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That privilege elevates white, gay men above men of color. If we hope to eradicate racism within the gay community, white gay men must acknowledge their privilege — and the way it's used, in ways subtle and not, to denigrate minorities.
So, as Black queer men, we have male privilege that largely provides us with protection from things like the gender-based violence women face every day.It's a horrifying statistic, one that has galvanized to launch a weeklong series of articles, #6in10Men, illuminating what's led to the health crisis and lets its persist.Many studies have sought to connect the aforementioned dots.If that's not depressing enough, these men also face a health crisis.One out of four black gay and bisexual men will be HIV-positive by the time they turn 25 years old. Activists want that number repeated over and over to drive it home: At the current rate of infection, nearly 60 percent of this group will test HIV-positive by their 40th birthday.
But despite our male privilege, the intersection of our Blackness and queerness exists in a society that privileges heterosexuality.