Letters To The Editor: Clutch Supports LBGTQ Issues & Will Continue To Post About Them

Washington D.C. residents Aisha Mills and Danielle Moodie became one of the first same-sex couples to apply for a marriage license in March 2010. They tied the knot in a glamorous garden wedding on August 7, 2010.

On a daily basis, along with Dede Sutton, I monitor the site, approve/disapprove comments, post articles and basically help make sure things are running smoothly. I post news articles that cover everything from politics, local news, black culture, and LBGTQ issues. It seems that the latter is occasionally frowned upon by some on this site. By frowned upon, I mean someone actually sent an “anonymous” email in response to the Brittney Griner “coming out” post from last week.

I won’t copy and paste the email from this “anonymous” reader, but I will answer the questions posed in the email:

A) Nope, straight as a ruler.

B) None of your business

C) Wow, do you really have that much time on your hands to email me “anonymously”?

I put anonymous in quotations, only because it wasn’t anonymous. Well, at least they thought it was. But since I’m a super sleuth when it comes to all things anonymous, I was able to find out little tidbits of information about the sender. They don’t call me Sherlock Homegirl for nothing. Next time, word of advice, find a better “anonymous email” client.

You see, here on Clutch, we the editors, support LBGTQ issues and recognize that these issues affect black women and men every day, whether some of you like it or not. Unlike Fox, who boasts their “fair and balanced” news, we try to actually invoke that throughout our site. We actually get the sads when we read comments from people who post things like, “Why are you forcing this down our throats?”. Forcing things down your throat is a little over the top. But I get it, some people have a fear of a gay planet. But it doesn’t mean we’re going to change anything about the subjects we post.

Clutch is not a site only for “progressive” HETEROSEXUAL black women. Clutch is a site for ALL black women, whether gay, straight, bi, tri…whatever label you want to wear, we support it. We’re not here to judge the way our readers live their lives, but things we won’t tolerate include homophobic comments and emails. Although we can’t control the “anonymous” emails, this will be the first and last response to them.

Maybe this will be an ongoing thing. Maybe we’ll take a minute to respond to emails and issues from the readers, but consider this issue closed.

Tags: ,
Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter
  • Lynne

    I’m totally happy with Clutch’s reporting on LGBT issues. It’s really an education to read how gay rights is affecting LGBT people of color. In mainstream media, the voices of LGBT people of color are rarely heard, so I knew little of their struggles.

    Keep it up, Clutch!

  • Buttons

    Nothing in my posts said nor suggested that homosexuals should live their lives pretending to be straight. Nor did I request for anyone to provide evidence of their humanity. So, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Perhaps you have me confused with someone else.
    Furthermore, opposing homosexuality has nothing to do with unity; it is based on one’s personal beliefs, and it is an individual’s right and their choice. The disunity comes in when LGBT’s become highly defensive and almost enraged when people do not agree with homosexuality. Instead of accepting that the opposition is for reasons that are grounded in legitimate social and religious concerns, they perceive it as a personal affront to them.
    Most of those who do not agree with homosexuality have family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors, etc. who are gay or lesbian, and we love and respect them no less. LGBT’s contribute to every facet of society. I have had gay doctors, bosses, teachers, and I currently have a gay attorney and he is excellent. So, I think folks need to stop looking for this homophobic ghost that doesn’t exist. I hold strong to the truth that the family unit (male, female-offspring) is THE first and most powerful institution on the planet and that the foundation of the family determines the future of the society.

    • There’s no peace possible when you think your personal beliefs serve as a legitimate basis to deny other people a forum of expression and information. Clutch is not your site. Oppose queerness in your mind all you want, but don’t expect the rest of us to remain ignorant and underexposed because you want to be. Speak your truth and know that it is no one else’s.

    • Your argument sounds eerily similar to the sentiment my father holds regarding interracial marriage. “I don’t agree with interracial marriage, but I have black friends who I respect no less. Black people contribute in society. I sold a house to a black family once and they were fine and look at Bill Cosby, he is an upstanding man. However, I hold strong to the truth that the family unit should consist of people of the same color and that the foundation of the family determines the future of the society.”

  • Buttons

    @ Quelqu-un

    Actually, LGBT’s do want to discuss their personal lives and they have quite excessively. If I’m not mistaken, they brought their personal lives to the American people and the American leadership and not just to dialogue about it, but to make demands. They are on TV speaking on panels, protesting in the streets, and they are trying to integrate into every area of society, such as Black sororities (AKA), and the Boy Scouts, etc.; and their current project is marriage. Our beloved President spends more time on the gay agenda than he does on a black one- because the LGBT community keeps “dialoging” about their personal lives.

    • Quelqu’un

      Um, you mean the same way black people have? They want to be represented because they’re actually human beings and deserve to be treated as such? And you DO know that there are black people who are gay, right? One doesn’t cancel out the other. Black gay people can be in Black sororities because, guess what, they’re Black!

  • Julian

    Bravo Yesha

  • Pingback: Google()