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ConnexionsHistories of Race and Sex in North America$
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Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, and Jennifer L. Morgan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040399

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040399.001.0001

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Out and on the Outs

Out and on the Outs

The 1990s Mass Marches and the Black and LGBT Communities

(p.282) Chapter 12 Out and on the Outs

Deborah Gray White

University of Illinois Press

This chapter investigates how the gay community marginalized black people and then how the black community marginalized gay people of color. It considers the Million Man (1995) and Million Woman (1997) marches and the 1993 and 2000 LGBTQ marches and examines how people whose lives straddle both these intersections have sought community and comfort. Many black LGBTs wanted to be part of the LGBT community and the black community. They were vocal about their needs and desires and what they brought to both communities. While some found the community they were looking for, others did not. The reality, sadly enough, was that even though black LGBTs were “out” and vocal at the African American and LGBT marches, they remained on the outs in both communities.

Keywords:   LGBT community, black community, black LGBTs, 1990s, mass marches, African American marches, LGBT marches

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