What is going to have to happen in order for Black gays and lesbians to play a part in their own liberation?
Obviously, having a black minister announce to the world that he would he would ride with the KKK if they opposed gay marriage wasn’t moving enough. Nor is the fact that Blacks make up the majority of all new HIV cases or that American television blatantly ignores Black gays and lesbians every day of the week from Queer As Folk to the Fab 5 and now the L Word.
Everyday we sit silently by and watch the local news report on the marriage debate from around the country, very rarely ever showing a Black point of view, unless it’s to point out that the majority of Blacks oppose gay marriage.
Our families, careers and homes have taken center place in our lives. These days we’re too busy to get involved.
But consider this. Bayard Rustin wasn’t too busy to plan a march on Washington and neither were the thousands of people who attended that march. Rosa Parks wasn’t too busy either when she sat down on the bus sparking a revolution that changed the rest of the world.
Marriage isn’t my issue. It’s a white issue.
There’s nothing white about Black gay and lesbian couples being denied the right to protect their families and loved ones.
Being Black and gay is not an excuse to dump one for the other. You can’t be Black and ignore issues that face the gay community and you can’t be gay and ignore issues that face the Black community. It’s who you are.
White gays and lesbians are going to continue to being the most visible people in the fight for marriage equality and all issues related to the gay and lesbian community until we as Black gays and lesbians understand that gay issues supersede color lines and affect all of us.
The question is what is it going to take for our community to wake up. We are so into our own personal lives that we have forgotten how we came by what we have today. Our ancestors died so that we might be able to go to school and get the education that would get us the good job so we could by the house and the car. Hello?
Did activism in the African-American community die with integration?
It is disappointing to see the number of Black gays and lesbians that turnout for a rally and even more disappointing to see the number of Black gays and lesbians turn out for the club.
Is the only time we can show solidarity up in the club?
Black gays and lesbians are going to continue being invisible and ignored as long we continue to ignore at ourselves. Our issues won’t be taken seriously, until we take them seriously for ourselves and rally behind them.
My only question is what is going to have to happen in order for Black gays and lesbians to play a part in their own liberation because nothing so far has moved us to that point and we as a community need to wake up and get involved in our own lives.