Week in Review (September 8 – September 14)
De’Borah, a 25 year-old hailing from Chicago, will be coached by Christina Aguilera in hopes of making it past the first elimination rounds. Read more about her and her coming out on national television, in an interview with Wetpaint.
“The Problem with Uncle Tom”
Maya Rupert examines the tensions in rhetoric when white gays pull America’s history of racism into a debate about homophobia.
Frank’s use of Uncle Tom to describe the Log Cabin Republicans prompted a discussion about, as he put it, whether he was “ignoring the fact that they are nice.” Savage’s comments prompted a discussion about whether a gay man should use the term “fa***ts” to disparage other gay people. But there is a larger discussion that should be prompted by these comments about the fact that the experience of slaves and the experience of gay and lesbian people in this country are not comparable. It’s not comparing apples and oranges. It’s comparing apples and slavery.
Read further on Huffington Post.
Blogger Discusses Being Black, Jewish, and Gay
Erika Davis, author of the blog “Black, Gay, and Jewish” talks with JewSchool.com about racial tensions in the Jewish community, what it has been like converting, and how the inaccurate assumption of a monolithically pale Jewish community has to be challenged and adjusted. Read the entire interview here.
Tammy Baldwin And Her Run for the Wisconsin Senate
The Huffington Post talks with Baldwin, who will be running against incumbent Tommy Thompson for the US Senate in this coming election. If elected, she would become the country’s first openly gay senator. Baldwin was last seen nationally at the Democratic National Convention, where her speech was met with a standing ovation. Read more here.