Andres at Blabbeando has convinced us to walk over to Borders and pick up the newest issue of The Advocate. Besides the emotional cover story on the history and hopeful future (??) of gay New Orleans, there's some strong q&a with the Reverend Al Sharpton, who reveals his motives behind the anti-homophobia initiative:
My sister is gay. I understood the pain of having to lead a double life in the system [since] we grew up in a church. She is gay, and she fought that perception in church while she embraced it in her private life.
For some time, Sharpton has been progressive on the gays. In the '04 election, he and Sen. Carol Moseley Braun were the only candidates to support same-sex marriage. Andres deconstructs some of the possible motives behind his decision to march in this year's pride parade (above right), as well as the proposed direction of the anti-homophobia initiative. Sharpton's dialogue would be a great jump-off to silence some of the anti-gay rhetoric from within the church, which Keith and Jasmyne are highlighting in a special series this week. But doesn't look like that is happening.Al Sharpton's Lesbian Sister (Blabbeando) The Advocate