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Category Archive: homophobia

Apr 30 2013

Professional basketball player Jason Collins comes out

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by Frederick Sparks “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” In case you hadn’t heard, NBA journeyman center Jason Collins has declared to the world that he is a gay man.   Collins entered the NBA twelve years ago, along with his twin Jarron, after the two played collegiate basketball at Stanford.  He …

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Jul 10 2012

Well Meaning but Tortuous Gay Biblical Apologetics

By Frederick Sparks   Matthew Vines is a gay Harvard student reared in a “loving Christian home” and church community in Kansas. After finally reconciling himself to his sexual orientation, Vines took a two-year leave of absence to research what the Bible has to say about homosexuality. In March of this year, Vines gave a …

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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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Aug 01 2011

The Burdens of a Heterosexual

By Sean Smith As if it were yesterday I remember every time I would visit my father I was faced with the daunting task of answering his questions. These questions didn’t pertain to my recent academic progress but rather my perceived sexual orientation; “you ain’t gay is you boy?” Knowing the emotional turmoil I would …

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Jun 27 2011

Black Atheists and Reactionary Black Nationalism

By Norm R. Allen Jr. Members of the Black Atheists of Atlanta are causing quite a stir on the Web with their provocative conception of Black atheism. They embrace a reactionary, African-centered worldview, from which they inevitably denounce homosexuality, Western civilization, and White people in general. In particular, they are all too willing to sacrifice …

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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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