"My claims were not original," says Tatchell. "They were based on evidence collected by the brilliant US author Bruce Perry and documented in his towering 1991 book, Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America. Perry was unfairly maligned by black nationalists and the Nation of Islam for recounting Malcolm's gay / bisexual past. So was I. We were accused of racism and revisionism.
"Manning Marable was a widely respected historian with great credibility in academic, black and left-wing circles. His corroboration of Malcolm X's same-sex experiences will hopefully help undermine the decades of denialism by those who misguidedly regard homosexuality as shameful and unAfrican."
Friday, April 8, 2011
Peter Tatchell: Corroboration of Malcolm X's same-sex experience will undermine decades of denialism
Note: Peter Tatchell is the gay Australian-born British human rights advocate who, wnen appearing on Celebrity Mastermind (according to Wikipedia), chose Malcolm X as his specialist subject, explaining that he considered him an inspiration and hero; however, his endorsement of Bruce Perry's biography in an article calling for black gay role models has led to criticism due to Perry's claim that Malcolm X had male lovers in his youth.