Is Gay The New Black?

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A popular phrase I keep hearing is “Gay is the New Black.” For anyone who has not heard this phrase, it is reference to the LGBT community looking for equal rights within America, one of the most discussed issues being a same-sex marriage bill, much like African Americans looked for civil rights during the early 1960’s. Now I personally believe gay people should have the right to get married. Regardless of anyone’s dogma concerning how natural/unnatural, whether people are born gay vs. it being choice, if anyone’s God accepts Gay people; at the end of the day, the government should not be allowed to tell consenting adults if they can get married or not. People of varying religious practices should not intervene in the marriage of consenting adults. You have the right to disagree, but if you think what these people are truly doing is wrong, it is between them and God and not your duty to go around policing the public. To the Christians screaming from the rooftops about Gay Marriage (I see you Westboro Baptist Church), does the New Testament not state that Jesus intervened in the public stoning of Mary to simply state, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Practice what you preach.

My concern though is simply with the statement “Gay is the New Black” because I genuinely don’t see how it is. If the message behind that statement is that the LGBT community would like to be treated as equal citizens, then by all means I understand that. But to say it is the new black is discounting what many African Americans went through in the 1960’s.

Let’s just use a scenario that before this decade is over, gays are allowed to marry and from that point on can’t be “legally” discriminated against. Then that would make this decade similar to the late 1950’s to early 1960’s for African Americans considering that the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. I’m sorry but I don’t see Gays having separate sections on buses, separate water fountains and entrances to go through..

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I don’t see Gay Pride Marches being stopped by Policemen striking people across the head with batons or having German Shepherds sicced on them.

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I don’t see news articles stating how mentally inferior Gays are. I also don’t see Gay Civil Rights leaders getting murder in droves and forced to flee the country, (shouts out to Assata Shakur who is still hiding in Cuba from government officials).

The most recent Hate Crimes report, that I’m able to find, from the FBI shows that as of 2009, there are still more cases of Hate Crimes against people of varying races and religious backgrounds, with sexuality being number three.

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I may be swinging for the fences but to me that says “Niggas and Muslims” are still getting attacked more frequently than homosexuals, once again this information is as of 2009.

Even looking at Television, Reality Shows are at the top of proverbial television entertainment hill and there are many prominent reality shows with gay leads or based around Gay Culture. Once again referencing my earlier reference to now being equivalent to the blacks 1960’s and quick Google search would show:

May 1963: Thousands of African Americans, mostly children, arrested while protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Eugene “Bull” Conner unleashes fire hoses and police dogs on demonstrators.

June 1963: Medgar Evers, civil rights activist, murdered and killer not convicted until over 30 years later.

October 1963: Sam Cooke and band arrested for registering at a whites only motel in Louisiana. Later becoming the inspiration to “A Change Is Gonna Come.

And the stores go on and on…

I don’t want this to be taken as an attempt to downplay the LGBT Movement, I hope the community gets an opportunity to feel equal in America in this lifetime and people can stop arguing over people’s sexual preference. I just think that calling Gay The New Black drastically takes away from what African Americans went through to obtain the ability to be treated as equals within America, though instances like Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo make me question if blacks can even be considered treated like equal citizens, but thats my own personal take. Calling “Gay the New Black” would be like calling the Boston Bombing the New 9/11. Both incredibly horrible events that woke up America, but on differing scales that should not be compared to one another.

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2 thoughts on “Is Gay The New Black?

  1. I have always had a problem with the constant “Gay Rights Movement” constantly being compared with the “Civil Rights Movement” by African Americans in the 1960’s, not so much for the fact that the Civil Rights Movement was against systemic forces of a much greater magnitude, as you rightly pointed out, but because of the fact that when I hear many of the white gay activists keep drawing this parallels, it always seems to come from the point of the view that everything is, to borrow a colonial American phrase, just “hunky-dory” when it comes to race in America. There are some LGBT activists I’ve heard speak as if the battle against racism has already been won and that racism is all but a relic of the past, which is certainly not the case. I would argue in fact that issues such as the prison industrial complex, which largely feeds on mass incarceration of Black people, is every bit as devastating and damaging as segregation was in the South in the days of dixie, and that we should similarly organize to abolish the U.S. prison system as well. But as someone who is gay, I find that when it comes to homophobia, the problems mainly deal with peoples’ attitudes towards homosexuals and homosexuality in general. Not to say that racism isn’t built around white peoples’ negative attitudes against people of color, which clearly it is, but it’s also much more systematic, by which I mean a lot of white people really believe that they are “colorblind” and without prejudice, or that they are cool with people of other races when below the surface in their subconscious mind they are very prone to racist stereotypes, but attempt to justify it with “race-neutral” reasoning.

    • That’s a good point. Personally being someone who loves Hip-Hop music I’ve always found it interesting how the direction of the mainstream releases changed with the NWA. Leading up to that moment there was a lot of pro-black, get an education, be proud of Africa movement and with the introduction of Fuck The Police, record labels started to focus more on negative stereotypes including drug dealing and gang banging. One would say those lifestyles would lead to young impressionable black boys wanting to grow up and be like their favorite rapper, in turn sending more young black men to private prison systems to make a profit off of. It’s not far out of the realm of possibility.

      I think a great deal of people’s ignorance towards homosexuality comes from lack of understanding and following ancient dogmas. We are in a “free” country and as long as people are harming anyone else you should stay the hell out of their business. I’ve seen many people who say they disagree with a homosexually lifestyle but when you ask them why they just point back to a scripture. As I’ve always believed, follow your heart, not what someone else tells you you’re suppose to follow.

      Good stuff as always Caleb.

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