Tag Archive for ‘African American lgbt’
We who are black were being urged by National Organization for Marriage to separate ourselves from Bayard Rustin, Barbara Jordan, James Baldwin, Wanda Sykes, Rev. Yvette Flunder, Don Lemon, Sheryl Swoopes, Countee Cullen, Johnny Mathis, and many, many other black lesbians and gay men, living and dead. The contradiction of any group that seeks to drive a wedge in the “family” of a group of people who share a common racial history and heritage is beyond belief.
These moments will not be well served in memory of Dr. King if we fail to acknowledge that each one of us, must join others of us, no matter how different may be their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or politics from ours.
The upside for faith communities is that they can make a tremendous difference, can have a huge life-giving faith-enhancing impact. When a faith community opens its door, lives, and hearts to all people, especially those who are isolated and suffering, everyone’s life is expanded. The circle of faith and love is widened and enriched. It really can be a win-win, not a fear-lose.
We’ve had a few videos from the Fair is Fair in Montana Tour of Gil and Ninia describing their tour cohorts. I want to take this opportunity to describe Gil, his strategic work on the tour, some behind the scenes incidents, and his amazing unflagging commitment to the LGBT equality movement.
The music, laughter, dancing, and celebrating that was ours after confronting the bias, bigotry and hatred of the day… was an expression of the joy that is possible when a person or a people refuse to allow the negation of some to drown out the joy and laughter that is possible when one is “standing up on the inside”…
These two events in the same week highlight the struggles of our movement, our judicial systems, what motivates people to change and act with integrity and courage, and what stands in the way of progress. We live and breathe the euphoria of change, and we hope and act for more of that pure sweetness!
Your compassion was formed in the crucible of lawful violent acts meant to demean, demoralize, and defeat, even unto death. You know the reality of such evil and out of that knowing you can imagine what that beating-down does to others. But you offer your hand anyway without knowing if there is mutual respect and commitment.