Monday, October 11, 2010

NoMoreDownLow.TV speaks to the African-American lgbt perspective

Before I start with this post: No doubt everyone is talking about GetEqual's protest at the Democratic fundraiser. I understand their anger and frustration but sometimes I wish groups like this would protest organizations like Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, or the American Family Association with as much fervor as they protest President Obama. This problem of our equality didn't start with Obama and it won't end with him, no matter what he does or doesn't sign. As long as religious right groups are free to propagandize and push their mess without a backlash, they will continue to have more power in Congress and in public.

In spite of all of the hoopla going on, I want to point everyone to this incredible bit of news:

To coincide with National Coming Out Day, the web series NoMoreDownLow.TV launches its premiere episode today featuring interviews with Wanda Sykes, Wilson Cruz, photographer Duane Cramer, among other members of the African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Co-hosted by Jonathan Plummer and Janora McDuffie, NoMoreDownLow.TV is a groundbreaking, one-of a-kind lifestyle and entertainment series dedicated to dispelling myths and stereotypes about same gender-loving people in the African American community.

Watch the episode at

Interestingly, on Thursday Oprah interviewed J. L. King, who wrote the best-selling book “On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of ‘Straight’ Black Men Who Sleep With Men.” He originally introduced the term, the “down low,” to mainstream America on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004.

Executive producer of NoMoreDownLow.TV, Earnest Winborne said he named the series “No More Down Low” as a response to the negative implications King’s book had on the black gay community. “Our show will put a real face on same gender loving people who are traditionally overlooked by the mainstream media. We’ll feature people who are open and honest about who they are and those who are contributing to their communities in the fields of entertainment, sports, politics, health, music, and social activism.”

A show like this is needed and I hope it gets a lot of attention.

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Son of anti-gay professor comes out and other Monday midday news briefs

Paladino Warns Against Homosexual “Brainwashing - Say what you will about tea party candidates, they certainly aren't boring.

"Progressive Hunter" - Pay attention. You will be hearing about this again and again.

Son of anti-gay professor comes out - How is this for kismet?

Lesbian couple ejected from Ravens game - What can you say?

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Let us love one another as well as come out of the closet

Today is National Coming Out Day and this year has a certain degree of poignancy due to the recent suicides of lgbt youth.

But I want us to do something a bit different this year because it's about more than just coming out.

Let's never forget about the children, but don't leave the adults out of the equation.

Just because you are over 18 doesn't mean you don't get hit with the slings and arrows of hopelessness.

Just because you are an adult doesn't mean that the realization that some people have awful preconceived notions about your life simply because you are gay won't leave you bedridden wishing to end it all.

Take it from me when I say that I know this on a personal level.

And please don't start bashing anyone because of what I say. I've done all I have done and said all I have said about the religious right. And I will continue to do so. Some people have attacked President Obama and they will continue to do so.

But all in all, we are the solution to this problem.

I don't mind telling you that there are some facets of the lgbt community that I'm unfamiliar with. I'm not a lesbian nor am I transgender so no, there are some things they go through that I will probably never understand.

But that doesn't mean I should dismiss their worries, fears, and concerns. And it definitely doesn't mean that when I see a lesbian or transgender whom I don't know that I shouldn't give then a friendly greeting.

For this National Coming Out Day, we are all going to get together in our groups and have our vigils complete with speeches, lighted candles, and tears.

But what about afterwards?

Why do we need to wait for our children to die before getting to know and respect each other? Why is it that death on this scale suddenly induces the Scarlett O'Hara in crisis mode in each of us when the most simple thing for us to do would be to treat each other with dignity and respect at all times.

For those who aren't transgender to respect those who are.

For those who are from a high socioeconomic background to respect those who aren't and vice versa?

For those who have their "circle of friends" to maybe say hello and make conversation with someone not in their clique.

For those who may or may not believe in religion or politics to respect the differences of opinion that their fellow lgbts bring to the table.

We talk about self-love but let's not forget about love and respect for each other no matter what race, religion, or background. We take the word "gay community" for granted because usually when we speak it, our minds gravitate to those who look like us, think like us, and at times behave like us.

The "gay community" is universal and diverse. No doubt people agree with me when I say this. But instead of simply agreeing with me, how about acting like you mean it.

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