103 LeRON BARTON: “Hip Hop Homophobia”

The phenomenal success of “Empire” has catapulted a taboo subject out of the shadows: homophobia in the African-American community. From its roots in slavery to its modern-day manifestation in pop culture, we tackle insidious racial tropes and stereotypes head-on in this BOLD conversation with LeRon Barton (“How My Friend Came Out to Me: Homeboys, Hip Hop and Homosexuality in the Hood”).

“Empire’s a game changer. Essentially for black men, the pathology is we’re supposed to be hyper-masculine. And that’s on top of the anti-gay doctrine of the church that’s so entrenched in the community.”

A straight man who learned to accept and fully embrace his gay friend, LeRon shares his own healing journey of transformation. “When I think about my younger self 15 to 20 years ago with all the gay slurs and jokes, I shake my head in sorrow, thinking of how many people I might have made afraid to come out.”

LeRon’s website is www.mainlinepub.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @MainlineLeRon. Join the conversation at www.getboldtoday.com.

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Posted on March 22, 2015 in Episodes

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  1. LeRon L. Barton
    March 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm ·


    I had a wonderful time speaking with you. I hope this interview reaches everyone!

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