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..
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.
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.
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.