resident Barack Obama.
The names of black people and black organizations who have expressed support or lack of opposition to marriage equality over the past few days seems to grow longer day by day, unfurling like a scroll. When will we reach a tipping point?
As I walk around Harlem, I hear angry men on street corners saying things like “Now he’s (Obama’s) down with that gay shit! But “Politico reported last week that new poll shows black opposition is already eroding.
In the broader culture, public support for gay marriage has mushroomed over the past few years, says the Los Angeles Times. The cause cited most often is America’s increasing familiarity with gay people — as family members, friends, and TV characters — the paper says. But other factors matter too, the paper says:
During this time period black folks have undergone a similar transition in terms of our thinking, but polls show that we do remain more opposed than other racial and ethnics groups.
Overcoming Sexing and Homophobia: Strategies that Work outlines 11 strategies for fighting homophobia within the black community. Browse the book in Google Books for more information about each of these strategies.
- Come out.
- Be confrontive.
- Be media savvy.
- Demand respect from African-American artists.
- Build and maintain nourishing institutions.
- Build alliances with LGBT groups.
- Speak the truth about our bisexuality.
- Learn to discuss the Bible with authority.
- Start meetings in local churches to address homophobia.
- Celebrate black gay heroes.
- Send this open letter to the African-American community.
Now that there is momentum, are these the strategies that we need to leverage it?