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08 May 2008

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Derrick from PHilly

One of my major arguments to black gay men (white ones too) concerns the stereotypes that y'all want to get rid of. The major stereotype is that of the effeminate homosexual male. The only way to counter the effect of feminine-acting males representing the gay/sgl world is for more traditionally masculine gay/sgl men to come out--let folks know you are a gay football player, lawyer, marine, mass murderer, etc..

It's the only way because us "queens" aint goin' no where. Go to any elementary school in this country and you'll see some eight year boy doing his Beyonce impersonation....every generation has a whole new crop of "queens"--we keepa' comin'.

Y'all have "butch it up"--the image of gay/sgl men, I mean. I wish my Reggie Bush would come out, come in, come around...just cum!

queerunity

black gay disabled jewish women face quadruple prejudice.

http://www.queersunited.blogspot.com

Derrick from Philly

Thanks for the link, queerunity. Your site gives valuable information about just how inclusive the definition of the term "gay" should be.

Tell the Black Gay Jewish Disabled Woman to vote for Obama. She aint got a damn thing to loose.

TheRevKev

I am so moved by John's comments and his tribute.

This is one of the greatest reminders to me, when I get on my horse about people coming out, to understand the environments of each person living their daily lives. That Justin came out and was hated and taunted and made to feel like his life was under siege on the daily, to the put that he took his life, just concerns me daily. I applaud John's coming out AT ALL and being able to stand as an icon of Black men, Male Athletes, Strong Towers and being such a beautifully stunning example of how a life well lived is the most redeeming revenge of all.

He is beautiful, sexy, smart, witty, out-spoken and a shining example of all that we can be as Black Gay Men. Rod and I have had conversations about coming out before and I don't understand why we are asking athletes and actors to do it when QUEENS in the music industry and entertainment industry are daily living behind masks. This is where I applaud the FIERCE OUT DIVAS who stand in their truths, because I remember being contacted by VIBE to do an article on being out in the industry and the reporter, a woman, was stunned and so disappointed, that she couldn't get any other high powered Black Gay men, besides me in my position as Senior Producer and Record Label Liaison, to come out on the record.

WE ARE, MANY OF US, NOT AS OUT AS WE PROCLAIM IN THE STREETS AND IN THE SHEETS!

But Bravo to shining this light, yet again, on John, Justin and all of the Spirits of Essex and Marlon, that remind us to living fiercely and without fear!

I'D RATHER BE HATED FOR WHO I AM THAN LOVED FOR WHO I AM NOT!

Donald

The Voice is published by the same company that publishes the Jamaica Gleaner, a paper known for its vehemently consistent homohatred. I'm sure Mr. Amaechi's comments about 'insensitive media' bear that in mind.

Tony

Great article and I hope I don't sound petty or rude, but never has the omission of the word "out" been this funny to me:

"...about his own coming [out] process..."

Sorry, it just made me chuckle not seeing the "out" in that sentence. :D

Rod Mc

Duh! Thanks, Tony. That omission was very Freudian! :)

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