Event: In the Aftermath of Prop. 8…A Town Hall Meeting


In the Aftermath of Proposition 8

Presented by the Los Angeles Sentinel

Are Gay Rights Civil Rights?
Are Blacks More Homophobic?
Are Blacks to Blame for the Passage of Prop. 8?

Saturday, November 22, 2008
8 A.M. To 11 A.M.
Los Angeles Trade Tech College
400 West Washington Blvd. @ Olive
More Info @ (323) 299-3800

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The Court of Public Opinion

  • Heterophile

    Cmon – a “Town Hall” meeting about this would merely just reiterate the obvious. African Americans (overwhelmingly spiritual) overwhelmingly denounce homosexuality. No town hall meeting is going to change that. I balk at the notion that any disdain African Americans have towards this proposition is somehow disproportionate or abnormal, as if it’s unique to the psyche’s of African Americans to shun homosexual behavior! That’s a universal philosophy! UNIVERSALLY, homosexuality is considered a deviant behavior, and that concept doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with God or any religion.

    Black people are NOT obligated to allow gays the opportunity to ride on the backs of the civil rights movement to propel their agenda. Why can’t they find a different way to “market” the gay lifestyle?

    It really irritates me that the gay population goes on now as if the majority of people on this planet are gay, and as a consequence are obligated to accept their way of life unchallenged on any level weather it affects anyone else or not! I have sympathy for the gay community, but the outbursts/outcries against the Black community for the perceived thumbing it’s noses at this issue is way over the top. We most definitely did not contribute the 12 million dollars to fund it!

    Gays didn’t get their way with prop 8, so they feel they have to “manhandle & muscle” the Black political community & clergy at large until they do – while hanging the civil rights movement over our heads. EXCUSE ME, but the civil rights movement was about human rights – not behavioral rights, and the audacity to equate the two is offensive. The backlash against gay marriage by many blacks is not about suppressing or discriminating against another person’s civil rights, it is about discouraging or disassociating itself from what most consider deviant sexual behavior – prevalent or not. It is my opinion that there is no need to have a “town hall” meeting for us to discuss something so fundamentally obvious.

  • Eric


    I’ve seen it mentioned that one of the Town Hall meetings will be in San diego. When will that be, will you be posting all the dates and times here?

  • Mickey

    You paint with an incredibly broad brush, Jasmyne. I’m not a person of color, so I assume I am cordially invited to not attend?

    “Let the Black community have a discussion about this among themselves without the interference of outsiders, who in my opinion have only made the issue worse and only aided in the invisibility of Black gays.” http://www.jasmynecannick.com/blog/?p=2942

  • Eric

    Considering the pure hatred and vitriol directed at the black community, on the behalf of many white gays. I definately understand as well as support Ms. Cannick’s intentions here.

  • Kevin

    Do your thang Jas and speak your mind as usual! I wonder if those white guys and gals who were spewing the n-word and all their friends, without the facts of who voted for what, who allowed it will show up? Doubt it, since they are still white gay men and women with all the privileges that come with that, gay or straight, in this country despite their cries that they are a “minority.” They can take their fight for their rights someplace else, I for one have no need nor desire to deal with racist, even if they are gay. And, since in the aftermath few of them have condemned the hateful words, they are totally irrelevant and can fight for it all by themselves.

  • Tra C-H

    Thank you for being one of the voices of reason on the stage today & making the preachers answer the questions/issues they had on the Yes on 8 vote. My wife & I came out this morning, & I am so glad that we did.

    We aren’t going to change the minds of everybody who voted against 8, like Pastor Patrick (C’mon, now-saying that I’m gay because my Mom & Pop didn’t raise me right…WTF?! That was a slap in the face not only to MY parents, but my grands & great grands) But talking, showing that we (as African American LGBTs) ARE people & are affected by stripping away rights, is a step in the right direction. Education is the key. Plus, older folks who are against 8/set in their ways aren’t going to be around forever-it’s just a matter of time.

    But we have a LONG way to go.

    As African American LGBTs, we are on the fringes of both of these communities. It’s up to us to take the lead to fight for what’s right. This is about civil rights, this is about my family & making sure that we can provide for our children the best way we can. The word “Marriage” will be taken off the table as soon as civil unions/domestic partnerships offer ALL the same benefits to our partners as marriage.

  • Bill T

    I am on the east coast and would like to know more about how the town hall meeting went. The concerns raised by both the gay and straight communities are important. Was a dialouge started? i am glad to hear this one comment about it, but I would love to read an article on it.