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Malcolm X Was Bisexual. Get Over It Peter Tatchell, Guardian ManchesterOctober 20, October is Black History Month in Britain—a wonderful celebration of the huge, important and valuable contribution that black people have made to humanity and to popular culture. It is also worth celebrating that many leading black icons have been lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender LGBTmost notably the US black liberation hero Malcolm X.
Few of these prominent black LGBT achievers are listed on the most comprehensive UK Black History Month website, which hosts biographies of notable black men and women. In the section on people, only Davis is mentioned and her lesbianism is not acknowledged.
The website fails to identify the vast majority of black public and historical figures who are LGBT. Black people are not one homogenous heterosexual mass. Where is the recognition of sexual diversity within the black communities and black history?
Disappointingly, this solidarity is not reciprocated. Famous black LGBT people are not acknowledged and celebrated. Either their contribution to black history and culture is ignored or their sexuality is airbrushed out of their biographies. A good example of this neglect is the denialism surrounding the bisexuality of one of the greatest modern black liberation heroes: The lack of recognition is perhaps not surprising, given that some of his family and many black activists have made strenuous efforts to deny his same-sex relationships and suppress recognition of the full spectrum of his sexuality.
So what if Malcolm X was bisexual? Does this diminish his reputation and achievements?
Whether he was gay, straight or bisexual should not matter. His stature remains, regardless of his sexual orientation. Yet many of the people who revere him seem reluctant to accept that their hero, and mine, was bisexual.
There has never been any black person of similar global prominence and recognition who has been publicly known to be gay or bisexual. Young black lesbian, gay and bisexual people can, like their white counterparts, often feel isolated, guilty and insecure about their sexuality.
They could benefit from positive, high-achieving role models, to give them confidence and inspiration. Who better than Malcolm X? He inspired my human rights activism and was a trailblazer in the black freedom struggle. He can inspire other LGBT people too. Right now, there is not a single living black person who is a worldwide household name and who is also openly gay.
Most people remember him as the foremost US black nationalist leader of the s. He spoke with fierce eloquence and defiance for black upliftment and freedom. Perry is a great admirer and defender of Malcolm X, but not an uncritical one. He wrote the facts, based on interviews with over people who knew Malcolm personally at various stages in his life, from childhood to his tragic assassination in His book is not a hatchet job, as some black critics claim, it is the exact opposite.
As Told To Alex Haley. Although Malcolm later married and, as far as we know, abandoned sex with men, his earlier same-sex relations suggest that he was bisexual rather than heterosexual.
Abstaining from gay sex after his marriage does not change the fundamentals of his sexual orientation and does not mean that he was wholly straight.
Politically, he gravitated leftwards.
Faith-wise, after his trip to Mecca, he began to embrace a non-racial mainstream Islam. His mind was becoming open to new ideas and values. Had he not been murdered inMalcolm might have eventually, like Huey Newton of the Black Panthers and the black power leader Angela Davis, embraced the lesbian and gay liberation movement as part of the struggle for human emancipation.
It is now time for Black History Month to speak the truth. Malcolm X was bisexual.The Life, Struggle, and Legacy of Malcolm X Thesis: By looking at Malcolm Ax’s childhood and early life, incarceration and conversion to Comment [r 1]: Too much space at times.
Early Life of Malcolm X Malcolm X was born as Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska to Earl and Louise Little (neé Norton). Earl was a Baptist minister and also worked for Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), a pan-African movement in the s.
Figures like Malcolm X, with his message of militant action, became a much more attractive focus for young blacks. Malcolm completely rejected the idea of turning the other cheek and he advocated black people defending themselves “ by any means necessary.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X, with the assistance of Alex Haley, Greve Press, Inc. and MALCOLM X SPEAKS, George Breltman, ed., Merit Publishers. Watch video · Malcolm X (May 19, to February 21, ) was a minister, human rights activist and prominent black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for .
After his talk, the parliament proposed, and then passed, what Malcolm called “a resolution of support for our human rights struggle.ʺ His plan, hatched in the wake of defeat in Cairo, had finally yielded results. For a sovereign African state to endorse his human rights formulation was a .