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“I’ve Been ’Buked”: The Double Consciousness of Being LGBT and Black

“I’ve Been ’Buked”: The Double Consciousness of Being LGBT and Black

Chapter:
(p.27) One “I’ve Been ’Buked”: The Double Consciousness of Being LGBT and Black
Source:
Filled with the Spirit
Author(s):
Ellen Lewin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226537344.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the "double consciousness" of being black and LGBT, particularly since membership in a church is such a central part of black identity. But black churches have historically denied the presence of non-heterosexual members, and have demeaned those in their midst. The chapter details the strategies LGBT persons have used to manage their marginalized position in their home churches, reviews efforts in various religious organizations to welcome LGBT people, and offers an account of the formation of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.

Keywords:   black churches, open, affirming, LGBT religion

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