Op-ed: Why Racism Must be Addressed Within the Gay Community

By Perry N. Halkitis

Oct. 11 was National Coming Out Day. While the LGBTQ population has come a long way since the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the commemorative starting point of the gay rights movement, we also have much more work to do within our own population – first and foremost honestly addressing racism among ourselves.

Instances of racism within the gay population are not new.

They were evident throughout my own formative years during the 1980s and ’90s growing up in the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area, when gay social venues were clearly segregated by race. While I knew these …read more

Source: Rutgers Today

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