It’s Definition Time From The New York Times. “Down-Low”

With Mr. Sinclair’s allegations that he and Senator Obama did crack cocaine and engaged in gay sex in 1999, I thought it would be appropriate to give a definition “Down Low” from around that time. These allegations from Mr. Sinclair have been suppressed by the Main Stream Media. It is time to start investigating Sen. Obama’s past fairly and accurately, just as you used to do in year’s past.

Where the truth rests, that is where I want to be. As of this date, we don’t know where that is.

Step Up!

This article is from The New York Times in 2003.

Double Lives

On The

Down Low

By BENOIT DENIZET-LEWIS

Published: August 3, 2003

…For African-Americans, facing and addressing the black AIDS crisis would require talking honestly and compassionately about homosexuality — and that has proved remarkably difficult, whether it be in black churches, in black organizations or on inner-city playgrounds. The mainstream gay world, for its part, has spent 20 years largely fighting the epidemic among white, openly gay men, showing little sustained interest in reaching minorities who have sex with men and who refuse to call themselves gay.

Rejecting a gay culture they perceive as white and effeminate, many black men have settled on a new identity, with its own vocabulary and customs and its own name: Down Low. There have always been men — black and white — who have had secret sexual lives with men. But the creation of an organized, underground subculture largely made up of black men who otherwise live straight lives is a phenomenon of the last decade. Many of the men at Flex tonight — and many of the black men I met these past months in Cleveland, Atlanta, Florida, New York and Boston — are on the Down Low, or on the DL, as they more often call it. Most date or marry women and engage sexually with men they meet only in anonymous settings like bathhouses and parks or through the Internet. Many of these men are young and from the inner city, where they live in a hypermasculine ”thug” culture. Other DL men form romantic relationships with men and may even be peripheral participants in mainstream gay culture, all unknown to their colleagues and families. Most DL men identify themselves not as gay or bisexual but first and foremost as black. To them, as to many blacks, that equates to being inherently masculine….

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