Willie Richardson / July 23, 2021

LGBT: Black Is the New Gay

Why are the industries that women have traditionally been the face of now being taken over by males who identify as females?

The “B” in LGBT is also being redefined. For years I’ve noticed that when an agenda is being pushed onto society that goes against the God-given sex identity norms, a black man is being used. A few years ago, on the cover of Time magazine, a black man was used to push the homosexual/transsexual itinerary. He is now a “she.”

Laverne Cox was on the cover of the June 9, 2014, issue of Time and was interviewed for the article, “The Transgender Tipping Point,” which was the title featured on the cover. This made for “black history,” making Cox the first transgender person on the cover of Time. I wanted to find out the birth name of Cox, as she was a male identical twin at birth. I ran into what is now referred to as “deadnaming” or birth-name shaming. Cox exclaimed:

“It is deeply painful. We experience so much discrimination when we’re dead-named and misgendered, because what happens underneath that is the assumption that trans people aren’t who we say we are, that we’re somehow fraudulent. All trans people are not openly trans, it’s not safe to be openly trans. I’m doing everything I can to make the world safe to be openly trans, but it’s not always safe. So publishing people’s birth names is not always a safe thing.”

If you are squinting your eyes at the screen, just imagine my keyboard fingers typing these words.

Fast-forward to yet another black male being glamorized for his flamboyancy.

Billy Porter won the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first openly gay black man to be nominated and win in any lead acting category at the Primetime Emmys. On the red carpet, he wore a black half tuxedo, half dress fit for Cinderella. He opined: “My goal is to be a walking piece of political art every time I show up. To challenge expectations. What is masculinity? What does that mean?”

Porter went on to say about his career: “When I landed a role in Kinky Boots, the experience really grounded me in a way that was so unexpected. Putting on those heels made me feel the [most] masculine I’ve ever felt in my life. It was empowering to let that part of myself free.”

For the record, Porter is included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. Are you connecting the dots? I certainly hope so.

Are we there yet? Nope.

Enter 2021’s black queen, Leyna Bloom. As a transexual female, Bloom has been given the coveted stage of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition’s “cover girl.” Yes, a male who identifies as a woman is on the cover of the most famous swimsuit magazine in the world. If you didn’t know it, you couldn’t tell any remnants of a male. The 27-year-old is one of the first trans women to walk the runway at Paris Fashion Week, the first trans woman of color to star in a film at the Cannes Film Festival, and the first trans woman to grace the pages of Vogue India.

Bloom tweeted: “This moment heals a lot of pain in the world. We deserve this moment; we have waited millions of years to show up as survivors and be seen as full humans filled with wonder. On Instagram, Bloom wrote, 
"I dedicate this cover to all ballroom femme queens past, present and future. Many girls [like us] don’t have the chance to live our dreams, or to live long at all. I hope my cover empowers those, who are struggling to be seen, feel valued.”

From 1964, when Sports Illustrated started the swimsuit edition with Babette March, there has never been a transgender woman “gracing” the cover. Why now? Why is black the new gay?

Why are the industries that women have traditionally been the face of now being taken over by males who identify as females? Why are black males portrayed in almost every negative stereotype this world has to offer? Why are minority males the face of a global shift in the way American children will view sexuality, marriage, and family?

Maybe it’s time to examine our values and begin teaching our children about this new world they will grow up in.

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