Brittney Griner Covers ESPN Magazine; Talks Coming Out, Bullying, and Sexual Identity

Brittney Griner, the 6’8 Phoenix Mercury rookie and the new face of the WNBA, graces the cover of ESPN: The Magazine’s Taboo issue, which will be on newstands in a few days.

In the cover story, Griner talks about coming out, the bullying she experienced, her experience living in a “glass closet” while attending college, and sexual identity:

Oral Arguments Begin in Prop 8 Supreme Court Case

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning the constitutionality of the California Prop 8 marriage ban.

The argument is scheduled to last only one hour, but it may give clues as to how the justices are leaning. It will begin shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern time.  About 1 p.m. the court will release audio of the arguments on its website. About an hour later, it will post written transcripts.

Marco McMillian’s Family and Gay Rights Advocates Call for Hate Crime Investigation

Family members and gay rights advocates are calling for the murder of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian to be investigated as a hate crime.

Mississippi congressman Bennie Thompson has released a statement calling on the FBI to get involved.

Meanwhile, the National Black Justice Coalition, a leading civil rights organization for LGBTQ people of color, has filed a formal request to the Department of Justice.

Oberlin College Cancels Classes for ‘Day of Solidarity’ After Multiple Incidents of Hate on Campus

Oberlin College canceled Monday’s classes to hold a “Day of Solidarity” after a spate of racially-charged incidents on campus.

The college has endured multiple acts of vandalism; including defaced Black History Month Posters, swastikas, and LGBTQ centers.

The hateful antics reached a fever pitch after a person was spotted on campus wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

It was the seventh hate incident at Oberlin in the past month.

REPORT: Black Gay Youth Face Unique Challenges Coming Out To Families

Black gay youth face a unique set of challenges in coming out to family and friends, according to a recent study.

The report – authored by Michael C. LaSala, director of the Master of Social Work program at Rutgers University School of Social Work – asserts that these young men face rigid and exaggerated conceptions of masculinity, making it more difficult for them to find acceptance or accept themselves.

Furthermore, black gay men face a myriad of intersecting oppressions (i.e. racism, homophobia, sexism), and elicit a particular kind of disdain and worry from within their communities and families.