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When the StoryCorps Mobile Tour came to San Antonio recently to collect personal stories to be archived at the Library Of Congress, it was a chance for Julian Ledesma to share with his best friend, Michelle Dueñas, the story of the unusual way his family learned he was gay.  

"My sister and I created this forceful, loving bond and didn’t fight because we had a difficult childhood. We were just trying to figure out what we were going to eat that day." 

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“Being a teenager is tough, in and of itself,” says Marcus Barnes. “But struggling with my sexuality and not being comfortable with it… I went through some tough times as a teenager. I [am] also a person of color. I was so uncomfortable with myself for whatever reason.”

Barnes saw the Marines as a way to maybe, just maybe, fix all of that.

“You drive down the street, you see a billboard of a Marine… you see the uniform, and this steely-eyed look on their face, and I just thought, ‘I want that.’”

Updated November 11, 3:40 a.m. ET.

While photographer Robin Hammond was on assignment with National Geographic Magazine in Nigeria in 2014, he heard about five young men in Lagos who were arrested and facing the death penalty — just because they were gay.

What was behind the decision not to invite the artists behind two tunes nominated for Best Original Song to perform on Sunday night's Academy Awards broadcast?

Where a mainstream fashion magazine might do a special "black issue," like Italian Vogue back in 2008, or a black lifestyle magazine might run a queer feature, the perspective of queer black folks tends to occupy occasional outskirts in fashion and lifestyle glossies, never the mainstay.

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