Gay is the New Black

The Advocate (November 2008)

“Gay is the new black”.

This statement pissed people off because it sort of equated the black struggle to the gay struggle in the U.S.

I can see why people would disagree with this statement. They might have these reasons:

– You’re born black, but being gay…oh, well, you can control that.

– If you’re discriminated against when you’re gay, then tough luck…you chose this road. Black people, on the other hand, were discriminated against because they were really born this way.

– You can’t change being black. You can change being gay.

– African Americans were slaves at one point. What did the gays go through, anyway?

In my opinion, there are many similarities between the black struggle & the gay struggle.

For example, anti-miscegenation laws prohibited a black person from marrying a white person. How absurd is that? If you think it’s just as absurd as prohibiting two men or two women from marrying…then maybe gay is the new black.

And let’s simplify things:

black people were discriminated against & didn’t have equal rights for no other reason than being black

gay people were discriminated against & didn’t/don’t have equal rights for no other reason than being gay

If you look at it that way, maybe those two struggles have more in common than you think.

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5 thoughts on “Gay is the New Black

  1. Joseph April 18, 2011 / 9:51 pm

    BB, since when being gay was a choice?

    • BeirutBoy April 18, 2011 / 10:02 pm

      I hear ya =)

      I’m saying that’s what some people might say to prove that the black struggle is different from the gay struggle.

  2. LebaGaGa April 18, 2011 / 11:17 pm

    It’s true that there should be no real difference between our two struggles.
    I had this talk with a flame of mine in the USA.

    His points:
    1)Unless you shake you’re holding a rainbow flag in a pride parade, your sexual orientation is unknown to those that do not know you. Your skin color, however, is always revealed. They feel that they are always being judged.
    2)LGBT people in civilized countries do have human rights. They just don’t have all of them. Back then, black people had none at all.

    I told him that these two reasons do not warrant any backlash from the black community.

    for 1), I said that LGBT suffer from psychological issues due to these laws that interfere with our daily functions. We can hardly ignore these cummulative effects can we?
    2) It doesn’t matter how or why or how much a minority is being discriminated against. No one should have less human rights than the other. That’s why they are called human rights.

    • BeirutBoy April 19, 2011 / 2:05 pm

      Very good points! =)

      You know, it’s as if we’re competing with each other on who’s had it worse or who’s suffering more.

      • LebaGaGa April 19, 2011 / 2:48 pm


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