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" 
give in. to your uniqueness.

the very thing you’ve been fighting not to be your whole life.

is the very thing that is your genius.

 

- nayyirah waheed

 

// TEDDY, like a bear, but i'm not one. //

Y N G F T E D B L K & Q U R.

"The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic but to end the injustice." - PAUL ROBESON


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One ever feels his two-ness: an American, a Negro; 

Two souls, two thoughts, 

Two unreconciled strivings; 

Two warring ideals in one dark body, 

whose dogged strength alone keeps it 

from being torn asunder.

 

 

 

- W. E. B. Du Bois

I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE...

 

//  ABOUT // 

Young, Gifted, BLACK, & QUEER

Y G B Q CELEBRATES MARGINALIZED INDIVIDUALS & CHALLENGES THE NOTION OF "OTHERNESS" IN THE PUSH FOR EQUITY & EQUALITY.  WHETHER YOU'RE YOUNG, GIFTED, BLACK, & QUEER, OR SIMPLY A 'WOKE ALLY', LISTEN, BELIEVE, LEARN, SHARE, & FIGHT FOR OUR CIVIL RIGHTS!

SUPPORT NETWORK.

LEGAL DEFENSE FUND. 

 


 

//  ABOUT // 

TEDDY TINSON

// y G B Q founder //

TEDDY TINSON is a New York City-based writer/producer/activist with a distinguished background in the fashion, entertainment, and tech industries.  The Los Angeles, CA native is a graduate of Syracuse University.  At present, TINSON serves as a contributing reporter at The New York Times

Previously, TINSON assisted the late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, then Vogue magazine editor André Leon Talley, followed by contributing editor roles at Andy Warhol's Interview, and Hello Mr. magazines.  TINSON also oversaw an array of marketing and communications initiatives at Endeavor (WME IMG). Select media highlights include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, W, GQ, Details, New York Magazine, Essence, Rookie, Refinery 29, Coveteur, and High Snobiety. 

Off-duty, TINSON is a passionate social justice activist. In 2018, TINSON founded YOUNG, GIFTED, BLACK, & QUEER, a support network and legal defense fund for marginalized LGBTQIA+ people of color.  He is also an active member of Native Son, a social empowerment movement for professional Black gay men. 


Y G B Q TIMELINE OF

" PROGRESS "


1501

African Slaves in the New World Spanish settlers bring slaves from Africa to Santo Domingo (now the capital of the Dominican Republic). 

1522

Slave Revolt: the Caribbean Slaves rebel on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which now comprises Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 

1562

Britain Joins Slave Trade. John Hawkins, the first Briton to take part in the slave trade, makes a huge profit hauling human cargo from Africa to Hispaniola. 

1581

Slaves in Florida Spanish residents in St. Augustine, the first permanent settlement in Florida, import African slaves. 

1612

The first commercial tobacco crop is raised in Jamestown, Virginia.

SLAVERY

250 YEARS+

OF INEXCUSABLE MORAL CORRUPTION

1861-1865

CIVIL WAR

 

1863-1865

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution outlaws slavery. 

 

1863-1877

RECONSTRUCTION - 1863 the legal end of most slavery in the United States [SEE JUNETEENTH] or 1865 the end of the Confederacy

 

1877-1954 

JIM CROW SEGREGATION -  'NO BLACK ALLOWED' (90 years)

 

1896 -1954

PLESSY v. FERGUSON - 'SEPARATE, BUT EQUAL' (60 years)

 

1907 - 1921

BLACK WALL STREET - Greenwood is a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As one of the most prominent concentrations of African-American businesses in the United States during the early 20th century, it was popularly known as America's "Black Wall Street" until the Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which the Oklahoma state government with the assistance of Tulsa's white residents massacred hundreds of black residents and razed the neighborhood within hours. The riot was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of U.S. race relations, destroying the once thriving Greenwood community.

 

1918 -1937

HARLEM RENAISSANCE

 

1954

Brown v. Board of Education - landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the doctrine of 'separate but equal' & ordered an end to school segregation.

 

1954-1968

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

 

1963

march on washington

 

1968  

RED-LINING (RACIST HOUSING POLICY) - FAIR HOUSING ACT OF 1968

reverend DR. Martin luther king, Jr. is assassinated promoting  economic equity, justice & Racial equality

 

1969

STONEWALL - birthplace of the modern QUEER rights movement STARTED BY BLACK TRANS WOMEN TO END POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

 

1970 - PRESENT

INCOME INEQUALITY, HOUSING DISCRIMINATION, UNEMPLOYMENT, MASS INCARCERATION/PRIVATIZATION OF PRISONS, SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE, POLICE VIOLENCE & EXCESSIVE FORCE AGAINST BLACK MEN. 

fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color.

the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia & transphobia conspire to deprive YOUNG, GIFTED, BLACK, & QUEER PEOPLE of employment, housing, healthcare, and other necessities, barriers that make them ESPECIALLY vulnerable IN COMPARISON TO U.S. GENERAL POPULATION WRIT LARGE.