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The Gay Stigma

December 4th, 2008 | by Jet Netwal |

Destructive hatreds often harm innocent people. We’d like them to harm the people doing the hating, see that instant kharma, feel the god’s wheels grinding nice and small, but that is rarely the case.

AIDS and HIV in the United States: AIDS is the No. 1 killer of black women between the ages of 25 and 34, says a new report by the Center for American Progress, released to mark World AIDS Day. The nonpartisan center outlines the scope of the crisis in the United States: 53 percent of new HIV infections in 2006 were in gay and bisexual men; black women are 15 times as likely to be infected with HIV as white women; the HIV rate in Washington, D.C., is 1 in 20, the same as in sub-Saharan Africa; and African-Americans make up more than 45 percent of new infections, even though they make up only 12 percent of the U.S. population. - US News

I don’t pretend for one minute that I can competently explain black culture, the black gay experience, the black church, or black sexuality. I can speak to honesty in relationships (I’m for it), tolerance (we need it), and questioning religious indoctrination (God gave you a brain, USE it).

We have an intelligent, well educated and sophisticated black woman headed for the Whitehouse, and I hope she’ll use her considerable influence to:

  • Shine the light on this national tragedy
  • Encourage a frank conversation on black sexuality and black gay life, especially the stigma which is causing HIV to be transmitted unknowingly to these women
  • Take on the black church and challenge pastors to start conversations both to reach out to these victims and to look at how their teachings have contributed to the epidemic
  • Set this nation on a path to contraception acceptance, both to limit the scope of the HIV epidemic and to lower the number of abortions performed in the USA

Maybe I’m terribly naïve, but I think this nation is ready to sweep black HIV up into the collective change vortex. We have got to stop wasting our human resources, the essence of our national treasure, on bullshit stereotypes and religious hornswaggle.

Black women are dying and having their life’s potential robbed because of this national inability to accept same-sex sex. It’s here, it has ALWAYS been here; you see it in nature’s species and frequently in airport restrooms.

Regardless of your ‘stance’, gay sex IS. Stigmas? Can be changed.

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  1. One Response to “The Gay Stigma”

  2. By windspike on Dec 5, 2008 | Reply

    Jet, you are making some great points here…I’ll have to think about them for a bit before making a bigger comment, but in all, I’d have to shout an Amen here.

    Blog on Sister. Blog on all.

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