WHAT KIND OF FUCKERY IS THIS…???

 

I wish she was still alive….ripping off black culture and jewish culture and faggot culture and doing it better than any white American boy in Hollywood.

 

She was Janis and Billie and Barbra and every fucking note she sang was a fuck you to men, critics and celebrity.

 

Like she said, “ I don’t ever wanna drink again…I just need a friend.”

 

As a queer person of color, I was more than irritated when I read on Facebook that someone was questioning the need for “Black Pride” in St. Louis.

 

In that moment all I could think was: ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? YOU MUST SERIOUSLY BE CRACKED OUT…

 

Yes, we are all equal..or at least that is what we want to believe. Thanks to institutional oppression like WHITE SUPREMACY & HETERONORMATIVITY, we are not treated equal in our society…and just because the LGBT community claims we have “unity” behind our sexuality and gender identities doesn’t mean that the community doesn’t face the same stereotypes and racism that exists in the wider culture of America,” Me, August 3rd.

 

When I hear white people question the need for black prides or black television or spaces and organizations for queer people of color I automatically zone out. Their ideas are asinine and their taste in music usually sucks.

 

My friend Asher calls me from his hotel room at the TransOhio Transgender & Allly Conference.

 

“Black Pride is important because the “face” of the LGBT movement is generally a white face,” he says while getting ready for bed.

 

Asher Kolieboi grew up in Olivette, the trans-son of a Liberian father and a University City mother. He works as Assistant Director at the Oberlin Multicultural Center and as Oberlin LBTQ Community Coordinator.

 

“Black folks are at higher rates of HIV infection and queer homelessness so yes, It [black pride] is a political issue,” he says. “Black Pride acts to create a family and a community of shared experience. People get upset because it bends away form the white norm.”

 

He’s right. The dirty little secret among the LGBTQ community is that we are still very much divided and separated according to our race, class and privilege.

 

A recent Pew Study on the wealth disparities between white and black households found that white households now earn 20 times that of the typical black household. Pair that with the fact that gender non-conforming people of color are at a higher risk of gender based violence and the significant rise in HIV infection rates among black MSM.

 

Black Pride isn’t about segregating the black queers from the white queers. It’s about building a community, a family and letting the tears dry on their own.

 

BY: JOSHUA BARTON