LA Weekly: In South L.A., Young Gay Black Men are Mired in Old Taboos -- and HIV

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    May 10, 2014 4:05 PM GMT
    Yikes...

    http://www.laweekly.com/2014-05-08/news/the-gay-black-love-conundrum/?showFullText=true

    More and more, the face of HIV in Los Angeles and the United States is that of the young, black gay man. That trend has set off an exceedingly touchy debate among scientists, doctors, social workers, politicians, activists and gay men: Why?

    Despite comprising only 13 percent of the U.S. population — only 9 percent in Los Angeles — African-Americans account for 44 percent of new HIV infection nationwide.

    Starkly stated, black gay men are three times as likely to become infected as white gay men.

    In L.A. County, "We're probably the gayest epidemic in the nation," says Dr. Douglas Frye, director of the HIV Epidemiology Program of the L.A. County Department of Public Health. He's referring to the fact that here, men who have sex with men (known as MSMs) make up roughly 97 percent of the male HIV epidemic, with needle use far behind as a cause.
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    May 10, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    This is old news. It's been this way for a very long time. Maybe it's part of the reason so many Black males complain they're not seen as sexually attractive as other races.
  • HottJoe

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    May 10, 2014 4:27 PM GMT
    That's really tragic and a setback to the gay community as a whole.

    From what I gather, many gay black men in the U.S. have had to deal with the stigma of being gay in the black community, and the stigma of being black in the gay community. I think this creates a perfect storm for many people to feel disenfranchised and to slip through the cracks.

    What's especially sad is that many of greatest gay Americans in history have been black, and the gay movement -- the very concept that gay people are a minority and not a disorder -- owes so much to the black civil rights movement.

    It just seems like gay black men are underrepresented in the gay community, and so it's probably harder for individuals to find support when they come out.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 10, 2014 4:40 PM GMT
    The gay community in general is hyper segregated and that is highly unfortunate. That is because of the intense racism and distrust that exists among white and Hispanic gay men towards black gay men and the black community in general. In addition to their problems of acceptance, black gay men also have to deal with the NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS who fiercely condemn them from their rinky dink storefront churches every Sunday morning. Homophobia is still quite strong in most black communities in the US.icon_sad.gificon_mad.gif
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    May 11, 2014 4:23 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThis is old news. It's been this way for a very long time. Maybe it's part of the reason so many Black males complain they're not seen as sexually attractive as other races.


    I read this and was like..... Wow... yeaaaaaaa - :/
  • BloodFlame

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    May 11, 2014 4:54 AM GMT
    It's unfortunate but with the whole "DL" thing that is quite common with black gay men, it doesn't surprise me that much. This is why I'm very proactive when it comes to meeting guys.

    The best that we can hope for is that more gay black men get educated about the act of safe sex more. Because STDs can definitely spread like wildfire if you don't use protection and hook up with many different men (or even women since some of these DL guys have wives/girlfriends and thus, raise the chance of giving them something as well.
  • SuntoryTime

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    May 11, 2014 6:06 AM GMT
    Snaz said
    Scruffypup saidThis is old news. It's been this way for a very long time. Maybe it's part of the reason so many Black males complain they're not seen as sexually attractive as other races.


    I read this and was like..... Wow... yeaaaaaaa - :/


    I've never seen someone cite HIV as a reason for not finding black men as unattractive.

    I think a gay man avoiding black men because of higher seroconversion rates in that community are in for a surprise if they think they won't contract it from a white guy.
  • SuntoryTime

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    May 11, 2014 6:17 AM GMT
    In fact, researchers believe black gay men having a small dating pool is the likeliest culprit behind the epidemic.

    Really sad.

    http://www.hivplusmag.com/research/2014/02/07/whats-really-behind-high-hiv-rates-black-gay-men?page=full