08/03/2012 03:10 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

UNITY Journalists Convention Split By Claims Of Black Homophobia

Tension flared this week between gay and black journalist organizations at the UNITY convention in Las Vegas, after a member of both groups accused the National Association of Black Journalists of homophobia in a years-long effort to keep the LGBT journalist group out of the UNITY coalition.

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association first applied to join UNITY shortly after the minority journalists coalition was founded in the late ’80s, and again in the mid-2000s. But each time NLGJA was rebuffed without an explanation. Some gay journalists believed that it was the National Association of Black Journalists–NABJ–that vetoed NLGJA’s application to join UNITY–and that discomfort with gay people–as well as resistance to changing UNITY’s mission–was behind it.

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