BET Show explores being Black AND Gay in the Church
Is being homosexual a detriment to the survival of the Black race? Despite the new mass appeal of being homosexual, it is still taboo in the Black community. Let me correct that, it is more acceptable to be a gay Black woman than a gay Black man. Many argue that being homosexual doesn’t allow for procreation and the continuity of the Black race. I agree.Another growing problem is the growing number of transgender men, living their life as a woman, without being up front with others of how they were born. Despite the acceptance that Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, has received, many in the Black community do not have the financial resources, to go through the change.
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Here in Los Angeles, it was widely reported about an increasing number of transgenders being killed. We on the streets deduce that as the victim not being forthright that they still have a penis attached to them, despite the cute face and perky breasts they display.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton agrees that “transphobic violence is a ‘National Crisis’”.
TV networks like Fox (Empire) and VH-1 (Love and Hip Hop Hollywood & Couples Therapy) are attempting to “soften the blow” by introducing LGBT characters, on their highly rated shows. Will that change the attitude towards gay black men?
The numbers on new HIV/AIDS cases will astound you:
- African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV.
- The rate of new HIV infection in African Americans is 8 times that of whites based on population size.
- In 2010, African American women accounted for 6,100 (29%) of the estimated new HIV infections among all adult and adolescent African Americans. This number represents a decrease of 21% since 2008. Most new HIV infections among African American women (87%; 5,300) are attributed to heterosexual contact.
- Gay and bisexual men account for most new infections among African Americans; young gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 are the most affected of this group.
Folks were less than thrilled when Empire’s openly gay character “Jamal”, slept with a woman. Is the shows creator, Lee Daniels, glorifying and encouraging reckless sexual behavior?
BET has jumped in the fray with a show called “Holler If You Hear Me Black And Gay In The Church”. You can only view this show on their BET app. The groundbreaking doc is produced and created by Clay Cane.