"It was always love"

"This can be a hostile walk," acknowledges one parent, as she describes her hopes and fears for her son, who is gay. LGBTQ+ African Americans face overlapping forms of discrimination. But they also draw on families and communities that are built on love and resilience. Watch as individuals and families tell their stories.

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Basic Rights Oregon. (2011, September 30). Our Families: LGBT African American Stories [Video]. YouTube.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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