Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Racism and the LGBT community

"... they failed to understand what the issues of civil rights and equality mean to black people in this country. They— meaning well-intentioned gay activists—assumed that since theirs was an issue of equality and civil rights, that they’d have natural allies among a people who’d spent centuries being discriminated against. It’s a valid hope. But then again, when did a group of gay activist ever show up to make sure that black and Latino/a neighborhoods had decent schools or safe streets, or march for union job protection? "
- Doug Spearman (pictured)

A National Conversation about Race, Sexuality and Gender

The Equality Forward essays are a collection of stories about race, sexuality and gender from some of today’s most distinct voices in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-rights movement. Read their essays. Share your own story. Join us for a national conversation on August 13. And read more about Equality Forward. This essay in the series is submitted by Doug Spearman, an actor best known for his role in the series Noah’s Arc. READ MORE

H/T: Rod 2.0