Reasons I don’t use the phrase ‘down low’
TW: racism/heterosexism against gay black men
It is a myth. There is no secret cult of Black men spreading AIDS among the community intentionally because they operate publicly as straight and have loads of random unprotected sex.
I find it interesting that when talking about non-Black gay men who promote themselves as straight, the language is much more sympathetic. They are ‘in the closet’, ‘closeted’, and it is understood that this is because their lives and livelihoods might be at risk.
But when talking about Black men, they are villainous, dishonest, spreading fatal diseases while searching for yet another sexual conquest. And this is a secret club of them doing this with hand signs and secret meeting rooms.
The hypocrisy kills me.
Reblogging because I have encountered this trope so much in media, and it needs to stop.