When will Black elected officials come out the closet
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled same-sex marriage is guaranteed under the United States Constitution. The nation celebrated as the ruling came down in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, making same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states. Some states continue to defy the Supreme Court’s ruling, by not issuing marriage licenses, to same-sex couples, most notably in Texas. In spite of the White House emblazoned with the rainbow, a symbol of the LGBT community, many wonder will this be accepted in the African-American community. Especially politicians.
There is still taboo about claiming your “gayness” in the Black community. In spite of having openly gay white people in local and state government, the Black elected officials continue to be in denial.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected in the State of CA, Congressman Barney Frank, former speaker of the CA Assembly John Perez, current speaker of the CA Assembly Toni Atkins and LA City council member Mitch O’Farrell, have no qualms about being openly gay.
The Black community, especially those in Southern California, already have a good idea of who our LGBT Black elected officials are. When will they “come out” in support of the landmark Supreme Court decision?