Last night, VH1 aired a groundbreaking special following an episode of Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, called #OutInHipHop. The round table discussion, hosted by T.J. Holmes, has been much anticipated since it was announced last week. Anxious viewers tuned in hoping to get a better understanding of what it means to be gay, while being immersed in Hip Hop culture. Two of the show’s stars, Miles and Milan, two men, who are now in a relationship, have been the topic of discussion for quite some time now. We’ve watched their relationship unfold on screen, and last night, we got a chance to hear from both men and women who have made major contributions to Hip Hop, and just so happen to be a part of the LGBTQ community.
Creflo and his people are ballin’ out of control, and that’s none of our business, they say.
After listening to President Jimmy Carter’s keynote address at Clark Atlanta University last week, I really got to thinking. Not that I hadn’t been thinking before, but his words really got me thinking about a particular topic. The topic of his speech that day was violence against women. He talked about everything from sex trafficking, to rape, to unequal pay across gender lines. As interesting and as important as all of those things are, one thing he said really stood out to me. He said that the misinterpretation of religious texts is responsible for much of the violence against women. The ideology that women are inferior, less than, and meant to be submissive all stem from religious books like the Bible and the Quran, but President Carter says that he feels the texts have been misinterpreted…and I agree. That brings me to the issue of homosexuality and the Church, and how I feel religion has been used to make members of the LGBTQ community, scapegoats.