Comments on “I am a BIRACIAL” lesbian?

Posted: August 1, 2008 in Lesbian
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I just read a thought provoking post by Amber:  I am a BIRACIAL lesbian!

In the post, Amber discusses an Austin gay and lesbian magazine named L Style G Style.  The L Style G Style website describes the magazine this way:

L Style G Style is the authoritative lifestyle magazine for social and cultural influencers in the gay/lesbian community and beyond. It offers an unprecedented forum for reaching highly discerning and affluent consumers who set the tastes and trends for our society as a whole.

I had never heard of the magazine until I read Amber’s post. So I checked it out. The first thing I noticed was a photo of Bettie Naylor. All lesbians should know about Bettie. She is a walking, talking hero. I added a photo of Bettie and her partner, Libby Sykora, to our Lesbo Photos section. The photo is from The L Style G Style website. I’ve wanted to add the couple for some time but was unable to find a good photo of them.

Back to Amber.

What is the obligation of L, G, B, and/or T organizations/publications/websites/support groups to include a diverse representation of the “LGBT” community?

Is Amber’s reaction justified?

Even a quick peek will reveal that the L Style G Style website is about as white as white can get.

Lurkers! Leave comments.

Comments
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  2. Wow, my first actual comment! Thanks! My reaction might be a little exaggerated, because I really only skimmed the contents of the magazine. But I am curious now if anyone has tried established a magazine for gay people of color in the Austin area.

    I’d never heard of the magazine, but you’ve piqued my curiosity about Bettie Naylor.

  3. My response:

    Blackgirl International
    Web site “for black women who love themselves and those who love them.”

    Blacklight Online
    Online magazine for gay/lesbians of color.

    Brunch Conversations Networking Group (BCNG)
    A networking group created for working professionals and concerned citizens in the (BGLT) community, who are concerned about what happens in our community.

    Carlagirl
    Writings and photographs by Carla Williams as well as extensive, annotated research library related to black artists and images of black women, plus extensive links to other sites related to black artists (especially women artists), gay and lesbian artists, and related photography and art sites.

    FemmeNoir
    Community and information for lesbians of color around the world.

    In The Life Atlanta, Inc. (ITLA)
    In The Life Atlanta, Inc. (ITLA) is a collective within the Metro Atlanta community of Les/Bi/Gay/Trans Same gender loving people of African descent. Working to develop unity, pride, empowerment, awareness, resources, positive visibility, and a strong community voice. ITLA is the coordinator of Atlanta’s Annual Labor Day Black Pride Celebration during the Labor Day Holiday.

    KUMA: Black Lesbian Erotica
    E-zine filled with black lesbian poetry, stories, artwork, music, and more.

    Phat Girl Chic
    News, entertainment and information for DC Women of Color in the life.

    Pridelinks: African-American
    Links to GLBT African-American sites.

    Venus Magazine
    Cothran Communications Inc. was founded in 1995 in Atlanta, GA by Charlene E. Cothran. The company owns two successful titles. The flagship publication, VENUS Magazine, was conceived during Cothran’s long time affiliation with Hospitality Atlanta, a social networking organization for lesbians of color co-founded by Cothran, and others in 1991. Cothran was approached in 1993 by VENUS Landin, a local gay rights advocate who asked for help reaching African American gays and lesbians on behalf of Atlanta’s Gay Pride organization. Landin, also African American, understood the power of Cothran’s highly guarded and well-maintained mail list. Through this association, Cothran participated in several advocacy efforts such as lobbying for Atlanta’s Domestic Partnership bill in 1995. Town Hall meetings were held at the VENUS Magazine office where national gay rights leaders gathered to discuss a national Black gay agenda.

    Urban Network
    The Urban Network was launched in 1988 and has been serving the music and entertainment industries at large for more than 15 years. Urban Network readers can now rely on us to get them the most timely and vital information in dual forms: a) Through the monthly published periodical and b.) Through our regularly updated website. Our goal and vision for The Urban Network is to be the premier publication and online portal that bridges the entire urban community and its lifestyle; the consumer, the radio, retail and record industries.

    Black Enterprise
    Targeted marketing. Building wealth. Unlocking opportunity. These concepts capture Earl G. Graves, Ltd. today. We are experts on African American business and upscale consumer markets. We are a company dedicated to unlocking profitable business opportunities in the affluent African American market. We were founded in 1968 by Earl G. Graves, who launched Black Enterprise magazine two years later.

    Family Digest
    We are written for Black women. We are packed with ideas and information to help you and your family be smarter, healthier and happier. You’ll find positive ideas for keeping your marriage and relationships strong and lasting, terrific beauty and fashion tips, delicious recipes that fit the way you live, vacation destinations that the entire family will enjoy, helpful reports on health, nutrition and fitness tailored for your lifestyle, parenting suggestions and much more.

