August 14, 2002

To Be Gay, Black & Marginalized (By Your Own Folk)

It's a Gay World After All

Commentator and activist Keith Boykin charges Miami Black ministers distort gay rights:

The Success or failure of a Sept. 10 referendum to repeal Miami-Dade County's gay rights ordinance could rest in the hands of the county's 180,000 Black voters.

Black religious and political leaders have been recruited and a have already lined up on both sides of the fight. But the arguments by those who want to repeal the gay rights law just don't add up.

The African American Council of Christian Clergy, a leading group of ministers, recently aligned with the anti-gay right forces in Miami. In a flyer distributed at Black churches last month, the ministers claim that "Martin Luther King Jr. would be outraged if he knew that homosexual extremists were abusing the civil rights movement to get special rights based on their sexual behavior."

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[T]he appeal to the legacy of Dr. King is grossly inaccurate. Dr. King's widow, Coretta Scott King, is a strong supporter of civil rights protections for gays and lesbians. Lynn Cothren, a spokesman for Mrs. King and the King Center in Atlanta, even repudiated the ministers' flyer. Cothren said Dr. King never publicly discussed his views about homosexuality but, in private conversations with his wife, expressed concern about discrimination against gay men and lesbians.


The ministers' claims also conveniently ignores the contributions of Bayard Rustin to King's nonviolent tactics and outlook. Earl Ofari Hutchinson joins Coretta Scott King in setting the record straight:

Given King’s relentless, and uncompromising, battle against discrimination during his life, it’s absolutely incredible to imagine that he would back an anti-gay campaign. Yet, it’s hardly a surprise that a group would be brazen enough to enlist King as their ally. Since his murder 34 years ago, legions of groups and individuals have snatched at King’s picture, name and words to push their cause, agenda, issue, and even commercial products. They smother themselves in King’s mantle because they know that many still rank him next to God as the embodiment of truth and purity. Attorney-General John Ashcroft, for instance, whom civil rights leaders lambaste for his past anti-civil rights stance and racially insensitive comments calls King his hero.

From the New York Sun: Gay Marriages To Be Recognized

New York City could become the first jurisdiction in America to apply the word "marriage" to gay and lesbian unions, a move that would shatter a taboo in the legislation of homosexual relationships.

Meanwhile, the New York Times screams: A Comic Book Gets Serious on Gay Issues--

In April last year, eight months after his introduction to the supporting cast, Terry did something few characters in comic books do: he revealed he was gay. In Green Lantern No. 154, which will go on sale in September, Terry is spotlighted in the first half of a two-part story about a downside of being proudly out. He will be the victim of a gay bashing. While the comic book industry over the years has introduced gay and lesbian characters, this is the first major story line involving a gay central character of a mainstream comic book.

The Gay League of America has a comprehensive list of Queer Characters in Comics. While the list is probably incomplete, it is impressive, listing the character's history and her/his respective storyline.

[GLA link culled from J. Bernard Jones' reply to a post on a mailing list I subscribe to.]

Posted by ronn at August 14, 2002 01:17 AM

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