Who’s what now?

Over in the Guardian (UK), a guy named Peter Tatchell gets all aflutter in an article asserting that famous black person Malcolm X was bisexual, and advising the reader to “get over it.” The piece is actually called “Malcolm X was bisexual. Get over it.”

OK, I’m over it. But what about this?

It is also worth celebrating that many leading black icons have been lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), most notably the US black liberation hero Malcolm X. Other prominent black LGBTs include jazz singer Billie Holiday, author and civil rights activist James Baldwin, soul singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, blues singer Bessie Smith, poet and short story writer Langston Hughes, singer Johnny Mathis, novelist Alice Walker, civil rights activist and organiser of the 1963 March on Washington Bayard Rustin, blues singer Ma Rainey, dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, actress, singer and dancer Josephine Baker, Olympic diving gold medallist Greg Louganis, singer and songwriter Little Richard, political activist and philosopher Angela Davis, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman and drag performer and singer RuPaul.

Wait a minute. Greg Louganis was black?

Short answer: Um, no. Swedish/Samoan.

Slightly longer answer: He was adopted, so do we reaalllly know?

Slightly longerer answer: RuPaul is a leading black icon? Does Greg Louganis know about this?

Malcolm X was bisexual. Get over it [Guardian]

 

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