Crabs in a barrel.
In the frenzy to get out, each claws onto the one above, intending to pull itself up and closer to freedom. Instead, of course, it only succeeds in pulling the other crab back down, leaving all in the bottom of the barrel and destined for the bottom of a boiling pot of water.
The image is often invoked to illustrate how minority communities, including LGBT communities, have a tendency to hold their own back, rather than working communally to confront their real oppressor. While we claw at each other, those in power stand back and get ready for dinner.
I was reminded of this as the GA Voice began our coverage of Atlanta’s 2011 Black Gay Pride celebration, which is held over Labor Day Weekend. It only took minutes from the story being posted to our Facebook page for the negative feedback to begin.
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce filled the ballroom at the W Midtown Hotel on the evening of Friday, Aug. 26, to celebrate the organization and announce the winners of its 2011 Community Awards.
The AGLCC presented Philip Rafshoon, owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In remarks accepting the award, Rafshoon acknowledged his mother, who was in attendance, discussed the tough times facing Outwrite and the bookstore industry, and joked about feeling too young to receive a “lifetime” achievement award until he learned that Madonna won one at age 28.
The lifetime achievement award was announced in advance, while winners in the following categories were revealed during the dinner:
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will take time to honor the creator of one of Atlanta’s iconic gay landmarks, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, at its annual Community Awards Dinner on Aug. 26.
The AGLCC Awards will also celebrate other business leaders who help their companies not only survive, or turn a profit, but go out of their way to help the community. Chamber Vice President Geoff Bieger said the awards, given in six categories, focus on those who use their positions productively.
“I think historically businesses haven’t taken the active role in the community that I think they should. So, I think it’s important to take one night a year to sit back and recognize the work that we’re doing,” Bieger said.
The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) hosts its “Fourth Friday” for May tonight at Atlanta's Hard Rock Cafe. Come out, network with LGBT business professionals and take in all of the classic rock-n-roll memorabilia on display throughout the restaurant.
Tonight is technically the third Friday of May, but due to the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend holiday, the AGLCC moved their monthly networking event to tonight to avoid any potential scheduling conflicts.
Tickets for the networking event $10 for AGLCC members and $15 for non-members.