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Can You Guess If Black People Are More Homophobic Than White People?

This is a hard one.

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A recent piece in HIV Plus Magazine (owned by LPI Media which publishes The Advocate and Out) offered the theory that lack of church and community support leads to high HIV rates for black men:

"Black gay and bisexual men, who already weather the socioeconomic hardships of racism and mass incarceration, are particularly vulnerable to the stigma of homophobia. Many are left to battle discrimination and homophobia without traditional support networks like church, family, and community, and the result, experts say, is the perfect storm for a health crisis."

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The LA Times dismissed this "church" argument succinctly.

"A key reason for this is that black homosexual men tend to have sex with other black men — a fairly small, much more tightly knit pool than, say, white homosexual men on the Westside."

And at The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates highlighted the fact that black people were far from the reason Prop 8 initially passed, despite popular myths:

"Black people almost certainly did not account for 10 percent of the voters on Prop 8, they accounted for seven percent."

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Prop 8, if you recall, was a statewide ballot proposition in California to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. On November 4, 2008, voters approved Prop 8 and made same-sex marriage illegal in California, until was later overturned.

With all this being said, there's a lot of homophobia in the world from all races!

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