National gay and lesbian groups are responding with marketing campaigns and old-fashioned schmoozing to win over minority gays, many of whom argue white activists want their votes on gay marriage and other national issues, but rarely include poverty, racism and other minority concerns on their agendas.
The article raises disturbing questions. Why exactly does the white gay leadership seek to reach out to LGBT people of color and how creative are they in trying to connect with people?
Mason lists a concern of many white gay leaders: In areas where minority gay communities are not well-organized, reaching across racial lines is nearly impossible.
“We don’t have a Richmond black gay pride, for example,” she said. “We don’t have that type of opportunity for us to really find who these folks are.”
Well, let’s hope Richmond’s black gay community can pull together a pride event next year so that White gay leaders can get to know them. Much easier than actually having Black gay friends.