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Sufficient As I Am

Originally published in Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity Born and raised a Baptist, I was deeply involved with the church for the first nineteen years of my life. I spent an average of three days a week there: regular Sunday services, Wednesday night Bible Study, and youth/young adult activities on Saturday. I […]

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One of my Sunday school teens, Jamal, asked me several Advent seasons ago if the church was going to hear the usual Christmas sermon about baby Jesus being born in a manger. Because if so, as he pointedly said to me, “I ain’t feeling it, Rev.” I have been bothered every Christmas by our culture’s […]

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God is love. And, love is universal. I truly view the bible as a mere book that is wholly irrelevant to God. I view the human inventions of every religion and denomination as holy distractions from true spirituality. I find sexuality, race, gender, and class to be equally meaningless to the singular global spirit that […]

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For Black Gays, Writing is Power

The goal of the event was to bring together LGBT writers, thinkers, teachers, and publishing and media professionals of African descent to discuss the position and importance of African diasporic LGBT literature. In talking with Lisa Moore, one of the conveners of the conference as well as founder and editor of RedBone Press, an LGBT […]

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We have a crisis in the African American community: an epidemic of homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth. And they need our help. And like the AIDS epidemic ravaging the African American community, my folks are not addressing this problem either. Of course, airing the problem publicly will be viewed by many […]

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Justice Begins in the Bedroom

It was great getting up on June 27, 2003, to read the headlines stating that the highest court of this land struck down the Texas law that had criminalized sexual relationships between consenting adults. The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision was momentous — especially given the conservative composition of the court and the reactionary times in […]

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Jennifer Lopez sang “nigga” and the ass worshippers changed religions! White supremacists recorded bigoted punk rock songs and they were exiled to independent record labels. Michael Jackson sang “kike me” and the media whipped him like his bleached skin was suddenly ebony black. Michael re-mixed and apologized more quickly than Roots’ “Kunta Kinte” called himself […]

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No reality is bliss. Some fools think that homosexuals live in same sex nirvanas. We do not. Most of us are just as confused by our relationships as most heterosexuals. There is a thin line between love and hate. There is an even thinner line between discretion and deception. When homosexuals choose to live in […]

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Pride and Why We March

June is Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities across the country, and parades abound. With advances such as hate crime laws and civil unions, we have come a long way since the first Pride marches three decades ago. Also, with the AIDS epidemic no longer ravaging our community as it once […]

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I have been silent about Donnie McClurkin’s increasingly boring and blatant gaybashing. For a while, I pitied his tragic childhood so much that I excused his misguided venting. But, I can be silent no more. His recent interview in a gospel magazine is my last straw! (See it in its entirety at a favorite web […]

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