Being gay in a black community
The black community gets a bad rap for being homophobic. While in a previous article , we discussed how to create a more welcoming community for black lesbians, we also want to acknowledge that some of the challenges and stigma that gay black men face are very different. Gay black men may feel a lack of inclusion from both the mainstream predominantly white LGBTQ community and the mainstream predominantly straight black community. They can feel like they are welcomed in neither community. As members of the black community, we can offset this lack of inclusion by acknowledging the following challenges and understanding how to combat them. Fear of rejection, hatred, or violence from homophobic people may lead young gay black men go to great lengths to hide their sexual identity.
Being African American & LGBTQ: An Introduction
Don Lemon opens up about being gay in the black community Video - ABC News
R acism is a serious problem within the LGBT community and needs to be addressed. Despite the determination of many minority ethnic LGBT people to do just that, it is not happening. But another far more pernicious reason is that the LGBT world revolves around white gay men to the exclusion of others. The rainbow flag is whiter than it appears.
Homophobia in ethnic minority communities
As a homosexual man of British-Caribbean decent, I have struggled my entire life to satisfy the expectations of the black community, while still staying true to my gay self. Growing up I often questioned my sexuality; although I recognized and accepted my attraction to men, I knew from a young age, that there would come a time when my parents would discover I was gay, and that this would be a significant and extremely difficult moment in my life. What I knew of gay culture, growing up, came from homosexual characters featured in British television sitcoms. I had nothing in common with the gay men represented in mainstream media. I think that black men especially, have always felt the need to act manly, dominant and sometimes even, aggressive.
Hollywood journalists and celebrity bloggers widely took the statement as confirmation of long-time rumors that the young African-American actress is a lesbian. But instead of universal accolade for her announcement, it again revealed a widespread culture of homophobia in the African-American community. As Allison Samuels of Newsweek and The Daily Beast pointed out , journalists rushed to add Raven to galleries of Black celebrities who have also come out as gay.