Racial Issues within the LGBT Community

I just checked out this latest episode of “Cherry Bomb” from AfterEllen.com. I think it is one of the most honest conversations about the subject I’ve seen in awhile. It should serve as a great kickoff to further, more in-depth discussions regarding the subject. What do you think?

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  1. beforedreaming · · Reply

    This is a little confusing to me. The phrase, “… is the new black” refers to the actual color. It is used by the fashion industry to describe what is “in” this season and has nothing to do with the civil rights movement. While racism within the LGBTQ community is a noteworthy discussion topic, using this terminology as a template seems ineffective and silly.

    1. The term has actually been appropriated as an analogy to describe the way mainstream culture can’t seem to give ALL minorities full civil rights at the same time. It’s taken to mean that because LGBT issues are more in their attention right now, there is a lot of unfinished business on the racial front that’s been put on the back burner.

  2. This is a very interesting discussion, lots of points I don’t quite agree on, but I appreciate that there’s an honest, non-derailing conversation about such an important topic. To me, I don’t think it’s a fair comparison, as it seems a bit entitled for white people to appropriate the Civil Rights Movement for their own gain. Anyways, very interesting video and thanks for sharing!

    1. That’s where it starts. For too long queer culture has been defined by the privileged and white (and for the most part, male). To those of us who are not, mainstream LGBT strategies seem to be about getting back into the world of that white privilege than it is about a more universal justice. That’s why I think most white LGBT activists have a hard time understanding the resistance many black people have when the Gay Liberation Movement (an older term I like)is equated with the struggles of African-Americans.

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