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Category Archive: blacks and heterosexism

May 08 2013

Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels NOW AVAILABLE

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  Over the past several years, the Right has spun the fantasy of colorblind, post-racial, post-feminist American exceptionalism. This Orwellian narrative anchors the most blistering conservative assault on secularism, civil rights, and public education in the post-Vietnam War era. It is no accident that this assault has occurred in an era in which whites have …

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May 25 2012

Shift in Black American opinion on gay marriage?

By Frederick Sparks After President Obama expressed personal support for marriage equality, pundits wasted no time pondering the effects on the upcoming presidential election, including whether or not the president’s “evolved” position would alienate African-Americans, the President’s most loyal voting bloc. And indeed there has been negative reaction from the black clergy.   Maryland based anti-gay preacher Harry Jackson …

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Dec 07 2011

The Curious Case of Gays in the Black Church

By Frederick Sparks An oft repeated story in the black church and gospel music community involves 50s and 60s era gospel singing legend Mahalia Jackson making a cross country automobile trek with four male companions who were members of her singing troupe. The car suffers a flat and Jackson gets out of the car to …

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Jun 22 2011

The Prison of Black Patriarchal Masculinity

By Derrick L. McMahon, Jr. As a black man living in the United States, I know all too well the prison that Black Patriarchal Masculinity can be. Growing up, the cell that I was placed in was small and rigid, a place for conformity rather than creativity. My masculinity was policed at almost every turn. …

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May 06 2011

Discretion: The “DL” Problem

By Dexter Smith The “Down-Low”. A uniquely African-American slang term used in reference to an insidious subculture of deeply closeted African-American homosexual and/or bisexual men who, while carrying on their normal, day-to-day, public lives as heterosexual men, simultaneously lead secret lives engaged in sexual relations with other men. The meaning of the term, however, has …

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