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02 May 2013

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ShumSF

Great find, Rod. Is Jason Collins like the most eligible gay bachelor in America now or what?

Black Pegasus

Please don't let him be a Snow Queen....
I'm dying to see a Black Gay power couple.

Brian

I co-sign Black Pegasus statement!

Chitown Kev

The reports that I've read (in other words, unsubstantiated gossip read on gossip blogs, so take it for what it's worth) say that Collins' BF is Asian.

TrueWords

So Jason can come out...he can deal with homophobia in sport but wait there is a new monster that he MUST endure: the judgement of the GAY BLACK COMMUNITY...it is full of jabs, crass comments, pettiness and even racist undertones that would make anyone want to stay deep in the closet...so tired of this...

Chitown Kev

@True Words

Exactly what do you mean by that?

FWIW, I don't think that I entirely disagree with you.

I noted when this came out is that Collins IS a Stanford graduate and comes from a pretty connected family and that when I of that data was digested you might start to see a little bourgie-hating.

Greg G

True Words: "racist undertones that would make anyone want to stay deep in the closet"

Are you referencing the "racism" in the larger society and across the gay (white) community? Then, yes, I agree, that is problematic.

But if you are referencing Black Pegasus' and other comments that suggest they wish/would like to see/hope that Jason Collins has a a black BF, that is NOT racism. Racism is institutionalized and wielded on behalf of those who hold political and economic power. Example: Segregation. Apartheid South Africa. Police brutality against people of color. Or the lack of black faces, black couples or black images in Out, The Advocate, etc.

It really is NOT a coincidence that white gay men embrace black gay men such as Don Lemon, John Amaechi, Jonathan Capehart etc because they have white partners and prefer white gay men. White gay men get angry and feel excluded when they see black gay men who prefer each other.

I'm sure if you look from coast to coast, most of the Black LGBT writers, activists, personalities, bloggers etc who are often quoted/"embraced" by white "Gay Inc" have white partners. Keith Boykin and Rod are probably among the very few black gay men with a national profile who are not snow queens. But KB and Rod work in mainstream news, not gay media, that is probably why.

I have no idea who Jason Collins is dating. I wish him the best. but if his BF is white or asian, I can safely the black gay enthusiasm around him will sizzle as quickly as it did around John Amaechi, Don Lemon, etc.

TrueWords

"I have no idea who Jason Collins is dating. I wish him the best. but if his BF is white or asian, I can safely the black gay enthusiasm around him will sizzle as quickly as it did around John Amaechi, Don Lemon, etc."...

Fine then let the enthusiasm "fizzle"...there are tons of black stars that do not date black especially in the hip hop world...

Greg G you are correct: racism was the wrong word choice...my feeling is this...Jason is going to date who he wants PERIOD...Don Lemon and others are going to date who they want. As a gay black man with another gay black man...their measure is not diminished by who they date...because if they like it I LOVE IT...to coin the phrase...NO SHADE HERE...because I just don't care and no one else should as well.

But again people love to pick apart others and the introspection should be saved for themselves and/or children.

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