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This week’s Lesbian I Love profile is of Betrice Coleman-Sweet of Los Angeles.  I can’t say that Betrice and I hang out all that much, but the times that I have been in her presence one thing clearly comes across, she’s a very sweet person who is passionate about both the Black and the same-gender loving communities.  As editor of the online magazine TreazureMag.com, Betrice is always out in the community representing.  She’s a mother, a wife,  and still manages to bring home the soy bacon.  Now that’s what I’m talking about, lol.  If you don’t know Betrice, you should.  And if you’re not familiar with TreazureMag.com, you should be.  Ladies and gents, I give you Betrice Coleman-Sweet, this week’s Lesbian I Love.  Congrats!

More About Betrice

Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

Age:

32

Single, Dating, or Married:

Married

Children? Yes, No, In the Future:

Yes, a 16 year old son.

Occupation:

I am publicist for Serving Angels Media, Editor/VP Communications for Treazuremag.com, qwner of Ray of Light Services (Professional Organizing and Traveling Notary, and a Mary Kay Consultant.

Describe yourself in one word:

Loving

What’s your favorite color?

Purple

What’s your favorite food?

Chicken Manicotti

What is your biggest challenge in life? How are you dealing with it?

My weight and health. I am really watching my eating habits and what I eat. I am also making time to do some exercise everyday and taking my meds like I should everyday.

Who’s in your iPod/CD Player?

Rickie Byers Beckwith’s “Love Project”

What’s your favorite quote?

Energy flows where attention goes.

Who’s your favorite author and why?

My favorite author is Maya Angelou. She is the reason I am a writer today. She is a absolutely eloquent, intelligent, and a magnificent Queen.

When you watch television what do you watch?

I watch all the court shows, Law & Order, and documentaries.

Do you prefer fem or butch women and why?

I like both. My wife is butch

Favorite body part and why?

I like the legs and hips are my favorite body parts of a woman. A woman with thick or toned legs and hips is just plain sexy to me. Hands down.

As Black a woman do you prefer natural or relaxed hair and why?

I like both for myself. I am seriously considering going natural. But I absolutely melt when I see a sistah rockin’ her natural hair.

Is weight an issue for you in choosing a partner? Why or why not?

No, weight has never been an issue in choosing a mate. I believe it is all about who she is inside is what is important.

Who is your perfect lesbian girlfriend/wife?

Her name is Beatrice Sweet. We have been married 4 years and together 5. I could not have asked for a more perfect mate:) She is my biggest fan and I am hers.

Who is the sexiest woman alive?

Pam Grier!! I have had a crush on her since I was about 7 years old. I think she is still sexy.

Do you date outside of your race?

Yes

What are your thoughts on interracial lesbian relationships?

I think interracial lesbian relationships are phenomenal and just as beautiful as same-race lesbian relationships.

What in your opinion are the biggest issues facing Black lesbians and our solutions if any?

The first issue that I feel needs to be addressed in the black lesbian community is unity. There is a lack of unity among the leaders. There is so much judgment within that we cannot even deal with the outside injustice. The next generation is looking upon us to lead the way and build upon that strong foundation that has already been established for us. Our challenge is that foundation has been hidden now it is time for us to bring it out and build it up. It is time for the leaders to come to the table and squash the “stuff” and focus on the bigger picture, which is our young women.

Another issue that we face is getting the proper respect from our black men. I think some are intimidated by us. I think that others do not understand us therefore they assume we have something against them. I personally know what a “real” man looks like because I have been around “real” men all my life. Just because we are lesbians does not mean we don’t love men. We do, they are our brothers!!

What are your thoughts on gay marriage and California’s Proposition 8 situation?

Marriage should be equal for same-sex couples. We deserve the same rights as the heterosexual couples. My wife and I did get our marriage license in June of Last year. It truly saddened us that Prop 8 passed and now that the Supreme court decided that the amendment will stay, it’s like a slap in the face to the LGBT community. We are not second class citizens. We have families, we pay taxes, we work, we go to church, we give our tithes and offerings, we are capable of doing any and everything that heterosexual people can do so why are we being told that not only is it wrong to love who you love but you can’t even marry the person that you love. Many people are going back and forth with the shoulda, coulda, woulda’s of the Prop 8 campaign, including myself, but we actually need to focus on the next step, move forward, and bring forth change. I personally feel that is where our young people come in. If we just listen and hear what they have to say…change is imminent.

Has the economic crisis affected you personally? If so, how? If not, what’s your secret?

The economic crisis has affected me but it has done so in a positive manner. I do not claim recession therefore, I am only re-inventing myself and in doing so, much abundance, prosperity, and postivity has been coming my way.

What’s something that many people don’t know about you?

I am in the process of studying to becoming a new and improved real estate agent. It is all about “multiple streams of income.”

Top five places on the web?

www.treazuremag.com
www.urbanleadership.net
www.kierrahfoundation.org
www.queenbsweet.blogspot.com
www.mytay.com
and of course Jasmynecannick.com I know that’s six:) But I am seriously on your site a lot!!!

How can you be reached?

skylar_publishing1@yahoo.com and/or sweetrayolight@live.com

If you know a phenominal Black lesbian that’s doing big things, hit me up at jasmyne@jasmynecannick.com and tell me about her.