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19 January 2009

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gurlene

It is sad Bernice King decided to send a stay away message to gays in regards to her mothers funeral by having queen bishop Eddie Long preside over it.

That family has "disfunctional" screaming from every headline written about them.

alicia banks

welcome back rod!

amen...preach brother!

those church folks in atlanta, like so many holy homohaters everyhere, are brazenly and repulsively disgracing the kings today....shame!!!!!!!!

no evil warren ally shall ever be forgiven by me...none!

peace
ab

Mel Smith

Coretta Scott King was America's Queen.

Jim

It should be noted here that Coretta was not always so sympathetic to gay rights. In 1983, when the King family oversaw an event in Washington celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the NCBLG (National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays) struggled mightily to get some kind of gay rights presence at the event. Gil Gerald, NCBLG’s director, found Coretta quite opposed to any connection with the fight for gay rights.

Something happened, though, between 1983 and the early 1990s. I don’t know if it was having Lynn Cothren, who became a chair of Queer Nation in Atlanta, as her personal assistant for many years. I don’t know if it was the influence of her daughter, Yolanda. Or maybe it was having a flaming metrosexual son named Dexter. But whatever caused the change, I suspect it was further proof that the more of us come out, the more allies we acquire.

Derrick from Philly

Jim,

thank you so much for pointing out some history that many of us either didn't know or forgot or put behind us. What happened with Mrs King is what CAN happen with many black folks: if they get educated on who and what we black gays are, more of them will rethink their opposition to gay civil rights...and I aint no optimist, but I believe this. More of us need to "come out". For many of us, being "out" in the black community has simply meant not pretending or attempting the "DL"--that may not be enough. Being gay or sgl (or both) must something known about us to our family, neighbors, co-workers, fellow church members. It aint easy, and for some of us it will take more time.

I'm not saying that all black folks can be brought into the 21st Century on this subject, but many many will see how cruel it is to persecute your own sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, students, choir members, etc.

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