Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin Withdraws from MLK Concert After Objections from Gay Activists

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, a notorious homophobe who performed at the Republican National Convention in 2004, has vowed to battle "the curse of homosexuality," and believes that gays can be turned straight with religious intervention, pulled out of an MLK Memorial concert last night after objections by gay activists, the WaPo reports:

McclurkinMcClurkin was scheduled to perform at the D.C. government-sponsored concert with other singers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the “Reflections on Peace From Ghandi to King” event. But at the request of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who fielded concerns from the activists Friday, the Grammy-winning singer decided not to perform, a mayoral spokeswoman said.

“The commission on human rights and Donnie McClurkin’s management decided that it would be best for him to withdraw because the purpose of the event is to bring people together,” said Gray’s spokeswoman, Doxie McCoy. “Mayor Gray said the purpose of the event is to promote peace and harmony. That is what King was all about.”

However, McClurkin said that he was in fact “asked not to attend.”

He said in a video statement that the mayor “uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline.”

You may recall that McClurkin caused controversy when he appeared at a Gospel Tour event for Obama during his election campaign in 2007.

McClurkin released a video statement complaining about his disinvitation.


  1. HadenoughBS says

    Good riddance to this homophobe. His well-known hatred of us has no place being showcased in the MLK Memorial concert.

  2. Acronym Jim says

    McClurkin needs to study up on the good Reverend King. Apparently the name Bayard Rustin means nothing to him.

  3. CC says

    What people need to remember is this church queen says he’s an ex-gay, as if he’s cured. Just like an alcoholic is still an recovering alcoholic years after recovery, he’s a non-practicing homosexual as well. Gay is still gay at the end of the day! Self-hating never seems to go outta style.

  4. potCALLNtheKETTLE says

    yep, he’s gay himself (ex-???)
    so much self-hating evident in the persecution of his own kind
    another glaring contradiction of so-called christianity

  5. woodroad34d says

    To show what a tool he really is…had he not opened his mouth, he would have come off as slightly sensitive for pulling out (ewww) of the concert so as not to embarrass the memory of MLK. Now he just shows us a new dimension to his vanity and venality.

  6. jamal49 says

    Considering this guy is a so-called “ex-gay” (and still a notorious tea-room queen in spite of his, uh, marriage) and is filled with such self-loathing that he has decided to “fight the curse of homosexuality” with all kinds of hateful anti-LGBT vitriol, further looking at what is surely the GAYEST Gay face I’ve seen in a long time, it behooves one to fight the impulse to take a bible filled with lead weights and slap that mofo flat-out upside his ugly, fool, homophobic head.

  7. SoFla says

    “Bias”, “intolerance”, “bigotry”. Yes, Mr. McClurkin you are guilty of all that. And the color of your skin is not your ticket to a civil rights event. It is, rather, the content of your character.

  8. Festus says

    What a hoot the supporting comments are on his video page where he whines about his imaginary persecution.

    One thing is clear: He and his supporters regard us, all of us, as “THE ENEMY”. It’s amazing to read that repeated over and over again by these supposedly Godly and Blessed and Anointed people.

    Their language is clear, their intentions obvious. They want a war with us. They want to harm us. They will continue to lie about us, defame and malign us. On a GOOD day. His opinions matter very little to me; but when you look at the significant support he has from people, it’s clear that our fight for equality is FAR from approaching it’s apex.

    It’s simply nauseating to read the delusional pseudo-religious trash his supporters and he spew. I seem to recall from my long bygone Bible study days something about the punishment for people who turn people against religion, something about it being better to have a millstone put around your neck…

  9. andrew says

    “The Mayor uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline”. OUTSTANDING!!! Congratulations Mr. Mayor. McClurkin: your kind of hate and bigotry are no longer tolerated in civilized societies.

  10. Calling out Punks says

    This guy is the true enemy. From what I’ve heard, not witnessed but heard (to be clear), this guys is still trolling around. The truth will catch up to him sooner or later.

  11. Nino says

    I just wish the guys who are having sex with this man would come forward so we can put an end this mess.

  12. Lions says

    Good riddance you extremist religious nut. That’s right..gays are here to stay and we’re not going anywhere. Society has chosen um over bigotry.

  13. Kevin A. says

    This bigoted man is very dangerous to the LGBT community. I say this as a black LGBT member, it’s trash like this that make it harder for queer youth to come out and be open. He needs to consistently be held accountable for his prejudice by ALL LGBT, but mainly LGBT of color because that’s who he’s attempting to damage most.

  14. reality says

    You’ve got to hand it to the DC government – our local government may appear to be mismanaged, but at least it always stands strongly on the side of LGBT rights. Always.


    Please, please and please, lets all be sincere, LGBT or not, sincerity and truthfulness take all.