Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-10-22
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

EXHIBITS 'David Bowie Is' wows patrons at the MCA EXHIBITS
'David Bowie Is'
wows patrons at the MCA
Having opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Sept. 23, "David ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

VIEWS Tom Joyner's anti-gay message to the Black community
by Rev. Irene Monroe
2013-05-29

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


On May 1, Jason Collins, the 7'0" center for the Washington Wizards, and a former Boston Celtics, came out. His statement, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay" made the cover story for the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated.

On May 2, three Morehouse College basketball athletes were accused of raping an 18-year-old Spelman College student. The story didn't hit the airwaves as the Collins story.

Many in the African-American community were silent on both incidents because they view both as poxes on the community.

But for those who did speak out on what the African-American community's order of preference, focus and concern should be about—Collins' coming out story versus the Spelman rape— it, sadly, revealed where they stood in terms of valuing and devaluing members in the community.

"While too many of us were concentrating on an NBA player's sexuality despite the fact that most of the population had never heard of him, some much bigger news was transpiring. Four Morehouse athletes were arrested in connection with sexual assaults," Tom Joyner wrote in his May 3 op-ed, "Reading, Writing and Rape? Sexual Assaults on Campuses Must End" on his nationally renown website "BlackAmericaWeb.com ."

While Joyner is nowhere in the league of a Rush Limbaugh or a Rev. Rick Warren in terms of spewing homophobic vitriol, he isn't also just your run-of-the-mill homophobe. When Joyner speaks, Black America is listening. He's the founder of Reach Media, the largest media platform reaching African-Americans in the country and the Caribbean. Joyner reaches as many African-American homes as does the Black church, and he does it more often—and some would say more effectively, too, because he's the nation's number-one syndicated urban radio jock. His jewel, "The Tom Joyner Morning Show," airs weekdays in more than 100 markets and reaches a listenership of more than 8 million—approximately one in four African-Americans.

While incidents of rape always need to be called out, as Joyner did, and addressed immediately, it shouldn't be brought to attention at the expense of denigrating another minority group within the same population, as Joyner also did.

But Joyner is not alone in his views concerning Collins' coming-out story and the Spelman rape.

Rather, he points to the ongoing struggle in the African-American community with its unresolved homophobia and misogyny that falls on the backs of its women and LGBTQ population, and how the Black community, like Joyner, pits one disenfranchised group against another.

Violence against both groups is an ongoing problem whether within the hallowed halls of one of America's historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) or on urban streets.

Morehouse College Office Of Communications released a statement that stated in part, "Morehouse has a zero tolerance policy related to violence of any kind. Violence is the very antithesis of the Morehouse ethos and the values of a Morehouse Man."

Morehouse is lauded as the jewel of Black academia. Founded two years after the end of the Civil War by William Jefferson White in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., Morehouse continues to confer degrees on more men of African descent than any institution of higher education in this country.

Morehouse's recent rape incident points to an ongoing problem on college campuses nationwide, especially among male athletes. And within this rape culture is also violence against its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students as well. (It's one of the reasons why LGBTQ fear coming out, especially athletes on team sports. i.e. Collins)

And Morehouse has had its share of incidents.

For example, its highly publicized 2002 gay-bashing incident where a student sustained a fractured skull from his classmate, sophomore Aaron Price, and not surprisingly the son of an ultra-conservative minister. Price uncontrollably beat his victim on the head with a baseball bat for allegedly looking at him in the shower.

In the 1980s and 1990s it was more dangerous to be openly gay and bisexual on Morehouse's campus than it was on the streets in Black neighborhoods.

Jafari Sinclaire Allen, a professor at University of Texas, was an openly gay student at Morehouse in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He recalls fleeing campus one evening after a forum to address homophobia turned violently homophobic. And throughout the 1990's Morehouse was listed on the Princeton Review's top 20 homophobic campuses.

Collins coming out story is good news especially in light of the Spelman rape because both women and LGBTQ people are frequent subjects of violence in our community.

