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NAACP President Benjamin Jealous Blames The Gay Community For The Lack Of African American Support

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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8 Responses

  1. Asher St.Claire says:

    He has a point, but he's not completely right. Beign a black and gay person, some of the most racist people I have ever encountered have been gay. And considering that the image of the gay community in general is so homogenized (white, upper class) are people surprised that the African American community doesn't immediately see the connection?

  2. Will (Wolf) says:

    It's not about connection its about whats RIGHT and WRONG.


    "Insufficient outreach from the LGBT side?" Gay people aren't outsiders! We're members of Black families! Why does any "outreach" need to be done? People who taught America the importance of equal rights shouldn't need "outreach" in order to know the right thing to do. These so-called Christians should reach out for their Bibles, open the Gospels and brush up on Jesus Christ's teaching to love others as we love ourselves. Benjamin Jealous is full of shit, and what's more, he's a homophobe; I've long suspected it.

  4. BlackTsunami says:

    Outreach needs to be done because there is an unfortunate wall in the black and gay communities. Yes we are members of black families but how many public acknowledgements from the black community do we get. And on the flipside of that, how many lgbts of color have a voice in the gay community. How many black gays and lesbians do you see on the cover of the Advocate? Both communities need to do more.

  5. Will (Wolf) says:

    True but outreach has to come from whitin the black community also. When bigotry is based in religion its very hard to change. Especially from forces outside ones own group.

    As for how many lgbts of color have a voice in the gay community there is definately a need but they also need to step up to the plate and make public stands.

  6. bobeotm says:

    Both sides of the issue have valid aspects to their position. The LGBT community has received lukewarm support from the NAACP, but minorities are an oft neglected segment of the LGBT community. Open the vast majority of gay magazines today, and its primarily geared towards white, upper-middle class, and male. Any acknowledgment of gay African Americans, or Latino Americans, are just little token efforts here and there just to say that they did it. I look at gay blogs all the time, and it would seem on many that black people don't even exist!

    I am a gay black male, and I am far from feeling welcome in the LGBT community, at least the one projected by the LGBT establishment and gay media. So yes, a lot of the blame does lay at their feet.

    Sure the NAACP should make more strides in this regard, but to say that it all rests on the responsibility of the NAACP is ignoring that most black gays don't feel the LGBT community is really fighting their fight, but a white version of their fight.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I know that I'm extremely late here but this isn't even the NAACP's problem and the responsibility lies squarely on the LGBTQA[insert more bullcrap]community. The NAACP can't MAKE the gay community recognize LGBT people of color. It's called the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED PEOPLE after all; not the National Association for the Advancement of LGBT People.

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