How the “down low” media phenomenon reinforces troubling representations of black sexuality.Since the early 2000s, the phenomenon of the “down low”—black men who have sex with men as well as women and do not identify as gay, queer, or bisexual—has exploded in media and popular culture. C. Riley Snorton traces the emergence and circulation of the down low, demonstrating how these portrayals reinforce troubling perceptions of black sexuality generally.
Q:Do you think gays suffer as much discrimination as blacks?
You do realise gay black people exist?
some facts for you.
87 Percent of Anti-LGBT Murder Victims Are People of Color.
LGBT people of color are nearly two times more likely to encounter hate-motivated violence than White LGBT people.
Trans People of Color are three times more likely to experience hate violence from POLICE than White transgender or non-transgender People of Color.
Let a bitch come at you with some BUT THE GAYS to speak over racial oppression… then let them have this.
I need the gay community to STOP comparing our struggle to the Black Civil Rights Movement. You DON’T get to draw that comparison and then remain SILENT when the civil rights of Black teens are being violated. I mean, where the fuck are y’all?!?! Yay! For Ellen Page coming out at an lgbt youth conference. I was there. I sang right after. But THAT should not have been our focus yesterday. How in the hell are we having conferences to inspire our youth to live their truths and then have absolutely nothing to offer to THIS conversation???? Dear White Gays, I am HEARTBROKEN by your continued silence on these issues and I DO NOT give you permission to high jack the Civil Rights Movement while simultaneously IGNORING the inequalites that youth of color face every fucking day. It is culturally insensitive to do so and we are either fighting for EQUALITY for ALL or we aren’t. As an LGBT woman of color, I am having an extremely difficult time grasping WHY Matthew Shephard’s life is so much more valuable than Trayvon’s or Jordan’s????!?!?! Help me understand, y’all! Help me understand.
Source: Washington Post
The NFL hopeful who looks set to be the first openly gay player to be drafted into a professional team this year said he hopes to be seen for his abilities, not his sexuality.
Yandle would be first out black lesbian confirmed under Obama administration.
You should celebrate Black History Month by reading all of these books right now.
One of the most annoying sidebars of Michael Sam’s coming out is how some LGBTs who will take it upon themselves to play armchair psychologist and proclaim the African-American community intrinsically homophobic….
Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin.
When gay men badger other gay men because of socially constructed ideals about how a man is supposed to act, when our position in the bedroom becomes a foundation for establishing gender roles, what we’re doing is protecting and promoting misogyny and sexism.
The FREE CeCe documentary needs your help! Let’s make this better and better with every dollar donated!
Only 34 more days, with a lot more money to raise for this amazing project….
Janet Mock reflects on events from 2013, including Redefining Realness, appearing on Melissa Harris-Perry, meeting bell hooks and Barbara Smith and more
2013 was the year in which I shared space with some of my heroes, including Barbara Smith, Miss Major and bell hooks. I also got to talk that talk on Melissa Harris-Perry, rock leather at my 30th bday, welcome my cockapoo love Cleo into my home and prep for the release of my very first book.
Can’t wait to see what 2014 unfolds!
It’s all too easy to fall into a pattern of only reading white authors. In 2013, I made a conscious effort to read more books by and about POC, but still, only ~30% of the books I read featured main characters of color and only ~22% were by authors of color. Here’s a list of…
What’s really behind the high HIV rates for black gay men?