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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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Biblically Challenged

As one of my New Year’s resolutions, I hope to encourage more Christians to read their Bibles with a brand new set of eyes and a compassionate heart. Why? Because the Bible has played a salient role in discrimination against all people at different times in this country. Both religious intolerance and fundamentalism foster a […]

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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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The Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me. I am always bothered by our culture’s egregious forms of commercialism — and its either lack of or its anemic recognition of other forms for religious holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and the celebration of the winter solstice during this season. Over the years, […]

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As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time’s spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance – historical and familial. Historically, I am reminded that for […]

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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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Sexual Sanctuary In Academia

I have mixed emotions about the new Harvey Milk High School for homosexuals in New York City. I prefer to see gay students enjoy equal rights and equally safe space inside integrated public schools. But, I know my preference will not protect their spirits or skulls…In the real world, homosexuals are tortured daily in high […]

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We, Too, Are Patriots

(Originally published July 2002) This month we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America’s 226 years of independence. However, this July 4th will be the first one since September 11. And scenes of hyper-patriotism are to be expected. People will be singing the “Star Spangled Banner” or reciting the Pledge of […]

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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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