HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin hosted a great segment on Wednesday that explored the experiences and challenges of Black gay men who came out to their families. The conversation was inspired by Chase Simmons’ new documentary Dear Dad: Letters From Same Gender Loving Sons. The panel included Simmons, R20 friend and poet/performance artist/teacher Yolo Akili and pop culture journalist Deron Dalton. Akili interviewed Chase Simmons at the Huffington Post in September.
Deron Dalton made interesting comments on the perceived notions of masculinity that is omnipresent across Black communities. " "You're already a minority so it makes it a little bit harder," said the writer. "There is a lot of hyper-masculinity and there is also the Black church."
"Very masculinity in America is very rigid," added Yolo Akili. "When you are African-American because of the history of slavery and racism that is even more rigid. So when you come out, historically that is not connected to 'masculinity'. Masculinity is seen as rigid."
Bravo Yolo, Deron and Chase. It's a great conversation especially the voices that are featured are not the "usual" go-to voices we often see/hear when discussing Black gay men. Watch the segment as well as the trailer and the film by Chase Simmons AFTER THE JUMP ...