PW readers sound off.
Regarding Gerry C. Johnson’s cover story about black gay culture:
What a positive article. People like to socialize where they are comfortable and listen to the music they enjoy, simply put. This is another example of people creating their own safe spaces and being financially sustained in the process. Variety truly is the spice of life. Philadelphia should continue embracing the diversity and having options!
VINCE L. WILSON, Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a racist land. It has great culture but lacks exposure. Everything to the city of brotherly is black and white. Segregation is in the work environments all the way to the gay culture that experience racism often. The question is when will Philadephia raise the standards of tolerance. Stop being afraid to cross the lines of being safe and just be the city we proclaim to be. The city of love.
RENATA H. via philadelphiaweekly.com
I don’t understand what is gained by underlining historic divisions between the black/white queer underground. Mostly, by my observation, people seem more comfortable being around what they are familiar with. Attitudes will never evolve if you only look at the past with a veiled outrage. The queer-urban-white community is equally rife with exclusionary cliches. Its mass is comprised of a bunch of insecure devotes desperate to partake or at least be accepted.
MARCUS via philadelphiaweekly.com