I watched a video of a man being harassed with a gun last night because his pants were too tight and the individual thought he was gay. A man who was just leaving the local corner store in Detroit, Michigan was targeted because of his sexuality. The person with the gun had no way of knowing he was gay. He judged him based on his pants being “too tight”. What year is it again?
This is what gay black men, like myself, have to worry about when we are in certain neighborhoods and places surrounded by cishet black men who feel our rights are not as important as theirs. Ask many black gay men do they fear this will happen to them, and they will say yes.
This individual was so distraught by the clothing that a ‘gay’ man wore it made him pull out a gun and threaten him. A pair of pants made you that mad? The hate in this man’s voice as he says things like “Bruh gay as hell. Dick in the booty ass boy.” are some of the many things many of my LGBT have had to hear.
After reaching out to the owner of the store where the incident took place, he was able to pinpoint in his surveillance video the exact time it took place. The owner said he does not condone that type of behavior at his business. As I spoke with the owner he said he doesn’t know the individuals personally but does recognize them. From the video, we can only see one person threaten the victim. He has always spoken with Detroit Police and they are investigating the incident.
The video has since gone, viral and Twitter. The user has not taken it down. The user, who can be seen in the picture to the left, boasted about the incident and said, “he didn’t care.”
According to the owner, there were 4 individuals in a black Ford Escort when the incident occurred. Not one of them tried to stop him. Nothing. They let him terrorize another black man as they stood silent.
Silence is something that the black LGBTQ community is used to now. As we remember the 1 year anniversary of Sandra Bland, conversations of putting your blackness before your sexuality have come up.
Sandra Bland a posted a video before her death on how she felt about businesses being able to discriminate against someone based on their sexuality. Bland said ; she felt being homosexual was a choice. *deep sigh* The video has shone a light on how some individuals do not want true equality and they are seeking privilege. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
As a gay, Black person I am used to fighting for people who hate my very being every day. I'm not surprised that Sandra Bland is homophobic.
— Shahem . (@pettyblackboy) July 13, 2016
So I ask my black brothers in sisters who say we are black before anything else. Let this video sink into your spirit of this man threatening a black man’s life because he was gay.
UPDATE THE VICTIM HAS COME FORWARD! *CLICK HERE*
‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ Star Chi Chi DeVayne Passes Away at 34-Years-Old
Zavion Davenport, better known as RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Chi Chi DeVayne has died at the young age of 34, fellow alum Trinity K. Bonet confirmed on Instagram today.
Having been in the hospital for weeks due to pneumonia, DeVayne asked fans for prayers. Prior to that, she had been hospitalized for possible kidney failure.
The Drag Race contestant had been diagnosed with scleroderma, also called crest syndrome, back in 2018.
Fans and other contestants of the show had been sharing the DeVayne’s payment information to assist with the overwhelming cost of hospital bills. Shea Coulee and Priyanka had been especially involved in raising funds for their fellow alum.
‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ star Candiace Dillard Makes Fatphobic Comment Towards Blogger and Suggest That He “Drop Dead”
*deep negro spiritual sigh* There are very few things that truly anger me. Somehow, Candiace, a woman whose mouth seems to get her beat up often, has found one of those few buttons with her latest statement.
So, here I am, minding my fat ass business when I see this:
Rumor has it that she was talking about Kyle from The Black Socialites. It really doesn’t matter who she was talking about, but I guess we’ll never know because she didn’t have the courage to say a name. She did have the courage, however, to talk about her involvement with “plots” against other cast members. She was able to talk for two hours, under the glow of her pale husband’s flickering TV screen, about absolutely nothing of substance.
There are uprisings happening, a pandemic happening, but she’s worried about “plotting” in the DMV. We just passed the 6th anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. That’s in her backyard. That’s a pain that she should be deconstructing. Instead she chooses to attack a fat Black man who is working hard to bring her show press.
I’ll end with the victim’s words, and we can all go back to not knowing Candiace exists:
Trump Administration Cuts Protections for Transgender Americans
On Friday, the Trump administration announced it would be rolling back an Obama-era rule protecting transgender Americans from discrimination in health care.
Under the Obama administration, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act expanded the definition of sex discrimination to include discrimination based on one’s gender identity. Under a revised version of the rule, the Department of Health and Human Services will enforce Section 1557 “by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology” beginning in mid-August. In other words, doctors and insurance companies receiving funding from the Fed can legally refuse any patient needing transition-related medical care.
Of course, as quickly as the rule was finalized, many LGBTQ+ organizations including the ACLU,announced intentions to sue the Trump administration over this new language. “The Trump admin has issued a rule that will embolden health care discrimination against transgender people.. All while a global pandemic is occurring.” said the ACLU in a tweet.
Forget a global pandemic, ACLU. Friday’s announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, a mass shooting at a popular Florida gay nightclub that left 49 people and the shooter dead.
President Trump has made it clear how he feels about the nearly 1.4 million transgender people in this country, his fellow Americans – he doesn’t feel anything.
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