A Minority within a Minority: African American LGBT Seniors and ‘Double Jeopardy’ Discrimination

From the Bay Area Reporter:

In San Francisco African American LGBT seniors often face a double jeopardy in terms of discrimination. Within the black community, they struggle to overcome homophobia. In the LGBT community, they encounter race-based prejudices.

“We’ve gotten burdened at both ends of the candle. By the African American community, which until recently tended to be more conservative relative to the LGBT community within its own ranks,” said Larry Saxxon, 61, a gay black man who served on the city’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. “A lot of the African American community still works under the larger social, psychological, and political tendencies of the church.”

Saxxon added that, “on the other hand, we’ve gotten burned by the LGBT mainstream community at large because of racism.”

Those experiences can hamper elder LGBT African Americans’ willingness to seek out support within either community, noted Saxxon.

“You have a very narrow margin in which you can survive and glean support when you can’t fall back on racial bloodlines because of homophobia and you cannot fall back unconditionally on the LGBT community because of racism,” he said. “You have a very small margin within which to work.”

Read the full article

Advertisements
This entry was posted in LGBT Seniors and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to A Minority within a Minority: African American LGBT Seniors and ‘Double Jeopardy’ Discrimination

  1. John Mulholland says:

    Alas, no different here in NYC. A national disgrace!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s