Joyner's derisive comment about Collins reminds me of Morehouse sophomore Aaron Price's bat-wielding incident, because Joyner's remark serves as a reminder of how frequently LGBTQ people of African descent are figuratively as well and physically bashed on the head by members of our community who deliberately want to strike out our existence.

Since its inception in 1867 Morehouse College is noted as the bastion of Black male leadership and masculinity. Embodying W. E.B. Dubois's theory of "The Talented Tenth," where "exceptional Black men" would be the ones to lead the race, Morehouse College has produced unquestionably a pantheon of noted Black men; its most famous alumnus Martin Luther King, Jr., graduated from Morehouse in 1948

And its alums maintain the "Morehouse mystique" the college is renowned for—"images of strong Black men."

And as strong Black men they need to both stop violating women and beating up on GBTQ men.


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

VIEWS: Being 'Black-ish' also being 'homophobic-ish?' 2014-10-22
Johnny Weir: Bringing the 'Love' in new documentary 2014-10-22
Chicago doctor, 75, cellist, traveler, marathon runner 2014-10-21
Michael Sam waived from Cowboys squad 2014-10-21
POLITICAL FOCUS: Mr. Rauner: You turned your back on us 2014-10-15
VIEWS Make them hear you! 2014-10-15
Cubs break ground on expansion 2014-10-13
VIEWS Mr. Rauner: You Turned Your Back on Us. 2014-10-10
VIEWS Family with gay dads shines in new middle-grade novel 2014-10-08
LGBT athletes: making an impact on and off the field 2014-10-08
Proud to Run opens applications for 2015 beneficiaries 2014-10-08
WSGA thrives after more than 40 years in the gay community 2014-10-08
VIEWS What we owe longtime survivors 2014-10-01
Local flag-football teams look to shine in Gay Bowl XIV 2014-10-01
CMSA preps for inaugural Capture The Flag tournament 2014-09-24
IOC adds anti-discrimination clause to Olympic host city contract 2014-09-24
VIEWS Black children are beloved and beaten 2014-09-24
Billie Jean King takes fair shot at equality at CFW luncheon 2014-09-24
Proud to Run seeks beneficiaries; Bucs host LGBT tailgate 2014-09-24
Tom Daley's gig; man convicted of drinking Baileys 2014-09-23
Two Chicago teams set for ASANA World Series in Las Vegas 2014-09-18
Proud to Run opens applications for 2015 beneficiaries 2014-09-17
Life: Twelve 2014-09-17
VIEWS A gay icon gone 2014-09-17
SPORTS NOTES Appearances, performances, games 2014-09-17
Thousands run, walk to fight HIV/AIDS 2014-09-14
Sky lose to Phoenix in WNBA finals 2014-09-12
Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters 2014-09-09
Women's Film; Martina proposes; Sky finals; AIDS Run, Walk 2014-09-09
Chicago Sky to face the Phoenix Mercury in 2014 WNBA finals 2014-09-03
Chicago teams optimistic heading into Gay Softball World Series 2014-09-03
Dallas Cowboys sign Michael Sam to practice squad 2014-09-03
Open To Thinking: It's Your Money, Illinois 2014-09-03
VIEWS Celibacy is the new ex-gay ministry 2014-09-03
LETTERS Wards hurt 2014-09-03
SPORTS EVENTS AIDS Run; Race Judicata, tennis tournament 2014-09-03
Michael Sam could become a member of the Dallas Cowboys 2014-09-02
Chicago Sky wins double OT thriller; deciding game Wednesday 2014-09-01
Sam cut by St. Louis was strictly 'a football decision' 2014-08-30
FGG co-president opens up on Gay Games past, present, future 2014-08-27





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Aon, KPMG hold pro-LGBT event
 
ELECTIONS 2014 Printable Election Guide Charts
 
Gay in the Life: Justin Romme
 
Sophia Bush on 'Chicago P.D.' and being an LGBT ally
 
BENT NIGHTS Xina Xurner;'Shame That Tune'; Asgeir
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.