Black Gay Men Are Not a Community of Broken Men

From dinner tables to community board meetings, black gay men have used shade throwing as cultural currency to popularity. We have a tendency to harp on the most unfortunate aspects of our community, and this ultimately leads to the disavowing of our community as a whole. Essentially, many members of our community find subtle, yet destructive ways of rendering our community as incomplete, shameful, and broken. Though often accidental, it’s a perception for which we are all responsible for birthing.

As black gay men, we must begin to make the conscious and intentional effort of recognizing what is most beautiful about our culture, and unapologetically celebrating it, despite the many challenges we must face. We need to validate, educate, and unite each other. And, most importantly, remind each other that our lives matter.

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