‘NO HOMO NO HETERO”
BEING BLACK, BISEXUAL, AND MALE IN AMERICA
A PANEL DISCUSSION
JUNE 24TH, 11AM-1PM EST
MODERATED BY KELSEY MINOR,
EMMY-WINNING NEWS ANCHOR AND HOST
BROUGHT TO YOU BY CENTER FOR CULTURE, SEXUALITY, AND SPIRITUALITY,
FLUIDBIDESIGN, BiUSTV, WITH FUNDING FROM BINETUSA, THE FAITH FUND, AND NATIONAL BLACK JUSTICE COALITION
Dr. Heru Khuti
"Sexual fluidity is a controversial and misunderstood topic in the United States. In mainstream media and everyday conversations, sexually fluid people (e.g., bisexuals, pansexuals, polysexuals, non-monosexuals, etc.) are labeled as confused, promiscuous, hedonistic, and fence-sitting, people who cannot or will not make up their minds. Popular belief is that they want their cake and want to eat it too, straight people who want to dabble in gay sex, or homosexuals who do not have the courage to fully identify as gay/lesbian. For Black people, these stereotypes regarding sexual fluidity can be extremely alienating and dangerous. Historically, Black people living in the United States have had to confront stereotypes about their sexual prowess and promiscuity as well as the challenge to conform to gender norms of white America. The Mandingo, Buck, and Jezebel are common racist caricatures of Black sexual and gender expression. These dynamics contribute to make sexual fluidity among Black people less documented and discussed as well as more complex."- Dr. Heru Khuti
Film maker, David J. Cork
"When the community you are born into rejects to acknowledge the fullness of your life, how can one find like minded individuals as a supportive community? Heterosexual and gay communities often dismiss bisexuality as a cover for homosexuality or excuse for promiscuity. The African-American community has a reputation of not accepting anything that goes against the heteronormative. For those Black men who are bisexual, finding a community for acceptance is very challenging."- David J Cork, BiUSTV
Artist, J. Christopher Neal
J. Christopher Neal is an artist, educator, youth leadership professional, and community organizer. He’s the founder of FluidBiDesign, a New York-based organization serving the needs of sexually fluid people of African descent through MenKind, a support and discussion group for men, online community, and cultural programming. His brilliant artwork can be seen in the historic anthology, Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men (Bisexual Resource Center), which I co-edited with Robyn Ochs. In 2015, Heritage of Pride, which produces the annual New York City LGBT Pride Festival, selected him as one of four grand marshals. It was the first time in the history of the world’s oldest LGBT pride festivals that a bisexual grand marshal was chosen. A surprising milestone considering Brenda Howard, a bisexual woman, was one of the principal organizers of the first LGBT pride march to commemorate the riots at the Stonewall Bar, riots that sparked the modern LGBT movement. https://sacredsexualities.org/2016/06/27/after-pride-pulse-j-christopher-neal-interview/
Reporter and News Anchor, Kelsey Minor
Kelsey Minor is a New York City based journalist. The Emmy Award-Winning television journalist has worked in news all over the country including places like Chicago, Mississippi, Idaho, and Iowa. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago Kelsey is an exceptional storyteller and interviewer. He has covered a number of presidential elections and has even had one-on-one interviews with candidates.
This Saturday a history making panel on being black, bisexual and male will happen live via Youtube.
11 am -1 pm EST
The event is also part of a documentary project, No Homo, No Hetero (working title), co-executive produced by H. "Herukhuti" Sharif Williams, and David J Cork, which examines the lives, loves, and challenges of Black bisexual men in the United States. The documentary has received support from Third World Newsreel through its Video Production Workshop and Fellowship.