Monday, March 14, 2011

Black Lesbian Fierce & Funny Gloria Bigelow

From a segment from NoMoreDownLow.TV comes comedian Gloria Bigelow. Remember that name because she is going to be a big star:

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Anti-gay New York politicians facing corruption scandals and other Monday midday news briefs

Two anti-gay New York state Senators under investigation for corruption - One of these senators allegedly said that if "they" offered her a million dollars tax free, she would never support gay marriage. Perhaps we now know why.

Harry Jackson Credits The Black Church With Stopping Marriage Equality In Maryland - It's lying hucksters in the pulpit like Harry Jackson who make it harder for decent black folks like myself.

Harry Jackson: Point Man for the Wedge Strategy - And just in case you are interested, here is why Harry Jackson does what he does. And it's not for the betterment of anyone but himself.

Mediation under way in Eddie Long case - I am NOT saying that Long is guilty, but . . .

New Birth reduces jobs and salaries - Rumor control has it that his church is reducing salaries and laying folks off in anticipation of the mediation's possible settlement.

And just in case you need a recap in terms of how we got here with Eddie Long - here it is.

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From one black man to the black community - stop the homophobic madness!

During last week’s legislative session in Maryland when lawmakers were pondering the idea of gay marriage, a few black lawmakers took the time to not only criticize gay marriage but also the notion of lgbt equality in general.

We’ve all heard the hurtful sayings before - “you can’t compare gay rights to black civil rights because you can hide being gay,” “gays and lesbians were never oppressed in the same manner in which blacks were oppressed,” etc., etc.

It would be an awful generalization to say that all in the African-American community have these beliefs. In Maryland many African-Americans, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, publicly supported marriage equality.

However, statements voiced by some Maryland lawmakers unfortunately stand out and not in a good way. In answer to these comments, I could go on about the many lives either crippled and lost at the hands of gay bashers like that of Matthew Shepard, or the wholesale genocide of lgbts by the Nazis in German, or the suicides of lgbt youth such as Tyler Clementi, or the present day usage of junk science by religious right groups to demonize the lgbt community.

But why bother. I’ve reached the point where I hate having to do it.

It’s sad how no one ever talks about how this tug of war between the African-American and lgbt community over equality can negatively affect us lgbts of color. For me personally, it’s an awful psychological rending, a forced dividing of myself into two halves which have no business separating in the first place.

And as a gay man, I especially hate it. I hate the idea of us lgbts having to put the history of our oppression on some sort of display. I hate the notion that lgbts are put on a witness stand where we have to list how many times we have been beaten, disrespected, or denied our basic humanity in order to somehow prove our “worthiness.”

It always leaves me wondering are the scars of the lgbt community deep enough? Is our humiliation painful enough? Have we shed enough blood to suit those who would judge on us on those things?

Don’t get me wrong. I am all for understanding the aesthetic differences between the African-American struggle and lgbt struggle for equality. But there comes a time when we must recognize the folly of this constant struggle over whether the two are similar.

And that time is now.

It distresses me to no end that on the subject of lgbt equality, some African-Americans are taking on the guise of those who oppress them.

Those who oppressed (and continue to oppress) African-Americans have the belief that somehow blacks are inferior and will never measure up. Therefore they figure that black people are not deserving of certain basic rights. What’s more awful is how they use the Bible to justify their discrimination.

Now, it seems that some African-Americans have told members of the lgbt community that their suffering is inferior and will never measure up. And therefore, the lgbt community are not deserving of certain basic rights. And guess what? They too use the Bible to justify their discrimination .

It’s a nasty, stupid game. And those who choose to play it should know better.

Being oppressed is not a status symbol. Being oppressed is not a mark of achievement. It should never be used as a pedestal to somehow judge whether or not a group of people are “worthy” of being treated like basic human beings.