Being Black and gay has always been how others have usually described me. Truthfully, only recently did I become comfortable with that identity description; I have always felt I was so much more than just a two-word label.
I am not only Black and gay! I am a teacher, I am short, I am multi-racial. Given the varied experiences of my life, I’ve always wondered why identity was limited to two characteristics for so many. In time, though, I learned what it meant to be Black and gay.
I learned that things would not be as easy for me as it seemed to be for others. I chose to accept that realization. The only alternative was to sulk and fail. Meanwhile, I was raised by strong Black woman. She taught me that to be man was to have pride in all I do. She instilled in me the mindset to never give up or accept defeat. Now that I am well into my twenties, I love being a Black gay man. Knowing the adversities people like me have overcome, my shared identity gives me power and strength.
This post is part of a partnership between GayRVA and Diversity Richmond to feature honoree’s of Diversity’s first LGBTQ+ Black History Month series. Honorees were asked to share their stories in their own words. We’ll be posting more honorees as the month continues. Photo provided by Harron Fells
Earlier this month, Diversity Richmond partnered with the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, along with a myriad of other sponsors, to host a lecture and discussion on the Black LGBTQ Experience. The program was one of many being held in honor of Black History month and highlighted a population of the African [...]