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 ...