Homophobia in the Black British community

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Homophobia in the Black British community is prevalent in the United Kingdom.[1][2] Many homosexuals in the black community get married or have significant others of the opposite sex to hide their sexuality.[3] In 1998 Justin Fashanu, a gay footballer killed himself after publicly coming out to his brother.[4][5][6] There is a lot of hate music written in the black community towards LGBT people; campaigns such as Stop Murder Music have tried to counteract this.[7][8] Much of the black community sees homosexuality as a 'white disease'.[3][9][10][11][12]

Many African immigrants to the United Kingdom feel like a double minority for being black and a homosexual which is believed keeping in the closet makes the situation worst.[13] Many Black British gays face not only being socially isolated from their communities but possible being assaulted.[14] Social critics are afraid to condemn black homophobia for fear of being accused of being racist.[15][16]


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  4. ^ Amal Fashanu. "My uncle Justin Fashanu and the gay prejudice that lives stubbornly on in football". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  5. ^ Angella Johnson (2012-01-22). "John Fashanu disapproved of and disowned his brother Justin's gay lifestyle | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  6. ^ "MARTIN SAMUEL: Football needs more men like Justin Fashanu | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  7. ^ Reggae star barred from Britain. "Sizzla Denied Visa". Peter Tatchell. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Benjamin (2006-03-20). "Beverly Knight hits out against homophobia in black music". PinkNews.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
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  10. ^ Tania Branigan. "Black anti-gay bias targeted | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  11. ^ Berkeley, Rob (2012-07-16). "How to tackle homophobia, sexism and racism among minority groups". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  12. ^ Tania Branigan (2003-01-16). "Black anti-gay bias targeted | UK news". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  13. ^ "Debunking Myths: A focus on African Men who have Sex with Men". African HIV Policy Network. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  14. ^ "Interview with Stephen K. Amos". Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  15. ^ "It is not Racist to Condemn Black Homophobia". Peter Tatchell. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  16. ^ "Boycott Bounty and his music of hate". Standard. Retrieved 2014-01-20.