Distinctions between the Civil Rights Movement and the LGBTQ Human Rights Movement An illustration that may help in understanding why there are persons in the African American commmunity who resist and resent comparisons of the LGBTQ community quest for human rights to the Civil Rights Movement's efforts to promote racial justice.
Democratic Congressman Steven Cohen said of the efforts of the Republican Party to spread lies and propoganda about Health Care legislation are, "a big lie like that of Goebbels",
Rachel Maddow in her MSNBC show (1/20/2011) said of Cohen's comments; "There should be no comparison with Goebbels or the holocaust". (paraphrase). Maddow and many of us may be bothered by the continuing effots to distort the truth about the Health Care legislation, but inept and inaccurate comparisons of those distortions with the age-old struggles of Jews are inappropriate.
I, as a black clergy ally/advocate of LGBTQ human rights, have sought to be a bridge between the black community and the Gay Human Rights Movement. But, I have understood why often in the black community, my efforts to encourage advocacy for Gay rights have been met with resistance because some outside that community suggest that there is equivalency between the two struggles and movements.
Remembering Rachel Maddow's words about Goebbels and the Holocaust, I say what my colleague Marilyn Bennett and I know (Truthinprogress.com), "There is no comparison between the slavery of Africans and the racial segregation of African Americans and the struggles of LGBTQ persons."
I had no reservations about "partnering" with my white Lesbian "younger sister" Marilyn in our Truth in Progress effort almost 10 years ago. I was able to do this because she understood as much as any white person I have known, that nothing can be compared to the black experience of slavery and segregation.
Gil Caldwell, aka "Elder Brother"