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By The Gay UK, Mar 25 2015 08:52PM

The UK National Union of Students has passed a policy which means that white gay men must stop appropriating black female culture.

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It is being reported that delegates at the Women's Conference today passed a motion making it against policy for white male gay students to snap, click or sashay away, or generally act in anyway that can be attributed to black women.


Submitted by the NUS LGBT Committee the motion reads:


503: 'Dear White Gay Men: Stop Approprirating [sic] Black Women'.



1. The appropriation of Black women by white gay men is prevalent within the LGBT scene and community.


2. This may be manifested in the emulation of the mannerisms, language (particularly AAVE- African American Vernacular English) and phrases that can be attributed to Black women. White gay men may often assert that


they are “strong black women” or have an “inner black woman”.


3. White gay men are the dominant demographic within the LGBT community, and they benefit from both white


privilege and male privilege.


4. The appropriation of Black women by white gay men has been written about extensively. This quote is taken from Sierra Mannie’s TIME piece entitled: “Dear white gays, stop stealing Black Female culture”:


“You are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood. There is a clear line between appreciation and appropriation. I need some of you to cut it the hell out. Maybe, for some of you, it’s a presumed mutual appreciation for Beyoncé and weaves that has you thinking that I’m going to be amused by you approaching me in your best “Shanequa from around the way” voice. I don’t know. What I do know is that I don’t care how well you can quote Madea, who told you that your booty was getting bigger than hers, how cute you think it is to call yourself a strong black woman, who taught you to twerk, how funny you think it is to call yourself Quita or Keisha or for which black male you’ve been bottoming — you are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood. It is not yours. It is not for you.”



The conference, believes, that "This type of appropriation is unacceptable and must be addressed.


"Low numbers of Black LGBT women delegates attend NUS LGBT conference. This can be attributed to many factors, one of which may be the prevalent appropriation by white gay men, which may mean that delegates do not feel comfortable or safe attending conference."


In a second motion they passed the banning of cross-dressing or drag due the offense it could cause trans women.


Speaking to GayStarNews about the policies a spokeswoman said, "We're a democratic society, and if members voted for it, these are our policies".





By The Gay UK, Mar 25 2015 07:40PM

Based on the book by Susan Hill, The Mist in the Mirror is a good, old fashioned fireside ghost story telling a tale of Mr James Monmouth, who is moved to Africa as a young boy after being orphaned, but returns to his native England some years later to research his childhood hero, the explorer Conrad Vane.

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By The Gay UK, Mar 24 2015 08:23PM

It’s only the ‘goodies’ that get a second chance in this new rather overwrought melodrama from Danish Oscar winning director Susanne Bier as the ‘baddies’ evidently do not deserve to dig themselves out of the hell holes of lives they have ended up with. The action starts with police Detective Andreas and his partner Simon bursting into a squalid apartment to arrest Tristan on drug charges when they discover a distraught crying baby lying in his own excrement. A horrified Andreas tries to get the authorities involved, but Social Services claim that is still not enough cause to have him taken into care.

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By The Gay UK, Mar 24 2015 03:43PM

Funds awarded to projects to train school staff and provide support for pupils affected by homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.


◉ Stonewall awarded nearly half million pounds of the £2million total.


◉ Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson, said, "It’s good news that schools are making progress on homophobic bullying

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