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How Rapper Boosie Reminded Us That We Need to Protect Gay Black Men

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We need to do better for our gay Black men. As a straight Black man of faith, I say this as someone who didn’t always believe this.

Growing up, having feminine interests deemed me weak or inadequate. The majority of my cousins were girls, so it was nothing for me to pick up a doll and mimic what I saw them doing.

I remember wanting an Easy-Bake Oven. I was confused about why it wasn’t OK to have such a marvel on my wish list. And while my many other similar experiences don’t compare to moving through life as an openly gay Black man, I clearly remember the name-calling, put-downs, and othering.

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