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Jason Collins Wore #98 Jersey for Matthew Shepard

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By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           May 1, 2013
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  • 5 Comments
    • MarioSmario
      MarioSmario

      It’s as if “gay” has become more a cult than a sexual orientation.
      I long for the 80s when things were less political.
      Don’t get me wrong. Being open and proud of who you are is wonderful. But personally
      I’d go about it with less showmanship.

      May 1, 2013 at 8:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caliban
      Caliban

      Without political activism (“showmanship”) there would BE no gay rights. No states with gay marriage, companies with non-discrimination policies, etc. etc. For gay people at this moment in time the personal IS political, which is why coming out is so important whether you’re famous or not.

      And while the 80s were when things really started to change they still basically sucked for gays.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FStratford
      FStratford

      @MarioSmario:

      Another old guy glorifyIng the years when gays had no rights?
      Pffft.
      Get off my lawn!!!

      May 1, 2013 at 9:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201
      QJ201

      @MarioSmario:
      80’s less political? were you in a closet somewhere?

      The Gay 80’s:
      Second national march on Washington
      Emergence of HIV and birth of HIV activism…without which we may have waited longer for effective anti HIV drugs
      Openly gay characters began appearing on TV shows

      It is the out and proud queers who get and got crap done, not “embarrassed” self loathing “blend in” homosexuals. You don’t deserve the word Gay as you are not a happy homo.

      May 1, 2013 at 9:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wendell
      wendell

      I am a black gay man. I am a fan of this site.

      That said, I must admit that I am restrained in my enthusiam toward Jason Collins. Honestly, I am probably one of the few black gay men right now who is so restrained because of a belief there is more to his story. Understand, it was brave for him to come out in so public a manner. It had to be a difficult decision on his part.

      But, I don’t understand how he can come out and give as an explanation how the tragic death of Mathew Shepard, a young white man who was murdered because of homophobia, inspired him yet ignore those countless numbers of black men and boys who even now are being bruitalize and killed for being gay; their deaths count just as much as Shepard’s. Collins doesn’t even acknowledge those within his own community who have faced the tragic consequences of homophobia. He doesn’t. I don’t understand it.

      Collins personal life is his own to nevigate. It is no other person’s business. This said, it does hurt when black gay men in the public eye come out and choose embrace white culture and all that comes with it—-like a white male partner. Collins will not be any different. White gay culture will celebrate him like they are now. To many black gay men–black gay men are always being told how INVIBLE their relationships are between one another by vocal black homophobes and gay white supremacy who has already ignored part of the Collons statement of ” I am “black. And I am gay.”

      May 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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