Child, please. Thanks to Son of Baldwin for the heads up ...
The "ex-gay" Grammy Award winning gospel singer and evangelist Donnie McClurkin now claims that he was "bullied" and "threatened" by the office of Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray when officials "uninvited" him from headlining a city-sponsored concert over the weekend.
"I'm more than a little disgruntled and want to rectify something," said McClurkin in a video uploaded to SocialCam. "This is bullying, discrimination and intolerance! This is depriving someone of their civil rights! These are ... systematic ... bullying tactics."
Watch the video and read the transcript AFTER THE JUMP ...
The Saturday concert was the first in a series of events over the next two weeks that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream" at the march, which was one of the seminal events of the Civil Rights Movement. The event was organized by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Local activists were outraged that McClurkin was associated with the event and pressured officials to remove McClurkin from the lineup.
The 1963 March on Washington was organized by the openly gay and late Bayard Rustin, the top lieutenant and strategist to Dr. King. The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama has posthumously named Rustin as one of sixteen new recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
McClurkin now claims that his "civil rights" have been violated by the District government. "Quite unfortunate that today a Black man, a Black artist, is uninvited from a civil rights movement that depicts love, unity, peace and tolerance," said McClurkin. "This is an infringement on my civil rights. Imagine that, in the 21st century, imagine that I, a Black man was uninvited from civil rights!"
The infamously "ex-gay"—or perhaps merely "re-closeted"—McClurkin has delivered a series of infamous rants against gay men, lesbians and LGBT youth in recent years. In November 2009, McClurkin preached an incendiary attack against LGBT youth and newly out gospel singer Tonex at the Church of God in Christ's Holy Convocation Youth Service in Memphis. McClurkin's hateful sermon went viral across the internet. McClurkin compared LGBT youth to "vampires" and added: "I see feminine men, feminine boys, everywhere I go. These young girls are just as bad as the boys ... there are some evil young hard butch girls."
McClurkin never fully explained the controversy behind his Washington D.C. booking and only provides an oblique, cursory reference. "This is all about a stand that I took," said the gospel legend and Pentecostal minister. "But I was never was derogatory against any lifestyle."
McClurkin is correct about one thing: This is about "bullying" and "intolerance" ... except he is not on the side "of love, unity, peace and tolerance." McClurkin has become the poster child for the church-based homophobia that is making life horrible for millions of Black gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender youth in the church.
Now have a seat, hunty ... a stadium of seats and nowhere near the stage. Watch the video and read a partial transcript AFTER THE JUMP ...
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"I'm sending out this social cam because I'm more than a little disgruntled and want to rectify something that you will know my heart. The Mayor of Washington DC—I think his name is Mayor Gray—uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline tonight on the Mall that was supposed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement. I was asked not to attend although I was considered the headliner. Advertisements were made and churches were prepared to send tens of thousands of people.
"Last night on the way to airport we received a telephone call from one of the promoters ... they were contacted by Mayor Gray's office and the Arts Commissioner and were told that I was not welcomed at the concert. Quite unfortunate that today a Black man, a Black artist, is uninvited from a civil rights movement that depicts love, unity, peace and tolerance. ... Ambassadors from India and the United States, as well as the church community. And they waited until the last minute.
"I am being bullied and discriminating against. This is bullying, discrimination and intolerance. This is depriving someone of their civil rights! They listened to those 15 or 20 people who were protesting as opposed to the thousands who would have come and worshiped Jesus and listened to the gospel. The promoters had the highest integrity but the mayor's office systematically shut it down. Pastors across D.C. called the mayor's office but he refused to concede. The pastors even offered to try to pay my fee. ... These are bullying tactics!
"This is all about a stand that I took but never was derogatory against any lifestyle. This is an infringement on my civil rights. Imagine that, in the 21st century, imagine that I, a Black man was uninvited from civil rights!
"They also put out a press release that said "after mutual agreement" I was uninvited. But there was no mutual agreement! I never spoke with them! I did have one conversation last night with Chris Murphy from the mayor's office ... he tried to tell me that it would be in "my" best interest if I didn't come, so that I wouldn't suffer and be vilified across media and social media. He said, 'I wouldn't want them to bring up stuff from the past.' That was a threat. ...
"But there will be further dealings wit this and I cannot let this go undone. Pray for me as I continue to rectify this situation. There should always be freedom of speech ... as long as it is done in love. There should never be bias or politics. What do you think? You all pray for me. I love you D.C. and will see you on better terms."