Queer Black History

Black History Month MQA

 

With all that’s happened to the Black Community lately, I’ve been feeling a void. A void for justice, for racial harmony, for more queer-positive role models of colour… From the Michael Brown murder to the proceeding Ferguson Riots and Black Lives Matter movement to the epic failure of the Academy Awards in their decision not to nominate more actors and directors of colour; it feels like the etchings of a new Civil Rights Movement. One in which not only minorities, women and the disabled have a voice but also the LGBT community- specifically our Transgendered brothers and sisters.

So my contribution to this new unified movement is to shine a light on some queer specific black brilliance. Lately way too much of my time has been spent feeling jilted about the outright racist bullshit that’s happened and continues to happen in our society. So this month I’ll be spotlighting black LGBT identified powerhouses that left a unique mark on the worlds of fashion, art, music, political activism and mainstream culture.

Stay tuned!

Racial Preferences

Preference: “a greater liking for one alternative over another or others”

Racism: “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races”

I stumbled across this video a few days ago and it’s been playing on my thoughts ever since. As a “black guy”, I can’t say how many times I’ve been slapped in the face with this. Both from potential dates and from friends. I never quite understood racism; far less racism in the LGBT community. But as far as this video goes, it raises some important questions. Is having a racial preference necessarily prejudice? And when does a preference move from genuine adoration to deliberate exclusion due to racial features?

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10 Gay Stereotypes

So many stereotypes exist about gay men.. Here’s my top 10

Gay guys are obsessed with their bodies-While this may be true for some, it’s not the case for all. The bear community is a perfect example of this. It can be argued that even within this sub category of gay culture there’s some obsession with body image but I beg to differ… WOOF!

Gay guys think sports are boringSo wrong!!! There a quite a few gay sports leagues right here in Toronto- There’s gay rugby , volleyball, tennis leagues not to mention groups like Get Out Canada – a leisure and recreational club. And if you’re not interested in playing, bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be interested in watching.. We love hot sweaty eye candy! Can I get an amen?! Continue reading