We wanted to really concentrate on the epidemic of violence that trans women are facing.”

Aziz Ansari. Indian man with short dark hair wearing black t-shirt.

Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations in New Special

“It moved things forward for me, made me think about a lot. I hope I’ve become a better person.” 

pride flag and person in a beauty pageant sash at San Juan pride parade in 2018

READ: A Push to Rebuild Safe Spaces For LGBTQ+ Puerto Ricans

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and recent legislative challenges to their rights, members of Puerto Rico’s queer community are working to restore life-saving spaces.

Colorful covers of six books.

#ColorlinesReads: 6 Books That Complicate the Idea of 'Independence'

In lieu of celebrating “Independence Day,” we present a selection of titles that explore the idea of liberation via the lives, poetry, history and art of people of color.

Stonewall Inn. Neon red signage reads "The Stonewall Inn."

Black Trans Woman Heckled, Nearly Arrested at Stonewall Inn

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, owners and predominantly White patrons reportedly threatened to call the police on a woman who asked the LGBTQ+ community to advocate for her Black trans sisters.

Stonewall Inn. Middle aged person stands outside the bar holding a large rainbow flag.

Watch As National LGBTQ Wall of Honor is Unveiled at Stonewall Inn

Co-chair Nicole Murray Ramirez: “A movement that does not know where it came from does not really know where it’s going.”

Stonewall Inn. Many signs posted out front, including one reading  "Stop the Hate."

LISTEN: Stonewall Activists Tell Their Own Stories in New Podcast Episode

StoryCorps passes the mic to the elders of the LGBTQ+ community who started a movement.

Aaron Philip. Black woman with blonde hair slicked down with rainbow boa around her neck, large sunglasses and a septum ring.

Aaron Philip Covers Paper Mag, Talks Image and Identity With Naomi Campbell

Philip is billed as the first Black, trans disabled model to sign with a major management company.