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Down Low

Gay Black Men, It's Time to Do Away With 'Trade' and Down-Low Brothers in 2015

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

We have to encourage our gay friends and each other to value ourselves more, not to succumb to the easy temptation of quick, cheap ego boosts that will actually set us back socially, for we are not just satisfying sexual cravings when we indulge down-low men but committing self-betrayal and hypocrisy.

Love In Periphery: Gay Relationship, Straight Friendships

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

A good friend of mine called me a few days after our wedding at the 56th Annual Grammys to congratulate me. She is heterosexual, married, and th...

'Signs A Man Might Be On The Down Low' Demonstrates How Women Create Their Own Fears

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 03.22.2014 | Black Voices
Te-Erika Patterson

Everywhere you turn there's another strike against her. She's too fat. She's too Black. She speaks too "white." She's not educated enough.

'Steel River' Vs. 'Skin Deep': Urban Gay Series Aim For Different Representations

Deron Dalton | Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Deron Dalton

Steel River is the latest urban gay series based on the down-low stereotype. Meanwhile, another Atlanta-based series that's trying to get picked up, Skin Deep, which focuses on the intersecting lives of a diverse group of gay men, promises to be a better show.

The Down-Low Stigma Is Still Prevalent In Urban Gay Media

Deron Dalton | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Deron Dalton

It's as though "down low" were synonymous with "gay and black." Not only is being on the down low problematic, but portraying all gay black men as down-low brothers stigmatizes the gay black community.

WATCH: The Down Low As The New Twinkie Defense?

Earnest Winborne | Posted 05.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne


Voice To Voice: Michael Crawford And Aisha Moodie Mills Discuss Invisibility, Closeted Black Celebs

Posted 05.14.2012 | Gay Voices

In January Gay Voices began its Voice To Voice conversation series with a collection of interviews between LGBT authors discussing queer topics and is...

Tameka Raymond: Gay Men Should Wear Wristbands | Posted 12.12.2011 | Black Voices

Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, recently took to Twitter to express her feelings about undercover gay men and what they should wear. Last month, ...

The Down Low Made Me Do It!

Earnest Winborne | Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices
Earnest Winborne

Yes, the Down Low may have been a media catchphrase, but it compelled one black gay man (me) to turn that negative into a positive spotlight on same-gender-loving black people who openly live far away from the shadows of their communities.

In "Hot-Lanta" You Stay "in the Closet" as CNN's Don Lemon Did

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.08.2011 | Media
Irene Monroe

Because African Americans don't address the homophobic role some Black churches play in creating a "down-low" (DL) culture that both Bishop Eddie Long and Pastor Donnie McClurkin can tell their truths.

The messology of Bishop Eddie Long

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

When preachers pontificate too much from on High about the sins of homosexual sex, the cautionary tale is to be careful of what you say, because your ...

Urban Legend: Black Men, Gayness and the Hypocrisy of the DL

David Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Kaufman

There is little doubt that many gay Black men operate in a world far removed from their White brothers. But whether this condition demands its own sub-cultural classification is far from certain.