African-American LGBT Elders

Larry SaxxonIn honor of Black History Month, the Bay Area Reporter has published an article entitled, “Black LGBT elders face isolation,” at http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68482

The article interviews six Black or mixed-race LGBT people ranging in age from 40 to 64, and focuses heavily on the impact AIDS has had on this cohort.  It also, however, contains a quote that speaks to “hidden” populations when they realize they are welcome somewhere:

“[Larry Saxxon] recalled being the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s first black social worker in the 1980s.  ‘They said, “there may not be a lot of black clients, Larry,” Saxxon, who’s multi-racial, said.  However he said, ‘The word came out, honey, and all of these black queens came flying in from the Tenderloin.'”

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