Two men, a Georgia State student and a visitor from out of town who were believed to have been participating in Atlanta's Black Gay Pride, were found shot to death last night in an apartment.
Members of Traxx and Traxx Girls continue to mourn the loss of Durand Robinson, the owner of the gay club Traxx and a key organizer of Atlanta Black Gay Pride held every Labor Day Weekend. Robinson was shot in the early morning hours of Wednesday in southwest Atlanta.
A Black Gay Pride organizer was shot and killed early Wednesday, according to a report by WSB-TV.
The photo of two young black men in a casual embrace on what appears to be a MARTA train has stirred up a blogosphere storm as some people take to hating the photo, accusing black men of being on the “down low” and a reason for higher rates of HIV in the African-American demographic.
The photo, apparently posted in a tweet by “WatchJ” has been viewed more than 21,000 times. WatchJ is apparently no fan of the gays — he titled the twitpic, “I DON’T GIVE A FUCK HOW SLEEPY YOU ARE” with the hashtag #NoExcuse.
I first saw this photo on a friend’s Facebook page and thought it was a beautiful image of regular life in Atlanta — two young black gay men showing affection toward each other.
Barbecues, backyard parties and soul-food jams. Summer is a time for family get-togethers. A time when people all over the world take vacations so they can make memories with close friends and loved ones, but in African-American communities only some of us feel comfortable going home.
In our communities, only some of us feel safe enough to be who we are in the company of those who raised us. Only some of us can show up and be all of ourselves all of the time with the people we love most. The pain of moving through our families – closeted, and, in many instances, alienated – is devastating black families everywhere.