*This counts for my “what we haven’t talked about” blog. Even though I said that was my first one, that one was really a news article.
The name of this blog and class is queer/race. However we have not talked about how being gay affects being part of a certain race. Why haven’t we done this? You would think we would have discussed it at least in depth once but we really haven’t.
I have recently seen a documentary on gay Muslims. Their struggles of being accepted parallel many of those today however they have one problem that others do not. Because of their race/religion they can be punished by death and this creates a huge dilemma.
In the States you may be exiled from family or house because of being gay but it is not legally acceptable for people to beat and kill you. Although this still does occur in America it is not legal. However for many gay Muslims being gay is like being marked for death. It creates these immense internal struggles because they still want to be good Muslims but their religion denies them this ability.
I think this needs to be talked about because there are many races/religions (sometimes those are the same) that do not accept homosexuality as a fact. The African American community has been viewed in the past and still is now somewhat hyper-homophobic. Why are some races more opposed to this than others?
I really want some responses to this. I know this is late in the semester but I feel like this is something that has to be said or talked about since this class is about race. Also, everyone should watch this documentary because it is very informational and it shows how connected or unconnected race and queerness can be.