Video break: Alexander Robinson of the National Black Justice Coalition
I was able to nab a few moments with the National Black Justice Coalition‘s Executive Director & CEO, H. Alexander Robinson, who shared great insights on the possibilities presented by an Obama administration for LGBT rights, and the contrast of what the election of John McCain promises.
Also, you must read Robinson’s powerful essay on CNN’s non-coverage of black gay men in its recent segment on HIV/AIDS aired in its documentary Black in America. He outlined why the series was a missed opportunity to present a segment of the community that is also vibrant, positive and has ties to accepting faith communities. It’s clear CNN producers went out of their way to avoid public discussion of what it is like to be black and gay in America and what challenges there are within the community to adequately reconcile the spread of HIV and silence within minority communities about sexual health.
At almost every turn in the program there was an opportunity to bring gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender men and women of color into the discussion, and we were rendered invisible. It’s hard to believe this was a simple oversight.