Welcome AUG/SEP 2014
Welcome to our first official Black LGBT Pride Issue.
To us Pride is of course all the parties, park events, and beach bum days in all the sexiest cities in these, as James Baldwin would say, "yet to be United States." But also we do understand that we as a community represent more than that. We understand what Pride is really about; it is a celebration of all our colors. And in the same moment it is a memorial of those who came before, those waywardless backs we stand on.
It is because of this belief here at DBQ Magazine, that I wanted to celebrate a unique selection of people that I've been keeping my eye on. This summer this glorious group not only has been making headlines for what they do, but have injected a sense of pride in our community by who they have chosen to be. What is even more interesting than who they are and what they do, is their response when we asked them the nouns in this world that have given them the Pride to be who they are. Pg 12
My favorite thing to do is to read a great book on my stomach on a hot sunny beach in the heart of Summer. So it was important to me that this Pride Issue have something for us to read that would help us to better enjoy this summer. I introduce to you the essential novels for gay men of color. Pg 8
Also, on page 2, you will find a complete official schedule for NYC Black Pride Aug 13-17th, so that you can be in the know about all the amazing events that have been planned. Included is a list of this years Heritage Award winners, one being yours truly.
Last but not least as always we end with What I've Come To Know, which is always the intention behind every issue of DBQ. Have a safe, enlightening and happy Pride. Enjoy!
What I've Come To Know AUG/SEP 2014
'I come as one, but I stand as ten thousand' and as I write these words I feel Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in my finger tips. I hear James Baldwin in my head as I form sentences in my mind and when I get up each day to go out into the world and am able so boldly and gratefully to be my fabulous self. I am urged to remember that the paved path I so easily walk on is because of a Bayard Rustin. I stand on the shoulders of Storme DeLarverie and Audre Lorde and I hum Sylvester James in the shower.
I come and I write to you as one black gay man, but I stand as ten thousand. I stand on the backs of Icons and Legends and dare to be called a star. And I bow in the sorrow of those whose names I do not know and never will. Those who were beat, and raped, and infected with that disease that calls itself our own or infected with shame and hate for being in love with our colors.
What we need more of is inspiration. We should be partied out by now. How many VIP sections and bottles does one need before one sees how inane it is for that to be all Pride is about. Our community isn't proud because our community isn't aspiring to greatness as we should. We aren’t aspiring because we aren't inspired. And we aren't inspired because we don't know who we are and we will never know who we are until we know from where we came.
The error isn't in the celebration, it is in forgetting who brought us over. The essence of Pride is celebrating the guest of honor, those who've paid for us to party a free people. Pride is a celebration of our strengths, of our bravery to navigate with our lives on the line, the margins of society. We pop bottles in roped off sections because of those ten thousand who cleared a trail for us out of the creases of American history to the front pages of popular culture.
What I've Come To Know more than ever is that which made Maya Angelou, Dr. King and James Baldwin so great, was they moved throughout this world doing their meaningful work and they mastered taking the ten thousand with them every step of the way. That is how one life can have so much power and make you so proud.