NOTE: All pages are meant to be read in the order in which they appear at the top of the site.

Today, the issue of gay rights and marriage is highly visible in American society, having become a large topic of political and personal discussion on many levels. As Americans debate whether or not they want to extend to homosexual citizens the same rights that all other citizens enjoy, one might stop to think about how the issue of gay rights today relates to other social issues of the past and present.

My purpose here is to build a bridge between pervasive homophobia and racism and examine how they are handled on social media platforms, as a way of showing how people today engage in or with these concepts on a day-to-day basis. More specifically, I hope to examine these concepts in terms of third world solidarity and examine what their similarities, differences, and interactions have to say each about the other, and how they can inform those who are impacted by either situation- or, as I truly plan to investigate, what those similarities, differences, and interactions mean to those who are impacted by both situations. That is, I mean to bring my investigation of homophobia and racism to a conclusion with a discussion on queer people of color, African-American queer individuals in particular.

I would just like to briefly discuss what I mean by “third world” as I just used it. Many people today think of the “third world” in terms of “third world countries,” referring to countries that are considered un(der)developed by Western standards. However, I understand the concept of “third world” as referring to a condition rather than a location: a condition of being in some way disadvantaged in comparison to the societal “norm,” which I will suggest is, in America, associated with being white and middle class (and, if one wishes more specificity, male).

Though this page is being created as part of an academic assignment, I aim to incorporate material taken from my travels through the internet- stories told by individuals, video, and the like. Why? Because experiences of racism and homophobia are far more often encountered in a personal manner rather than through academic articles. While articles written by educated individuals on what they have observed through their own surveys and on what they think about what other intellectuals have thought are doubtless important in the grander scheme of getting (supposedly) unbiased information on these important topics, I am also interested in how the general public interacts with these concepts and how these phenomena are experienced in day-to-day life.

Here, I would just like to briefly note some assumptions and terms that I make and use:

Third world: For the purposes of this assignment, I understand “third world” as referring to a condition of being disadvantaged in relation to the societal norm.

The norm: I assume the norm to be white, middle class (and male).

People/Persons of color: While this term is more often used to refer to any non-white individual, I use it here to refer to blacks, or African-Americans, unless stated otherwise.

LGBT community/ gay community: I use these terms interchangeably, though I am aware that the term “gay community” doesn’t necessarily entail the entire LGBT community. I use both terms as a way of encouraging readers to consider all of the facets of this community, instead of just focusing of the label “gay.”

Queer: This is a term that is far more encompassing than the scope of my project here. However, I find that many people mentally equate “queer” with “gay,” so for the sake of not having to write “gay” a thousand and a half times and a little more variety, I will use the word “queer” in this restricted sense (though, I believe that if I were to research the impact of racism and homophobia on queers in the larger sense of the word queer, I would reach conclusions similar to the ones I am about to make… though, that’s neither here nor there).