You know how they say “your faves are problematic”? How bout your churches are problematic? Recently there’s been a string of homophobia being exposed in the Black church, (yeah I know, big surprise right?) It started with Kim Burrell, then Shirley Caesar and a host of others came to her defense. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has ever set foot in a Black church before today: the only thing they hate more than Satan himself is those damned homosexuals that sin created. The Black church’s hatred for gay folks is so absolute that it even made them question the hallowed figure head that is President Obama for daring to not outright condemn them. You may be wondering then, if we know how the church feels about gay folks why it such a big deal that two church leaders are saying how they feel. Well my dears, that’s because the way the church, these two in particular, feel about homosexuality is hypocritical AF, and it’s time for us to name that.
Before I go any further I want to clarify that I DO NOT think that Black folks (or the Black church) is any more homophobic or discriminatory than any other church. I speak about the Black church here because it is the one that I grew up going to (so I know the most about it) and because I think it is the duty of Black folks to call out Black folks on they shit. I expect white, LatinX, Asian, etc. folks to do the same for they folks. Every other race on this planet is homophobic AF too; watch Gaycation if you don't believe me. ANYWAY. Back to this. The Black church is hypocritical. It uses gay folks to play the music, sing the songs, act in the plays, and yes, even preach the sermons, but the moment they have to confront that person’s sexuality they are an abomination that has turned from God. They go from praising Johnny’s singing in the choir to saying that Johnny using his lips for nothing but sin; it’s INSANITY. That’s what makes this shit honestly laughable; because where would Kim Burrell be if all the gay boys weren’t singing her songs and imitating her runs to keep her relevant? If she couldn't preach or couldn't have gotten her divorce? And who can forget the very widely known secret that a good friend of hers was at the very least bisexual. But let's go back to the thesis of this paragraph: "The Black CHURCH is hypocritical. I don't want all of this to just fall on Kim Burrell. While she is definitely an agent in screwing up black gay folks' lives, the problem is bigger than her.
We all should know that there are certain passages in the bible that make life in the 21st century difficult. And if you don't know these anything about some of these passages, you really shouldn't be using religion to talk about gay folks anyway. Aint no need for folks who don't know any bible verses outside of what they grandma used to say tryna be all holy. Anyway, we have to address the fact that no one forces any of these other scriptures on people, but they do force the one about homosexuality (if that scripture is even about homosexuality). People like Kim Burrell, Donnie McClurkin, and all the others that use the church to degrade and oppress gay folks are complicit in a bigger system of homophobia. It is the same system that has women believe positively insane things about marriage, and the same one that causes a lot of makes gay folks embarrass themselves to get the approval of people who will never give it to them. I’ve witnessed in these past weeks people spit so much vitriol and hatred that I honestly can’t look at them without being disgusted, and the extent to which a lot of gay Black folks really hate themselves. It is sad, and at a time when we’re being killed for existing and people are killing themselves for the same, we don’t need any more hatred, no matter how you disguise it as “loving the sinner but hating the sin”.
We have to do something about this. All the straight girls who love to use gay men for makeovers, teaching them how to dance and giving them the tea: DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. All the straight guys who use lesbian women for fantasies, to cut your hair, or just smoke and chill with: DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. But most of all, all these churches who claim to be all about love, acceptance, and uplifting the Black community: DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. Gay folks are dying left and right because you’re still hanging onto bigotry handed down to you through generations, and the ones that aren’t dying (gay and straight) are leaving the church in droves because they see what’s happening. Honestly, this whole homophobia and the black church debacle COULD be the best thing that happened to the Black church in a long time if they do it right. Right now the Black church has the opportunity to show that they can evolve and adapt with the times (because NO entity that doesn’t evolve will stick around). People are already mad at how the Black church is treating the BLM movement, why make things even worse by continuing to condemn a large section of the Black community? Instead of being on the decline, the Black church could use this opportunity to rebuild its YA membership. Or better yet, the Black church could do this to actually live up to their creed. Be a place where Black people can get support for their issues instead of causing these issues. Until the Black church can take responsibility for the role they play in oppressing Black gay folks, the blood of people like Mesha Caldwell is on the Black church and all its members. Now name that.
What can be done to support and protect Black queer folks, especially from the church? What do you think is the core of the problem the Black church has with queer folks? Be sure to leave your comments, questions, and concerns below and don't forget to like and subscribe!