Pictured from L to R: I struggled to find relatable personas within the Caribbean culture too. But this imagery of the gay man represents only part of the community, which ultimately misleads and provides a false, damaging perception to the general public of what it means to be Black and LGBT. Share your thoughts in the comments section. Unlike Elton John or activist-playwright Larry Kramerthere are few black gay heroes coming forward to speak to or on behalf of the community or many high-profile black celebrities advocating for the group in the way that, say, Elizabeth Taylor did for the larger gay community in the early 80s. Instead of sticking with the same old recipe try something different.
We saw this in the early part of the AIDS epidemic in the s where gay men, just emerging from an era of police abuse and judicial apathy, were hit by a wave of infections with no means to stop it, There was nothing in the way of gay health services or advocacy groups to combat inaction on either the state or federal level.
We need to stop pigeonholing — not all gay men are effeminate, not all black men are masculine. HuffPost Personal. Georgia, USA, Atlanta.