The Lack of Color in the Queer Community
by Tiffanie Loiello on September 10, 2015 - 7:52pm
Ernest Owens published an article May 13th, 2015, titled ‘Now Is the Time to Start Talking About Racism in the LGBT Community’, which discusses the inherent lack of people of color in the queer community. At this moment, the United States are determining whether or not the population will be able to marry the opposite gender in all states, but the next issue should be the representation of people of color in the queer community. The media tends to portray cisgender white males as the stereotypical gay man leaving this author feeling excluded; not only within the racial community but also the queer community. He would like to raise awareness for all the black people in the community because although 5 transgender black people were killed, no one made a big fuss. He even wrote an article in a local newspaper raising the issue of the lack of black representation which only received negative comments; mostly from white males. This has become a constant struggle and the author would like to be equal in his community where people are already viewed as outcasts.
Black people are definitely underrepresented in the queer community and more efforts should be made to make them equals within their own community. Being openly gay already puts you at a disadvantage, therefore using races to distinguish these people further only weakens them as a community. Sexuality is actually a legitimate way to divide a population but race is an arbitrary system that was created to label and categorize people with no significant scientific or cultural evidence, as mentioned in Jared Diamond’s article ‘Race Without Color’. This has no place in the gay community. According to Owens, life as a gay man is difficult enough, being a gay black man is worse because you don’t feel like you belong in any group, which he shows through personal experience.
Owens, E. (2015, May 13). Now Is the Time to Start Talking About Racism in the LGBT Community. Retrieved September 6, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ernest-owens/now-is-the-time-to-start-_b_7...