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Why doesn't the Black community deal with the rampant homophobia/transphobia in its culture before expecting the LGBT to support it?

Who remembers back in 2013 when Black Lives Matter hijacked Pride, 6 years later and nothing has changed. Look I understand Stonewall was started by Gay POC but that doesn't ignore that homophobia/transphobia is not only rampant in black culture but damn near celebrated, why should the LGBT support something that is glaringly against it.

This was my problem with adding the black and brown colors to the Pride flag, the black community has done literally zilch to reduce the rampant homophobia/transphobia it their culture so why would Pride support that?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    11 months ago
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    You can sympathise or side with African Americans in this or not.  It's your choice.  The fact is that African Americans tend, on the whole, toward conservatism - (which is an adaptation for survival in a hostile environment, and given the history, should really be expected rather than greeted with shock and incomprehension).  The conservatism and religious piety has, in a number of specific cases, resulted in public statements and family decisions that have hurt young black LGBTers. 

    However, by seizing upon those specific cases and using them to justify turning your back on injustice that affects all black people (all Americans, actually) you tread perilously close to saying "I don't like some things that some black people do - and I've generalized those things to everyone who is black - so I'm going to ignore the plight of all black people".  That would be deciding how to deal with people based on their skin colour.

    In fact, that would not be too different from how white homosexuals habitually treated black homosexuals (and Asians and Spanish-speakers) well into the 1980s and 1990s.  Black men were not welcome in white gay bars, and had to establish their own, separate ones.  Mixed couples were demeaned and ostracised by white gay men.

    The point here is: That gradually went away.  And homophobia and transphobia among African Americans will also moderate, over time.  There ARE forces at work to make that happen, but they are working along the lines of ANOTHER tendency that exists among African Americans, on the whole.  That's the tendency toward forgiveness and tolerance of family members who violate norms and laws.  So this is subtle and unspoken, not something that will be accelerated with posters and banners and marches.  In the meantime you will still hear condemnations from Bishop So-and-So, or see communities accept yet another murder of a black transgender person with a shrug.  We still hear plenty of identical news from the white side of town, so don't expect things to suddenly burst into Enlightenment on the other side of the tracks.

    Finally: What party and parade organisers, and other so-called "LGBT spokespersons" decide to support or prioritise is not something that most LGBT people worry or care about.  That's a whole lot more people than ever attend such events more than once or twice in their lives, and who aren't routinely found in the LGBT scene.  They don't care about the arguments and debates about who "supports" who, nor how many stripes there are on whatever flag.  These things hold little significance for the majority, who aren't involved in such arguments..  But repeated instances of videos of police killing black people who are unarmed and not attacking the police at the time of their deaths DO hold CONSIDERABLE significance for the majority of LGBTers.

  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    Blacks don't like gays very much its common for LGBTQ people to get assaulted or even killed in the black community.

  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    The black community is evolving. It is making gains. More and more black lgbt are out now. There are lgbt organizations for people of color. Its all having a butterfly effect. 

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