Being Black and Gay sucks

If you’re black and gay, you have my pity. I can’t imagine a minority group so vehemently opposed to homosexuality. They often make the sermons of white Alabama preachers seem almost tame by comparison. It’s no secret as a group, African Americans are more religiously conservative than the average American. Since many believe in the literal word of God, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for tolerance and understanding when it comes to homosexuality.

I read an interesting article on CNN discussing the issues of religious gay men who happen to have a darker skin pigmentation, and it made me sad for all those men and women who continue to live in the closet, convinced they have somehow been cursed and God can cure them of their same-sex attraction. But they can no more change this than they can their own skin color, or their height. The resulting theological conflict causes anxiety, fear, self-hatred and self-loathing, as well as completely retarding their sexual and emotional development. While they should be out enjoying themselves and finding loving same-sex partners to share their lives with, they often isolate themselves from others, terrified people in their community might find out about their secret.

It’s no secret a significant portion of African Americans voted yes on Prop 8 in California, and while they only make 10% of the population, it was enough to pass the law by a narrow margin (70% of them ended up voting for the amendment). On the eve of the historic vote that would see the first black president, the rights that gays and lesbians had fought so hard to gain were taken away. California became the first state to alter its constitution specifically to take away rights that had previously been granted. What I find tragic is the open bigotry of black preachers is no different than the open bigotry that had previously been preached from white pulpits some 50 years ago, warning of the dangers of interracial marriages. These “value voters” created special laws which prevented these unions. In their own way, they too were trying to preserve the “sanctity of marriage”. It’s only a historical accident this has fallen out of vogue with most people, due in no small part to the tireless effort of individuals who believe in the value of equal rights rather than skin pigmentation.

All of this nonsense and heartache can be avoided by simply declaring the principles espoused by a Bronze Age manuscript are dangerously out of date with modern society. Why any black man should be ashamed or angry over something as trivial as his sexuality is ludicrous. Only something as stupid as religion could cause such pointless misery.

NOTE: Here’s a confused article saying that Gay is not the “new black”. The author argues gays really haven’t had it as bad as black people, being only oppressed for a paltry 40 years. Even if this were true (which it isn’t), does it make their struggle for equal rights not as “worthy”?

Comments (9)

  • avatar

    Harrison Gross

    A paltry 40 years?

    Tell that to Alan Turing asshole. Oh and the homosexuals killed in the Nazi regime.

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    nem0

    I just had a conversation about this with a friend recently. It’s not something I’ve witnessed personally — there’s no black people in Montana (I’m being hyperbolic, but it’s not completely inaccurate) — but what little I have heard boggles my damn mind.

  • avatar

    Isaac

    Being gay will get you killed in about a dozen countries, are there any countries where being of a certain skin colour can get you killed by law?

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    Loki

    The mormons were the ones who passed prop 8 dude, if they only make up 10% of the population, and 70% of them voted for it, then that’s only a +4% net benefit for the pro side.

    you do realize the mormon church poured millions into getting people to vote for it right?

    durf durf

  • avatar

    Jacob Fortin

    ^ That 4% is what made all the difference. As for the Mormon church, I’ve done plenty of shows calling for them to lose their tax exempt status over this, so I definitely know where the blame lies. It doesn’t however, excuse the fact that African Americans are generally more homophobic than other minorities.

  • avatar

    Loki

    they also tend to be much more religious, I suspect that the religiosity is the true influencing factor

  • avatar

    Alex

    To the person who wrote this article– Do you have any statistics and/or scientific proof that explains how Blacks are generally more homophobic than any other minority? Also, could you provide us with any tangible proof that Blacks, as a group, are more religious than any other minority AND that is why they’re generally more homophobic than other minorities? Can you please provide us with the facts surrounding those statements, or are those just your very own assumptions that you’ve pulled out of your ass? Oh yeah, what exactly makes a minority group the minority and NOT the majority? I’m only asking because it sounds like the majority of the people who responded to your article are FUCKING STUPID. I hope I’m part of the minority.

  • avatar

    Jacob Fortin

    Proof is pretty easy to find, idiot. Here are a few links:

    http://blogs.bet.com/news/newsyoushouldknow/blacks-more-religious-survey-finds/

    As for the homophobia, about 77% of black voters in California voted for Prop 8, a significantly higher percentage than their Caucasian counterparts. There’s a good article about it here:

    http://alligatorreport.wordpress.com/2007/01/19/is-the-african-american-community-homophobic/

    I suggest that perhaps you should do a little more research before criticizing others and calling them stupid, guy.

  • avatar

    Monicah

    Bravo on your commentary. (Some) black folk don’t like hearing about their ignorance and hate..esp when spoon fed to them by ‘they good ole pasta’s!’

    And, I’m black for the record.

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