Lessons From Prop 8

By Megan Izen Nov 12, 2008

Seems like everyone has been weighing in across the country on the passage of Proposition 8 in California. Out of that has grown a disturbing trend to blame Black voters who came out in support of Obama for the anti-gay legislation. Two things have become abundantly clear in what Kai Wright calls "The Blame Game" of Prop 8: 1) Gay rights activists and advocates need to address issues of racism within the LGBT rights movement (co-opting civil rights language and imagery isn’t enough to get people of color engaged), and 2) the Black community needs to address the homophobia that supposedly led people to vote 7 times out of 10 against gay marriage. This week at Facing Race, queer racial justice advocates will begin to have these discussions. For more information, please visit arc.org/facingrace.