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Topic For Friday, March 6th, 2015:
LOVE AS A NO MAN’S LAND

As spring looms but days away, the time of the birds and bees, the proverbial mating season will soon be upon us.

For many among us, navigating the stings of stigma, disrespect and life-long marginalization have rendered us bewildered in a wilderness of romantic relations…ships without rudders…To the extent that we might seek romantic relationships, some things we might consider include…

- Why is it so hard for us to find and be with each other?

- Do we date?

- Does the new convenience of sex sites make it more difficult for us to commit to relationships?

- Do we tend to give up on each other too easily?

- Do we know how to disagree without turning our backs on each other?

- We know how to pursue each other for sex, but do we know how to pursue relationships?

- Is it important for us to develop romantic relationships?

- Do you envision a life-long relationship in your future?

- Are we too damaged to heal?  To love?



We think not. Let’s get our healing and our loving on together at The Gatekeepers Collective's LOVE AS A NO MAN’S LAND  caucus on Friday, March 6th @ 8:00 PM 


JMG's Safe Space
730 Riverside Drive (@ 150th Street)
Suite 9E
Harlem, New York City
8:00 PM

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:
TAKE THE #1 TRAIN TO 145TH STREET STATION
OR THE M4, M5, M100 OR M101 BUS TO
149TH STREET & BROADWAY

BROTHERS ARE ASKED TO BRING A POTLUCK DISH AND / OR BEVERAGE


SUMMARY: James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin: Standing At The Intersection of Black and SGL/LGBTQ Rights - A Celebration


Kicking off African American History Month, The Gatekeepers Collective considered the freedom-fighting legacy left us by James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin in a caucus titled, James Baldwin and Bayard Rustin: Standing at the Intersection of Black and SGL/LGBTQ Rights – A Celebration.

Among comments following the screening of a short film, “Bayard Rustin and James Baldwin: Freedom Fighters and Friends”, included,

“[Baldwin and Rustin called attention to] the struggle of what it meant to be Black…[they] raised consciousness…”

“Baldwin was my absolute favorite of all times writer…but, I feel that conflict…that he had white lovers…and particularly with Rustin…I heard he had disdain for being around Black people…”

Facilitator says, {“Mr. Rustin trained my parents as organizers out of Mr. [A. Philip] Randolph’s office on 125th Street…I remember my sense as a little kid that Mr. Rustin loved Black people…”}

“I remember [musician] Michelle N‘degeoello saying she was going to marry a white woman so that she could be like the [Black] revolutionaries of the sixties…”

“I can’t excuse a Baldwin or a Rustin [for choosing white men as their life partners]…”

“Being able to find love, how or wherever one finds it, is an amazing and mysterious thing, and I can’t spite anybody if the object of their love isn't one I think I might choose…”

“I have never known love from a white person in my life…”

“[A lot of people will say,] Let’s march against injustice and then call you a faggot…”

“There are Black people who have never been loved by Black people…”

“In the church I used to go to in Chicago, I remember Reverend Jeremiah Wright used to say, ‘People who look like you are not necessarily for you, and people who don’t look like you are not necessarily against you…”

“For Baldwin to have been a Black gay man…”

Facilitator says, {“Baldwin made a point of not identifying as gay…In a 1984 village Voice article called, Go the Way Your Blood Beats, he explained that the term gay had nothing to do with his identity…Now, where these men had white lovers…if we consider the period when these men avowed and honored their homosexuality… dating back sixty-plus years ago, when most entitled White homosexuals dared not acknowledge their sexuality… some of us in this room are not present in our sexualities today…Lest we forget, homosexuality was not just stigmatized, it was treated as a mental illness, and among the treatments administered were electric shock, and lobotomies…Because of the stigma, the potential penalties for being discovered homosexual, and [because of] internalized black and homosexual oppression, most SGL Black men didn’t feel free to be fully present in their sexualities, where, [once again] among White homosexuals, there were many more who felt entitled enough to be able to feel whole unto themselves…One would think men like Baldwin and Rustin, who were whole unto themselves, would seek companionship and love from other men who felt whole unto themselves…”}


The LGBT Movement has evolved to the same-sex marriage movement, which is now the law of the land in 37 states, and counting...The Civil Rights Movement would seem to have morphed into Black Lives Matter...As Black men who love men, do we have a stake in these movements?

“The revolution is around this connectivity…[My cohorts and I] woke up one day and realized, we don’t know what’s going on…[We have to] see each other as resources…So, we created a magazine celebrating Black gay men…and every hand that touched the magazine [we publish] is a Black gay man…[there’s an] intergenerational connection that’s happening as well…[And,] White people, you don’t have a voice at our table…”

“We’re consumers…We support these brands…”

“The creators of the Black Lives Matter Movement are SGL women…That’s an example of this new movement [for Black liberation]…”

“A nine-point-two-million-dollar renovation was done on the LGBT Center, six-million of which were state [funds]…And the only Black people you see in power roles there are the custodians…We need those kinds of resources being funneled into our own centers… “

“What the GLBT Movement is doing is what the NAACP did…going to court over and over, and rolling back the anti-homosexual laws… It’s not all about money…It’s about human rights…It’s about respect as a human being when we are fighting for our rights…”

“I grew up during Civil Rights…We though that if we could just get rights, everything would work out…”

“When you talk about economics and power, it’s going to evolve to physical struggle, and we don’t want to talk about that…”

“[In the film,] “7 AM”…the concept is economic empowerment…We need to be conscious of where we put our money…The money we spend is used against us…”

“Until we come to a place of acceptance for all in the community, we [will continue to have to struggle…”



The Gatekeeper's Collective (TGC) House Party & Fundraiser
Saturday, February 21st, 2015 | 9:00PM - until...


The Gatekeeper's Collective (TGC)
2015 Black History Month Fundraiser Celebration 

PA-ARTY!!!
Invites you to a House-Rocking, Sock-Shocking House Party!!!

$10.00 In Advance
(Purchase Before Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 6:00pm EST)
Purchase Advance Tickets HERE
$15.00 in CA$H at the door
Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, music, dancing
Please do invite others
Ages: 18 and up
Drinks and side dishes are always welcome.


JMG's Safe Space
730 Riverside Drive (@ 150th Street)
Suite 9E
Harlem, New York City
8:00 PM

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:
TAKE THE #1 or A/C/D TRAIN TO 145TH STREET STATION
OR THE M4, M5, M100 OR M101 BUS TO
149TH STREET & BROADWAY

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EVERY MONTH
730 RIVERSIDE DRIVE
(@ 150TH STREET)
SUITE 9E
HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY
8:00 PM

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:
TAKE THE #1 TRAIN TO
145TH STREET STATION
OR THE
M4, M5, M100 OR M101 TO
149TH STREET & BROADWAY
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BROTHERS ARE ASKED
TO BRING A POTLUCK
DISH AND / OR BEVERAGE

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