What's Your Instinct: The Blade Asks Why Black Gay Celebs "Have White Partners"
Gay publication the Washington Blade is experiencing a bit of social media blowback today after running an opinion piece that asks the question, "Why do black gay celebs have white partners?" Using an image of openly gay NFL player Michael Sam and his bf (above), the Blade posits that black men who happen to be famous and gay only have eyes for white guys ... and that this might be a problem of some kind?
There is a paucity of black gay public figures who are out and since images are important in society, the few black gay celebrities are sending the wrong message.
For people who are outsiders to black gay culture there are sociological reasons why Robin Roberts, Michael Sam, Don Lemon, Jason Collins and Derrick Gordon have white partners and it isn’t just about falling in love with another person. In the private sphere of black culture, there is a lot of homophobia that can cause a lot of psychological and emotional damage to a black gay person. The homophobia in black culture can lead a black LGBT person to harbor feelings of resentment and anger at the black community as a whole. Some black gays have a predilection to distance themselves entirely from black people in order to recover from the homophobia in the private sphere of black society.
Social media activists are blasting the piece for obvious reasons, but we wanted to hear what you, Instincters, had to say about that gay publication's decision to run this story. Sound off in the comments!