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Yoruba Richen: The New Black [EXCERPT]

Yoruba Richen’s The New Black explores the role of the Black community in the fight for gay marriage and civil rights in both California and Maryland. When gay marriage initiatives failed in both states, the Black community and the Black church were blamed, but is this the full story? We talk to Yoruba Richen about the failures of organizing LGBT folks in the Black community, tensions in both movements and the potential for solidarity.