The Republican Party has lost its heart and soul. The party of Abraham Lincoln, founded in the mid-1850s as a political movement united against slavery, has morphed in the 21st century into the party of hate and the party of no.
Just as Obama could no longer shrewdly fence-sit on the issue while winking a stealth nod to LGBTQ voters, black ministers, who quietly professed to be an ally to the LGBTQ community, could no longer stay closeted from their congregations.
Simply by being there, the trio -- one gay, one transgender, one straight -- was straddling a divisive line between the gay community and the black church, where many gay and lesbian minorities have long felt ignored or unwelcome in the pews.
With the "No Hope Baptist Church of God and Christ" and the "Apostolic Church of Hell" standing front and center in our black communities espousing religion-based bigotry as the word of God, these places of worship are the reasons why Lemon -- and we as an African-American community -- can’t tell the truth about our sexuality.