Once gay pride goes black, apparently, it doesn’t go backSo, the promised fallout between blacks and gays continues!
Four weeks after President Obama came out for same-sex marriage, today will see one of the most significant signs of a new alliance between traditional race-based civil rights groups and the current wave of LGBT oriented civil rights groups yet. At 4:00 PM, a cadre of gay organizations (including Lambda Legal, HRC, GLAAD, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, ESPA and GMHC) will be present at the Stonewall Inn, joined by Al Sharpton and the NAACP (marking the first time we’ve ever gotten a press release from the venerable civil rights organization telling us to meet them at a gay bar). Together, the groups will announce a new unified front in fighting “stop and frisk,” the NYPD’s practice of stopping, almost exclusively, black and Latino young men.
But, wait a second…what happened to Obama’s support of same-sex marriage? The National Organization for Marriage, Touré and Rev. Ruben Diaz promised it would drive a wedge between the gays and the blacks and Hispanics.
Today’s event shows, as Pam Spaulding and we have tried to point out again and again and again over the past few weeks, that black homophobia is overblown hokum. It also shows that the organizations that make up “Gay Inc” are not as white-washed as their critics sometimes claim.
When the President came out for same-sex marriage, we didn’t think there would be any political fallout, as such a position was an extremely common one for black politicians across the nation. Many other “black elites” from Hollywood and the music industry followed suit, which anti-gay marriage forces could claim didn’t speak for the people. But it was really the support of the NAACP, the century old civil rights organization, along
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