He opposes new fossil fuel infrastructure. While these policy positions mark him out as part of an insurgent Left—making him a darling among grassroots activists—he also scored endorsements from liberal mainstays, from former President Barack Obama to the New York Times. On this episode of the Mother Jones Podcast , Jones tells host Jamilah King what it was like to campaign during the coronavirus crisis, how growing up poor and Black influenced his progressive policy positions, and why running a historic race can feel surprisingly lonely. Listen to the show, or read an edited transcript of the conversation, below:. Jamilah King: C an you describe the moments after you won the primary in June? When you finally got a moment to yourself, how did you feel?
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As a homosexual man of British-Caribbean decent, I have struggled my entire life to satisfy the expectations of the black community, while still staying true to my gay self. Growing up I often questioned my sexuality; although I recognised and accepted my attraction to men, I knew from a young age, that there would come a time when my parents would discover I was gay, and that this would be a significant and extremely difficult moment in my life. What I knew of gay culture, growing up, came from homosexual characters featured in British television sitcoms. I had nothing in common with the gay men represented in mainstream media. I think that black men especially, have always felt the need to act manly, dominant and sometimes even, aggressive.
The health disparities faced by Black gay men and other men who have sex with men MSM have become one of the most salient issues of the day. A number of issue briefs, memoranda, and speeches addressing the State of the Black Gay Union have stated the importance of this issue; however, far less has been done to address the issues this community faces or empower key stakeholders. Additionally, the YBGLI seeks to build and cultivate young leaders within the Black gay community, creating space for more young Black gay men to take the torch when the time comes and continue the fight against HIV. These sessions, led by experts in the field were conducted in such a way to make the material germane to the lives of these young men.