BLACK LIVES AND GAY LIVES MATTER: WE MUST ENGAGE IN JUSTICE MULTI-TASKING

My hope is that we who are gay rights advocates, gay and straight, will link arms with a host of others in confronting the economic and educational disparities between the black community and other communities. May historians be able to write that on the day that Baltimore erupted and on the next day when the Supreme Court moved toward affirming marriage equality for same sex couples, a coalition emerged that began to do what had not been done before, acknowledging and addressing the damage done to black slaves and the sons and daughters of black slaves by a nation that claimed to be rooted in democracy and justice.

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Reflections on the Life and Death of Nelson Mandela

The brutality of apartheid as depicted in the scenes that are presented on television, or painted by radio accounts, reminds us again of how despite our rhetoric about humanity and justice, and justice for all, our deeds too often are quite distant from our creeds. And, for those of us who claim and are claimed by religious faith, we see again how the silence of the majority of the faithful and their institutions, in the face of injustice, reveals how frightened and fragile are these religious/spiritual institutions.

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Black Elders of St. Mark's Harlem: Are racism and heterosexism the same?

While were in New York City, Truth in Progress dropped by St. Mark's Harlem United Methodist Church, an African American church established in 1871. Gil was pastor there in 1994-1997. We arrived just when a lunch meeting was breaking up. Gil was warmly welcomed back: it was a reunion that prompted a spontaneous and very open discussion about gay inclusion in the church. This type of conversation had never been held in the church before.

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