Welcome to the BlackStripe
The Black Stripe represents the cooperative effort of Same Gender Loving (SGL) "Queers": Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuals and Transgendered people of African Descent. It was inspired by discussions on GLBPOC and Sistahnet.
As gays and lesbians of African Descent, we claim and are claimed by two communities--the black community and the gay community. Neither community fully accepts, appreciates or understands us.
We are often seen by the black community as outsiders, even thoughwe're at every family gathering and have been part of every struggle. In her essay I Am Your Sister, the late Audre Lorde writes:
The gay community sees itself as a white male enclave and prefers to ignore us, except when driven by lust to seek the exotic. The late Joseph Beam in the anthology In The Life writes:
If you're a member of the (heterosexual) black community or the (white) gay community, or any other community, welcome. Explore, experience and learn.
If you're a same gender loving person of African Descent; welcome home.