Here's your first look at the new cover for Black Enterprise magazine's Black & Gay In Corporate America issue. The professional African-American mag is heralding the cover as "historic." Writer Sonia Alleyne is forthright about the potential controversy looming over the article and the difficult time she and her staff had finding black gays and lesbians who were willing to be featured in the piece.
From Black Enterprise Magazine:
We’re not going to pretend this was an easy topic for Black Enterprise to consider. Let’s face it—the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is one of which our society whispers, mocks, ignores, and, in extreme cases, vehemently rejects. For Black members of this community, the emotional backlash can be even more intense. Editor-at-Large Carolyn M. Brown and I spent months producing this feature. Due to the topic’s controversial nature, we had some difficulty finding subjects. Even some of those who agreed to participate in our cover story, “Black and Gay in Corporate America,” felt some trepidation about how revealing their sexual orientation would affect relationships with family, friends, and associates outside the workplace.
Kudos to Black Enterprise for taking on this story. Check out a preview of Black & Gay In Corporate America here.
It's ironic that this preview hit on the same day that a new study on African-Americans and religion was released that shows blacks are the most religious in the United States. It's an ugly tie that binds.