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7 comments | Friday, May 08, 2009

That's the question Tyra Banks asked America yesterday. I already know the answer to that question but I'm really curious to know your thoughts. As I'm publishing this post I have not seen yesterday's Tyra Banks show in it's entirety. I was unaware that it was coming on so my DVR was not set. But what I do know is Banks' show became quite heated and her message board has been flooded with comments.

The full show has been e-mailed to me thanks to loyal reader Jeff Hobbs from Seattle and I'll be watching it today.

I must say I'm quite disappointed that an openly black gay man was not represented on the panel during a discussion about race and homosexuality(not sure if we were well represented in the audience or not, so I could be jumping the gun). Are we invisible to Tyra Banks too? I guess I'm gonna have to make myself more available.

Get into the YouTube clips below if you missed the show and let me know your thoughts. I'll be addressing this topic later and hopefully with Ms. Banks herself soon.

Part 2

Part 3


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I'm no fan of Tyra so I will not put too much stock in this program.

The problem with these allegedly "provocative" discussions is that nobody really wants to have a nuanced conversation. It's generally about bringing the drama, whether from white gays or straight blacks.

Black gay people are always suspiciously absent from these events.

Anthony in Nashville

May 08, 2009 10:35 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

TY soo much for this posting, because as an openly gay black man I feel as though I need to weigh in on the issue.

Love your blog postings...Your blogs might be the spark that is needed to combat discrimination.

May 08, 2009 11:01 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I been wondering about this very same thing the other day...guess it has to be because almost every week there is something claiming their homosexuality to the rest of the world...

May 08, 2009 11:54 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The subject of the show was said to be, is gay the new black. But then proceeded to fill the majority of it's time discussing the relationships between the white lesbian couple and her parents. Who had already been on the show previously and had absolutely nothing to do with the topic!

The result, a half baked attempt at covering a topic that deserves a much longer discussion than it was given.

May 09, 2009 3:26 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I was so UPSET about this. I kept asking myself, "WHERE THE HELL WAS THE BLACK GAY MAN ON THE PANEL?" I mean, WTF? Everything is panned to and caters to white gays as if we NEGRO GAYS don't have a voice. It isn't fair.

I must say, I agree with the lawyer, being gay is the NEW BLACK on the strength of being disallowed basic civil rights. However, NO ONE knows what it is to be BLACK and GAY unless you actually are. Our struggle is the struggle of the highest degree. It really makes me want to pull my hair out when these shows air and not ONE Black man is shown articulating the Black GAY experience.

May 09, 2009 5:26 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

"I kept asking myself, "WHERE THE HELL WAS THE BLACK GAY MAN ON THE PANEL?" I mean, WTF? Everything is panned to and caters to white gays as if we NEGRO GAYS don't have a voice. It isn't fair."

Black gay men should know by now that no one is going to invite us to the party. We have to stand up for ourselves and raise hell. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Call the Tyra Banks show. Email her show. Write letters to her show. Expressing your outrage on this blog is not going to change ANYTHING.

May 10, 2009 1:23 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Is gay the new black? In terms of discrimination yes, everything else NO!!!!!!!! You cannot compare being gay to being black. Years ago blacks were slaves working for the white man getting beat up, tied to trees, dragged on the road on the back of cars JUST because of the color of their skin nothing more. Being gay is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT; Being gay is liking a member of the same sex group. Even though I accept it(not gay) it is going against natures natural course. The anatomy of a man and a women is designed to be together. A man and a women being together is how our human race reproduces and survives. A man deciding to be with a man and a women deciding to be with a women is not the same as a human having darker skin. They are both discriminated a against yes but apart from that its NOT THE SAME AND CANNOT BE COMPARED!!! Its insulting that gays compare themselves to blacks. They have a little bit of struggle trying to get people to accept them and they are saying that they are treated like blacks. Blacks put up with WAY MORE than that for a very long time over 400 years to be exact. They must be very strong men and women to come all the way from being slaves to becoming president of the united states.

August 26, 2009 5:46 PM


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