by: Randle B. Moore III
The stigma surrounding being a black, gay, male in America has changed drastically over the last ten years, yet we still have a very long way to go. Unfortunately in 2017 young, black, gay men are STILL faced with stigma from their families, friends, church members, co-workers and others (society in general) that they interact with on a daily basis.
People who identify as LBGT+ are commonly disowned by family members and friends, treated as outcasts or black sheep which can lead to depression and a sense of "mental" solitary confinement, both of which contributes to a higher suicide rate in the LGBT+ community.
Individuals who are NOT among the LGBTQ+ community often ostracize, demean, condemn and criticize individuals just for wanting to be comfortable in their own skin. I wanted to engage in this photo essay to let more people know how stigma contributes to death. Death of a whole community of people who want nothing more than any other human, which is to just want to be happy... "like all of you!"
If there are any questions on how SPECIFICALLY stigma and silence on this particular matter equals DEATH for our marginalized community, please feel free to reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Randle B. Moore III
I’ll be happy to share more personal and intimate situations and circumstances that have a negative impact on society at large!
Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to be a voice on behalf of a whole community of people who are still afraid to even exit the closet because they don’t want your SHIT!
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