Today is the twenty-third annual National Coming Out Day, an international “civil awareness day” in which people are encouraged to come out of the closet if they have not done so; there is also a call for discussion amongst both LGBT persons and straight “allies” about issues which impact the queer community. Since 1990, the day has been sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, which is the country’s largest LGBT advocacy group.

In the spirit of NCOD, I have a question for the Clutch fam: do you feel that we are seeing actual progression when it comes to establishing cultural freedom for LGBT people? I’m not talking about the law, but rather true acceptance by society-at-large. Are Americans becoming more comfortable with those who have different sexual orientations, or simply more tolerant? What about the African-American community? Are we growing when it comes to accepting our LGBT family as family? Black folks get an unfair rap for being more homophobic than others (because Black failures are always easy to highlight, duh), but we do have a long way to come as a collective when it comes to checking our ‘issues’ with homosexuality. Is it getting better?


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  • Pretty Cute

    I see SOME improvement but not enough. In fact, maybe I don’t see improvement because I know people (in law school with me) who feel that the more “tolerant” people are to LGBT people, then the more kids will try to be LGBT b/c it is a “cool” thing.

    I was so disgusted by this point of view. It isn’t that more people while try out a LGBT lifestyle because they think it is “cool” but because they can be freely accepted and loved for who they are as people, not with relation to whom they sleep with. <–That is the message that I hope people take when interacting with anyone from the LGBT community or someone who think they might want to be apart of that community.

    • I agree 100%. My experience has been that whenever I wanted to talk about sexuality, those around me would immediately try to change the subject. It’s funny how homophobia can be used as a defense to avoid discussions on sexuality altogether, as if to silence any progress that can be made in creating safe spaces for people to be who they are. I admire the bravery of those who will use this day as a step towards being true about who they are despite the backlash they will have to endure

  • Timcampi

    I wish people would stop thinking being gay is a choice. Who would choose to be a social pariah?

  • Bisous

    In my experience the black community can be very judgemental to people who are homosexual. I make it a point to tell my brothers that you can love anyone and that gay people are no more feared than I am. I don’t know if I trust people “deciding” they are gay when going off to college or leaving home. I think it’s just an exploration of their sexuality not anything long term or even romantic. I think there has been progress, but there is still MUCH more to be done.

    • The Comment

      The Black community is judgemental PERIOD! Anyways. Women would benefit greatly if men came out the closet. Think of all the needles divorces, broken hearts, lies and wasted time that would be avoided if men could love who they are really attracted to.

  • Michelle

    Note: allies with the LGBTQ community do not use terms like “homosexual”.