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4 comments | Tuesday, March 03, 2009

It seems many people within the black gay community noticed the absence of gay people of color from the highly watched CNN special Black In America late last year. Contrary to what was shown during the special, African-Americans are not monolithic and LGBT individuals exist within the black community.

Georgia State University's LGBT group Blackout sponsored a forum last month that addressed the issues facing black Americans who also identify as gay, lesbian, or transgender.

Loldarian.com affiliate and host of 3LWTV Lonnell Williams was present and captured video footage from this important event.

Panelists included Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield, an Assistant Professor specializing in Race, Class & Gender, Moya Bailey, a Spelman Cum Laude graduate currently attending Emory University as a Women's Studies Graduate Fellow, Andrea Clairborne, a Financial Advisor, professional entertainer and transgender female, and Charles Stephens, Program Coordinator for the Deeper Love Project, a sexual health and community empowerment program targeting black gay men.

Get into the discussion in the video below.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I wish this was made available on DVD.

Sometimes I feel like Tongues Untied was the last serious attempt to document our issues on film. If there are other films that I'm missing out on I would love to hear about them.

March 03, 2009 2:07 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The discussion was really great! I really enjoyed Moya's commentary .

March 03, 2009 2:52 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I am mad I miss this. I'm right at Morehouse just 3 train stops away from GSU. I haven't viewed the clip yet but were their any discussion on the socioeconomic status of GLBT blacks?

March 03, 2009 10:50 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

It was definitely a conversation worth having. One thing I took from the discussion was the realization of how much we marginalize ourselves with various terms.

I won't say that it's a cry for acceptance, BUT it does stem from us wanting some form of validation for who we are. Learning that you can't go thru life seeking that acceptance from everyone you encounter is key.

I enjoyed myself!

March 04, 2009 11:48 AM


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