Think Queerly Podcast

Has LGBTQ+ Pride Been White-Washed by White Gay Men?

Episode Summary

Last week I published a post on my Medium publication by Shawn Banks titled, "Why White Gay Men Have Ruined LGBTQ+ Pride Month For Me". My involvement in the comments raised a number of questions in me, so I asked Shawn if he would come on the podcast and have a conversation.

Episode Notes

A Think Queerly Podcast Discussion with Shawn Banks

Last week I published a post on my Medium publication by Shawn Banks titled, "Why White Gay Men Have Ruined LGBTQ+ Pride Month For Me." My involvement in the comments raised a number of questions in me, so I asked Shawn if he would come on the podcast and have a conversation. 

We discussed the reasons that prompted him to write the article. He tells me that he was watching the momentum and social media focus on the Black Lives Matters demonstrations in the United States. Then in the first week of June (being Pride Month), he started to notice people he follows on social media shifting their focus more to Pride content and wanting to enjoy Pride without having to pay attention to everything else going on. He then realized that most of these people where white gay men.

Show Notes

Shawn Banks is 25 years old and originally from Clinton, MD. He currently resides in Chicago, IL. By day, he’s a men's stylist and by night, he’s a stand-up comedian who has been performing in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area for about a year. He considers myself a perpetual optimist who questions every facet of life and why we behave the way we do, which he displays in his sassy yet insightful style of stand-up. His Instagram is @Bankzzyyy (the only form of social media he uses consistently).

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