On Thursday, someone tweeted him: Keep it. It is hard to argue with the notion that Black men have not been emasculated in American history through systemic oppression.
It's understandable to see why some would want to defend Black men and Black manhood from outsiders. However, taking up homophobia, biphobia, sexism, misogyny and continuing to perpetuate stale dogma, that anything that deviates from cis-heternormative depictions of Black manhood is ruining us is not defending Black manhood. It's just parading patriarchy and trying to silence those of us who deserve as much representation as anyone else.
No, no, and no, this does not mean Black people are more homophobic , transphobic , or biphobic than other races and ethnicities, but this mantra among far too many fools is tiresome all the same. And sadly, it reminds me that once Him or Her premieres, for all the good conversations I anticipate it sparking, I do know there will, too, be obnoxious comments about how it is failing Black men, and thus, Black people altogether for daring to not solely talk about straight Black men.
Someone has to be progressive. The idiocy will abound, but for all stupidity that is sure to come, I look forward to ignoring as much of it as humanly possible. Because frankly, if they hate bisexual and gay Black men that much, they should go focus on those they claim to care so much more about.
Primary care physicians who care for black male teens should be keenly aware of cultural pressures and broach sexual health counseling accordingly. I had my first sexual experience with him and I felt so free when we were together. All rights reserved. Someone has to be progressive. Without even the slightest hint of shame. So far, for The Tenth , the one exception has been the gay-friendly hospitality brand Ace Hotel , whose Los Angeles venue hosted the January launch event for the new issue.
The participants included openly gay and bisexual men, as well as men who have sex with men but do not identify themselves as gay or bisexual. The investigators say their findings offer one possible explanation for the disproportionately high HIV infection rate among young black men who have sex with men.
Participants, aged 18 to 24, all black men who have sex with men, grew up in families and communities with rigid anti-gay attitudes and traditional views of masculinity. They reported deep psychological distress, pressure to conform, a desire to camouflage their homosexuality and a need to prove their masculinity. Such pressures, the participants said, made them more prone to engage in risky sexual behaviors, less likely to form and maintain monogamous relationships, and more likely to have unprotected sex.
Participants also reported that rejection by important loved ones drove many black gay men to seek affirmation and acceptance through sex — in some cases, unprotected.
Participants said their families, friends and community at large expected them to be overly masculine, aggressive and free of any effeminate behaviors. Those who failed to conform reported being ridiculed and ostracized. In an effort to compensate, many reported trying to create a hyper-masculine persona that fit the social norms. Participants reported that the ongoing efforts to keep up a straight appearance also created a sense of chronic anxiety and a fear of being found out.
In addition, the study found, those who maintained a hyper-masculine public persona were more likely to avoid HIV-preventive messages and services targeting gay men for fear of being found out or perceived as gay. Race also emerged as a critical factor in the clash between homosexuality and masculinity, the study found.
Participants reported an acute disdain for homosexuality in the predominantly black communities in which they grew up. The finding, the researchers say, suggests gay black youth may face more severe distress over their homosexuality than youth from other racial groups. Fields says the findings underscore the need for public health interventions specifically tailored to address such cultural dynamics. Primary care physicians who care for black male teens should be keenly aware of cultural pressures and broach sexual health counseling accordingly.
Researchers from other institutions included Laura Bogart, Ph. Ekaterina Pesheva epeshev1 jhmi. Helen Jones hjones49 jhmi.
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