julian bond

‘I do not believe the battle for LGBT rights will ever be won until we can diminish the homophobia in black communities and until more in the black LGBT community join the battle openly’

SOUNDBITES — “I do not believe the battle for LGBT rights will ever be won until we can diminish the homophobia in black communities and until more in the black LGBT community join the battle openly. (It is awfully easy for a straight man to say “come out” – I can only imagine the scorn and derision that would follow some who did so.) I’ve often wondered what would be the result of black LGBT church goers standing up in the churches they attend and saying ‘I’m gay – you know me – I’m like you. I am what God made me. Why do you treat me so badly?’ (It is equally easy for a non-church goer like me to say that.) If not a church goer, I am an optimist – and I believe the day when equality for all reigns will soon come.” —NAACP chairman and civil rights awesomeness Julian Bond, on engaging gay blacks for the new equality fight [PHB]