Hip-Hop Has Matured in Age Only
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Posted on June 28, 2023 in Blog Posts
To commemorate Pride Month, the Toward Inclusive Excellence (TIE) team has collected some of our previously published content that addresses LGBTQIA+ topics.
How Hip-Hop Culture Is Becoming More Inclusive
Ts a long-time fan of hip-hop music and occasional educator of hip-hop culture, I have to give Love & Hip Hop the accolades it deserves. Hip-Hop has long suffered a hideous relationship with the LGBTQ+ community (paywalled). Many rappers, influencers, deejays, writers, and bloggers built their careers on outing gay rappers. To be gay in hip-hop culture (regardless of one’s role in the industry) was long considered a professional death sentence.
As if contending with the COVID-19 crisis and racial inequality is not enough, at least five states this year passed bills limiting the rights of transgender people to participate in sports and receive various forms of health care. This political maneuver follows years of attacks on transgender rights, which reached a crescendo in 2021 when it became a record year for anti-transgender legislation. Adding a variable to this hideous equation is an unpredicted turn of events that I am sure no one was expecting. California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner announced that banning transgender participation in girls’ sports in school is a matter of fairness (echoing statements made by Republican leaders who are advancing the anti-transgender legislation).
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