Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Editor's Letter

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Editor's Letter

Article excerpt

In late May I sat down for lunch in West Hollywood with actor-filmmaker Doug Spearman, an actor known to gay audiences for his role as professor Chance Counter on the groundbreaking series Noah's Arc. He's engaging and charming, and by the end of that first in-person meeting I felt I'd known him for much longer than I actually had.

We discussed this issue's cover package--the nature of being black and LGBT in America in 2013, why gay so often means white to African-Americans, the various dimensions of privilege and passing, and why dialogues about racial identity happens in tiny, insular corners of our balkanized LGBT communities. As a lead character on the first regular TV series featuring all black, all gay characters, Spearman has been talking about race issues in an LGBT context and gay issues in a black context for a number of years. Now he's the director of a new comedic thriller film, Hot Guys with Guns, with a multiracial cast. The mere fact of including an interracial gay couple at the center of the action was confusing to some; Spearman wondered aloud whether black- and minority-focused LGBT film festivals would think of his film as a black film. …

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