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Dan Savage:

I’m done pretending that the handful of racist gay white men out thereand they’re out there, and I think they’re scumare a bigger problem for African Americans, gay and straight, than the huge numbers of homophobic African Americans are for gay Americans, whatever their color.

For gay and lesbian black men and women, the blow is even harder. But this community needs to be engaged not demonized, and we haven't engaged enough. The black church is one of the most powerful forces fomenting homophobia in America, and has fostered attitudes that have literally killed countless gay black men. It's time to Act Up against those elements that p.c. liberals have been too timid to confront. For the sake of African American gay and lesbian people as much as anyone else.

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