Why we need People of Color from all backgrounds to help us in this fight.

For a very long time, we the LGBT Community has been lacking in the partnership of communities of color. Even within our own community there is this strange sense of separation, unless you present yourself in a particular manner. It is not fair for us as a community to expect that gay people of color are going to be with us in this fight against the amendment that attacks all families. It is unfair that we expect that non-gay people of color will be on board because it is a civil rights issue.

Now is the time that we show Wisconsin and those who admire us as a community, that we value our neighbors like we expect them to value us. Now is the time that we start looking beyond building partnerships and coalitions to defend our right for marriage equality. It’s time for the LGBT Community to open its doors and its minds to the fact that we need to come together on this. The fight against the amendment may not be the highest priority for POC LGBT individuals, but this amendment affects us all on all levels of priorities; healthcare, economic stability and freedom of choice in regards to marriage and commitment.

We as a community need to show our people of color non-gay allies that this is a civil rights issue. It’s not the same civil rights issue as in the 50’s and 60’s but it is a civil rights issue, better yet it is a Human Rights issue. Gay people of color were there for the civil rights movement, black and white, and we need non gay black, white, brown, and yellow people, to be there with us in this fight for civil liberties. Let’s go people, and organize those who aren’t as educated about our community as we would like them to be and let them know that we are here for them when they need us!



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At 8:51 PM, Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

.
"Who is this who darkens
counsel By words without
knowledge? Now prepare
yourself like a man; I will
question you, and you shall
answer Me.

"Where were you when I
laid the foundations of the
earth? Tell Me, if you
have understanding. Who
determined its measurements?

Surely you know! Or who
stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations
fastened? Or who laid its
cornerstone, When the
morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God
shouted for joy? "Or who
shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and
issued from the womb;
When I made the clouds
its garment, And thick
darkness its swaddling
band; When I fixed My
limit for it, And set bars
and doors; When I said,
'This far you may come,
but no farther, And here
your proud waves must stop!'

"Have you commanded the
morning since your days began,
And caused the dawn to know
its place, That it might take hold
of the ends of the earth, And
the wicked be shaken out of it?
It takes on form like clay under
a seal, And stands out like a
garment. From the wicked
their light is withheld, And
the upraised arm is broken.

"Have you entered the springs
of the sea? Or have you walked
in search of the depths? Have
the gates of death been
revealed to you? Or have
you seen the doors of the
shadow of death? Have
you comprehended the
breadth of the earth?

Tell Me, if you know all this.

"Where is the way to the
dwelling of light? And
darkness, where is its
place, That you may
take it to its territory,
That you may know
the paths to its home?

Do you know it,
because you were
born then, Or because
the number of your days
is great? "Have you
entered the treasury
of snow, Or have you
seen the treasury of hail,
Which I have reserved
for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle
and war? By what way
is light diffused, Or
the east wind scattered
over the earth?

"Who has divided
a channel for the
overflowing water,
Or a path for the
thunderbolt, To
cause it to rain
on a land where
there is no one,
A wilderness in
which there is no
man; To satisfy
the desolate waste,
And cause to spring
forth the growth of
tender grass?

Has the rain a
father? Or who
has begotten the
drops of dew?

From whose
womb comes
the ice? And the
frost of heaven,
who gives it birth?

The waters harden
like stone, And the
surface of the deep
is frozen. "Can you
bind the cluster of the
Pleiades, Or loose the
belt of Orion? Can you
bring out Mazzaroth in
its season? Or can you
guide the Great Bear
with its cubs? Do you
know the ordinances of
the heavens? Can you
set their dominion over
the earth? "Can you lift
up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water
may cover you? Can you
send out lightnings, that they
may go, And say to you,
'Here we are!'? Who
has put wisdom in the mind?

Or who has given understanding
to the heart?

Who can number the clouds
by wisdom? Or who can pour
out the bottles of heaven,
When the dust hardens in
clumps, And the clods cling
together?

"Can you hunt the prey for
the lion, Or satisfy the appetite
of the young lions, When they
crouch in their dens, Or lurk
in their lairs to lie in wait?

Who provides food for
the raven, When its young
ones cry to God, And
wander about for lack
of food?

Best Wishes,
Dr. Howdy

P.S. You have a riveting web
log and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.

 
At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Keith said...

Deon,

Tell us what you guys are doing to get our message heard in places where "people of color" (My folks are kinda pinkish, do we count?) are arrayed against us?

Are we producing a DVD like Ms Appling did? Who is going out and preaching in black churches? Have we got speakers? Are we buying ad copy in "colored" publications?

Tell us what we can do!

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Deon Q Young said...

We have been working on POC organizing for a while now and we do have several leaders in the community that are leaders in the POC communties.

What you can do is talk to people of color in your circles and ask them to step up and talk to their circles and so on from there and ask them to contact us and get involved ... feel free to contact me at the Milw. LGBT Comm Center if you want to discuss this further.

 

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