    Black Living
    We are a network focusing on today’s black woman providing news, entertainment, career, health, fitness, beauty, business, personal finance and more! Black Living grew out of an awareness that although there were many websites geared towards women – the concerns of black women were not addressed adequately, and, in some instances, receive no attention at all particularly in the United Kingdom.

    Essence
    We are the lifestyle magazine for today’s African-American woman. Under the editorial direction of editor-in-chief and senior vice president Susan L. Taylor, the publication enjoys a monthly circulation of 1 million and a readership of 7.6 million–29% of which is male.

    about…time Magazine
    We speak your language as we chronicle the African-American experience–past, present and future. As a significant voice in the printed media, about…time Magazine assumes its obligation to document the importance and unique identity of African Americans who continue to make valuable contributions to this nation and world.

    The Black E.O.E. Journal
    The Employment Journal that keeps America in touch with all minorities by providing career opportunities, community awareness, and higher education.

    Ebony
    Each month EBONY gives readers the best about achievers in entertainment, sports, education, communications, business, law, medicine, religion and more. EBONY inspires with the keys to success and also helps keep its readers looking and feeling well with great information on health, fitness, fashion and beauty.

    Jet Magazine Online
    The only weekly black news magazine.

    Sister 2 Sister
    Hot price. Hot stories. One hot magazine for Urban Entertainment and Culture We are a four-color monthly magazine devoted to the world of black entertainment.

    The Black Collegian
    We provide cutting-edge information on career resources for Black collegians, job search strategies, graduate school opportunities, career and industry reports are abundantly explored. This site is the cyberspace partner of THE BLACK COLLEGIAN Magazine, serving the career and self-development interests of African-American collegians throughout America since 1970.

  4. Usual Lurker says:

    White gays and lesbians have got to understand what white-skinned privilege is and simply – they don’t.

    There are advantages that the white community has and the GLBT community is still not sensitive to that.

    It’s nice to see the start of a civil dialogue about it.

  5. Austin Red Neck says:

    Get over it. If you want in their magazine, go to their parties or send them an article with your photo to go along side of it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Amber might want to take a look at her own life. What about her work and social environments. Maybe she could work to improve her relations with Austin people outside of her comfort zone. Fear goes both ways in the us-versus-them dichotomies in which we so often find ourselves. And, even though the website is very white, Amber’s post has a certain us-verus-them ring to it.

  7. Black Lesbian says:

    I think that Amber is right. The magazine isn’t meant to be just for white people, so what not include some diversity. Austin is fully of diversity. It should be easy.

    By the way Cothran of Venus Magazine claims to be an ex-gay. She is an ex-gay for pay but I don’t know who’s she’s been sleepin with.

    This blog as a story on her: http://jasmynecannick.typepad.com/jasmynecannickcom/2006/10/black_lesbian_p.html

    Amber and all other “lesbos” should be a regular Jasmyne reader.

  8. Cothran formerly of Venus Magazine is no longer a homosexual. She gives us specific things we can do to avoid the sin of homosexuality:

    Establish and accept for yourself that God’s word is As-Is

    Seek the truth within the scriptures about homosexuality

    Do not resist God’s call on your life

    Know with certainty that you are loved by God exactly where you are

    Say Yes.

    Make your salvation real

    Experience paradise Now!

    Walk carefully

    Have fellowship with believers

    Stay in touch

  9. Wondering says:

    If you’re a “lesbian” Ms. LesbianWithColor, why are you calling “homosexuality” a sin and giving tips for avoiding it?

    You probably ain’t got no color either!

    Amber, you keep going. I liked that post. Looking at the so called style of all those white people in Austin gave me a good laugh. Do they just sell that magazine to each other or what?

  10. 2lesbosgoinatit says:

    Hi Amber,

    Left a little note on your blog. Thanks for letting us borrow your post for our blog.

    Yes, Bettie is the real deal. She lives in Austin and turned 81 (I think) in June of this year. She is still as active, attractive and sharp as ever. If you get a chance do some Googling of her. But to really understand the power of Bettie, you need to meet her. Awesome!

  11. Lynn's Mom says:

    The magazine’s white pages don’t surprise me. I know that racism is all through the gay community. They’re no different than any other bunch of white people. Look at is Shirley Q. Liquor. A white dude named Chuck Knipp does drag in black-face all over the place. He screams in stereotypical broken English and says things like a cat needs to get “sprayed”, I’m going to shop at “K-Mark,” and he starts the show with “how you durrin.”

    A bunch of white people (mostly men) sitting round laughing at this isn’t funny to me. Amber’s post about the magazine in Austin just scratches the surface of what it’s like.

  12. I appreciate all the shared comments about my magazine, if anything talk about it spreads the word. I just received a message through my website that this correpsonsdence was even happening, thanks for letting me know. I’m very proud to report that my last cover (check it out online) features an African American male and Jewish woman. At the end of the day, when I’ve investied my entire savings in bringing this publication to the community, don’t you think that I would start by profiling my immediate network to get started, heck its a mixed crowd? I’m eager to profile everyone – so share your stories with me!

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