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Old 09-25-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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Question Why are black people so homophobic?

Why are black people so homophobic?
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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This has not been my experience. What do you base this conclusion on?
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:26 PM
 
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It's not a black thing. It's a poor, look-at-me-I'm-so-manly thing. You see it when you observe the scum of every culture, ie: inner city Hispanics, white trash.
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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I don't see it as a black / white / brown thing.

The Hispanic gay community has I believe the hardest time coming out.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panamá
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I don't see it as a black / white / brown thing.

The Hispanic gay community has I believe the hardest time coming out.
Right on target - my son is not only gay but Hispanic (dad is Hispanic). In a Latino culture there does seem to be the whole Macho thing going on, but not one family member on my son's father's side has a problem with his orientation. Did come out to me first and 4 more years to have the courage to come out to his dad, but when he did the entire family was accepting.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:14 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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We had an agent in our office from Puerto Rico and he really struggled with being gay. He said he would be kicked out of his family if they ever found out. What a shame.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panamá
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We had an agent in our office from Puerto Rico and he really struggled with being gay. He said he would be kicked out of his family if they ever found out. What a shame.
Yeah it is - and a story I hear often. Simply cannot understand that mentality and am so grateful that not only my son's paternal family accepted his orientation but mine did as well - 'cause there's plenty of white homophobs too. Sad
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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You could easily find books on the subject of homophobia in the black community and specifically the black church.

At the same time, I don't think black people are more homophobic than the general population. However they might be more willing to express their homophobia.

At the same time, you have to look at where the majority of blacks are concentrate-the south. The south in general is not a bastion of acceptance and tolerance for gays and lesbians. You have your little pockets here and there but in general, the south is not someplace you'd describe as gay friendly.

I think you could attribute a lot of the homophobia in the black community to religion but a lot of homophobia in lots of communities can be attributed to religion.

I'm black and I'm a lesbian. There is a good little majority of black youth that really don't care about if someone is gay or not. In general young people are more accepting of gay people and gay rights, across racial lines.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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I was listening to Tom Joyner this morning, Tom had a gay black minister as a guest. The people who texted or called in were very hostile toward gays in general. I get sick of hearing "God made Adam and Eve" not "Adam and Steve". I think whites are more accepting of gays; blacks use religion as an excuse to hate gays.
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Old 09-25-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Here are some links that might be of use to you OP:

Box Turtle Bulletin » Why Can’t We Talk About Black Homophobia?

TAPPED Archive | The American Prospect

Homophobia in Black Churches Discussed :: EDGE Washington

http://www.yale.edu/divinity/publica...ng06/12_17.pdf

Some people have speculated the homophobia has roots back to the slavery days. The master would sometimes rape the male slaves (maybe to prove how much power he had over his slaves, to humiliate them, etc.) and some saw anal sex as an indication of homosexuality. Thus some blacks may have seen their masters as gay...and thus the hatred of gays began.

Something else dealing with slavery: blacks may have seen homosexuality as detrimental to the race. "Two people of the same sex can't procreate. We need more blacks and homosexuality does not help with that goal." So on and so forth.
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