1. jason says

    It’s great to see Julian Bond say this. However, where are the blacks in the music industry, for instance? They are far more influential with younger people. It’s disappointing that they are not as supportive of gay rights as is Julian Bond.

    Where is Beyonce? Where is Jay-Z? Where is Rihanna? Where is Kanye West? Where are all the black rappers and hip-hop artists? They don’t appear to be gay-friendly at all. They are all notable in their failure to support gay rights publicly.

  2. gaylib says

    Hey Jason, try the google some time….

    “On August 22, 2005, the MTV special All Eyes On Kanye West aired, in which West spoke out against homophobia in hip-hop. He claimed that hip-hop has always been about “speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people.”[43] He then reflected on a personal experience. He said that he had a “turning point” when he realized one of his cousins was gay. He said regarding this experience: “This is my cousin. I love him and I’ve been discriminating against gays.” He drew comparison between African Americans’ struggle for civil rights and today’s gay rights movement. The following year, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, West further expounded his experiences with and views on the relationship between the black and gay communities.[44]”

  3. luminum says

    I knew it was only a matter of time before a “regardless of what [insert black political figure/activist/celebrity here] has contributed, it still doesn’t compare to the lack of [insert other black celebrity] doing something” comment popped up.

    Just some of the pro-gay support videos against bullying and marriage discrimination by black public figures and celebrities: Julian Bond, Cory Booker, Russell Simmons, Eve, Mo’nique, Marsha Ambrosius, Omar Epps, LaLa, Ciara, Wynter Gordon, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Janet Jackson, Michael Strahan, Nicki Minaj, Jason Derülo, Keri Hilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Vanessa Williams, Bill T. Jones, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

    And that’s just videos and not a catalog of pro-gay support in general in OTHER media, such as Kanye West’s statements in various interviews.

  4. Larry says

    Jason you’re so wrong on so many levels. Hip hop stars have been slowly but surely coming out to support gays the latest being Lil B. Where are country musicians?