Dear white gay men: Stop stealing black female culture

An issue of “cultural appropriation” came up again this week in the form of an open letter by Sierra Mannie, a rising senior at the University of Mississippi. Her college newspaper article, “Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture,” was reprinted on Thursday on Timemagazine’s website.

The letter reads,

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

Click here to read full letter.

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Jonathan Menendez is a digital media entrepeneur/producer that focuses his work on the empowerment of marginalized communities through emergent media, specifically trans-queer people of color. His projects include the production of a documentary on gay Latino culture in L.A., the founding and creative development of xQsi Magazine and Qulture. He founded the Latin@ Queer Arts and Film Festival that is a collaboration with the LA LGBT Center. He has shared his work as a panelist at The Queer Media Conference, The People of Color Film Festival: FUSION and the the Queer Students of Color Conferences. He has worked as a consultant for AIDS Project Los Angeles/UCSF under the department of research with George Ayala to ensure a diverse sample of Latino recruits for a study. He just completed his graduate degree with an emphasis on Digital Art and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz where he also served as a teaching assistant for two years.

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