Thursday, May 19, 2005

Malcolm X

Bruce Perry wrote the biography, 'Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America', 1991. Perry interviewed the closest boyhood and adult friends of Malcolm X, a leader of Nation of Islam. Perry suggested that Malcolm X may have had gay and bisexual tastes.,3604,1486997,00.html

Peter Tatchell, in the Guardian, 19 May 2005, wrote about Malcolm X.

Malcolm joined the Muslim Nation of Islam in 1949, 'attracted by its teaching that Allah would deliver black people from white bondage'.

By the 1960s, Malcolm was America's leading spokesperson for black consciousness, pride and self-help.

Perry's book describes Malcolm X's 'many gay experiences'.

Tatchell writes that Malcolm's 'masculine insecurities and ambivalence towards women fit the archetype of a repressed gay man and point to latent homosexuality.... while working as a male prostitute, he took a more hands-on role in sex, especially with Lennon.

Malcolm X married and had children. He accepted the Nation of Islam's 'puritanical' sexual morality.

Tatchell writes: 'There is not a single world-famous black person who is openly gay. Young black lesbians and gays need role models. Who better than Malcolm X, one of the inspirations of my activism and one of the great modern heroes of black liberation?'


Malcolm X had spent time in prison, from 1946-52. It was in prison that Malcolm was introduced to the Nation of Islam, whose leader was Elijah Muhammad.

"Malcolm's faith was dealt a crushing blow at the height of the civil rights movement in 1963. He learned that Elijah Muhammad was secretly having sexual relations with as many as six women in the Nation of Islam, some of which had resulted in children."

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