The question of whether or not to come out at work is a loaded one if it’s not clear how gay-friendly it is — one that many fear will have an impact on their hiring potential, career path, and employment status. The decision to come out is a highly personal one and one you shouldn’t feel pressured or guilty about. Here are some pros and cons to weigh and tips on coming out, if you choose to.
Gay black men may feel a lack of inclusion from both the mainstream (predominantly white) LGBTQ community and the mainstream (predominantly straight) black community. Some can feel like they are welcomed in neither community. As members of the black community, we can help offset this lack of inclusion by acknowledging the following challenges and understanding how to combat them.
All too often, media portrayals of the mentally ill reflect our culture’s fear and ignorance about mental illness. Seeing so many stereotyped fictional characters with mental illness can impact how we see real people with mental illnesses. To help separate fact from fiction, here are some media-perpetuated myths so you don’t project them onto people with mental illness.
Queer black women too often have to deal with being labeled selfish, rebellious, or white acting by the black community. But while that homophobia is real, many black people strive to be allies. This includes understanding why queer black women don’t always feel safe in their own communities and what they can do to help.
Yes, black women have strength. But time and time again, the word “strong” has been used to dehumanize black women, to trivialize their pain, to create an impossible standard for young black girls to strive towards. For black women, taking that strength back means calling out the ways in which their strength is used against them.
Sexuality isn’t a choice. So it may seem confusing to some when people say that they feel that their sexuality is fluid. But being sexually fluid doesn’t mean a person is confused. For a person to know and accept their sexuality as fluid, they must be self-aware. So let’s learn a little more about sexual fluidity.