Uncletomscabin_1Some people just have too much time on their hands. This is obviously the case with Don Sneed and the Abe Lincoln Black Republican Caucus (ALBRC) in Dallas, who recently issued a press release on the release of their new DVD ‘The Emancipation of the Homosexual – The End of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement.’

First, I knew something wasn’t right when this same group turned around and announced their support for the re-election of President Bush shortly after the Log Cabin Republicans voted against endorsing Bush for re-election. Let me break that down for you. The white gay Republicans are not supporting President Bush for re-election. However, the Black gay Republicans are. Go figure?

My second clue came from the title of their new DVD, ‘The Emancipation of the Homosexual – The End of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement.’ Now how many gays and lesbians do you know that refer to themselves as homosexuals? That term is usually reserved for those people who don’t get out much into the real word. In addition, the same people who use the term homosexual probably still refer to Blacks as Colored.

Internalized oppression, homophobia and a computer with internet access are obviously tools of disaster when placed in the wrong hands.

In my 27 years on this planet as a lesbian, I have never known the gay civil rights movement to put forth an agenda for new gender classification. In fact, I am asking the ALBRC to produce facts to back that statement up.

"The video has been met with astonishing silence from leaders of America’s homosexual community," said A.L.B.R.C. Co-founder and DVD Executive Producer Don Sneed.

Yes, that is probably the one statement in the entire release that true considering that nobody had ever heard of this group before a few months ago.

African-Americans currently represent most of the newly reported HIV/AIDS infections in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, according the ALBRC by ending the gay civil rights movement we can stop the AIDS epidemic. Now why didn’t I think of that? Somehow, by destroying the first movement to call attention to this horrible disease we can stop it from spreading in our community. Am I only one that finds this troubling?

Well, I refuse to spend more time than this responding to ignorance. It is very clear to me that the ALBRC has too much time on their hands. Sneed and his group should devote some of that time to the Renaissance III, a local Dallas AIDS prevention group of which Sneed is executive director. Recently Renaissance III was ordered to pay back $112,867 to the federal government because of questionable expenses, according to the Dallas Morning News. The organization also fell into trouble with the Texas Department of Health and had to repay $76,958 in state grants.

It seems to me that Sneed’s alleged misuse of AIDS funding for his organization and his groups support for the re-election of President Bush present a much larger problem than the gay civil rights movement in the fight against AIDS.