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LGBT and Women of Color Speak Out
LGBT and Women of Color Speak Out

The comments of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll have created a political firestorm of dialogue and controversy in the
LGBT community and for Women of Color. As accusations arise about her alleged “inappropriate sexual activity”, the truth may or may not be discovered.
The truth of the matter is the comment(s) of Lt. Gov. Carroll
should never have been thought or verbalized in such a
derogatory manner towards Women of Color and the LGBT
community ”couldn't have engaged in homosexual acts
because she doesn't look like a lesbian”
Huffington Post 07/17/2012.

Women of Color have been victimized, scrutinized and
demonized by the media, it does Women of Color and those
of the LGBT community a personal and cultural damning
to their character and an objectionable disrespect to their
womanhood and lifestyle choices.

Professional Women of Color are already treated unfairly
and LGBT must fight for their rights to have to fight to
have a seat at corporate tables, earn the respect of their peers
and the men (both Black and White) they work with.
Lt. Gov. Carroll made a serious mistake in her comments and
should be held accountable. A simple and inefficient apology
is not always acceptable when the mentality was cognitively
present and is still evidently being propagated at this level
of government. I was taught government is for THE PEOPLE
not just for a select few. At one time women were not allowed
political participation, now they are welcomed and encouraged.

This is responsibility that should be taken seriously and not
taken for granted. Being a Black man, raised by a Black mother
and grandmother I was taught that I should respect all women,
especially Women of Color and even those in the LGBT
community because we are all God’s children.  My mother was
a teacher of over 30 years, she loved children no matter
their sexual, cultural, ethnic and religious ideology, I share her
passion for all children and their rights. The struggles, the
sacrifices, the tears, and the prayers of Women of Color are a
testimony to the true meaning of being a woman.

Nikki Giovanni from her recent visit to Edward Waters College
during my interview stated that Black women are so powerful
and important that if they were not here they would have to be

I feel this can be applied to all Women of Color because of their
historic contributions and sacrifices. This is a testament to the
Anointing of Women of Color and even their Caucasian, Muslim,
European, Asian, Hispanic, Haitian and other cultural/ethnic women.
The discrimination of Gays and Lesbians is a serious discussion
that ranges from politics, religion, education, Human Rights,
Constitutional Rights and Civil Rights. This struggle has
been equated to the Civil Rights movement of the 50’s to
current discussion and dialogue.

It will continue to be a contentious and serious topic, but
the foundations are the rights of Human Beings. As a Man of
Color (Black) I can only object to the inappropriate comments
by a Women of Color against her professional peers, cultural
sisters and marginzing the importance that it does not matter
if a women is Gay, Lesbian or whatever designation or title
society places on her that she is of great value.

Women of Color should always be respected, revered,
acknowledged for their successes and accomplishments.
Equally to the LGBT community as citizens, tax payers, parents,
professionals, educators and human beings they should be
respected equally as well.

Accusations of sexual relationships with aides in the political
realm is not new;  but the use of
demeaning words directed at a particular group goes
to show that the mentality and moral statue of our political
figures should be scrutinized and they, being role models
have to be accountable. If our law enforcement system,
educational system, religious entities and legal system is
held accountable, for their actions and words so should
our political representatives.

I do not know Lt. Gov. Carroll’s personal opinions about the
LGBT community, but wonder what her role was in enticing
the LGBT community to vote for the current Governor during
the election process. How many hands did she shake from
professional women that are proudly LGBT, how many did
she hug, hold hands in political solidarity to obtain votes?
What does her sorority think about her opinions and is this
also their thinking?

This goes to show all People of Color and in the LGBT
community that we need to be careful even of our own who
we elect. Who we send to local, state, and federal government
to represent our interests. It will be interesting the response
from our religious leaders, elected political representatives
and those who claim to be impartial or support Women of
Color and the LGBT community.
The discussion and dialogue is too important to silence by
political meandering and distraction.

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