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In the wake of Trump’s win there has been a ceremony in recognition of black, gay men

Sarah Sinclair December 2, 2016

The Native Son Awards was created by Emil Wilbekin, a journalist and activist, to show how black, gay men have contributed in media, entertainment and social activism.

Mr Wilbekin said: “with the election, it’s even more important to make sure that black men, no matter what their sexual identity, are seen and heard.”

He added that this year is also the perfect year to have launched because there are more visible, black, gay men.

Mr Wilbekin told Essence: “Often, in the LGBT community, African-Americans are marginalised and overlooked…I wanted to create a safe place where we can come together.”

He also believes there is a need to have generational conversations within the community to pass on information and share ideas as well as celebrating their diversity.

This years honorees include Tony Award-winning director and playwright George C. Wolfe; journalist and CNN Tonight Host Don Lemon; and Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson.

More: activism, black gay men, deray mckesson, diversity, don lemon, George C. Wolfe, native son awards, US

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