Gay Movie Review – “The New Black”

Author: , October 13th, 2013

The New BackJust got back from our final film at the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. This one is called The New Black, and it covers the intersection of the black community and gay rights.

Set mostly against the backdrop of the fight for marriage equality in Maryland in 2012, the documentary follows several black lesbians as they work to help pass the marriage equality referendum that was sent to the voters after the state legislature approved the initial bill.

It offers a great insight into the behind-the-scenes machinations of both campaigns, and into the split among African Americans when it comes to marriage equality and to gays in general.

One of the most interesting scenes in the film is when one of the activists confronts an aunt at home over family dinner. Her relative spouts off something about the world changing but the bible never does, and her lesbian niece points out that the bible says a lot of things that we no longer believe. They hug, but her aunt refuses to let go of her religiously inspired bigotry.

In another scene, a black Baptist preacher explains to his flock why he decided to support marriage equality, that none of us are free until all of us are free.

Out gospel singer Tonéx is also interviewed for the film, and the footage from the TC interview where he comes out is amazing. The female Christian host keeps asking leading questions, as if determined to push him back into the closet, and he stands his ground and affirms he is still attracted to men and is happy with himself. You should see how she stares daggers at him.

It’s a powerful film that draws the curtain back on the fight going on for the soul of the black churches between marriage equality activists and their opponents, who seek to divide and conquer.

One of the women said it best when she said that marriage equality and LGBT rights are the unfinished business of the black civil rights movement.

Denver Pride to Celebrate Civil Rights This Weekend

Author: , June 14th, 2012

Denver Gay Pride 2012Denver’s 37th annual PrideFest is set for Saturday and Sunday in Civic Center Park. This year’s theme is fighting for the rights of Colorado’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

One key right participants are seeking is civil unions, the ability for same-sex couples to form a domestic partnership – a topic state Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, thinks is one of the key civil-rights issues of contemporary times.

“Ten years – 20 years – from now, people are going to look back at this, just like they looked at some of the civil-rights movements in the ’50s and ’60s, and not understand why this was ever an issue.”

Full Story from the Fowler Tribune

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