Letters To The Editor: Clutch Supports LBGTQ Issues & Will Continue To Post About Them

Washington D.C. residents Aisha Mills and Danielle Moodie became one of the first same-sex couples to apply for a marriage license in March 2010. They tied the knot in a glamorous garden wedding on August 7, 2010.

On a daily basis, along with Dede Sutton, I monitor the site, approve/disapprove comments, post articles and basically help make sure things are running smoothly. I post news articles that cover everything from politics, local news, black culture, and LBGTQ issues. It seems that the latter is occasionally frowned upon by some on this site. By frowned upon, I mean someone actually sent an “anonymous” email in response to the Brittney Griner “coming out” post from last week.

I won’t copy and paste the email from this “anonymous” reader, but I will answer the questions posed in the email:

A) Nope, straight as a ruler.

B) None of your business

C) Wow, do you really have that much time on your hands to email me “anonymously”?

I put anonymous in quotations, only because it wasn’t anonymous. Well, at least they thought it was. But since I’m a super sleuth when it comes to all things anonymous, I was able to find out little tidbits of information about the sender. They don’t call me Sherlock Homegirl for nothing. Next time, word of advice, find a better “anonymous email” client.

You see, here on Clutch, we the editors, support LBGTQ issues and recognize that these issues affect black women and men every day, whether some of you like it or not. Unlike Fox, who boasts their “fair and balanced” news, we try to actually invoke that throughout our site. We actually get the sads when we read comments from people who post things like, “Why are you forcing this down our throats?”. Forcing things down your throat is a little over the top. But I get it, some people have a fear of a gay planet. But it doesn’t mean we’re going to change anything about the subjects we post.

Clutch is not a site only for “progressive” HETEROSEXUAL black women. Clutch is a site for ALL black women, whether gay, straight, bi, tri…whatever label you want to wear, we support it. We’re not here to judge the way our readers live their lives, but things we won’t tolerate include homophobic comments and emails. Although we can’t control the “anonymous” emails, this will be the first and last response to them.

Maybe this will be an ongoing thing. Maybe we’ll take a minute to respond to emails and issues from the readers, but consider this issue closed.

  • http://gravatar.com/woosmom woosmom

    Your argument sounds eerily similar to the sentiment my father holds regarding interracial marriage. “I don’t agree with interracial marriage, but I have black friends who I respect no less. Black people contribute in society. I sold a house to a black family once and they were fine and look at Bill Cosby, he is an upstanding man. However, I hold strong to the truth that the family unit should consist of people of the same color and that the foundation of the family determines the future of the society.”