He’s a poet, activist, counselor, wellness consultant, performance artist, and more. But this week, what got our attention about Yolo Akili was his article, Gay Men’s Sexism and Women’s Bodies. In it, he talks about incidents of gay men giving unsolicited advice about (and sometimes nonconsensually touching) women’s bodies, and why it’s often seen as more acceptable behavior in gay men than it would be in their straight brothers. We’ve talked before about how being gay doesn’t give you a free pass to be racist; Yolo reminds us that it also doesn’t give you carte blanche to make sexist comments or treat women’s bodies like public property.
We also spent some time this week with writer and activist Darnell Moore, whose work has been seen in Ebony, Feminist Wire, and regularly on the Huffington Post. Darnell spoke to us about how early experiences in his life lead him to embrace social justice activism and anti-domestic violence work. “I’ve been haunted, and in a very good way, by Audre Lorde’s notion of: What did you come here to do? What is your work?” Darnell says. “And when that work finds you, we have no choice but to respond.” We’ll hear part one of our conversation with him this week.
Every day this week there was another news story we wanted to talk about in our Juicy Fruit segment, from the head-scratcher about a straight teacher accused of turning a student gay, to the horrifying story of a lesbian in Cape Town being stabbed to death with a spear. In the end, we tackled the so-called Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda, celebrated the first out gay black man nominated to the federal judiciary, and talked about the accusations leveled against Elmo muppeteer Kevin Clash. Are large age differences between partners more accepted in queer communities? Jai and Doc offer some real talk about why how old you are sometimes matters less than how out you are.