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| Monday, July 20, 2009

I embrace and celebrate all that I am. I embrace being African American. I embrace being gay. I embrace being an artist. I embrace being an activist, supporting the community, giving donations and making a stance with my art and what I do.

There are certain issues that we just have to start dealing with in terms of our communities: Education, the arts, dealing with gay issues.

I never came out. I never remember not being (gay). Straight people ask me all the time “when did you come out?” my answer to them is “when did you come out?”

“How do you know you’re gay?” they ask. “How do you know you’re straight?” I say. I think that there’s a time when everyone has to talk about it to their family, but the family knows, for god sakes. Every woman knows if she has a gay child. And that’s why it is so important for women to come together and resolve these issues about how gay people are being treated. How could you have child and deny that child human rights?

-Jonathan Green is an award winning paniter and was recently honored with the 'Key of Life' award by the NAACP. A resident of East Naples, Italy for over 20 years he now resides in South Carolina with his partner Richard Weedman.