It’s 5 minutes before the return of season’s 2 Empire and I’m feeling some type of way. I’m seeing a problem that I think a lot of us are scared to say without looking like we’re jealous or hating. Sometime this week a Facebook friend of mine shared a blog about black representation in gay media. Something I truly understood and have noticed for quite some time. I took it even further and started to think about the representation of black gay men as well. I’m going to explain this in my perspective and what I see as a fellow content creator.
Sometimes I feel as though it’s a struggle being a dark skinned black man. It doesn’t stop there. Being a size which is sometimes looked down upon in the gay community is a factor too. Let’s first start with the color thing because I’ve been fighting this battle before I even knew it. I’ve always noticed from the LGBT clubs and party flyers that the men I see never really looked like myself. I thought well maybe because they need to use them to bring attention to the event. Everyone loves a man with a 6-pack right? Then I noticed that all of the men on them usually always looked a certain way. They all have the same color skin and build, like the goddess of Tumblr. They seem to be very masculine and a lighter skin complexion.
Have you ever gone on one of the so-called “sexy gay men” Instagram pages? Ever notice that every 20 or 30 pictures they sprinkle a dash of a darker skinned male? The sexy couple ones too but that’s another subject since some of us believe that to be in a successful relationship both individuals have to be fine as f*ck. LGBT web series are another one but not all. No Shade… but I asked myself and some of my friends “Why don’t we look like these men?”. So much that when people tell me about a particular web series I ask “What grabbed your attention?”. They can’t answer and start stuttering trying to gather there lies together. They already know where I’m going with this. Not knocking any content creators for their work but I’m just calling what I see from my eyes. It seems that some of you are only interested in a certain type of man to be featured in your projects. You can do what you want with your project and I can only sit back and tell you about yourself.
My question is this…. Do you have a problem featuring men that look and talk like me? Do you all get tired of portraying this “trade” image for views and attention? We complain about the representation of gay black men on tv. Saying that they always end up being make-up artists, stylist and assistants but when given the opportunity some of us don’t even try to feature a diverse group of black gay men. Why is that?
‘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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